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Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund: Bayern thrash Dortmund in title clash

By Emma SandersBBC Sport
Robert Lewandowski celebrates
Only Gerd Muller (234 games) has scored 200 goals in the Bundesliga quicker than Robert Lewandowski (284 games)

German champions Bayern Munich thrashed title rivals Borussia Dortmund to move back to the top of the Bundesliga with six games remaining.

Dortmund, who were two points clear heading into this match, were shell-shocked following a ruthless first-half display from the hosts.

Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry and Javi Martinez gave Bayern a 4-0 lead at half-time.

Bayern are chasing a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.

In a showdown described as the "biggest in Europe this season", Dortmund's title hopes suffered a blow and extended their losing streak at the Allianz Arena to five games.

At the start of December, the title race looked to be over with Dortmund nine points clear at the top, but Bayern took advantage of the stuttering form of their rivals to claw back the deficit.

And as if intended as a timely reminder of Bayern's pedigree, Lewandowski became the second-fastest player to score 200 goals in the German top flight, doing so in 284 games.

His Bayern side are aiming to win a 29th league title and could add the German Cup after reaching the semi-finals with a victory over second-division side Heidenheim.

Over in a flash

Borussia Dortmund players react to going 4-0 down
Borussia Dortmund were nine points ahead of Bayern Munich at the top of the table in December

Dortmund's free-flowing football had propelled them to the top of the table with seven games remaining but they were taught a lesson by a Bayern side hungry to retain their title.

There weren't any initial signs of a collapse - midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud hit the outside of the post within eight minutes as Dortmund looked bright.

But ex-Dortmund centre-back Hummels proved more clinical when his towering header thumped into the back of the net just minutes later.

After the opener, Dortmund struggled to keep pace with their title rivals and eventually the pressure took its toll.

Dan-Axel Zagadou's clumsy pass fell straight to Lewandowski and the former Dortmund striker lifted the ball over the keeper and slotted it into an open net to double Bayern's lead.

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Bayern's pressure was relentless - Dortmund keeper Roman Burki was forced to tip Thomas Muller's header over the bar before making two smart low saves to deny Hummels and Lewandowski.

But Burki's heroics were short-lived as Javi Martinez pounced on a rebound to fire Bayern into a 3-0 lead within 40 minutes.

Gnabry rubbed further salt into the wounds two minutes later with a pin-point header from Muller's cross and Lewandowski picked up his second of the night with a tap-in a minute before full-time.

Dortmund's humiliation was confirmed at half-time but they remain only a point behind in a thrilling title race.

Bayern's slip-up last week against Freiburg suggests there could still be more twists to come.

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  • For the first time since 2001-02, there is only a one-point margin between the first two teams in the Bundesliga after 28 games - back then, Dortmund trailed one point behind Bayer Leverkusen, but became champions in the end.
  • Bayern have won their last eight home games in the Bundesliga, scoring 29 goals, while conceding only two.
  • Bayern have also scored 19 goals in their last four home matches against Dortmund and only conceded twice.
  • Centre-back Hummels' four shots on target in the first half was more than the entire Dortmund team combined.
  • For the first time, Martinez has scored four competitive goals in one season for Bayern.
  • Lewandowski has now scored 15 goals in this fixture (14 for Bayern, one for Dortmund) - surpassing Gerd Muller's previous record of 14.
  • Lewandowski also became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in five consecutive games against a former club.

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 32Kimmich
  • 4Süle
  • 5Hummels
  • 27Alaba
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 8Martínez AguinagaSubstituted forGoretzkaat 77'minutes
  • 22Gnabry
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 80'minutes
  • 29ComanSubstituted forRibéryat 68'minutes
  • 9LewandowskiBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 7Ribéry
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 17Boateng
  • 18Goretzka
  • 26Ulreich
  • 35Renato Sanches

B Dortmund

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Bürki
  • 26PiszczekSubstituted forWolfat 69'minutes
  • 16Akanji
  • 2ZagadouBooked at 40minsSubstituted forWeiglat 45'minutes
  • 4Diallo
  • 28Witsel
  • 7Sancho
  • 19DahoudSubstituted forGötzeat 62'minutes
  • 6DelaneyBooked at 70mins
  • 34Bruun Larsen
  • 11Reus

Substitutes

  • 10Götze
  • 20Philipp
  • 27Wolf
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 33Weigl
  • 35Hitz
  • 36Toprak
Referee:
Manuel Gräfe
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamB Dortmund
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Bayern München 5, Borussia Dortmund 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 5, Borussia Dortmund 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! FC Bayern München 5, Borussia Dortmund 0. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Serge Gnabry.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

  5. Post update

    Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niklas Süle (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Serge Gnabry.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Marius Wolf (Borussia Dortmund).

  10. Post update

    Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Renato Sanches replaces Thomas Müller.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Alaba (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Serge Gnabry with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Abdou Diallo.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Leon Goretzka replaces Javi Martínez.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 6th April 2019

  • Bayern MunichBayern Munich5B DortmundBorussia Dortmund0
  • B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen2RB LeipzigRB Leipzig4
  • SchalkeFC Schalke 041FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt2
  • Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin1DüsseldorfFortuna Düsseldorf2
  • StuttgartVfB Stuttgart1Nuremberg1. FC Nuremberg1
  • WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg3HannoverHannover 961

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich28204474284664
2B Dortmund28196366353163
3RB Leipzig28167553223155
4Frankfurt28157656312552
5B Mgladbach27145846341247
6Wolfsburg2813694742545
7Werder Bremen27119749391042
8B Leverkusen28133125048242
9Hoffenheim271011654391541
10Düsseldorf28114133852-1437
11Hertha Berlin2898114146-535
12Mainz2896133348-1533
13Freiburg28711103848-1032
14Schalke2875162946-1726
15Augsburg2767143750-1325
16Stuttgart2856172760-3321
17Nuremberg2838172353-3017
18Hannover2835202565-4014
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