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Robben nets his 100th as Bayern extend their lead

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Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller heads his side’s second goal against SC Freiburg in their Bundesliga match at the Allianz-Arena in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday.

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Arjen Robben’s 100th goal for German champions Bayern Munich sent them on their way to a 2-0 win over SC Freiburg and extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

Goals by Robben and Thomas Mueller sealed Bayern’s win, which gave them a 12-point lead over VfL Wolfsburg, who were due to play struggling Borussia Dortmund yesterday.

However, Bayern’s win came at a cost as defender Mehdi Benatia, striker Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Xabi Alonso all picked up injuries.

Benatia will definitely miss the final game of the year against FSV Mainz 05 on Friday with a groin injury, while both Lewandowski and Alonso took knocks to their right ankles.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had described Robben as the “best outfield player in the world” after the Dutch winger scored twice in Bayern’s 4-0 thrashing of Augsburg on Saturday.

The 30-year-old certainly did not let Rummenigge regret his words on Tuesday as he headed home Bayern’s opener to claim his ninth goal in 12 Bundesliga games.

Mueller added Bayern’s second to wrap up the points.

“It was a good result, we would have liked a few more goals, but they packed men behind the ball, so we’re very happy with the win,” Mueller said.

“It’s nice to have a 12-point lead, that was our goal, we were very dominant and we did our job,” the forward said.

Only a superb display from Freiburg goalkeeper Roman Burki kept the scoreline respectable as Bayern fired in 31 shots on goal — a Bundesliga record this season.

With Freiburg packing their defense and Bayern enjoying more than 80 percent possession, it was only a matter of time before the hosts took the lead.

However, it still took until four minutes before halftime for them to break the deadlock. Franck Ribery — who also brought up his century of goals for the club earlier this month — headed back across goal and Robben headed down past Burki.

The hosts’ second goal came from a superb bit of skill.

Robben’s accurate long-range pass was met by Spaniard Juan Bernat, who put in a superb cross with a deft touch which Burki deflected onto the crossbar, only for Mueller to head home on 48 minutes.

In Tuesday’s other matches, 10-man VfB Stuttgart climbed out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Hamburg SV thanks to Florian Klein’s first-half winner.

The visitors played the best part of the second half a man down after defender Georg Niedermeier was shown a straight red card for pulling back Hamburg striker Artjoms Rudnevs just after the break.

Augsburg stayed in fifth place despite their second straight defeat as they went down 2-0 at Hannover 96, while mid-table FSV Mainz 05 warmed up for Friday’s visit by leaders Bayern Munich with a goalless draw at Cologne.

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