Bundesliga: Bayern ease past Dortmund, extend lead

Bundesliga: Bayern ease past Dortmund, extend lead

Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga after a comfortable 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Der Klassiker.

Goals from Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, and David Alaba helped the Bavarians to a fourth consecutive win in the league under new manager, Jupp Heynckes.

Robben opened the scoring in the 17th minute, after what was an evenly contested opening first quarter.

Thiago Alcantara and James Rodriguez combined beautifully to set up the Dutchman, who rifled home a trademark effort for his 93rd goal in the colours of Bayern, becoming the club’s highest scoring foreigner.

Both clubs came close to adding to the scoreline via Andriy Yarmolenko, Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa.

However, it was the away side who finally did, as they doubled their advantage when Lewandowski brilliantly flicked on a Joshua Kimmich cross past Roman Burki. Bayern went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

After the break, Lewandowski almost made it three, but Burki was alert to produce an outstanding save before Bayern finally got a third goal as a cross from Alaba found its way into the net after evading everyone.

Dortmund made the scoreline more respectable, as Marc Bartra grabbed a late consolation.

The win sees Bayern top of the league, four points ahead of RB Leipzig, who leapfrogged Dortmund to second after their win against Hannover 96.

Dortmund are now third on the log, six adrift of Bayern, after been five clear at the top before the appointment of Heynckes.

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