Berlin, March 11: Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick helped Bayern Munich to whitewash relegation-threatened Hamburg 6-0 while Hoffenheim cruised 3-0 past struggling Wolfsburg at the 26th round in Bundesliga.
Ruway leaders Bayern Munich showed no mercy with Hamburg as three goals from Lewandowski on Saturday, two from Franck Ribery and one from Arjen Robben increase Hamburg’s relegation worries.
The German giants needed only eight minutes before Ribery rounded Hamburg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia to open the scoring from inside the box.
Bayern gained momentum and pressed Hamburg into defence before Lewandowski headed home Joshua Kimmich’s cross to double the lead in the 12th minute.
The pole remained in the thick of things as he tripled the lead moments later when he tapped home an assist from David Alaba with 19 minutes played.
Hamburg were uble to put up resistance whereas Bayern started where they left off before the half time as Dutchman Arjen Robben made it 4-0 on the scoreboards 10 minutes into the second half.
The hosts remained on the front foot as Ribery shrugged off three defenders before slamming home the fifth goal from inside the box with nine minutes to the fil whistle.
Bayern’s Lewandowski should have extended the lead but the striker squandered a pelty as he pulled over the target.
However, the Pole made amends as he converted another pelty to seal his hat-trick in the closing period.
With the result, Bayern established their 20-point advantaged atop the standings, while Hamburg were stuck at the 17th place with seven points to safety. IANS