Bayern’s Thomas Mueller (L) vies with VfL Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg, in Munich, Germany, Dec. 10, 2016. Bayern Munich won 5-0. (Xinhua/Philippe Ruiz)

Bayern cruised to a 5-0 victory over Wolfsburg to grab the top spot while last-placed Ingolstadt upset unbeaten Leipzig with a 1-0 win at the 14th round of Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern Munich recaptured the lead in Germany’s top flight after Carlo Ancelotti’s men crushed hapless Wolfsburg 5-0 thanks to the brace from Robert Lewandowski.

Immediately after kick off Bayern Munich assumed control against passive visitors from Wolfsburg. It took only 18 minutes before the German record champions broke the deadlock on home soil as Arjen Robben had all time and space to curl the ball from the edge of the box into the far post corner.

The hosts gained momentum with the opener and doubled the lead four minutes later through Robert Lewandowski, who capitalized on a deflected shot on target from Arturo Vidal to poke home the 2-0 lead from close range.

Wolfsburg’s offense were unable to threat Bayern, as a free kick from Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez remained the only test for Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the first half.

After the restart, Bayern smoothed the way for the win as Lewandowski marked his 11th goal of the season to triple the lead after deflecting Thomas Mueller’s shot on target in the 58th minute.

Wolfsburg were unable to keep the hosts on the distance. Hence, Thomas Mueller was able to end his goal drought after tapping home from close range in the 76th minute before Douglas Costa rounded off the 5-0 win with a hammer from outside of the box in the dying minutes of the game.

With the result, Bayern jump from the 2nd to the first place while Wolfsburg remain winless in the fourth straight game to remain on the 15th position.

Last place Ingolstadt ensured the stunner of the gameday after the “Schanzer” carved out a 1-0 victory over Leipzig, who suffered the first loss of the season.

Maik Walpurgis’ men secured a fairytale start in home front as Roger de Oliveira Bernardo headed home a free-kick cross from Anthony Jung to mark the opener with 12 minutes played.

Leipzig increased their efforts but they were unable to overcome Ingolstadt’s well-positioned defence. The “Bulls” had to wait until the restart to reap a promising chance but Ingolstadt’s custodian Martin Hansen denied Marcel Sabitzer’s shot on target.

The visitors controlled the proceedings but neither Emil Forsberg nor Oliver Burke were able to restore parity. Even after the dismissal of Ingolstadt’s Matthew Lecki, who booked his second yellow card, Leipzig failed grab the equalizer.

Forsberg had the golden chance in the dying minutes of the game but the Sweden international squandered the chance from very close range.

With the first loss of the season, Leipzig slipped from first to second place while Ingolstadt climbed from 18th to 17th.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen shocked third-placed Hertha Berlin 1-0 as Max Kruse marked the only goal of the match.

Dortmund wrapped one point at Cologne as Marco Reus’ late goal cancelled out Anthony Modeste’s early opener.

Ten-men Hamburg sealed their second straight win with a 1-0 victory over 10-men Augsburg and Freiburg reaped a 1-0 victory thanks to Nils Petersen’s converted penalty against Darmstadt, who slipped to the bottom of the Bundesliga.

The following fixtures conclude the 14th round on Sunday: Borussia Monchengladbach host Mainz and Schalke encounter Bayer Leverkusen.

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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