BERLIN (AFP) – Bayern Munich underlined their status as Bundesliga champions-in-waiting as Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Augsburg moved them 10 points clear at the top of the German league.
With second-placed Wolfsburg playing Paderborn on Sunday, Bayern seized the chance to extend their lead at third-placed Augsburg and remain on course for a third straight title.
Bayern, who started with Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze on the bench, can further hammer home their superiority later this week when they host Freiburg on Tuesday before travelling to face Mainz on Friday in their last league match of 2014.
After a goalless first-half, Bayern burst into life after the interval as Arjen Robben netted twice while Medhi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski were also on target.
Centre-back Benatia headed his first Bayern goal on 58 minutes, then Robben slotted his ninth in all competitions just two minutes later when he curled his shot in around the post.
Poland striker Lewandowski claimed their third when he fired home a final pass from captain Bastian Schweinsteiger on 68 minutes. Robben added the fourth three minutes later as Augsburg’s defence capitulated.
Despite qualifying for the Champions League’s last 16, Borussia Dortmund dropped back into the relegation places after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin.
Dortmund’s ninth defeat in 15 league games – the most in Germany’s top flight – saw them drop to 16th from 14th having started December at the bottom.