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Bayern Munich run over Borussia Dortmund 4-1

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This wasn’t as close as the scoreline indicates.

Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images Fuer MAN

Bayern Munich cemented their place at the top of the Bundesliga table with a big victory over Borussia Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski scored a brace, while Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben each netted once to push the Bavarians to an easy victory over their rivals from the Ruhr.

The Bavarians kicked off each half with goals within four minutes to really put Dortmund behind the eight ball. Age is just a number, and 34 year old Franck Ribery and 33 year old Arjen Robben showed their younger opposition that they still run the yard.

Ribery finished a first time cross from Philipp Lahm in the fourth minute to start Bayern’s rampage in the match. The Frenchman celebrated his 34th birthday on Friday and has rarely shown any signs of rust this season.

Before the ten minute mark, Bayern were up by two. Ribery was brought down by Marc Bartra at the top of the box. Lewandowski stepped up and curled a free kick over the wall to make it 2-0.

Bayern were rolling for the first twenty minutes, and it looked like the Bavarians were going to put even more goals past Roman Bürki. However, in the blink of an eye, Dortmund were back in the game. A poor clearance from Arturo Vidal fell right to Raphael Guerreiro. With a first time volley, Guerreiro placed his shot into the top left corner leaving Sven Ulreich no chance at a save.

With the score at only 2-1, Dortmund were in the match as the second half started, but Robben dashed those hopes almost immediately. In the 49th minute, the Dutch winger cut in on his left foot and curled a low shot past Bürki to make it 3-1 and effectively end the match.

Chance after chance would come for Bayern, but their only other goal would come from a penalty. Ribery’s through ball behind the Dortmund defense left Lewndowski one-on-one with Bürki. As the goalkeeper slid, Lewandowski went around him, only for Bürki to bring him down. Lewandowski stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it home for the 4-1 victory.

The victory pushes Bayern’s lead at the top of the table back to ten points over RB Leipzig. Dortmund remain in fourth place. They’re one point behind third place Hoffenheim, but a comfortable nine points ahead of fifth place Freiburg.

Bayern and Dortmund both have midweek matches in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals. Dortmund will host Monaco on Tuesday, and Bayern invite Real Madrid to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday

Match Details

Goals

Bayern Munich 4-1 Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery (4), Robert Lewandowski (9, 68), Arjen Robben (49)
Borussia Dortmund: Raphael Guerreiro (20)

Lineups

Bayern XI: Ulreich; Alaba, Boateng, Martinez (Hummels 80), Lahm; Vidal, Alonso; Ribery (Costa 74), Thiago, Robben; Lewandowski (Kimmich 72)

Dortmund XI: Bürki; Bartra, Sokratis, Ginter; Schmelzer, Guerreiro (Merino 69), Castro (Rode 45), Passlack; Dembele (Mor 59), Pulisic; Aubameyang