Bayern Munich beat Dortmund to stretch lead at the top

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Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 16th minute
Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 16th minute

Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-1 victory over title rivals Borussia Dortmund to open a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern have looked a different side since Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti and not even Dortmund could stop them.

Arjen Robben fired the champions ahead with a curling effort from just inside the area before Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 from Joshua Kimmich’s pass.

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Defender David Alaba added the third.

Third-placed Dortmund, who brought on Jadon Sancho as a substitute, scored a late consolation through Marc Bartra but fell six points behind Bayern.

Robert Lewandoski added gloss to the scoreline by scoring Bayern’s second goal

London-born Sancho, a 17-year-old former Manchester City youth forward, replaced Andriy Yarmolenko, who had earlier twice been denied by Sven Ulreich.

Ulreich also kept out a stinging shot by leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

At the other end, Lewandowski had a header saved at point-blank range by Roman Burki.

Robben James Rodriguez celebrate after Bayern Munich’s opener against Borussia Dortmund

The match had been billed as a major test of Bayern’s title credentials – and they passed it with a clinical display to win a fourth successive league match.

Bayern – looking to win the Bundesliga title for the sixth successive season – have won six games and drawn two since an unexpected 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim on 9 September.