Bundesliga

Irresistible Bayern sweep past Leipzig

FC Bayern München opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings after brushing aside ten-man RB Leipzig in the title rivals' final outing of the calendar year.

FC Bayern München 3-0 RB Leipzig

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Goals: 1-0 Thiago (17'), 2-0 Alonso (26'), 3-0 Lewandowski (45')

Sent off: Forsberg (30')

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Second-placed Leipzig started with trademark effervescence, but Bayern assumed total control from the moment Thiago Alcantara prodded in the opening goal. Xabi Alonso drove in a second following a mistake in midfield by Naby Keita, before Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg saw red for a scything challenge on Philipp Lahm. Robert Lewandowski compounded matters for the crestfallen visitors by sending Peter Gulasci the wrong way from the penalty spot late in the half.

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Bayern locked down possession after the restart, with the match being played almost exclusively in the Leipzig half. Lewandowski combined brilliantly with substitute winger Franck Ribery, but the Poland international saw his dinked effort swatted over the crossbar by the on-rushing Gulasci. Further efforts from Thiago, Juan Bernat, Ribery and Douglas Costa kept the Leipzig custodian on his toes as Bayern coasted over the finish line.