Bayern routs Hertha 4-1 to restore 6-point Bundesliga lead

Bayern Munich outclassed Hertha Berlin to restore its six-point lead in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win on Sunday. The visitors should have won by even more with Bayern having a host of missed chances. It also saw two goals rightly ruled out through VAR. Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Müller scored in the first half before Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry rewarded Bayern’s dominance in the second. Substitute Jurgen Ekkelenkamp scored seconds after coming on for Hertha’s consolation goal, but the scoreline didn’t reflect a game in which the home team had four attempts on goal compared to the visitors’ 30. Leipzig defeated Wolfsburg 2-0 in the early game, stretching the visitors’ winless run to 11-games across all competitions.

Wolfsburg’s slump is good news for Hertha, which remains just three points above the relegation zone, one point above Wolfsburg. Local media reported that around 80 Hertha fans crashed the team’s training session on Saturday to berate the players following their German Cup defeat at home to city rival Union Berlin on Wednesday. A DJ played to a virtually empty stadium before kickoff – only 3,000 people were allowed in the 74,475-capacity Olympiastadion due to measures against the coronavirus. In contrast to Hertha, Bayern had a whole week to prepare for the game as there was no German Cup distraction. The Bavarian powerhouse was knocked out by Borussia Mönchengladbach — 5-0 — in the previous round. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann was able to call upon an almost complete squad, with just Leon Goretzka and Alphonso Davies missing. Hertha counterpart Tayfun Korkut gave 17-year-old defender Linus Gechter his first Bundesliga start.

Bayern needed less than two minutes to score, though Tolisso’s goal was chalked off for offside after the VAR check. Kingsley Coman crossed for Tolisso to head the opener in the 25th, ending a brief encouraging period from Hertha. Bayern’s attacks resumed and Müller duly scored before the break when Hertha’s defense failed to track him for Joshua Kimmich’s free kick. Vladimir Darida might have made the game exciting when he missed Hertha’s best chance from close range after Maximilian Mittelstädt crossed from the left. Bayern maintained its grip on the game and Korkut reacted with three changes before the hour-mark, bringing on new signing Fredrik André Björkan for his Bundesliga debut.

 

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