Bay­ern go seven points clear

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Bay­ern Mu­nich went seven points clear at the top of the Bun­desliga with a 3-0 win at Cologne on Satur­day in a per­fect warm-up for their Cham­pi­ons League trip to Arse­nal to­mor­row.

Spain in­ter­na­tion­als Javi Martinez and Juan Ber­nat gave Bay­ern a com­fort­able two-goal lead be­fore sub­sti­tute Franck Ribery net­ted a third on 90 min­utes.

The re­sult al­lowed Bay­ern to ex­tend their lead over sec­ond­placed RB Leipzig, who drew 2-2 at Augs­burg on Fri­day.

Bay­ern now head for Arse­nal for their Cham­pi­ons League last 16 re­turn tie, hold­ing a 5-1 first­leg lead.

“We’re happy, be­cause that was an im­por­tant re­sult for us,” said Bay­ern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“We had prob­lems at the start, be­cause they were well or­gan­ised, but we made more room af­ter go­ing 1-0 up and put in a good sec­ond-half per­for­mance.”

Borus­sia Dort­mund will be with­out Ger­many winger Marco Reus for Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League last 16 re­turn leg at home to Ben­fica af­ter he limped out of Satur­day’s 6-2 thrash­ing of Bayer Lev­erkusen.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang scored twice to leave him with 21 league goals in as many games, two ahead of Bay­ern’s Robert Le­wandowski, but the win was damp­ened by a sus­pected tear to Reus’ left ham­string.

“It’s sad news, he (Reus) has been play­ing very con­sis­tently for weeks and at a high level,” said Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel.

“It’s an enor­mous loss which tar­nishes the win,” he added with Dort­mund look­ing to over­turn a 1-0 de­feat from the first leg at Ben­fica.

Fourth-placed Hof­fen­heim en­joyed a 5-2 thrash­ing of sec­ond­from-bot­tom In­gol­stadt as Hun­gary striker Adam Sza­lai net­ted twice.

Bot­tom side Darm­stadt lost 20 at Werder Bre­men with Ger­many striker Max Kruse scor­ing twice in the sec­ond-half.

Darm­stadt coach Torsten Frings had a mis­er­able re­turn to Bre­men, who sacked him as as­sis­tant trainer in Septem­ber.

Wolfs­burg’s new head coach An­dries Jonker, with Arse­nal leg­end Fred­die Ljung­berg as his as­sis­tant, picked up a point on de­but with a 1-1 draw at Mainz.

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