Dominant Bayern extend record runs at Nuremberg

08 February 2014 04:48

European champions Bayern Munich extended both their unbeaten league records with a 2-0 win at Nuremberg on Saturday as the Bavarian giants remained 13 points clear in the Bundesliga.

The 39-point gulf between the two teams in the league table was clear as run-away leaders Bayern have now collected 56 of a possible 60 points this season.

This was Bayern's 45th unbeaten Bundesliga match, dating back to October 2012, and their 29th unbeaten away game to add to their league records.

Nuremberg came into the game in resurgent mood with two previous wins, but the defeat dropped them back into the bottom three.

Bayern needed just 17 minutes to take the lead at Nuremberg's Grundig Stadium when Germany star Mario Goetze put David Alaba in space down the flank and the Austria left-back flicked in a cross for Mario Mandzukic to volley home.

The Croatia striker then turned provider when he put captain Philipp Lahm in space to fire home on 49 minutes as Bayern counter-attacked.

It should have been more when Arjen Robben hit the post ten minutes later, but Bayern were in complete control.

Third-placed Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a 5-1 win at Werder Bremen with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan both scoring twice.

Dortmund made their pressing game count when defender Marcel Schmelzer pounced on a mistake on the left and slid his pass in for Lewandowski to hit the top right-hand corner with 26 minutes gone.

Dortmund doubled the lead at Bremen's Weser Stadion when Arminia's Mkhitaryan scored his first league goal since September when he held off a challenge from Holland's Eljero Elia and blasted his shot into the left-hand corner four minutes from the break.

Veteran centre-back Manuel Friedrich then volleyed home just after the break to claim his first Bundesliga goal for two years since he was at Bayer Leverkusen, but signed by Dortmund last November to ease their injury crisis.

Lukasz Piszczek's shot clipped the cross bar on 56 minutes, but Dortmund were not to be denied a fourth when Mkhitaryan curled in his second after Marco Reus's superb back-heel pass on 62 minutes before Lewandowski added a late fifth.

Bremen midfielder Levent Aycicek scored a late consolation on his Bundesliga debut, but there was precious little else for Werder fans to enjoy.

This was the 12th time this season Bremen have conceded three or more goals and coach Robin Dutt is under increasing pressure with his side 13th and just three points from the relegation places.

In the basement battle, Eintracht Frankfurt moved up to 12th with a 3-0 win at home to bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig.

Frankfurt took an early lead through midfielder Johannes Flum, but then killed off the game with two goals in as many minutes from attacking midfielder Alexander Maier and striker Stefan Aigner.

Freiburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Hoffenheim while sixth-placed VfL Wolfsburg enjoyed a 3-0 win at home to Mainz 05.

On Friday, second-placed Bayer Leverkusen enjoyed a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach with South Korea's Son Heung-Min scoring the second-half winner.

Source: AFP

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