Seventh heaven for Bayern

A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga, including wins for Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Last Updated: 08/12/13 at 18:59 Post Comment

Bayern Munich celebrate during their 7-0 victory

Bayern Munich celebrate during their 7-0 victory

Bayern Munich gave a fearsome demonstration of the breathtaking array of attacking talent at their disposal as they thrashed Werder Bremen 7-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Franck Ribery showed the sort of form which has put him in Ballon d'Or contention with two goals in a match he controlled

Assani Lukimya gave Bayern a hand by scoring an own goal in the 21st minute before Daniel van Buyten made it two in the 27th minute.

Ribery then got his name on the scoresheet to give Bayern their biggest half-time advantage of the season so far.

He then teed up Mario Mandzukic to make it four before Thomas Muller put Bayern 5-0 ahead.

Ribery added a sixth before Mario Gotze completed the rout to take Pep Guardiola's side another step towards the title.

Bayer Leverkusen look like the only side capable of stopping them after they claimed an impressive 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.

Son Heung-min scored the winning goal in the 20th minute to keep Leverkusen four points behind the leaders and extend their lead over third-placed Dortmund to six.

Both teams ended with 10 men, Emir Spahic sent off for the visitors in the 80th minute and Sokratis Papastathopoulos seeing red in the 90th minute.

Borussia Monchengladbach's 2-1 win at home to Schalke moved them level on points with Dortmund.

Gladbach had to come from behind, Jefferson Farfan opening the scoring from the spot in the 17th minute.

But Raffael's long-range effort brought the hosts level in the 24th minute and Max Kruse's penalty on the stroke of half-time won it.

Schalke's hopes were hampered by the sending off of Benedikt Howedes in conceding the penalty.

On Sunday, Wolfsburg leapt above Schalke into fifth place with a 3-0 win at Freiburg which leaves Christian Streich's men inside the bottom three.

Two goals in three early first-half minutes from Maximilian Arnold and Ivica Olic effectively ended the home team's hopes as they were caught out cold, Marcel Schafer sealing the victory in the last minute.

As a result, the Wolves climb two points above Schalke and to within five of Borussia Monchengladbach while Freiburg turn their attention to an all-or-nothing Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday.

Also on Sunday, Hertha Berlin moved up to seventh with a 2-0 win at Eintracht Braunschweig, thanks to an inspirational performance from their playmaker Ronny.

Restored to the starting XI for the first time since the victory over Mainz at the end of September, Ronny created both goals for the Old Lady, first teeing up Adrian Ramos to give the visitors the lead in the first half.

He then set up Tolga Cigerci to make it two with 10 minutes remaining as Jos Luhukay's men took all three points and left Braunschweig rooted to the foot of the table.

Braunschweig also ended the game with 10 men after Timo Perthel received a second yellow straight after Hertha's second goal.

Back to Saturday's action and Augsburg claimed an impressive 1-0 win at Hamburg thanks to Raul Bobadilla's first half goal. The win moved the Bavarians up to eighth place.

Stuttgart returned to winning ways in style with a 4-2 win over Hannover.

Martin Harnik gave the hosts the lead early on, but two quick goals from Artur Sobiech and Salif Sane turned the game in Hannover's favour.

Vedad Ibisevic brought Stuttgart level before the break and further goals from Ibrahim Traore and Konstantin Rausch earned the Swabians all three points.

Hoffenheim left Eintracht Frankfurt on the brink of the Bundesliga's bottom three by winning 2-1.

Sven Schipplock and Roberto Firmino scored the goals for Markus Gisdol's men as they opened up a six-point advantage over their opponents, for whom Joselu briefly levelled.

On Friday night, Nurnberg were left still waiting for their first win of the season as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Mainz.

Per Nilsson gave the hosts a perfect start in the fifth minute but Shinji Okazaki levelled matters 15 minutes from time.

Nurnberg pushed for a winner but were unable to find one, even after Mainz's Petar Sliskovic was shown a red card in the last minute.

As a result, they set a league record of 15 games at the start of the season without a single win.


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