Front runners Bayern rout Hoffenheim in Bundesliga
BERLIN: Reigning champions Bayern Munich defended its one-point advantage atop the standings after whitewashing Hoffenheim 4-0 in the 9th round of Bundesliga on Saturday.
Gnabry got his name on the scoreboards nonetheless in the 16th minute after the German international benefitted on Musiala's through ball to beat Baumann from tight angle.
Hoffenheim tried to find answers, but Bayern pressed and doubled its advantage at the half hour mark when Gnabry neutralized a Hoffenheim attack at his own box with a long pass to Lewandowski, who flicked the ball into the path of Thomas Muller, who shrugged off Chris Richards before assisting Lewandowski, whose long-rang hammer caught Baumann flat footed.
Hoffenheim enjoyed more possession but failed to turn its dominance into a tangible reward. Bayern then ruthlessly destroyed Hoffenheim's hopes of a comeback in the 82nd minute as substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting capitalized on a miscued clearance and slotted home from close range.
The third goal took the wind out of the visitors sails meanwhile Bayern wasn't done with the scoring and made it 4-0 through Kingsley Coman, who made the most of Dayot Upamecano's deep through ball in the 87th minute.
With the win, Bayern Munich stay atop the standings. Hoffenheim suffered its fourth loss in the campaign and slump to the 10th place in the table.
Elsewhere, runners-up Borussia Dortmund remain on the heels of the German giants after beating Arminia Bielefeld 3-1 on the goals from Emre Can, Mats Hummels and Jude Bellingham.
In-form Freiburg move to the third place after snatching a 2-0 away victory over Wolfsburg to record the fifth win from nine games, and newly promoted Greuther Furth remain winless after losing 4-1 to Leipzig. Agencies