Tuesday’s demolition of visitors Werder Bremen by champion Bayern Munich resulted in a 6-1 victory and an increase of four points in the lead at the top of the table.
Bayern has now gone 26 league games without losing to Werder thanks to their fifth straight league victory, which featured a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and tied the Bundesliga record for the longest unbeaten streak against one team.
With 47 goals from 14 games, it also has the second-best attack in Bundesliga history, just one fewer than it did at the same point in the 1976–1977 campaign.
“The first half got off to a fiery start. That was pretty spectacular,” said Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich after they scored four in the opening 28 minutes. “There could have been even more goals.”
Jamal Musiala, a star player for Germany who supporters are hoping will be just as productive at the World Cup later this month, displayed exceptional composure when he picked up the ball in the box in the sixth minute, avoided one defender, and then buried it with his left foot.
The goal came as Bayern and Werder squared off for a Bundesliga record 111th time. It was the 19-year-old’s ninth league goal of the year.
Four minutes later, Anthony Jung’s low shot caught goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off guard for the visitors, who were playing without leading scorer Niclas Fuellkrug due to injury.
However, Bayern continued to apply pressure even after Senegal international Sadio Mane had to leave the field due to injury after 20 minutes.
After Eric Maxim Choupo-penalty Moting’s attempt in the 17th minute was saved, they went on to score three times in six frantic minutes to end the game.
In the 22nd minute, Gnabry curled in a beautiful shot, and four minutes later, fellow German international Leon Goretzka added another goal.
When Werder failed to stop Bayern’s runs through the middle in the 28th minute, Gnabry scored his second goal of the game. Leroy Sane’s assist was perfect.
Sane ought to have scored himself early in the second half, but as Bayern slowed down, he hit the post with only goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka to beat.
In the 82nd minute, Gnabry scored his hat-trick after eluding four Werder defenders. Two minutes later, Mathys Tel, a French youth international, scored on his own to give Bayern their half-dozenth goal and secure their ninth straight victory in all competitions.
The Bavarians will play at RB Leipzig on Wednesday and currently have 31 points, four more than second-placed Freiburg. On 26, Union, who will take on Augsburg, is third.