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Bayern make it 50 unbeaten with Leverkusen scalp

Published: Saturday 15 March 2014, 20.48CET
FC Bayern München beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen to stretch their run to 50 unbeaten league games and move 23 points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who lost at home.

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Published: Saturday 15 March 2014, 20.48CET

Bayern make it 50 unbeaten with Leverkusen scalp

FC Bayern München beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen to stretch their run to 50 unbeaten league games and move 23 points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who lost at home.

FC Bayern München extended their unbeaten run to 50 Bundesliga outings as they defeated Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a day when Borussia Dortmund came unstuck against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Mario Mandžukić broke the deadlock in Munich on the cusp of half-time, powering in a header after Arjen Robben's inswinging cross, before Bastian Schweinsteiger found the net with a delicious free-kick. Stefan Kiessling's reply prompted a frantic finale, but Josep Guardiola's side did enough to open up a 23-point cushion at the top. 

Earlier, the signs were ominous for second-placed Dortmund when Raffael and Max Kruse steered the visitors into a two-goal lead. Although the pendulum swung in favour of the home team when Håvard Nordtveit was sent off after the break and substitute Miloš Jojić reduced the deficit, Gladbach held their nerve. 

The result left third-placed FC Schalke 04, who came from behind to edge FC Augsburg 2-1 on Friday courtesy of two Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goals, a point behind Jürgen Klopp's men. Elsewhere, Hannover 96 arrested a sequence of five games without a win by sweeping aside Hertha BSC Berlin 3-0, while VfB Stuttgart were held 1-1 at VfL Wolfsburg.

Meanwhile, 1. FSV Mainz 05 powered four unanswered goals past TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in 25 second-half minutes to clinch a 4-2 comeback victory, and bottom side TSV Eintracht Braunschweig secured a 1-1 home draw with VfL Wolfsburg.

Last updated: 16/03/14 0.13CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 15/03/2014 20:19 CET

15/03/2014

BayernBayern2-1LeverkusenLeverkusen

Mandžukić 44, Schweinsteiger 52

Kiessling 90+1

Venue: München

15/03/2014

HoffenheimHoffenheim2-4MainzMainz

Polanski 49, Barbosa de Oliveira 52

Choupo-Moting 67, Saller 73, Okazaki 75, 90+2

Venue: Sinsheim

15/03/2014

DortmundDortmund1-2MönchengladbachMönchengladbach

Jojić 77

Raffael 31, Kruse 40

Venue: Dortmund

15/03/2014

BraunschweigBraunschweig1-1WolfsburgWolfsburg

Bellarabi 48

Luiz Gustavo 36

Venue: Braunschweig

15/03/2014

HerthaHertha0-3HannoverHannover

Stindl 49, Schlaudraff 57, Huszti 90+1

Venue: Berlin

15/03/2014

BremenBremen1-1StuttgartStuttgart

Hunt 79

Niedermeier 55

Venue: Bremen

14/03/2014

AugsburgAugsburg1-2SchalkeSchalke

Werner 5

Huntelaar 33, 49

Venue: Augsburg

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