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Bayern beats Schalke 4-0 to increase Bundesliga lead

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich prolonged its German league result in seven factors as Robert Lewandowski scored for the eighth Bundesliga recreation in a row to earn a 4-0 win over last-place Schalke on Sunday.

After title rivals Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund all misplaced earlier within the weekend, three assists from Joshua Kimmich took Bayern a step nearer towards what could be its record-extending ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Kimmich put Bayern on monitor for the win with an excellent Thirty third-minute cross which left Thomas Müller needing solely a easy headed end to attain the opening aim. Kimmich additionally arrange Lewandowski within the 54th when the Polish striker beat defender Ozan Kabak earlier than scoring his twenty third aim in 17 Bundesliga video games this season.

Müller headed in one other aim within the 89th off a Kimmich free kick, and David Alaba made it 4-0 quickly after from lengthy vary.

Bayern had goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank because the group recorded back-to-back shutouts within the league for the primary time this season. Neuer made a sequence of saves within the first half and confirmed quick reactions to parry an angled header from Mark Uth within the eleventh as Schalke threatened to attain first.

Regardless of Bayern’s two late targets, it was a far nearer recreation than Bayern’s 8-0 hammering of Schalke on the opening day of the season in September, testomony each to Schalke’s latest enchancment underneath new coach Christian Gross and to Bayern’s personal dip in type, with two uncommon defeats this month.

The German and European champion’s punishing schedule will solely intensify subsequent month with a visit to the Membership World Cup in Qatar and a Champions League last-16 recreation in opposition to Lazio.

Schalke is final within the league with seven factors from 18 video games and is 10 factors from security because it battles deep-seated monetary issues worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. It has misplaced all three video games since a hat trick from U.S. striker Matthew Hoppe led the group to a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim on Jan. 9 — the membership’s first league win in almost a 12 months.

Hoffenheim hosts Cologne later Sunday within the day’s different Bundesliga recreation.

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Extra AP sports activities: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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