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Bayern Munich 3-1 SV Darmstadt 98

Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller's two goals took his Bundesliga total for the season to 17

Thomas Muller's two goals - including a stunning overhead kick - helped Bayern Munich go 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga as they beat Darmstadt.

The visitors took a surprise half-time lead with a header from former Bayern youth striker Sandro Wagner.

Muller converted Rafinha's cross early in the second half, before scoring spectacularly from Arturo Vidal's chip.

Robert Lewandowski struck late on to give Bayern the win ahead of Tuesday's Champions League trip to Juventus.

Guardiola's men march on

Pep Guardiola banner
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is leaving for Manchester City this summer - and a banner at the game read: "Pep was never our thing"

Pep Guardiola had thoughts of the round-of-16 first-leg visit to Turin as he named a team without captain Philipp Lahm, who was rested.

Bayern dominated possession and had 36 attempts at goal - the highest by any team in a single Bundesliga match this season.

Darmstadt keeper Christian Mathenia, though, made a series of excellent saves, while Vidal and Kingsley Coman both hit the bar with deflected first-half shots.

Guardiola, though, will be pleased with the way his team responded to trailing at half-time - and even though they had to wait until 19 minutes from the end to go in front, their victory was pretty comfortable in the end.

Borussia Dortmund, in second place, will seek to cut Bayern's lead when they visit fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski has scored 32 goals in all competitions for Bayern this season - and 22 in the Bundesliga

Magnificent Muller

Germany international Muller was the catalyst for Bayern's second-half revival with two excellent finishes.

His first was clinical - controlling and firing past keeper Mathenia three minutes after half-time - while his second was wonderful.

Muller had his back to goal when Vidal's diagonal chip reached him, but he somehow fashioned an overhead kick that left the goalkeeper helpless.

That laid the platform for Bayern to secure the win, with the prolific Lewandowski - who had earlier seen a goal ruled out for offside - touching in Franck Ribery's pass with six minutes to go.

Dogged Darmstadt

Dirk Schuster
Dirk Schuster's Darmstadt were promoted from the second tier last season

The visitors, who are just above the relegation zone, came out of the game with great credit, having been without five players serving one-match bans.

Those suspensions had caused a degree of controversy in the build-up, with coach Dirk Schuster dismissing suggestions that his players had got booked deliberately so they could serve their bans against Bayern and be back for next weekend's important trip to relegation rivals Werder Bremen.

Schuster could be encouraged with the spirit his side showed, and they gave Bayern a fright by taking the lead with their first shot on goal, as Wagner headed in Sandro Sirigu's cross.

Saturday's Bundesliga round-up

Hoffenheim's new 28-year-old manager Julian Nagelsmann picked up his first win since taking charge nine days ago, as his side increased their survival chances by beating Mainz 3-2.

Mark Uth scored twice to leave Nagelsmann's team just two points below the relegation play-off spot, occupied by Werder Bremen, who lost 2-0 at Ingolstadt.

Hertha Berlin moved above Bayer Leverkusen into third, as former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou struck an equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Wolfsburg.Borussia Monchengladbach are fifth after beating Cologne 1-0.

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Ferreira de SouzaBooked at 39mins
  • 32KimmichBooked at 50mins
  • 4TasciSubstituted forBernatat 53'minutes
  • 27Alaba
  • 23Vidal
  • 29ComanSubstituted forRibéryat 53'minutes
  • 25Müller
  • 10RobbenSubstituted forAlonsoat 81'minutes
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Ribéry
  • 14Alonso
  • 18Bernat
  • 19Götze
  • 20Rode
  • 26Ulreich

Darmstadt

  • 31Mathenia
  • 13Garics
  • 33Caldirola
  • 35Rajkovic
  • 15Diaz Campbell
  • 17SiriguSubstituted forSailerat 73'minutes
  • 23Jungwirth
  • 32HollandSubstituted forGorkaat 87'minutes
  • 11Kempe
  • 6VrancicSubstituted forRosenthalat 61'minutes
  • 14Wagner

Substitutes

  • 5Gorka
  • 7Sailer
  • 9Stroh-Engel
  • 10Rosenthal
  • 19Platte
  • 27Ivana
  • 40Zaluska
Referee:
Michael Weiner
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamDarmstadt
Possession
Home81%
Away19%
Shots
Home37
Away6
Shots on Target
Home13
Away5
Corners
Home18
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, FC Bayern München 3, SV Darmstadt 98 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 3, SV Darmstadt 98 1.

Substitution

Substitution, SV Darmstadt 98. Benjamin Gorka replaces Fabian Holland.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Christian Mathenia.

Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! FC Bayern München 3, SV Darmstadt 98 1. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

Foul by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

Júnior Díaz (SV Darmstadt 98) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Xabi Alonso replaces Arjen Robben.

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Christian Mathenia.

Attempt saved. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Juan Bernat with a cross.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Júnior Díaz.

Attempt saved. Sandro Wagner (SV Darmstadt 98) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, SV Darmstadt 98. Marco Sailer replaces Sandro Sirigu.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

Tobias Kempe (SV Darmstadt 98) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! FC Bayern München 2, SV Darmstadt 98 1. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Attempt saved. Tobias Kempe (SV Darmstadt 98) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sandro Wagner.

Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sandro Wagner (SV Darmstadt 98).

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sandro Wagner (SV Darmstadt 98).

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

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fabian Holland.

Attempt blocked. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafinha.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Luca Caldirola.

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

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

Foul by Sandro Wagner (SV Darmstadt 98).

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

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

Foul by Fabian Holland (SV Darmstadt 98).

Offside, FC Bayern München. Juan Bernat tries a through ball, but Franck Ribéry is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, SV Darmstadt 98. Jan Rosenthal replaces Mario Vrancic.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Arturo Vidal tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sandro Wagner (SV Darmstadt 98).

Attempt missed. David Alaba (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rafinha.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Luca Caldirola.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th February 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich22192156114559
2B Dortmund21153353242948
3Hertha Berlin2210663024636
4B Leverkusen2110563122935
5B Mgladbach2211294338535
6Schalke2110383028233
7Mainz2210392928133
8Wolfsburg228773229331
9Köln227872428-429
10Ingolstadt228591623-729
11Hamburg227692530-527
12Stuttgart2183103341-827
13Darmstadt2266102334-1124
14Frankfurt2257102737-1022
15Augsburg2156102331-821
16Werder Bremen2255122544-1920
17Hoffenheim2239102233-1118
18Hannover2142151936-1714
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