BUN­DESLIGA Mu­nich turns in ‘best half of the sea­son’

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

BAY­ERN Mu­nich broke their Borussia Moenchenglad­bach jinx on Oc­to­ber 22 as Ar­turo Vi­dal and Dou­glas Costa net­ted in a 2-0 home win to put the cham­pi­ons three points clear.

First-half goals by Bay­ern’s Chile and Brazil in­ter­na­tion­als gave Carlo Ancelotti’s Mu­nich a first win over Glad­bach in five Ger­man league matches af­ter Borussia claimed home and away league vic­to­ries in 2015.

Af­ter back-to-back draws in the league the win caps a good week for Bay­ern, who en­joyed a 4-1 romp against PSV Eind­hoven in the Cham­pi­ons League on Oc­to­ber 19.

“The first half was per­haps our best of the whole sea­son,” said Ancelotti.

“The sec­ond wasn’t quite so good and I told the play­ers to be care­ful at the break as the en­ergy wasn’t 100 per­cent af­ter the PSV game.

“They learnt the les­son from last week­end’s draw with Frank­furt.”

Ancelotti rested Ger­many for­ward Thomas Mueller from the start­ing line-up, but af­ter Robert Le­wandowski hit the post early on, Bay­ern went ahead af­ter 16 min­utes when Chile’s Vi­dal headed home Rafinha’s cross.

Winger Costa’s 31st-minute shot dou­bled the lead at Mu­nich’s Allianz Arena, while Glad­bach’s best chance came when winger An­dre Hahn hit the post on 71 min­utes.

Hertha Berlin went sec­ond with a 2-1 home win over Cologne, who lost their un­beaten record.

Hertha took the lead in the cap­i­tal when Mitchell Weiser broke clear and his pass found Vedad Ibi­se­vic, who net­ted his sixth goal in eight league games on 13 min­utes.

Cologne’s French striker An­thony Modeste, the league’s top scorer, lev­elled with his eighth goal in eight games on 65 min­utes, but Hertha de­fender Nik­las Stark headed the win­ner six min­utes from time.

Cologne’s Si­mon Zoller hit the post in the dy­ing stages, then re­place­ment Artjoms Rud­nevs had a goal dis­al­lowed. The re­sult leaves their side fourth.

Borussia Dortmund are three Bun­desliga games with­out a win, although they fought back from two goals down to draw 3-3 at Ingolstadt and sit sixth.

Dortmund were 2-0 down as Is­rael in­ter­na­tional Al­mog Co­hen and Paraguay’s Dario Lez­cano net­ted for Ingolstadt.

Co­hen wrig­gled free of his marker from a free-kick be­fore Lez­cano looped his header into the top cor­ner.

Borussia hit back when Mario Goetze set up Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang to head home his sev­enth goal in his seven league games on 59 min­utes, only for Lez­cano to net Ingolstadt’s third less than 60 sec­onds later to make it 3-1.

Dortmund dom­i­nated the fi­nal quar­ter as Adrian Ramos pulled a goal back on 69 min­utes and Chris­tian Pulisic scored the cru­cial equaliser in stop­page time.

The draw saw Ingolstadt climb off the bot­tom above Ham­burg, who lost 3-0 to Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt on Oc­to­ber 21. –

‘The first half was per­haps our best of the whole sea­son. They learnt the les­son.’

Carlo Ancelotti

Bay­ern Mu­nich boss

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