Robert Lewandowski one of three 9s as Bayern Munich destroy Borussia Dortmund 5-0

Matt Jones - Editor 22:30 06/04/2019
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Lewandowski scored his 13th goal against his old club.

Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga table with a stunning demolition of fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Lucien Favre’s side were humbled as the reining six-time Bundesliga champions cemented their status as the undisputed kings of German football with a supreme 5-0 performance.

Four of the goals were scored in the opening 45 minutes as first Mats Hummels nodded them in front from Thiago Alcantara’s corner. It was 2-0 seven minutes later when Robert Lewandowski pounced on Dan-Axel Zagadou’s awful pass to chip and volley in. It was game over in three minutes before the interval when Javi Martinez stroked in to make it three before Thomas Muller’s delicate cross was nodded in by Serge Gnabry.

With the game won, the second half was a procession, Lewandowski tapping in Gnabry’s path at the death to seal a five-star performance.

It was a classic performance in Der Klassiker from Bayern. Here’s how their players rated:

BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1)

Manuel Neuer – 6: Arguably the quietest game he’s had all season – he would not have been expecting this at all. A bystander.

Joshua Kimmich – 7: Flawless display, completely untroubled after early move down his side might have led to Dortmund opener. Supported Gnabry confidently.

Niklas Sule – 7: Rifled one effort over the bar as he did as much attacking as defending, cruising through the game. Three aerials won.

Mats Hummels – 7: Dortmund didn’t heed early warning when he flashed a header wide, then nodded the hosts in front. Utterly dominant in the air.

David Alaba – 6: Nullified the threat of BVB dangerman Sancho, so much so the teenager was switched to the left.

Javi Martinez – 8: Rolled back the years with a calm and composed performance. Finish for the killer third was sublime.

Thiago Alcantara – 9: The glue that patched a perfect Bayern performance together. Swung in corner that Hummels made it 1-0 from, six key passes and three interceptions led his side.

Serge Gnabry – 9: Gleefully toyed with and teased Dortmund’s fragile back-line, ghosting behind to nod in the fourth. Never stopped running, teeing up Lewandowski’s second. Three key passes.

Thomas Muller – 8: This was vintage Bayern, and vintage Muller. Created chaos that led to Martinez’s third and then floated in a delightful cross for Gnabry to nod in number four. Three key passes, second only to Thiago.

Kingsley Coman – 7: Frenchman had a field day down the left flank, his quick feet causing a multitude of problems. Hamstring pull forced him off.

Robert Lewandowski – 9: 200th Bundesliga goal just had to come against his former employers. Calmness personified as he chipped Burki and volleyed home. Second, a tap-in, was least he deserved.

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Franck Ribery – 6: Came on and busied himself, but game was long out of Dortmund’s reach.

Leon Goretzka N/A: Routine appearance. Job was to keep possession and he enjoyed a 100 per cent pass accuracy.

Renato Sanches N/A: Afforded the excellent Muller a standing ovation. Dispossessed twice in his 11 minutes.

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