Robben scores twice in Bayern's defeat of Braunschweig
Munich, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Arjen Robben helped Bayern Munich maintain its four-point lead atop the Bundesliga table on Saturday as his brace at the Allianz Arena guided the club to a 2-0 win over last-place Braunschweig.
It took Robben just two minutes to get Bayern off the mark as he latched on to ball from Mario Gotze and fired a shot off the post. The ball came back into play and sat kindly for the Dutchman to head home from close range.
Braunschweig managed to stay within a goal until the half-hour mark when Robben collected a pass from Toni Kroos and cut the ball onto his left foot before firing a shot past Daniel Davari with a customary finish.
Bayern called off the dogs and preserved its two-goal margin of victory to improve to 38 points on the season, keeping the reigning champions four points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen after its 3-0 defeat of Nurnberg on Saturday.
Leverkusen suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss to Manchester United in Champions League play on Wednesday, but the club bounced back to collect a solid home win thanks to a brace from Heung-Min Son and another Bundesliga tally from Stefan Kiessling, who has nine league goals this term.
Borussia Dortmund kept pace with the Bundesliga's top-two thanks to a 3-1 win at Mainz on Saturday. The match was scoreless until the final 20 minutes as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maxim Choupo-Moting exchanged goals within a four-minute window. Elkin Soto was sent off for Mainz in the 78th minute and Robert Lewandowski converted a pair of penalties in the remaining 12 minutes to lift Dortmund to 31 points.
Hoffenheim twice squandered a two-goal lead against Werder Bremen at the Rhein-Neckar Arena on Saturday as the two clubs split the points in a 4-4 draw.
A pair of penalties from Sejad Salihovic in the opening 18 minutes granted the home side the lead, but Bremen answered before halftime thanks to Aaron Hunt's spot-kick and a quick equalizer from Eljero Elia. Kevin Volland and Kai Herdling restored Hoffenheim's two-goal edge, but Nils Petersen and a stoppage-time goal from Philipp Bargfrede saw the two sides share the spoils.
Also in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Hertha Berlin and Augsburg played to a 0-0 draw while Jefferson Farfan netted a brace in Schalke's 3-0 defeat of Stuttgart.
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