Munich - Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski scored a brace apiece as FC Bayern München extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings to seven points with an emphatic 5-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
Goals: 1-0 Müller (25’), 2-0 Müller PK (34’), 2-1 Aubameyang (36’), 3-1 Lewandowski (46'), 4-1 Lewandowski (58’), 5-1 Götze (66’)
Dortmund made a bold start, but it was Bayern who took the lead when a mix-up at the back involving BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki let in Müller for his first of the afternoon after a wonderful searching ball from Jerome Boateng. The writing appeared to be on the wall for the visitors when Henrikh Mkhitaryan upended Thiago Alcantara in the box and Müller coolly slotted away the ensuing penalty, but a close-range finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Thomas Tuchel’s men hope going into half time.
That hope was all but extinguished within 22 seconds of the second half when Dortmund old boy Lewandowski collected another fine Boateng pass to slot home his eleventh goal in four matches. The Poland international got on the end of a stunning first-time cross from Götze to sweep home his second, before Götze himself crashed in the defending champions’ fifth. Manuel Neuer made world-class stops from Mkhitaryan and substitute Adnan Januzaj, but the day belonged to Pep Guardiola's majestic ensemble - Bayern making it a record-equalling eight wins to start the season at a canter.
Man of the match
Bayern’s unstoppable front two will take the headlines, but Götze put in a morale-boosting display after going 1316 minutes without a Bundesliga goal.
Unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions and winning all eight of their Bundesliga outings so far this term, Bayern are making ominous strides towards becoming the first team in history to win four successive Bundesliga titles. Worryingly for the chasing pack, no side has ever held such a substantial advantage over second place at this stage in the season.
- David Alaba collected his first yellow card in 105 Bundesliga matches.
- Jerome Boateng's last Bundesliga assist came back in March 2014.
- Thomas Müller scored his first Bundesliga goals against Dortmund in September 2009.
- All 12 of Lewandowski's Bundesliga goals in 2015/16 have come in the second half.
- Two players (Aubameyang and Lewandowski) have at least ten goals each after eight matchdays for the first time in Bundesliga history.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba - Thiago (Vidal 68’), Alonso (Kimmich 76’) - Costa, Müller (Coman 80'), Götze - Lewandowski
Dortmund: Bürki - Sokratis, Bender, Hummels, Piszczek - Gündogan, Weigl - Castro (Januzaj 53’), Kagawa (Reus 53), Mkhitaryan - Aubameyang