Bayern rout Schalke, move closer to title

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David AlabaPHOTO: Reuters
David AlabaPHOTO: Reuters

Bayern Munich moved closer to their first title in three years after extending their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 15 points on Saturday following their 4-0 rout of Schalke 04 .

Bayern were irresistible in Munich with 20-year-old Austrian 'wunderkind' David Alaba claiming two goals.

Schalke's lone striker Teemu Pukki found himself hopelessly isolated up front with his side unable to create a single shot on target and forced to defend against seemingly endless waves of Bayern attacks. France winger Franck Ribery won an early penalty when he darted through the Schalke defence and was brought down by Marco Hoeger. Alaba showed his rising status by stepping up and drilling home the 19th-minute spot-kick.

Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger proved the ankle injury - which kept him from playing in Wednesday's friendly over France was not an issue by curling home a free kick on 32 minutes to make it 2-0 at the break. Alaba netted his second on 51 minutes after a pass from striker Mario Gomez, who grabbed his first goal of the year in his first start of 2013 on 63 minutes.

Dortmund lose to Hamburg

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund lost 4-1 at home to Hamburg with South Korea's Son Heung-Min scoring twice as both teams finished with ten men. Bayer Leverkusen remain third after they drew 3-3 at Borussia Moenchengladbach after the lead changed hands three times before an 86th-minute equaliser by 'Gladbach's Patrick Herrmann shared the points. Hanover 96's striker Mame Diouf added to Hoffenheim's woes with a first-half winner in their 1-0 home victory, while Kevin de Bruyne scored the final goal in his team's 4-1 win at Stuttgart. Bottom side Greuther Fuerth went down 1-0 at home to Wolfsburg, while Eintracht Frankfurt stay fourth despite their 0-0 draw at home to Nuremberg.AFP



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