Bayern edge closer to Bundesliga title


Bayern Munich moved to within two wins of the Bundesliga title with an imperious 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Leverkusen were without talisman Kai Havertz due to injury but threatened to derail Bayern’s title charge when Lucas Alario poked the hosts ahead inside nine minutes – the first goal Bayern had conceded away from home in eight hours of Bundesliga football.

But the early setback only aggravated Bayern as they roared into an unassailable lead before the break thanks to goals from Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry.

Robert Lewandowski’s 30th Bundesliga goal of the season – his 44th in all competitions – put Bayern out of sight midway through the second half and, with the exception of Florian Wirtz’s late consolation, it was a formality for Hansi Flick’s side from there.

Bayern’s 11th consecutive victory sees them lead Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig by 7 and 11 points respectively with five games remaining, while Leverkusen stay fifth after missing the chance to climb into the top four.

Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 1-0, while Leipzig were held to a 1-1 draw by Paderborn.

Player ratings

Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky (5), Dragovic (5), Bender (6), Tapsoba (6), Amiri (5), Aranguiz (5), Baumgartlinger (5), Bellarabi (4), Bailey (5), Alario (6), Diaby (4).

Subs: Demirbay (5), Wendell (5), Paulinho (5), Volland (5), Wirtz (6).

Bayern Munich: Neuer (7), Pavard (7), Boateng (7), Alaba (7), Davies (8), Coman (8), Kimmich (7), Goretzka (8), Gnabry (7), Muller (8), Lewandowski (7).
Subs: Thiago (5), Martinez (5), Perisic (5), Hernandez (5).

Man of the Match: Leon Goretzka

By Sky Sports

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