German Bundesliga
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Hannover 96 0-1 Bayern Munich

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Thomas Muller
Bayern have not lost their final league match of the year since 1984

Bayern Munich will go into 2016 eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after beating Hannover in the final game before the winter break.

Hannover's Leon Andreasen and Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski hit the woodwork before Thomas Muller scored a penalty after Christian Schulz handled.

Home keeper Ron-Robert Zieler did well to deny dominant Bayern more goals.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola is expected to announce he is leaving the club in the summer in the coming days.

Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 defeat by Cologne enabled Bayern to extend their lead at the top.

Bayern, who have eight players out injured, could only name four substitutes - but their starting line-up was still good enough to beat most sides in the world.

Both goalkeepers made fantastic saves before Muller's opener. Bayern's Manuel Neuer, making his 300th Bundesliga appearance, touched Andreasen's header onto the crossbar.

And Lewandowski then hit the post with a curling effort from the edge of the area with former Manchester United trainee Zieler recovering brilliantly to deny Muller's rebound with his feet when it looked as though the in-form forward had an empty net.

Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal limped off late on, but he has until their next game - at Hamburg on 22 January - to recover.

Muller continues great season

The Germany international had been denied twice by Zieler - once when he controlled Arturo Vidal's pass with his chest and shot at the goalkeeper, and the other from the Lewandowski rebound.

But he did get his goal late in the first half from the penalty spot, sending Zieler the wrong way. That was his 14th league goal of the season, a personal best for a campaign - with half the season left to play.

Despite scoring 14 in 17 games, Muller is only the third top Bundesliga scorer - behind Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his own team-mate Lewandowski.

What now for Guardiola and Bayern?

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munich already know his decision

Bayern boss Guardiola, whose contract expires this summer, said after the game he will reveal his future on Sunday.

It is expected he will announce he will leave at the end of the season, with Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea reported to want the former Barcelona boss.

And a report from the Guardianexternal-link claims Carlo Ancelotti has already agreed to take over the German champions, who have won the title in each of Guardiola's two seasons.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga...

Bayern extended their lead at the top as second-placed Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Cologne.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos' opener means Dortmund have scored as many Bundesliga goals - 47 - as they did in the whole of last season under Jurgen Klopp. But Simon Zoller and former Blackburn loanee Anthony Modeste scored to turn it around.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored his 10th league goal in his last eight games as Bayer Leverkusen beat Ingolstadt 1-0.

Line-ups

Hannover

  • 1Zieler
  • 4H Sakai
  • 25Guedes Filho
  • 19Schulz
  • 3Albornoz
  • 5Sané
  • 8Schmiedebach
  • 26KaramanSubstituted forKlausat 84'minutes
  • 2AndreasenSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 69'minutes
  • 7Prib
  • 39ErdincSubstituted forBenschopat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gülselam
  • 11Klaus
  • 13Tschauner
  • 14Saint-Maximin
  • 20Trevizan Martins
  • 31Anton
  • 35Benschop

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 17Boateng
  • 28BadstuberSubstituted forKimmichat 73'minutes
  • 14Alonso
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 23VidalSubstituted forRodeat 88'minutes
  • 29Coman
  • 25Müller
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 15Kirchhoff
  • 20Rode
  • 26Ulreich
  • 32Kimmich
Referee:
Manuel Gräfe
Attendance:
49,000

Match Stats

Home TeamHannoverAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home21%
Away79%
Shots
Home6
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hannover 96 0, FC Bayern München 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hannover 96 0, FC Bayern München 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Hannover 96. Salif Sané tries a through ball, but Edgar Prib is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hannover 96. Conceded by Jérôme Boateng.

  5. Post update

    Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Salif Sané (Hannover 96).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Sebastian Rode replaces Arturo Vidal because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hannover 96. Felix Klaus replaces Kenan Karaman.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Hannover 96. Edgar Prib tries a through ball, but Charlison Benschop is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

  16. Post update

    Salif Sané (Hannover 96) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München).

  18. Post update

    Edgar Prib (Hannover 96) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salif Sané (Hannover 96) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Joshua Kimmich replaces Holger Badstuber.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 19th December 2015

  • HannoverHannover 960Bayern MunichBayern Munich1
  • Köln1. FC Köln2B DortmundBorussia Dortmund1
  • FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt2Werder BremenWerder Bremen1
  • IngolstadtFC Ingolstadt0B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen1
  • HamburgHamburg SV0AugsburgFC Augsburg1
  • StuttgartVfB Stuttgart3WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg1

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