Champions Bayern's 6-1 demolition of visiting Werder Bremen gave Bayern Munich a four-point lead at the top of the table thanks to an outstanding first half. Bayern has now gone 26 league games without losing to Werder thanks to their sixth straight league victory, which featured a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and tied the Bundesliga record for the longest unbeaten streak against one team.
Jamal Musiala, a star player for Germany who supporters are hoping will be just as productive at the World Cup later this month, displayed exceptional poise when he picked up the ball in the box in the sixth minute, avoided one defender, and then buried it with his left foot.
It was the 19-year-ninth old's league goal of the campaign as Bayern faced Werder for the 111th time in Bundesliga history. The visitors, without injured top scorer Niclas Fuellkrug, struck against the flow of play only four minutes later with Anthony Jung fooling keeper Manuel Neuer with a low shot, but Bayern's pressure was relentless even after Senegal international Sadio Mane had to leave the field injured after 20 minutes. After Eric Maxim Choupo-penalty Moting's attempt in the 17th minute was saved, they went on to score three times in six frantic minutes to end the game.
In the 22nd minute, Gnabry curled in a beautiful strike, and four minutes later, fellow German international Leon Goretzka added another goal. When Werder failed to stop Bayern's surges down the middle in the 28th minute, Gnabry scored his second goal of the game. Leroy Sane's assist was flawless.
After outrunning four Werder defenders to score his hat-trick in the 82nd minute, Mathys Tel, a France youth international, added another goal for Bayern two minutes later to complete the hat-trick and secure Bayern's ninth straight victory in all competitions. The Bavarians will play against RB Leipzig on Wednesday and now have 31 points, four more than second-placed Freiburg. On 26, Union, who will take on Augsburg, is third.