New Straits Times
Bayern thrash Dortmund in ‘Klassiker’
MUNICH: Managerless Bayern Munich thrashed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in ‘Der Klassiker’ on Saturday as Robert Lewandowski continued his phenomenal scoring run with two goals at the Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski’s first-half header and 76th-minute tap-in mean he has scored in all of Bayern’s Bundesliga and Champions League games this season for a tally of 23 goals.
Serge Gnabry claimed Bayern’s second, while visiting captain Mats Hummels scored a late own goal for his former club as Dortmund suffered another heavy defeat in Munich, where they also lost 5-0 in April.
Bayern moved up to third, level on points with second-placed RB Leipzig.
Interim coach Hansi Flick enjoyed his second win in charge since Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday.
However, Bayern are having difficulties finding a new coach, with Arsene Wenger on Saturday contradicting their claims they turned him down as Kovac’s successor and slammed the club for a lack of discretion.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who spoke to Wenger last week, cancelled a pre-match interview with Sky.
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel have already made it clear they will not join Bayern this season.
Earlier, Timo Werner netted twice as Leipzig went second with a 4-2 win at Hertha Berlin in the capital, where the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989.
To mark the 30th anniversary, a replica of the Wall, which divided Germany’s capital from 1961, separated Hertha and Leipzig before being knocked down prior to kick-off.
Striker Rouwen Hennings completed his hat-trick five minutes from time as Fortuna Duesseldorf held Schalke to a 3-3 draw.
The Royal Blues squandered the lead three times as goals by Daniel Caligiuri, Ozan Kabak and Suat Serdar in Gelsenkirchen were cancelled out by Hennings.
Union Berlin are up to 11th after their third straight win as Sebastian Anderson scored twice in a 32 victory at Mainz.
Augsburg climbed out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win at bottom club Paderborn thanks to a goal by defender Philipp Max.