Bayern routs Hannover to extend Bundesliga lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014
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BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich routed Hannover 4-0 away to increase its Bundesliga lead to 19 points and extend its league record unbeaten run to 47 games on Sunday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger made his first start after recovering from ankle surgery and the Germany midfielder had a hand in both his side's first half goals, as Bayern strolled to its 14th win in succession.

Earlier, 10-man Werder Bremen held on for a 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, a result that leaves both sides just three points off the relegation zone.

Hannover made the better start and Bayern reserve goalkeeper Tom Starke, replacing the rested Manuel Neuer, had to be alert to deny Artjoms Rudnevs in the 15th minute when Szabolcs Huszti played the Latvian striker through.

"It took us a while to get into it but once we scored it went very well," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.

Bayern gave the home side a lesson in efficiency and scored with its first attack of note in the 25th when Schweinsteiger spotted Rafinha on the right and the Brazilian crossed for Thomas Mueller to head inside the right post.

Schweinsteiger played a great ball over the Hannover defense for Thiago Alcantara to make it 2-0 with a confident finish nine minutes later.

"It was great to play from the beginning, to get the practice back and play without any problems," Schweinsteiger said. "I still have to get into my rhythm. The foot feels good and I hope it stays that way."

Hannover threatened briefly after the break, when Rudnevs fired over and Starke saved from Mame Biram Diouf before blocking Huszti's effort.

Mueller killed any hopes of a comeback with his second goal in the 59th after Mario Mandzukic laid the ball off with his heel. It was the Bayern winger's 10th strike of the season.

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