Bayern back on top of Bundesliga as Leipzig loses first game
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 11, 2016 09:30 AM
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich routed Wolfsburg 5-0 and took advantage of Leipzig's first defeat to replace the promoted side at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Leipzig's record 13-game unbeaten start was finally ended in a 1-0 loss at coach Ralph Hasenhuettl's former side Ingolstadt, which had been bottom but climbed one place.
"Defeats always hurt, regardless against whom," said Hasenhuettl, who led Ingolstadt to promotion in 2015.
Midfielder Roger's early header was enough to end Leipzig's eight-game winning run and give Ingolstadt its second win in four games under new coach Maik Walpurgis.
The game ended on a turbulent note when Emil Forsberg missed a great chance to equalize and players on both sides received yellow cards after a melee. Ingolstadt's Mathew Leckie was sent off in injury time.
"A wonderful match day," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose rivals all dropped points. "Ingolstadt will get a truckload of white sausage and wheat-beer from us."
In Munich, Thomas Mueller scored his first league goal since April as Bayern returned to the top with a comfortable win over crisis-hit Wolfsburg.
"Now we're leaders and that will certainly do our Christmas party this evening good," said Mueller, who had gone 999 minutes without scoring. "It's nice the goal drought is now over. It wasn't so important to me but I know others made a big deal of it."
Arjen Robben opened the scoring with a curling effort inside the far post from a difficult angle in the 18th minute and Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead from close range three minutes later.
"It's brutal, it's depressing when it starts like that," former Bayern striker Mario Gomez said of his return.
Lewandowski grabbed his second goal early in the second half when he deflect Mueller's shot inside the left post.
Mueller, who scored 32 goals across all competitions for Bayern last season, then ended his goal drought by deflecting Robben's effort past the helpless Diego Benaglio, and Douglas Costa completed the Wolfsburg goalkeeper's miserable afternoon with a fine strike in the final minutes.
After 14 games, Bayern leads on goal difference from Leipzig. Only goal difference was separating Wolfsburg from the relegation zone.
Here's a look at other games:
COLOGNE 1, BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1
Dortmund was headed for its fourth defeat of the season until Marco Reus struck in the final minute for his first league goal since returning from injury last month.
Artjoms Rudnevs was left alone to head Cologne in front before the half-hour mark from Jonas Hector's free kick.
Dortmund dominated possession but failed going forward until the end. Adrian Ramos crossed for Reus to slot the equalizer inside the right post.
It was Reus' first league goal since the 2-2 draw with Cologne in the final round last season.
Cologne midfielder Salih Ozcan was sent off with his second yellow card in injury time.
Dortmund dropped eight points behind Bayern and Leipzig, while Cologne stayed seventh after its ninth straight unbeaten game at home.
HERTHA BERLIN 0, WERDER BREMEN 1
Max Kruse's strike before the break was enough for Bremen to beat third-place Hertha and climb four points above the relegation zone with its first away win of the season.
Hertha's defense was at fault with Niklas Stark losing the ball for Kruse to grab his second goal in as many games.
"He's young. That's the time to make mistakes," Hertha coach Pal Derdai said of his defender.
Led by veteran forward Claudio Pizarro, Bremen missed good chances to extend the lead.
Hertha had previously won all six games at home this season.
HAMBURGER SV 1, AUGSBURG 0
Hamburg forward Lewis Holtby left his side an uphill task before the break when he was sent off for elbowing Dominik Kohr in the face after he was fouled by the Augsburg midfielder.
But Kohr received his second yellow card midway through the second half and Filip Kostic scored two minutes later on a rebound after Nicolai Mueller's effort hit the post.
It was enough for Hamburg to climb into the relegation playoff place, one point above Ingolstadt and two above Darmstadt, which lost 1-0 at Freiburg.
Nils Petersen's late penalty was enough for Freiburg.