Bayern enlarge advantage atop the standings in Bundesliga
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 16:28
Robert Lewandowski netted twice in a 3-0 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt while second-placed RB Leipzig crashed to a 1-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 at Hertha Berlin.
With the points in the bag and time running out, Bayern's tempo visibly dropped, and while Marco Fabian tried his luck with an ambitious effort from the halfway line, it was easy pickings for Neuer, while the final chance fell to Costa, who's fizzed effort was well saved by Hradecky.
Bayern have now hit 28 goals in their last six games, with Lewandowski claiming 10 of them, and the Bavarian giants are on course to collect a fifth straight German league title in Ancelotti's first season.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring on 38 minutes and Douglas Costa doubled the lead two minutes later.
As the match started Frankfurt made their intentions early by sitting deep into their own half. "There are still many games to play".
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC.
Jerome Boateng described his return to action in Bayern Munich's 3-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt as "unbelievable".
Despite the defeat, Dortmund stay on third place whereas Berlin continue on fifth place of the standings.
But dead-ball specialist Marvin Plattenhardt smashed home a free kick for Hertha's victor on 71 minutes to give Berlin only their third win in seven games Bottom side Darmstadt are 11 points from safety despite their 2-1 home win with 10 men against Mainz thanks to first-half goals from Germany global Sidney Sam and captain Aytac Sulu.
"In the second half we were better and controlled the game well".
- Lewandowski has scored 10 goals in his last seven competitive matches.
The hosts reaped another chance as Branimir Hrgota rounded Neuer before defender Mats Hummels' last-second tackle retained Bayern from a setback with 19 minutes played.
But Marvin Plattenhardt scored what proved to be the victor with a brilliant free kick inside the top corner with 20 minutes remaining. Hoffenheim remain fourth after their 1-1 draw at Freiburg as Maximilian Philipp's penalty was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric.
Elsewhere, bottom side Darmstadt picked up just a second win in 16 attempts as Mainz fell to a 2-1 loss at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion.