Bay­ern Mu­nich go 11 clear, ex­tend Hertha 38-year wait

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GER­MAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP BERLIN: Bay­ern Mu­nich went 11 points clear at the top of the Bun­desliga yes­ter­day with a 2-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin who have now gone 38 years with­out a win at the Ger­man gi­ants. With sec­ond-placed Borus­sia Dort­mund host­ing VfB Stuttgart to­day,

Ger­man Bun­desliga ta­ble af­ter yes­ter­day’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Bay­ern Mu­nich Dort­mund VfL Wolfs­burg Bor. Moen’ch Hertha Berlin Ham­burg Mainz 05 Lev­erkusen Schalke 04

14 13 13 14 14 14 14 13 13

Ger­man League re­sults/stand­ings

1 9 7 7 7 6 6 6 6

3 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2

10 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5

42 36 23 28 18 17 20 17 17

5 18 15 22 17 18 20 17 19

40 29 24 23 23 21 20 20 20 Bay­ern took the chance to ex­tend their lead with first-half goals by Ger­many for­ward Thomas Mueller and France Un­der-21 winger Kings­ley Co­man. Bay­ern show no signs of loos­en­ing their iron-grip on the Bun­desliga ti­tle as they picked up their 13th win from 14

Cologne In­gol­stadt 04 Darm­stadt Frank­furt Hanover 96 Werder Bre­men VfB Stuttgart Augs­burg Hof­fen­heim

14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 14

5 5 3 3 4 4 3 2 1

5 4 6 5 2 1 1 3 6

4 5 5 6 8 9 9 8 7

15 10 14 18 17 14 17 17 15

18 14 19 22 24 28 31 25 23

20 19 15 14 14 13 10 9 9 league games to give them 40 from a pos­si­ble 42 points.

This was the first time in eight home games that Bay­ern failed to score at least four goals. Bay­ern coach Pep Guardi­ola ex­per­i­mented with the start­ing line-up by push­ing Ger­many cen­tre-back Jerome Boateng into a mid­field role, which led to their sec­ond goal. They took the lead at Mu­nich’s Al­lianz Arena when Chile mid­fielder Ar­turo Vi­dal’s cross found Medhi Be­na­tia, whose shot was head­ing wide, but Mueller was on hand to head home on 34 min­utes.

Bay­ern dou­bled their lead on 41 min­utes when Boateng lobbed the ball into Javi Martinez, whose pass found Co­man and the French winger did the rest to make it 2-0 at the break. Hertha, who last won in Mu­nich in 1977, are in fifth place af­ter Borus­sia Moechenglad­bach leap-frogged them into fourth with a 3-3 draw at Hof­fen­heim. Glad­bach’s head coach An­dre Schu­bert pre­served his nine-game un­beaten record in the lead since tak­ing charge two months ago. Borus­sia took an early lead thanks to USA in­ter­na­tional Fabian John­son, who then scored their equaliser to res­cue a point.

Hof­fen­heim, chas­ing their first win since Septem­ber, took a 3-1 lead just af­ter the break thanks to goals by Steven Zu­ber, Eu­gen Polan­ski and Nadiem Amiri. But Swiss striker Josip Dr­mic pulled it back to 3-2 for Glad­bach be­fore John­son claimed his sec­ond with a su­perb shot three min­utes from time. Ham­burg are up to sixth af­ter their 3-1 win at Werder Bre­men in the north Ger­man derby. Ham­burg raced into an early 2-0 lead as Croa­tia mid­fielder Ivo Ilice­vic scored on their open­ing at­tack, then striker Michael Gre­goritsch dou­bled their lead on 26 min­utes.

Nige­ria’s An­thony Ujah pulled a goal back for Werder on 62 min­utes, then Ger­many for­ward Ni­co­lai Mueller made it 3-1 to Ham­burg on 68 min­utes when Ilice­vic’s fi­nal pass put him in be­hind the hosts’ de­fence. Hanover eased the pres­sure on coach Michael Frontzeck with a 4-0 thump­ing at home to In­gol­stadt which lifted them up to 14th and pulled them away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Ja­pan striker Yoshi­nori Muto scored his sev­enth goal of the sea­son in Mainz’s 2-1 win at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt. His for­ward part­ner Yunus Malli added their sec­ond to claim his eighth while Frank­furt had cap­tain Alex Meier sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card.—AFP

MU­NICH: Berlin’s Bos­nian striker Vedad Ibi­se­vic (left) and Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Chilean mid­fielder Ar­turo Vi­dal vie for the ball dur­ing the Ger­man first di­vi­sion Bun­desliga foot­ball match FC Bay­ern Mu­nich vs Hertha Berlin yes­ter­day. — AFP

LON­DON:

MU­NICH: Bay­ern’s Robert Le­wandowski (left) and Berlin’s Se­bas­tian Langkamp chal­lenge for the ball dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween FC Bay­ern Mu­nich and Hertha BSC Berlin yes­ter­day.—AP

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