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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Robert Lewandowski (9', 27')
  • Franck Ribéry (56')

Bayern Munich cruise past Nurnberg to go second, continue recovery

Champions Bayern Munich eased past Nuremberg 3-0 in the Bavarian derby with two goals from Robert Lewandowski, to continue their recovery from a dip in form and move into second place.

Lewandowski struck twice in the first half and Franck Ribery added another in the 56th as Bayern found minimal resistance from their toothless opponents.

Bayern, who have advanced to the Champions League knockout stage, posted their first win in five home league matches and the scoreline could have been more emphatic.

It was also their third straight win in all competitions to strengthen the position of embattled coach Niko Kovac.

"Today we did not allow anything over 90 minutes and we had many chances ourselves" Kovac told reporters.

"I am very satisfied. It was important that we kept a clean sheet and maintained our confidence and lead and did not concede goals (as in recent games). Now we have won three games in a row (in all competitions)."

The reigning champions, who have won the last six league titles, are on 27 points, nine behind leaders Borussia Dortmund who beat Schalke 04 2-1 on Saturday.

Borussia Moenchengladbach, on 26, are in action on Sunday against VfB Stuttgart.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +56 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +37 76
3 RB Leipzig 34 +34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +17 58
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +13 55
6 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +12 55
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +12 54
8 Werder Bremen 34 +9 53
9 TSG Hoffenheim 34 +18 51
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 -16 44
11 Hertha Berlin 34 -8 43
12 Mainz 34 -11 43
13 SC Freiburg 34 -15 36
14 Schalke 04 34 -18 33
15 FC Augsburg 34 -20 32
16 VfB Stuttgart 34 -38 28
17 Hannover 96 34 -40 21
18 Nurnberg 34 -42 19