BERLIN (AFP) – Bayern Munich went four points clear in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 romp against Hanover 96 on Saturday while Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen suffered Champions League hangovers.
Bayern were rarely troubled at home as striker Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben both netted twice even with Thomas Mueller and World Cup winner Mario Goetze on the bench, plus Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger injured.
Munich were 2-0 up after just 13 minutes as Lewandowski chested down a long ball and drilled his shot into the bottom corner, then Robben added a second after a trademark run through the heart of the Hanover defence.
Lewandowski netted again just seven minutes before the break after coolly controlling a Juan Bernat pass and scoring into the left corner.
Bayern kept up the pressure in the second-half as Robben fired home his second with 11 minutes left. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have now gone seven games without conceding a goal.
In contrast, Dortmund are now winless in their last four league games after their 1-0 defeat at home to Hamburg left them 13th.
Dortmund were a shadow of themselves after their impressive 3-0 Champions League win at Anderlecht in midweek as Hamburg picked up their first victory of the season.
This was Hamburg’s fourth victory over Dortmund in their last five meetings to leave Klopp’s side two points above the relegation zone. Hamburg netted the first-half winner after sloppy defending.
A poor pass from Dortmund striker Adrian Ramos was snapped up by Hamburg’s Marcell Jansen who fed Nicolai Mueller and the right-wing sprinted away, drawing Borussia’s goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for Pierre-Michel Lasogga to slot into an empty net on 35 minutes.
Ten-man Schalke also suffered an afternoon to forget after drawing 1-1 with Maribor in the Champions League on Wednesday as they went down 2-1 at Hoffenheim, who moved up to second in the table.
The Royal Blues found themselves behind after only 13 minutes as Norway’s Tarik Elyounoussi put the hosts into the lead.