Robert Lewandowski scored his 200th Bundesliga goal as Bayern Munich destroyed closest challengers Borussia Dortmund 5-0 at the Allianz Arena to regain top spot.
The German champions move one point clear of Dortmund at the top of the table with the Poland striker becoming the first overseas player to achieve the feat of a double century of goals in this one-sided rout.
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Niko Kovac’s side put four past the visitors to the Allianz Arena in the opening 45 minutes, sending Dortmund into the break shell shocked and humiliated. It didn’t get much better for them beyond that point, with Bayern coasting through the second half, adding a fifth late on.
It took Bayern Munich just 10 minutes to take the lead with Mats Humbles getting up highest to power home a header from a Serge Gnabry cross. However, the match might have been very different had Mahmoud Dahoud struck the post just minutes beforehand.
The Bavarians doubled their advantage soon after when Robert Lewandowski struck a record-breaking goal, making the most of a blunder from Dan-Axel Zagadou to clip the ball over Roman Burki and into the back of the empty net.
It was three after 41 minutes as Javi Martinez guided a right-footed finish past Burke and a fourth was added just before the break when Gnabry sent a header into the back of the Dortmund net from a Thomas Muller cross.
Lewandowski spurned a number of opportunities to score another before he finally added a fifth, turning home from close range after good work from Gnabry down the right wing. The result sees Bayern Munich move top of the Bundesliga, the first time they have had a points lead over Dortmund since September.
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Trailing Dortmund at the top of Bundesliga by two points before kick off, only a win would have been acceptable for Bayern Munich. They got that, but the manner of their win might prove to be just as important as the points themselves in the context of the title race. This was a show of strength from the Bavarians. Dortmund might find it difficult to get back up on their feet after such a heavy blow.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
The Polish striker has faced criticism this season, with some even suggesting that he could be sold this summer, but this was a demonstration of what makes Lewandowski so brilliant. He was sharp from the very first minute and would have finished with more than just two goals had Burki not been in such strong shot-stopping form. This was vintage Lewandowski. Dortmund couldn’t deal with him.
- Bayern Munich - Neuer 5, Kimmich 6, Sule 5, Hummels 8, Alaba 7, Martinez 8, Thiago 7, Gnabry 8, Muller 7, Coman 6, Lewandowski 9..subs - Ribery 5, Goretzka 5, Sanches 5
- Borussia Dortmund - Burki 8, Piszczek 5, Akanji 5, Zagadou 3, Diallo 4, Witsel 5, Delaney 5, Sancho 5, Dahoud 5, Larsen 5, Reus 6.subs - Gotze 5, Weigl 6, Wolf 5
- 9’ Off the post! Inches away from Dortmund taking the lead! Reus fizzes a wonderful low cross into the box, Dahoud was completely unmarked 12 yards out, but his shot comes off the outside of the post!
- 10’ GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-0 Borussia Dortmund: It's an opener for Bayern Munich! They have the lead in Der Klassiker! Gnabry whipped a corner kick into the box and Hummels got up higher than anyone else in the six yard box to glance a header into the back of the net past Burki.
- 18’ GOAL! Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: It's a second for Bayern Munich and they have a commanding lead! It's a nightmare for Zagadou! He passed the ball straight at Lewandowski, who then clipped the ball over Burki who had rushed off his line and finished into the empty net, off the inside of the post.
- 19’ Lewandowski denied another! Dortmund are all over the place at the back. Lewandowski's fine touch sets him up for the shot and Burki makes an excellent diving save.
- 20’ Burki saves Dortmund AGAIN! Were it not for their goalkeeper, Dortmund might be out of this game. This time Burki saves from Muller, who powered a header towards goal from the corner.
- 41’ GOAL! Bayern Munich 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: That is surely game over. It's a third goal for Bayern Munich! The Bavarians had a couple of shots blocked inside the box, then the ball fell to Martinez and the Spaniard guided a right-footed shot into the far corner of the net. Burki had no chance.
- 43’ GOAL! Bayern Munich 4-0 Borussia Dortmund: The Bavarians are rampant! They have a fourth and we're not even at half time yet! Gnabry drifted away from Akanji, Muller spotted him at the back post and the former Arsenal man headed down into the ground and into the back of the net.
- 77’ Big chance for Lewandowski! That was a big opportunity for the Polish striker to grab a second goal, but he was stretching just a little too far to meet the cross and sends over the bar.
- 89’ GOAL! Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund: It's a fifth for Bayern Munich and it's a second for Lewandowski on the night! Gnabry burst in behind and instead of taking the shot on himself from the tight angle he squares for Lewandowski to finish into the empty net from close range!
- Robert Lewandowski became the first non-German player to reach the 200-goal mark in Bundesliga history.
- Lewandowski also became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in five consecutive games against a former club.
- For the first time since the 2001/02 season, there is just a single point between the top two in the Bundesliga after 28 matches.
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