Bay­ern beat Schalke 3-1 to climb sec­ond

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - Agen­cies

BER­LIN: Bay­ern Mu­nich beat Schalke 3-1 on Satur­day to climb back into sec­ond place and cut the gap on Bun­desliga lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund to five points.

Goals from Robert Le­wandowski and Serge Gnabry af­ter a Schalke own goal lifted the Bavar­i­ans, who bounced back from last week’s loss to Bayer Lev­erkusen and face Liver­pool in the Cham­pi­ons League round of 16 later this month, to 45 points.

Dort­mund are on 50 points af­ter wast­ing a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Hof­fen­heim ear­lier on Satur­day. Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach dropped to third on 42 af­ter los­ing 3-0 to vis­it­ing Hertha Ber­lin.

Jef­frey Bruma’s own goal on his Schalke de­but put the hosts ahead be­fore Ahmed Ku­tucu, mak­ing his first Bun­desliga start for Schalke af­ter scor­ing in the Ger­man Cup in mid­week, lev­elled in the 25th.

But the 18-year-old’s joy was cut short when for­ward Le­wandowski struck two min­utes later to move Bay­ern ahead once more.

It was the Pole’s 100th goal in Bay­ern’s Al­lianz Arena, the first player to do so since the sta­dium opened in 2005.

Schalke, last sea­son’s run­ners-up, came close to another equaliser early in the sec­ond half and twice hit the wood­work.

But Serge Gnabry killed off their hopes when he wrong­footed keeper Ralf Faehrmann with a clever header from a Le­wandowski bi­cy­cle kick.

“We did it re­ally in the first half,” said Bay­ern coach Niko Ko­vac, whose team also earned a mid­week ex­tra time win over

Hertha Ber­lin in the Ger­man Cup. “In the sec­ond half only at times. “One could see in the sec­ond half that we had played 120 min­utes in the Ger­man Cup a few days ear­lier. But over­all it was a de­served vic­tory,” he added.

Schalke have now dropped to 13th with 22 points and are seven above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

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BER­LIN: Borus­sia Dort­mund cap­tain Marco Reus, who has scored 17 goals this sea­son, is set to miss his side’s Cham­pi­ons League last 16 first leg tie against Tot­ten­ham due to a thigh in­jury, mag­a­zine Kicker re­ported.

REUTERS

Robert Le­wandowski (right) dis­played his ac­ro­batic skills to net home Bay­ern Mu­nich’s sec­ond goal against Schalke.

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