German Bundesliga
Werder BremenWerder Bremen0Bayern MunichBayern Munich4

SV Werder Bremen 0-4 Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski took his Bundesliga goal total for the season to 13

Bayern Munich moved 14 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga as Robert Lewandowski scored twice to secure a sixth successive league win.

Thomas Muller curled in a superb opener against Werder Bremen before David Alaba floated home a free-kick at the end of the first half.

Santiago Garcia had a second-half cross shot tipped over by Bayern's debutant keeper Pepe Reina after the break.

But Lewandowski headed in a third goal before tapping in late on.

To complete a satisfying afternoon for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, captain Philipp Lahm made his comeback as a late substitute after four months out with a broken ankle.

Guardiola's side - who reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday - have dropped just 11 points in their 25 Bundesliga matches this season, and are well clear of second-placed Wolfsburg, who host Freiburg on Sunday.

Bayern were too strong for mid-table Bremen even though Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were rested.

Muller goes for the left
Thomas Muller's 12th Bundesliga goal of the season - scored against Werder Bremen - was the first with his left foot

Bremen made a decent fight of it in a second half that threatened to become over-physical when centre-back Sebastian Prodl reacted to Mehdi Benatia's challenge on Clemens Fritz by going in late on the Bayern man.

Reina, making his first competitive appearance since arriving from Liverpool last August, had to deal with Garcia's effort, while Philipp Bargfrede had a goal ruled out for the home side after Davie Selke was judged to have handled.

In a match delayed as ground staff fixed the netting in one of the goals, Lewandowski had an early downward header pushed over by home keeper Raphael Wolf before Muller struck.

The midfielder burst on to Lewandowski's pass and, after Wolf had dashed out to block his first effort, curled a lovely shot into the corner when the ball came back to him.

Alaba's free-kick, right on half-time, gave the home side too much to do and their spirited attempt at a fight-back was ended when Muller was sent clear by Jerome Boateng, and lifted the ball beyond Wolf for Lewandowski to head into an empty net.

Bayern finished in style, with Lewandowski and Muller combining to carve open Bremen's defence, and the Germany international rolling the ball across goal for the Pole to tap in his 13th league goal of the season.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on Saturday, fifth-placed Schalke - who almost knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League on Tuesday - earned a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin thanks to Joel Matip's late equaliser, and Borussia Dortmund drew 0-0 with Cologne.

Hamburg's poor season continued with a 3-0 defeat way to Hoffenheim, and Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Paderborn 4-0, while Mainz earned a surprise 2-0 victory away to Augsburg.

Line-ups

Werder Bremen

  • 1Wolf
  • 23Gebre Selassie
  • 15PrödlBooked at 62mins
  • 7Vestergaard
  • 2GarciaBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSternbergat 83'minutes
  • 44Bargfrede
  • 27Selke
  • 8Fritz
  • 16JunuzovicBooked at 66mins
  • 11ÖztunaliSubstituted forHajrovicat 63'minutes
  • 22BartelsSubstituted forKroosat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Caldirola
  • 6Makiadi
  • 14Hajrovic
  • 18Kroos
  • 20Casteels
  • 21Aycicek
  • 37Sternberg

Bayern Munich

  • 23Reina
  • 13Ferreira de SouzaBooked at 29minsSubstituted forWeiserat 85'minutes
  • 5BenatiaBooked at 62mins
  • 17BoatengBooked at 67minsSubstituted forCosta Santosat 83'minutes
  • 18Bernat
  • 20Rode
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 27Alaba
  • 25Müller
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 19GötzeSubstituted forLahmat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Costa Santos
  • 16Gaudino
  • 21Lahm
  • 22Starke
  • 24Kurt
  • 28Badstuber
  • 30Weiser
Referee:
Thorsten Kinhöfer
Attendance:
42,100

Match Stats

Home TeamWerder BremenAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 4. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Davie Selke (SV Werder Bremen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Janek Sternberg.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, SV Werder Bremen. Felix Kroos replaces Fin Bartels.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sebastian Rode (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

  7. Post update

    Juan Bernat (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Zlatko Junuzovic (SV Werder Bremen).

  9. Post update

    Mitchell Weiser (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Janek Sternberg (SV Werder Bremen).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mitchell Weiser replaces Rafinha.

  12. Post update

    Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Theodor Gebre Selassie (SV Werder Bremen).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Dante replaces Jerome Boateng.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, SV Werder Bremen. Janek Sternberg replaces Santiago Garcia.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Philipp Lahm replaces Mario Götze.

  18. Post update

    Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Zlatko Junuzovic (SV Werder Bremen).

  20. Post update

    Juan Bernat (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th March 2015

  • Werder BremenWerder Bremen0Bayern MunichBayern Munich4
  • FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt4PaderbornSC Paderborn 070
  • AugsburgFC Augsburg0MainzMainz 052
  • Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin2SchalkeFC Schalke 042
  • Hoffenheim1899 Hoffenheim3HamburgHamburg SV0
  • B DortmundBorussia Dortmund0Köln1. FC Köln0

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