Bayern carve out two-point lead at top with Hertha win

Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:51pm EDT
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MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Champions Bayern Munich eased past Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Wednesday to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga and inflict the first defeat for their opponents after three straight wins this season.

Bayern gave Hertha no chance, with Arjen Robben scoring on his league comeback from injury last season after goals from Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara.

The two teams were the only ones with a perfect record but Bayern ran roughshod over Hertha from the start.

"This was our best game of the season so far," Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters. "I am very satisfied.

"We had key players back in the team with Robben and (Jerome) Boateng. They did not have any problems."

The hosts could have scored twice in the opening three minutes with both Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller missing their point-blank chances.

Ribery, eager to secure a contract extension, did it much better when he weaved into the box, spectacularly shaking off two markers and firing in for the lead after 16 minutes with his second goal of the season.

The Bavarians, with Boateng making his first start since his Euro 2016 semi-final injury in July, had more than 70 percent possession during the one-sided first half.

They took some of the pace out of their game after the break and Hertha carved out a decent chance on the break with Valentin Stocker but Manuel Neuer was on hand to save.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Bayern Munich v Hertha BSC Berlin - German Bundesliga - Allianz -Arena, Munich, Germany - 21/09/16 Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben reacts after scoring a goal REUTERS/Michael Dalder