• Jamie Lashley

Bundesliga GW20 – Bayern conquer capital to consolidate seven-point lead

Updated: Feb 9

Bayern Munich made it five Bundesliga wins in a row on Friday night, taking all three points from the Olympiastadion after a snowy contest with an out-of-sorts Hertha Berlin. Hansi Flick’s side looked set to take the lead with just 11 minutes on the clock after Hertha ‘keeper Rune Jarstein fouled Leroy Sane in the box, but Robert Lewandowski’s penalty was well saved by Jarstein.


Munich's Olympiastadion. Photo: 3093594 via Pixabay


The goal came only ten minutes later however, with Kingsley Coman’s effort from 20 yards deflected by Niklas Stark and cruelly spinning over Jarstein. Hertha had chances to equalise throughout, but the best of those fell to talisman Matheus Cunha in the 89th minute. Through on goal, Cunha’s chip beat Neuer but the ball did not quite fall inside the post.


There was a debut off the bench for World Cup winner Sami Khedira for Hertha, who now find themselves level on points with 16th placed Arminia in a disastrous campaign for the high spending Berlin side. Bayern, meanwhile, will compete in the Club World Cup this week after Champions League success in the summer and are well-positioned to maintain their Bundesliga dominance.


Elsewhere:


Borussia Dortmund came up short in their visit to Freiburg, with the hosts holding on to a 2-1 win to secure the points. Jeong Woo-yeong’s beautiful strike, followed by Jonathan Schmid’s speculative effort which Marwin Hitz should have stopped, were enough for Freiburg, who survived BVB’s late onslaught during which 16-year-old striker Youssouf Moukoko halved the deficit.


Fellow Champions League challengers RB Leipzig were dominant in a 3-0 win away at basement boys Schalke. Bayer Leverkusen also remain in the hunt for the top four after an exciting 5-2 win against Stuttgart. Former Leicester man Demarai Gray was on the scoresheet on debut for Peter Bosz’s side.


Third-placed Wolfsburg again had Wout Weghorst to thank, with the large striker powering his team to a 2-0 win over Augsburg. Second-bottom Mainz snuck past 10-man Union Berlin to pick up a vital three points.


Finally, Elvis Rexhbecaj scored twice for Köln to steal the points from Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening in another shock Bundesliga result.


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