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Bayern Munich's Ancelotti oversees 1,000th match as manager

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Carlo Ancelotti welcomed Hamburg to the Allianz Arena for the 1,000th competitive match of his managerial career on Saturday.

The Italian, famed for his cup-winning exploits and wandering eyebrow, took over Bayern Munich in the summer after previous stints in charge of Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.

The celebration had its first firecrackers when Arturo Vidal wellied in an effort from 18 yards out just 17 minutes into the meeting, and Robert Lewandowski followed this by converting a spot kick seven minutes later.

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Bayern took the field with a five-point advantage over second-placed RB Leipzig, and is still on the hunt for the Champions League crown with a 5-1 aggregate lead over Arsenal in their Round of 16 first leg.

Ancelotti followed up a glittering playing career by first assuming the technical area for northeast Italian outfit Reggiana. The 57-year-old has gone on to collect silverware across five different countries, including three Champions League titles.

It’s taking the top prize in European football that he’s been brought to Bavaria for, after his predecessor Pep Guardiola wasn’t able to deliver that during his three-year tenure.

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