Bayern Munich 3-1 Hannover 96
Bayern Munich went four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with victory over Hannover 96 as Borussia Dortmund dropped points at Werder Bremen.
Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka gave Bayern – who are seeking a seventh consecutive league title – a comfortable lead at the break.
Franck Ribery sealed the win late on with a clinical finish.
Meanwhile, Dortmund drew 2-2 with Werder Bremen despite taking a two-goal lead.
Christian Pulisic had given Dortmund the advantage after just six minutes with a fine solo goal, and Paco Alcacer doubled their lead before the break.
But Werder Bremen hit back with two goals in five minutes from Kevin Mohwald and Claudio Pizarro – who, at 40 years and 213 days, extended his record as the Bundesliga’s oldest goalscorer.
The draw leaves Dortmund with an even steeper task if they are to catch Bayern in the race for the Bundesliga title.
Niko Kovac’s league leaders will take on RB Leipzig (away) and Eintracht Frankfurt (home) in their final two games, while Dortmund face Fortuna Dusseldorf (home) and Borussia Monchengladbach (away).
At the Allianz Arena on Saturday, Hannover pulled a goal back through Jonathas’ penalty – awarded by VAR – but the half-time substitute was sent off for a second bookable offence four minutes later.
It was Bayern’s 14th successive win in all competitions against Hannover, who had goalkeeper Michael Esser to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable.
The 31-year-old thwarted Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller in the first half, before pulling off impressive saves from Muller and David Alaba in the second.
Brazilian forward Jonathas was dismissed just nine minutes and three seconds after entering the fray in Munich. No player in Bundesliga history has been substituted on, scored and been sent off in a shorter period of time.
Hannover, who remain six points adrift of outright safety, will be relegated next weekend if 16th-placed Stuttgart avoid defeat at home to Wolfsburg.
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