Bayern take advantage to close gap in Bundesliga

Bayern Munich closed down Dortmund lead to five points after a 3-1 win over Schalke in the Bundesliga after their rivals dropped two points against Hoffenheim.

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Bayern took the lead from a forced error as Jeffrey Bruma stuck the ball into his own net tackling Robert Lewandowski but were pegged back from Ahmed Kutucu on 25 minutes from Weston McKennie pass for a one on one.

Lewandowski pulled Niko Kovac side ahead after being slipped in by James Rodriguez on 27 minutes and Serge Gnabry sealed the winner with a stooping header from the polish striker overhead kick.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac speaking after the 3-1 win over Schalke: “We did a really good job in the first half and at times in the second. But the 120-minute cup match was noticeable, in Dortmund too.

“You mustn’t allow that when you’re three up after 75 minutes. That was a warning, but I think it was a deserved win and the right margin of victory.”

Domenico Tedesco FC Schalke coach: “Taken altogether it was a deserved defeat. I think we failed to close down the flanks, especially at the beginning. We were a bit too passive. We tried to put up a fight after half-time but conceded the third in our best spell.

“Unfortunately we were too timid. If you want to take something away from Munich you have to defend by going on the attack, we failed to do that.”

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