Bayern Beat Nuremberg

Leaders Bayern Munich extended both of their unbeaten league records with a 2-0 win at Nuremberg as the European champions remained 13 points clear in the Bundesliga.
The 39-point gulf between the two teams in the league table was evident, leaving runaway leaders Bayern with 56 out of a possible 60 points this season.
This was Bayern’s 45th unbeaten Bundesliga match, dating back to October 2012, and their 29th unbeaten away league game to extend their records after a rare win in Nuremberg.
Despite the heavy surface, Bayern still enjoyed more than 60 per cent possession, down from the average of 75 they are accustomed to — while defeat dropped Nuremberg back into the bottom three.
Bayern needed just 17 minutes to take the lead at Nuremberg’s Grundig Stadium when Germany star Mario Gotze put David Alaba in space down the flank and the Austria left-back flicked in a cross for Mario Mandzukic to volley home.
The Croatia striker then turned provider when he put captain Philipp Lahm in space to fire home on 49 minutes as Bayern counter-attacked.
It should have been more when Arjen Robben hit the post ten minutes later, but Bayern were in complete control.
“I quickly noticed why Bayern had only won once in six years at Nuremberg,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
“Nuremberg were aggressive and played very intensively, they had two or three clear chances.
“After we went 2-0 up, things got easier for us, but the pitch made things difficult and wasn’t good for our possession”.
“The first-half cost us a lot of strength and the belief wasn’t as great”, admitted Nuremberg coach Gertjan Verbeek. “It was almost impossible to come back after they went 2-0 up soon after the break”.
Meanwhile, third-placed Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a 5-1 win at Werder Bremen with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan both scoring twice.

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