It was called ‘Der Klassiker’ for a reason, the most engaging game in the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich were going up against their most formidable league opponents in Borussia Dortmund. For Dortmund, it was a chance to postpone Bayern’s coronation; not that they need bother, as by the time the Klassiker had kicked off, Schalke had beaten Freiburg, meaning whatever the result was at the Allianz Arena Die Roten couldn’t be champions this weekend.
Still Dortmund had victory as their aim, against a Bayern side likely to be distracted because of impending Champions League football. But no one would have predicted what would happen. By halftime, Bayern Munich were 5-0 up. Yes, up by five goals to nothing. They had taken an early lead, and wouldn’t slow down. Robert Lewandowski had bagged two, Thomas Muller, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery all added to it as the first 45 minutes ended.
Lewandowski grabbed another in the second period, to complete a hatrick against his former club, for whom it could easily have been much worse. Bayern lie one win away from the inevitable title confirmation, while Dortmund have had their ego bruised, their pride crushed, and are facing a battle to remain in the top four.
Bayern weren’t the only six-goal winners this weekend, as Hoffenheim also hit half a dozen against Koln. Braces from Serge Gnabry and Mark Uth were in the forefront for Die Krauchgauer, as they put themselves back in contention for a Champions League spot. Koln, meanwhile, remain in 17th, six points from safety.
The good news for Koln is that none their fellow immediate relegation battlers managed to win. Bottom club Hamburg could only draw at Stuttgart, Mainz failed to score in a stalemate with Borussia Monchengladbach, and Wolfsburg left Hertha Berlin with only a point.
Elsewhere, Augsburg’s search for a Bundesliga victory over Bayer Leverkusen continues, but they did manage a goalless draw at the Bay Arena. Leipzig climbed into the top four with a win at Hannover, Emil Forsberg, Willi Orban and Yuri Poulsen with the goals for Die Roten Bullen. Werder Bremen, meanwhile, continued their wonderful home run with a win over Frankfurt, who drop to sixth.
Bayern Munich 6-0 Dortmund
Hoffenheim 6-0 Koln
Schalke 2-0 Freiburg
Leverkusen 0-0 Augsburg
Mainz 0-0 Monchengladbach
Hertha BSC 0-0 Wolfsburg
Hannover 2-3 RB Leipzig
Werder Bremen 2-1 Frankfurt
Stuttgart 1-1 Hamburg