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Bayern sink Hannover to streak 19 points clear

Published: Sunday 23 February 2014, 19.44CET
Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München now boast a 19-point cushion after taking full advantage of defeats for their rivals by strolling to a 4-0 victory at Hannover 96.
Bayern sink Hannover to streak 19 points clear
Bayern celebrate after Thiago Alcántara's (left) first-half goal ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 23 February 2014, 19.44CET

Bayern sink Hannover to streak 19 points clear

Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München now boast a 19-point cushion after taking full advantage of defeats for their rivals by strolling to a 4-0 victory at Hannover 96.

FC Bayern München moved 19 points clear atop the Bundesliga after clinching their 14th successive league victory in a 4-0 triumph at Hannover 96.

With second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen and third-placed Borussia Dortmund both having succumbed on Saturday, Bayern knew they could further enhance their already commanding position at mid-table Hannover. The home side started brightly, with Artjoms Rudnevs foiled by goalkeeper Tom Starke early on, but Bayern soon went ahead when Thomas Müller met Rafinha's cross with a textbook header.

Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler briefly kept Bayern at bay, but Josep Guardiola's outfit could not be held in check indefinitely and enjoyed a 2-0 lead at half-time, Thiago Alcántara expertly controlling and finishing Bastian Schweinsteiger's deep, floated cross. Müller finished Mario Mandžukić's back-heeled lay-off to get his second just before the hour mark, and 3-0 quickly turned to 4-0 when Mandžukić converted another Rafinha delivery for his 13th league goal of the season.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt found no way past SV Werder Bremen at home, despite the visitors losing Felix Kroos to a 34th-minute red card. The two teams remained locked together on 22 points, hovering three points above the relegation zone.

Last updated: 25/02/14 10.42CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 23/02/2014 19:24 CET

23/02/2014

HannoverHannover0-4BayernBayern

T. Müller 25, 59, Thiago Alcántara 34, Mandžukić 66

Venue: Hannover

23/02/2014

Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt0-0BremenBremen

Venue: Frankfurt am Main

22/02/2014

WolfsburgWolfsburg3-1LeverkusenLeverkusen

Dost 13, Luiz Gustavo 58, Rodriguez 73

Sam 45

Venue: Wolfsburg

22/02/2014

NürnbergNürnberg2-1BraunschweigBraunschweig

Kiyotake 46, Pekhart 47

Kumbela 34

Venue: Nürnberg

22/02/2014

MönchengladbachMönchengladbach2-2HoffenheimHoffenheim

Herrmann 4, Jantschke 18

Barbosa de Oliveira 56, Salihović 82 (P)

Venue: Monchengladbach

22/02/2014

HamburgHamburg3-0DortmundDortmund

Jiráček 42, Lasogga 58, Hakan Çalhanoğlu 90+1

Venue: Hamburg

22/02/2014

FreiburgFreiburg2-4AugsburgAugsburg

Schmid 17, Mehmedi 73

Werner 7, Verhaegh 78, Halil Altıntop 84, Hahn 90+4

Venue: Freiburg im Breisgau

22/02/2014

StuttgartStuttgart1-2HerthaHertha

Boka 45

Kobiashvili 5, Wagner 87

Venue: Stuttgart

21/02/2014

SchalkeSchalke0-0MainzMainz

Venue: Gelsenkirchen

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