Bayern downs Dortmund to seize control of Bundesliga
Dortmund, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Bayern Munich scored three goals in the final 25 minutes of a 3-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday to move four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
It took 66 minutes to separate the teams on Saturday but former Dortmund man Mario Gotze broke the deadlock for Bayern 10 minutes after entering the match.
Dortmund was pressing forward in the last few minutes for an equalizer and the team was caught twice on the break to wrap up three points for Bayern as both Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller netted goals.
The result leaves Dortmund seven points adrift of Bayern and has casts some doubt on the team's title hopes, while Bayern has won 11 of its first 13 games in the league with two draws.
Up until Gotze's goal in the 66th minute Dortmund looked to be the more dangerous side. But the Germany international came back to haunt his former club when he took a pass from Muller and fired a shot into the net from just inside the penalty area despite goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller getting a hand to the ball.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a great chance for Dortmund five minutes later, and Bayern punished the hosts on the break to wrap up the points and assume firm control of the league.
Thiago Alcantara released Robben into the area on the left and the Dutchman provided a clinical finish by lifting the ball over Weidenfeller and inside the far post.
Muller capped the scoring two minutes later when he swept home a pass from Philipp Lahm 12 yards from goal.
Also on Saturday, Benedikt Howedes scored in the 86th minute of a 3-3 draw for Schalke against Eintracht, which took the lead with three goals in the second half, including two from Joselu.
Bayer Leverkusen took over second place with a 1-0 triumph at Hertha Berlin as Stefan Kiessling tallied the game's only goal in the 28th minute to help his team remain within four points of Bayern.
A first-half brace from Halil Altintop helped Augsburg to a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim, Nurnberg remains without a win after a 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg, while Freiburg captured its second victory of the campaign with a 1-0 win at Braunschweig, which dropped to the bottom of the league with the defeat.
11/23 14:53:32 ET