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.

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