Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry both scored twice as Bayern Munich rampaged to a thumping 5-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen to return to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday.
After suffering a shock defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago and losing the top spot to Borussia Dortmund overnight, Bayern bounced back in style against fellow title hopefuls Leverkusen.
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Level on points in first and second before the weekend, the gulf in class between the two teams became apparent as Bayern put their hosts to the sword with a brutal and brilliant first-half performance.
“It sounds a bit strange when you have scored five goals, but we could have had six or seven in the first half today,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann told broadcaster DAZN.
The 31-time German champions smashed in four goals in the space of seven minutes in the first half to humiliate a young Leverkusen side and go a point clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.
“It was clear after 45 minutes that the three points were coming to Munich,” said Lewandowski, who kick-started the rout with the opening two goals.
“We knew that we would have to play our football from the beginning today, and the result shows how well we played.” (AFP)