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Rivals lose ground as Bayern build on lead

Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 20.30CET
Nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen both stumbled as FC Bayern München beat FC Schalke 04 4-0 to move 15 points clear in the Bundesliga.

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Published: Saturday 9 February 2013, 20.30CET

Rivals lose ground as Bayern build on lead

Nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen both stumbled as FC Bayern München beat FC Schalke 04 4-0 to move 15 points clear in the Bundesliga.

FC Bayern München accelerated their progress towards the Bundesliga title by moving a dominant 15 points clear with a 4-0 victory against FC Schalke 04, as nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen failed to win.

Bayern have dropped points in just four games this season, losing only one, and they set the tone 19 minutes in against the side from Gelsenkirchen. Marco Höger brought down Franck Ribéry in the box, and that allowed David Alaba to bury the ball into the bottom-left corner from the spot. Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick doubled the advantage ahead of the break before Alaba added his second, with Mario Gomez making it four on 63 minutes.

Dortmund lost ground as Hamburger SV completed the double against the defending champions with a 4-1 away success. Robert Lewandowski struck the opener on 17 minutes, before being dismissed 14 minutes later, while Son Heung-Min and Artjoms Rudņevs both scored twice to move HSV fifth, despite having Jeffrey Bruma sent off.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen were unable to leapfrog Dortmund into second as they drew a rollercoaster encounter at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-3. From 2-1 down, the Werkself went ahead thanks to efforts from Stefan Kiessling and André Schürrle, before Patrick Herrmann headed in with four minutes remaining. Elsewhere, Mehmet Ekici registered twice as SV Werder Bremen won 4-1 at VfB Stuttgart.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.50CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/02/2013 12:15 CET

09/02/2013

BayernBayern4-0SchalkeSchalke

Alaba 19 (P), 51, Schweinsteiger 32, Gomez 63

Venue: München

09/02/2013

Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt0-0NürnbergNürnberg

Venue: Frankfurt am Main

09/02/2013

StuttgartStuttgart1-4BremenBremen

Traoré 50

Ekici 34, 74, Hunt 60, De Bruyne 90+2

Venue: Stuttgart

09/02/2013

FürthFürth0-1WolfsburgWolfsburg

Dost 23

Venue: Furth

09/02/2013

HannoverHannover1-0HoffenheimHoffenheim

Diouf 8

Venue: Hannover

09/02/2013

MönchengladbachMönchengladbach3-3LeverkusenLeverkusen

Stranzl 44, L. de Jong 58, Herrmann 86

Sam 52, Kiessling 60, Schürrle 64

Venue: Monchengladbach

09/02/2013

DortmundDortmund1-4HamburgHamburg

Lewandowski 17

Rudņevs 18, 62, Heung-Min 26, 89

Venue: Dortmund

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