James Rodriguez contributed a goal and two assists as Bayern Munich took another step towards their 27th Bundesliga title with a 6-0 thrashing of Klassiker rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund

Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski (5'), 2-0 James Rodriguez (14'), 3-0 Müller (23'), 4-0 Lewandowski (44'), 5-0 Ribery (45'), 6-0 Lewandowski (87')

Schalke's win against Freiburg earlier on Saturday meant Bayern would under no circumstances win the Bundesliga title on Matchday 28, but Jupp Heynckes' men were nevertheless determined to put on a show. It took five minutes before the crowd were on their feet for the first time, Robert Lewandowski latching onto Thomas Müller's through-ball and lifting his finish over the onrushing Roman Bürki. Floodgates duly opened, James was next in on the act, arriving late into the box to poke home David Alaba's low left-wing cross.

James Rodriguez heads past Roman Bürki for Bayern's second - the Colombian has scored three goals in six Bundesliga games so far in 2018. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin/Bongarts

If the first two goals owed much to Bayern's brilliance, Dortmund were then architects of their own downfall: when Gonzalo Castro carelessly lost possession to James in midfield, the Colombian and Lewandowski combined to tee up Müller for the third. Castro was immediately replaced by Julian Weigl, but the youngster could hardly hold back the red tide alone; Lewandowski poked home from close range in the 44th minute, before Franck Ribery – creator of the fourth – chipped Bürki from James' wonderful pass to make it 5-0 at the break.

Having reiterated where the balance of power in German football lies during a rampant first-half display, Bayern held Dortmund at arm's length in the second period. The visitors were limited to one real shot in anger – former Bayern man Mario Götze rattling the post from the edge of the box in the 67th minute – although that came after James could have added to the lead. Both sides rang the changes in the closing stages, but the only alteration of note was Lewandowski adding to the scoreline and completing his hat-trick – while Bayern's formal coronation as Bundesliga champions has been delayed at least a week, this Klassiker victory will make the wait seem that bit shorter.

Man of the Match

Dropping deeper than usual in midfield alongside Javi Martinez, James was masterful. The Colombian scored the second, created the third thanks to an excellent press, and then teed up Ribery for the fifth, and all before the break. Little wonder the 26-year-old this week again professed how happy he was in Bavaria – with virtuoso performances in a juggernaut such as this, why wouldn't he be?

Watch: The James show against Dortmund

Match stats

  • Lewandowski has scored 10 Bundesliga goals in eight games against his former club.
  • The Pole's opening goal – timed in the fifth minute – was Bayern's quickest this season.
  • The Bavarians' line-up was their oldest of the season, with an average age of exactly 30.
  • Bayern led 5-0 at the break – their highest half-time lead since a 9-2 win against Hamburg on 30 March 2013 (also 5-0 at the interval).
  • Müller's goal was his 103rd in the Bundesliga for Bayern; he is now joint-fourth in the club's all-time scoring list, joined by Lewandowski.
  • This was Peter Stöger's first defeat as Dortmund coach (previously: W7 D5).

Line-ups

Bayern: Ulreich - Rafinha, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba (Kimmich 46') - Martinez – Müller (c), James (Thiago 66'), Robben, Ribery (Rudy 69') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Starke, Wagner, Süle, Tolisso
Absentees: Neuer (light training), Coman (ankle), Vidal (bruised thigh), Bernat (joint capsule tear)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes

Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Akanji, Sokratis, Schmelzer (c) – Dahoud, Götze (Sahin 78'), Castro (Weigl 29') – Pulisic (Philipp 75'), Batshuayi, Schürrle
Unused subs: Weidenfeller, Isak, Toljan, Gomez
Absentees: Toprak (muscular), Zagadou (muscular), Kagawa (ankle), Reus (adductor), Rode (pelvis), Yarmolenko (foot)
Coach: Peter Stöger

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As it happened

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