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Lewandowski on a hat-trick as Bayern rip Dortmund apart

German Bundesliga By: Ambrose Udeme | 31/03/2018

Robert Lewandowski made sure Bayern Munich put in one of the performances of the season to edge ever closer to the Bundesliga title with a masterful 6-0 Klassiker victory over old rivals Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Three goals by the Poland international Lewandowski and another three from the boots of James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery was enough to send the Bavarians 18 points clear of their fierce rivals and 14 points above second-placed Schalke.

SETTING THE SCENE

Arturo Vidal was out, but James Rodriguez, Robert Lewandowski and company made up a formidable starting line-up against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

Defeat in Leipzig on Matchday 27 meant Bayern missed out on clinching the title in record-equalling quick time, while Schalke's 2-0 win over Freiburg has postponed their title celebrations for another week. Bayern still mean business against their Klassiker foes, though: Arjen Robben returned to the Bayern line-up after training this week, joining the handful of the champions-elect's squad members not called up by their national teams.

Jerome Boateng who was taken off in Germany's friendly defeat to Brazil with a knock was fit enough to partner Mats Hummels in defence. Vidal and Juan Bernat both missed out.

Marco Reus had been suffering with adductor problems since his team's UEFA Europa League exit to Red Bull Salzburg, and missed the Matchday 27 win over Hannover before the international break. Coach Peter Stoger was also without Omer Toprak, Shinji Kagawa (ankle) and Andriy Yarmolenko (foot) as third-placed BVB sought to close to within one point of Ruhr Valley rivals Schalke, currently in second.

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