Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Roben each grabbed braces as Bayern Munich sealed a comfortable 4-0 win over Hannover 96 to advance into the international break atop the German Bundesliga table.
The win extends the champions’ unbeaten run to nine this season including six wins and a draw in their last seven competitive games (all without conceding a goal).
The hosts maintained a 3-0 lead into the interval, with the Polish striker scoring twice, either side of Arjen Robben’s strike following a defensive error by Brazilian defender Felipe who gifted captain Philip Lahm a poor pass.
Robben completed the thrashing with a solo effort 11 minutes to the dead, as Bayern built a 4-point lead at the summit of the German League.
Borussia Monchengladbach could close in on the leaders tomorrow if they win Mainz 05 at their 54,057 capacity Borussia Park.
Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp’s Borrussia Dortmund continued their slow start to the season, with a 1-0 home loss to Hamburg.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga 35th minute-strike made all the difference after an Adrian Ramos gaff. Dortmund dropped to 13th on seven points, 10 behind Bayern after only seven games.
Back to the Allianz Arena on Saturday, Lewandowski, who joined the Bavarians from Dortmund in pre-season netted his third goal in seven matches six minutes after kickoff, collecting a tailored pass from midfielder Rafinha to beat his marker and shoot past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
Dutch winger Robben doubled the lead seven minutes later, latching on to a Philip Lahm pass to shoot home from 19 meters.
Lewandowski completed his brace eight minutes after the half-hour mark, when he collected a pass from Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri at the centre of the box to blast a right-footed shot beyond Zieler via the post.
Bayern continued to dictate play after the break and Robben completed scoring in the 79th minute, finding the bottom right corner of the visitors goal with his left-footed shot after a solo run into the penalty area.
Elsewhere, Hoffenheim went second in the table with a 2-1 victory over Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen salvaged a 2-2 draw against 10-man Paderborn with a 90th-minute Karim Bellarabi equaliser and Werder Bremen drew 1-1 with fellow strugglers Freiburg.