Bayern Munich hit six to cruise past Augsburg
Bayern Munich 6 - 0 Augsburg

Bayern Munich hit six to cruise past Augsburg

02/04/2017

Bayern Munich's seemingly unstoppable march towards a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title continued as they swatted aside struggling Augsburg 6-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Robert Lewandowski continued his red-hot form with a superb hat-trick and added two assists for good measure, Thomas Muller scored in either half while Thiago Alcantara was also on target in Bayern's fifth successive league win.

They retained a 13-point cushion over second-placed Leipzig with eight games of the season remaining but the evidence here suggests they are not taking anything for granted.

Carlo Ancelotti urged his star-studded side to focus on the task at hand and ignore any urge to instead look ahead to the mouthwatering Champions League tie against Real Madrid later this month.

The Bavarian derby against Augsburg was the first of three league ties between now and the opening leg against the LaLiga giants on April 12, and Ancelotti's advice seemed to be taken aboard in a remarkable display.

Manuel Neuer was among the absentees for the hosts - also without the injured Douglas Costa and the suspended Xabi Alonso and Javi Martinez - having undergone a toe operation earlier this week.

It was the first time the German goalkeeper had missed a league game since April 2015 but his replacement Sven Ulreich was a virtual bystander as Bayern were on the front foot from the off.

Lewandowski came into the encounter with 13 goals in his previous 11 appearances against Augsburg and it only took him 17 minutes to add to his tally, taking a touch following Thiago's through ball into the area before firing into the top corner.

The Pole turned provider in the 36th minute, squaring the ball to give an easy tap-in for Muller, who made it third time lucky having earlier seen two strikes hit the post.

There looked to be no way back for the visitors once they fell three down in the 55th minute and it was once again Lewandowski who was their scourge.

Franck Ribery was the architect with a defence-splitting pass into the path of Lewandowski and the 28-year-old shrugged off the challenge of Kevin Danso before slotting home.

Thiago got in on the act seven minutes later, starting and finishing a flowing move that had Augsburg defenders all at sea.

Lewandowski, who had had a hand in all four goals, then completed his hat-trick in the 79th minute, reacting quickest to put away the loose ball after Marwin Hitz had kept out Muller's header.

It was the prolific forward's 12th goal from his last six games but Bayern were still not sated and Muller completed the rout a minute later, twisting and turning in the area before thumping past Hitz.

Augsburg's miserable afternoon was compounded by Hamburg's last-minute victory over Cologne, meaning they dropped into the bottom three - albeit they are level on points with Wolfsburg and Mainz.

Related news

Niko Kovac vs. Bayern Munich in DFB Pokal final as Frankfurt see off Schalke

Niko Kovac vs. Bayern Munich in DFB Pokal final as Frankfurt see off Schalke

Eintracht Frankfurt edged Schalke 1-0 away on Wednesday to book their place in the DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich.

Thomas Muller nets hat trick as Bayern Munich cruise into DFB Pokal final

Thomas Muller nets hat trick as Bayern Munich cruise into DFB Pokal final

Thomas Muller's hat trick helped Bayern Munich cruise into the DFB Pokal final with a 6-2 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on Tuesday.

Schalke beat Dortmund in derby to grab edge in race for second

Schalke beat Dortmund in derby to grab edge in race for second

Schalke beat Dortmund 2-0 in Sunday's Revierderby to move four points clear of their challengers for second place in the Bundesliga table.

Superb Bayern Munich put five past Borussia Monchengladbach after early deficit

Superb Bayern Munich put five past Borussia Monchengladbach after early deficit

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich eased past Borussia Monchengladbach after recovering from falling behind.

Christian Pulisic scores with cross as Borussia Dortmund beat Stuttgart

Christian Pulisic scores with cross as Borussia Dortmund beat Stuttgart

Christian Pulisic got a bit of luck to end his four-month scoring drought and help Borussia Dortmund bounce back from their heavy defeat at Bayern Munich with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Stuttgart.

Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions with win at FC Augsburg

Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions with win at FC Augsburg

Bayern Munich secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title after coming from behind to win 4-1 at Bavarian neighbours Augsburg on Saturday.

Bayern Munich dominate Dortmund to close in on Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich dominate Dortmund to close in on Bundesliga title

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich demolished his old club Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena once more.

RB Leipzig earn first win over Bayern Munich in fifth attempt

RB Leipzig earn first win over Bayern Munich in fifth attempt

Substitute Timo Werner scored a 56th-minute winner as RB Leipzig claimed their first win over Bayern Munich at the fifth attempt.

Michy Batshuayi steers Borussia Dortmund to victory over Hannover

Michy Batshuayi steers Borussia Dortmund to victory over Hannover

Michy Batshuayi's brilliant first-half strike was enough for Borussia Dortmund to defeat visiting Hannover 1-0 and consolidate third place in the Bundesliga.

RELATED NEWS

Niko Kovac vs. Bayern Munich in DFB Pokal final as Frankfurt see off Schalke
Schalke 04 0 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Niko Kovac vs. Bayern Munich in DFB Pokal final as Frankfurt see off Schalke

Eintracht Frankfurt edged Schalke 1-0 away on Wednesday to book their place in the DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich.

Thomas Muller nets hat trick as Bayern Munich cruise into DFB Pokal final
Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 6 Bayern Munich

Thomas Muller nets hat trick as Bayern Munich cruise into DFB Pokal final

Thomas Muller's hat trick helped Bayern Munich cruise into the DFB Pokal final with a 6-2 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on Tuesday.

Schalke beat Dortmund in derby to grab edge in race for second
Schalke 04 2 - 0 Dortmund

Schalke beat Dortmund in derby to grab edge in race for second

Schalke beat Dortmund 2-0 in Sunday's Revierderby to move four points clear of their challengers for second place in the Bundesliga table.

Superb Bayern Munich put five past Borussia Monchengladbach after early deficit
Bayern Munich 5 - 1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Superb Bayern Munich put five past Borussia Monchengladbach after early deficit

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich eased past Borussia Monchengladbach after recovering from falling behind.

Christian Pulisic scores with cross as Borussia Dortmund beat Stuttgart
Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Stuttgart

Christian Pulisic scores with cross as Borussia Dortmund beat Stuttgart

Christian Pulisic got a bit of luck to end his four-month scoring drought and help Borussia Dortmund bounce back from their heavy defeat at Bayern Munich with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Stuttgart.

Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions with win at FC Augsburg
FC Augsburg 1 - 4 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions with win at FC Augsburg

Bayern Munich secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title after coming from behind to win 4-1 at Bavarian neighbours Augsburg on Saturday.

Bayern Munich dominate Dortmund to close in on Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich 6 - 0 Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich dominate Dortmund to close in on Bundesliga title

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich demolished his old club Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena once more.

RB Leipzig earn first win over Bayern Munich in fifth attempt
RB Leipzig 2 - 1 Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig earn first win over Bayern Munich in fifth attempt

Substitute Timo Werner scored a 56th-minute winner as RB Leipzig claimed their first win over Bayern Munich at the fifth attempt.

Michy Batshuayi steers Borussia Dortmund to victory over Hannover
Borussia Dortmund 1 - 0 Hannover

Michy Batshuayi steers Borussia Dortmund to victory over Hannover

Michy Batshuayi's brilliant first-half strike was enough for Borussia Dortmund to defeat visiting Hannover 1-0 and consolidate third place in the Bundesliga.