Bayern go seven points clear
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.