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Bayern scoring blitz extends lead atop Bundesliga

Updated: 2015-02-23 07:52
By Agence France-Presse in Berlin (China Daily)

Bayern Munich stretched its lead in the Bundesliga to 11 points following a crushing 6-0 win at Paderborn on Saturday, while Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz scored a stoppage-time equalizer against Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern was held scoreless by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last Tuesday but the titleholder has now scored 14 goals in two league matches.

Robert Lewandowksi's first-half double on his return to the starting lineup got Bayern on its way, while Arjen Robben is now the league's top scorer after getting his 15th and 16th goals of the season.

Franck Ribery and Mitchell Weiser also netted as Bayern scored four times in the second half after the home team had Florian Hartherz sent off.

Visiting manager Pep Guardiola was satisfied with the performance, although he also indicated the game was tougher than the scoreline suggested.

"We played with great seriousness and hardly gave up any chances," the Bayern coach said.

"It was hard to play against their five-man defence. I said beforehand that Paderborn will stay in the Bundesliga. Now I'm certain of it."

Lewandowski beat home keeper Lukas Kruse from Robben's pass in the 24th minute and the Polish striker got his 10th league goal of the season eight minutes before halftime when he converted Ribery's low pass to the middle.

Any hope of a comeback by the home side disappeared when Hartherz was red-carded in the 63rd minute after colliding with Robben. The Dutch winger picked himself up to convert from the penalty spot.

Ribery fired home from inside the box with 18 minutes left before substitute Weiser made it five with a clever lob over Kruse.

Robben completed the scoring from another Ribery cross.

Meanwhile, there was late drama in Augsburg as goalkeeper Hitz stabbed home in the fourth minute of injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leverkusen.

Josip Drmic's eighth-minute goal gave Leverkusen a deserved lead but Brazilian attacker Caiuby poked home his first goal for Augsburg after 59 minutes.

A deflected shot from Stefan Reinartz looked to have won it for Leverkusen but it failed to clear a corner and Hitz volleyed in from close range.

He became the first goalkeeper to score a Bundesliga goal from open play since Frank Rost for Werder Bremen in March 2002.

 Bayern scoring blitz extends lead atop Bundesliga

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski vies for the ball against SC Paderborn in Padeborn on Saturday. Bayern cruised to a 6-0 victory. Patrik Stollarz / AFP

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