Gnabry hits hat-trick as Bayern thrash Bremen

German giants move four points clear at the top of Bundesliga with 6-1 win

AFP November 09, 2022


Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich moved four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a dominant 6-1 win against Werder Bremen on Tuesday.

Bayern's win ensured they will finish the midweek round of matches in top spot. The reigning champions are four points above second-placed Freiburg who visit RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

The win initially appeared to be bittersweet for the Bavarians, with Senegal forward Sadio Mane substituted early in the match with an apparent leg injury.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said the extent of the injury was unclear.

"He copped a knock on his kneecap," he told Sky. "We hope it isn't too bad but we don't know too much yet."

With goals from Jamal Musiala and Leon Goretzka alongside two from Gnabry, Bayern led 4-1 after just 28 minutes, before taking their foot off the pedal against an outclassed Bremen.

In the dying stages, Bayern again turned up the heat, with Gnabry scoring his third on 82 minutes and French teenager Mathys Tel adding another with five minutes remaining.

"The first half started brilliantly... (It) was very spectacular. There could have been even more goals," said Bayern's Joshua Kimmich.

Earlier on Tuesday, goals from defender Micky van de Ven and Germany hopeful Lukas Nmecha helped Wolfsburg end Borussia Dortmund's three-match Bundesliga winning streak with a 2-0 victory.

Dortmund slipped six points behind Bayern in fourth place.

Wolfsburg – who are unbeaten in their last eight games dating back to October 1 – dominated the opening exchanges, taking the lead in the sixth minute when Van de Ven, 21, headed in a corner unmarked at the far post.

Dortmund eventually found their feet towards the end of the first half, with defender Niklas Suele hitting the post just before the break.

Dortmund roared out of the blocks in the second period, with teenage striker Youssoufa Moukoko forcing a reflex save from Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham fell to the turf in the second half clutching his shoulder and required treatment, but was able to continue and finish the game.

With Dortmund pushing forward in injury time, Wolfsburg hit the visitors on the counter, with Nmecha scoring to seal his side's third straight win.

The goal was Nmecha's fourth of the campaign, with the former England youth international taking his final chance to impress Germany coach Hansi Flick ahead of Thursday's squad announcement.

The loss was the visitors' fourth defeat from seven away games this season, while for Wolfsburg it was their first win over Dortmund in their last 15 meetings.

Stuttgart defender Konstantinos Mavropanos scored a header in the eighth minute of injury time to give his team a 2-1 home win over Hertha Berlin.

Stuttgart have won four of their six matches since caretaker boss Michael Wimmer replaced American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo with the side winless and sitting in the relegation spots.


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