Bayern Munich beat Dortmund to stretch lead at the top

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.