Bundesliga Wrap Wk 23: Bayern racing away as others stumbleShare:
Bayern Munich are looking good to wrap up their title defense in Germany early yet again as they have now established a 10-point gap at the summit of the Bundesliga standings.
In their Saturday outing, Robert Lewandowski netted twice in their 3-0 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt while their main rivals lost.
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Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead at the Allianz Arena on 38 minutes before Brazil winger Douglas Costa added Bayern’s second three minutes later when he smashed home David Alaba’s cross.
Lewandowski scored his 33rd goal this season -- his 21st in the league -- when he slotted home from a tight angle after the break.
Bayern were done a lot of good as rivals RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both lost.
Leipzig, Dortmund fumble
Second-placed Leipzig suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg where Germany’s Mario Gomez scored the winner while Dortmund were beaten 2-1 away to Hertha Berlin.
Having started their first Bundesliga season with a record 13-match unbeaten run, Leipzig have picked up just seven points in their last six games after also losing to Dortmund and Hamburg.
For the Dortmund game, coach Thomas Tuchel rotated after Wednesday’s 4-0 win at home to Benfica, but his team suffered a Champions League hangover in Berlin.
The Bundesliga top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target for the eighth time in four games to remain one ahead of Lewandowski -- with 22 goals, but could not prevent defeat.
Salomon Kalou had given Hertha an early lead at the Olympic Stadium before Aubameyang netted with his second touch in a move orchestrated by Japan’s Shinji Kagawa.
But dead-ball specialist Marvin Plattenhardt smashed home a free kick for Hertha’s winner on 71 minutes to give Berlin only their third win in seven games
Bottom side Darmstadt are 11 points from safety despite their 2-1 home win with 10 men against Mainz thanks to first-half goals from Germany international Sidney Sam and captain Aytac Sulu.
Darmstadt played the last 30 minutes a man down after Mario Vrancic’s dismissal for a second booking.
Hoffenheim remain fourth after their 1-1 draw at Freiburg as Maximilian Philipp’s penalty was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric.
Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 1 Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich 3 - 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Darmstadt 2 - 1 Mainz 05
Freiburg 1 - 1 Hoffenheim
Hertha Berlin 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund
RasenBallsport Leipzig 0 - 1 Wolfsburg
Ingolstadt 2 - 2 FC Cologne
Schalke 04 3 - 0 Augsburg
FTHamburger SV 2 - 1 Borussia Moenchengladbach
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