Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Robben scores stunner, Pulisic shows off

Kristopher Nichols
November 6, 2017

Bayern Munich could not have wished for a better time to travel to Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund with the champions firing on all cylinders and their opponents mired in poor form ahead of Saturday's meeting.

Jupp Heynckes explained that Robert Lewandowski was omitted from Bayern Munich's win over Celtic due to an "overburdening", not injury, and is motivated to face Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker. "It was impossible to predict four weeks ago that we would now be six points ahead of Dortmund and four ahead of Leipzig", said Heynckes.

He led Bayern to the treble in 2013 and hasn't lost his last 29 Bundesliga games as coach. "We have to keep our feet on the ground", said Robben, who opened the scoring with his 93rd Bundesliga goal.

In typical Bayern fashion, those chances would prove costly as Lewandowski flicked Joshua Kimmich's right-sided cross past Burki via a telling touch from Omer Toprak on its way through - his seventh goal in seven matches against his former side. "You have to admit Dortmund had very good chances, but Sven Ulreich kept us in the game".

Marc Bartra, the defender who was injured in April's bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus, scored the hosts' consolation goal two minutes from time. "The easiest way to do it is by winning a game again".

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Freiburg dropped into the bottom three as Hamburg saw off 10-man Stuttgart 3-1. The United States forward, who has only one goal in nine appearances this season, remained on the bench.

The champions did not take long to find their rhythm on enemy territory, though, and they were in front 17 minutes in from the first attempt of the evening.

He was disappointed with how Bosz's side started the game but tried to remain positive about its chances of getting back on track after the global break. He glanced forward to assess his options, while going to kick the ball one way and then another, only to look down in surprise when he kicked air — the ball had rolled away.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig hit back against Hannover to clinch a 2-1 win and move up to second place.

The match had been billed as a major test of Bayern's title credentials - and they passed it with a clinical display to win a fourth successive league match.

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