German Bundesliga
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Bayern's Mario Mandzukic

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich stretched their unbeaten league run to 50 matches with a comfortable win at home against Bayer Leverkusen.

Mario Mandzukic's header opened the scoring before Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick doubled the lead.

Stefan Kiessling pulled a goal back with a header in injury-time.

Bayern, who had president Uli Hoeness jailed for tax fraud, are now 23 points clear in the league with nine matches left.

Saturday's victory was a record 17th consecutive Bundesliga victory, and they could claim the defence of their title as early as next weekend if they win at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke fail to win.

Hoeness was convicted of major tax fraud and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Thursday.

But, against a Leverkusen side who were the last team to beat Bayern in the league in October 2012, the defending European champions continued their impressive season on the field.

Pep Guardiola's men progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night after a second-leg draw at home with Arsenal, while Leverkusen were knocked out by Paris St-Germain.

Second-placed Dortmund's 2-1 defeat at home against Borussia Monchengladbach earlier on Saturday has made life even more comfortable for Bayern but, such is their dominance, successive titles has looked a formality for a long time.

Bayern dominated at the Allianz Arena and the pressure told on 43 minutes when Croatian forward Mandzukic met Schweinsteiger's cross with a powerful header.

The victory was made sure of soon after the restart when Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger curled a free-kick into the top corner after Diego Contento had been fouled.

Kiessling headed home Roberto Hilbert's cross in the last few seconds to pull a goal back for Leverkusen.

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Ferreira de SouzaBooked at 78mins
  • 26ContentoBooked at 28mins
  • 39KroosSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 85'minutes
  • 5van Buyten
  • 17Boateng
  • 10RobbenSubstituted forRibéryat 66'minutes
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 9MandzukicSubstituted forShaqiriat 75'minutes
  • 25Müller
  • 19Götze

Substitutes

  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Ribéry
  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 11Shaqiri
  • 21Lahm
  • 22Starke
  • 27Alaba

B Leverkusen

  • 1Leno
  • 14Hilbert
  • 17Boenisch
  • 6Rolfes
  • 4Wollscheid
  • 5SpahicBooked at 81mins
  • 8BenderBooked at 86mins
  • 10CanSubstituted forDerdiyokat 80'minutes
  • 11Kießling
  • 27CastroBooked at 57mins
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forSamat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Derdiyok
  • 18Sam
  • 19Brandt
  • 20Guardado
  • 22Yelldell
  • 26Donati
  • 37Wagener
Referee:
Markus Schmidt
Attendance:
71,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamB Leverkusen
Possession
Home78%
Away22%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Bayern München 2, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 2, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! FC Bayern München 2, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1. Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Hilbert with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Thiago Alcántara.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sebastian Boenisch (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sidney Sam.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Bernd Leno tries a through ball, but Stefan Kießling is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Offside, FC Bayern München. Thomas Müller tries a through ball, but Xherdan Shaqiri is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

  10. Booking

    Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Thiago Alcántara replaces Toni Kroos.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München).

  16. Post update

    Sidney Sam (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mario Götze (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Simon Rolfes.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Booking

    Emir Spahic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 15th March 2014

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