Bayern Munich went seven points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga with a 3-0 win at Cologne on Saturday in a perfect warm-up for their midweek Champions League trip to Arsenal.
Spanish internationals Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat gave Bayern a comfortable two-goal lead before substitute Franck Ribery netted a third on 90 minutes.
The result allowed Bayern to extend their lead over second-placed RB Leipzig, who drew 2-2 at Augsburg on Friday.
Bayern now head for Arsenal tomorrow for their Champions League last-16 return tie, holding a 5-1 first-leg lead.
“We’re happy, because that was an important result for us,” Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “We had problems at the start, because they were well organized, but we made more room after going 1-0 up and put in a good second-half performance.”
Cologne earned a 1-1 draw against Bayern in October last year, but there was no denying Bayern this time.
Martinez headed home Arturo Vidal’s cross after Bayern worked a short-corner routine on 25 minutes.
Bayern doubled their lead when Thomas Mueller spotted Bernat unmarked to shoot home with the help of a deflection on 48 minutes.
Bernat then turned provider just before the final whistle when his cross was driven home by Ribery.
Borussia Dortmund will be without German winger Marco Reus for Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 return leg at home to SL Benfica, after he limped out of Saturday’s 6-2 thrashing of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to leave him with 21 league goals in as many games, two ahead of Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, but the win was dampened by a suspected tear to Reus’ left hamstring.
“It’s sad news, he [Reus] has been playing very consistently for weeks and at a high level,” Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.
“It’s an enormous loss which tarnishes the win,” he added.
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