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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Near Successful Title Defense

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick to lead Bayern Munich to a 6-0 hammering of Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga play.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Near Successful Title Defense

Jupp Heynckes’s Bayern Munich may not have clinched the Bundesliga title in their 6-0 hammering of Peter Stoger’s Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Munich, but they placed their best foot forward and are now one win away from achieving their goal of defending one of the most coveted honors in German club football.

“It’s always difficult to recover your rhythm after an international break, we did a very good job,” said Heynckes after the match. “Our plan was to win the game because we had to lay down another marker. The team turned in an outstanding display over 90 minutes, they turned in a gala display in the first 45 minutes. We made the most of our tactical and technical dominance.”

Robert Lewandowski led the way for Bayern with a triple in the fifth, 44th and 87th minutes. Other major goalscorers for the league leaders include James Rodriguez (14′), Thomas Muller (23′) and Franck Ribery (45′).

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“We got off to a good start,” Muller added. “Dortmund pressed a bit but they weren’t 100 percent consistent. We had space and exploited it well from the start. If you concede one or two at the Allianz Arena you might be in for a thrashing. We eased off a bit in the second half.”

Stats wise, Dortmund had more fouls (eight to five), corners (eight to five) and offsides (three to two), while Bayern had more corners (two to one), attempts on goal (17 to eight), tackles won (57.75 percent ot 42.25 percent), possession (58.94 percent to 41.06 percent), touches (811 to 565) and passes completed (90.79 percent to 84.43 percent, 611 to 358). The stats backed up the one-way traffic in the key match to a virtual one-team race to the title.

“Our focus in the second half was not to give away possession so that we don’t have to push ourselves to the limit,” Bayern’s Mats Hummels said. “We only have three days until the match in Sevilla. We have a very good team, good team spirit and good attitude. But we’re far from perfect and know what we have to improve.”

Following their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg with Sevilla FC on Tuesday (kickoff 11:45 a.m. PT), Bayern Munich will look to complete their defense on April 7 away to FC Augsburg. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. PT.

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