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

Matt Jones 6/04/2019
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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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James Rodriguez netted a hat-trick as Bayern ran riot.

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac felt his side played with “zest” and “verve” and were deserved 6-0 winners against Mainz.

There was no Champions League hangover for Bayern as they returned to the top of the Bundesliga table in emphatic style on Sunday.

James Rodriguez scored a hat-trick while Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies were also on the scoresheet for the reigning champions as they bounced back from their midweek home defeat to Liverpool.

The win, Bayern’s 13th in their last 14 league games, saw Kovac’s team move back above rivals Borussia Dortmund on goal difference at the summit.

“A compliment to the lads. We’re pleased we’re at the top again. We saw a lot of zest today, a whole lot of verve, very many good moves,” Kovac told the club’s official website.

“Taken altogether it was a deserved win and the right margin of victory. Now we can work calmly and with focus in the two-week international break.”

I like what I see: Niko Kovac.

I like what I see: Niko Kovac.

Thomas Muller, one of five changes Kovac made to the side that were knocked out of the Champions League four days ago, emphasised the importance of Bayern bouncing back quickly – especially after Dortmund’s injury-time win 24 hours previously.

He said: “We absolutely wanted to turn in a good display, we had ambitious plans after Wednesday. We wanted to take our chances and strike back.

“Dortmund did their homework yesterday evening. I’m glad we got into the game so well. We were clearly superior from the start. The way we played was just fun, we were flexible and exploited the space well.

“It was important to improve our goal difference in the last three matches. The table is looking better than in the first half of the season of course.”

Mainz became the second successive side to lose 6-0 at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga, following Wolfsburg last weekend.

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Serge Gnabry has signed a new three-year contract extension at Bayern Munich which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2022/2023 season, the Bundesliga side have announced.

The 23-year-old has become an integral part of Niko Kovac’s side since breaking into the team at the start of the season.

Gnabry has scored eight goals in 29 appearances for Die Roten this campaign and the Germany international’s performances have earned him a new deal at the Allianz Arena.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m feeling very, very much at home here. It’s great fun to play for this team. Of course I hope for many titles and great moments, and I’m looking forward to a good future with FC Bayern.

“In terms of football, things are going very well for me at the moment, but I know I still have room for improvement and that I’ll have to continue to get better.”

Gnabry came through the academy at Stuttgart before Arsenal signed the forward as a 16-year-old in 2011, but he struggled for first-team football and was offloaded to Werder Bremen in August 2016.

He lasted just one season at the Weserstadion before joining Bayern, although he had to bide his time with a fruitful loan spell at Hoffenheim last season, where he netted 10 times in 26 games in all competitions.

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