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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Joshua Kimmich (2')
  • David Alaba (29')
  • Serge Gnabry (53')
  • Robert Lewandowski (62')

Bayern Munich hammer Hannover to keep pressure on Dortmund

Bayern Munich demolished hosts Hanover 96 4-0 on Saturday to make it three league wins in a row for the rejuvenated champions while moving them to within six points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern, who took the lead with a Joshua Kimmich goal after only 62 seconds, oozed new-found confidence as they rode roughshod over the hosts.

They fired 13 shots on goal compared to their opponents' single effort in the first half and David Alaba doubled their lead with a 29th-minute missile from 20 metres.

In the absence of their veteran wingers -- Arjen Robben was injured and Franck Ribery rested -- 22-year-old Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry terrorised the Hanover defence with their speed.

Gnabry made it 3-0 in the 53rd and Robert Lewandowski headed in their fourth goal in the 62nd as the hosts capitulated.

Bayern, who have put last month's dip in form behind them, moved on to 30 points, third on goal difference behind Borussia Moenchengladbach, who drew 0-0 at Hoffenheim.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 29 +49 67
2 Borussia Dortmund 29 +32 66
3 RB Leipzig 29 +33 58
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 +23 52
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 +13 51
6 TSG Hoffenheim 29 +21 47
7 Werder Bremen 29 +11 46
8 Bayer Leverkusen 29 +3 45
9 VfL Wolfsburg 29 +3 45
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 29 -17 37
11 Hertha Berlin 29 -7 35
12 Mainz 29 -16 33
13 SC Freiburg 29 -11 32
14 FC Augsburg 29 -15 28
15 Schalke 04 29 -17 27
16 VfB Stuttgart 29 -34 21
17 Nurnberg 29 -30 18
18 Hannover 96 29 -41 14