Bayern crush Dortmund; Hamburg stun Hoffenheim
Bayern Munich cruised past Borussia Dortmund 4-1 thanks to a brace from Robert Lewandowski, while Hamburg shocked Hoffenheim 2-1 riding on a couple from Aaron Hunt in the Bundesliga football championship.
Bayern returned to winning ways after beating Dortmund 4-1 in a one-sided affair as two goals within 10 minutes on Saturday smoothed the way for the 21st victory of the season, reports Xinhua news agency.
Carlo Ancelotti's men caught a bright start in front of 75,000 spectators at the sold-out Allianz Arena as French veteran winger Franck Ribery broke the deadlock with just four minutes into the game after a square pass from Philipp Lahm. Bayern gained momentum and doubled the lead through Polish hitman Lewandowski, who curled a free kick from 20 metres into the bottom left corner, with 10 minutes played.
Hapless Dortmund showed a vital sign and reduced the arrears out of the blue in the 20th minute as Raphael Guerreiro utilised a misplaced clearance from midfielder Arturo Vidal to hammer home.
After the restart, Bayern started where they left off as Dutch veteran winger Arjen Robben made use of a through ball from
Ribery to drill the ball from the edge of the box into the far post corner to restore the two-goal lead in the 49th minute.
However, Bayern were not done with the scoring and added another goal to their lead as Lewandowski converted a foul play penalty to mark his 26th goal of the season to put the result beyond doubt in the 68th minute.
Bayern remain atop the standings with a ten-point advantage while Dortmund stay on the fourth place after suffering the sixth loss of the season.
Hamburg extended their unbeaten streak to nine games as they surprisingly beat third placed Hoffenheim 2-1.
The hosts staged a powerful performance from the kick off whereas Hoffenheim needed some time to gain a foothold into
the game. Agencies