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European roundup: Lewandowski at the double as Bayern thrash Leverkusen


Bayern Munich thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 on Sunday as Julian Nagelsmann’s side ran riot and silenced a stunned BayArena, scoring five goals by half-time to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund.

Two goals each from Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry moved Bayern up to 19 points, one point ahead of Dortmund, while Leverkusen remain third with 16.

Bayern took the lead with just three minutes on the clock from a set piece when an unmarked Dayot Upamecano crossed the ball into the six-yard box, where Lewandowski scored with a neat back-heeled flick.

The Pole made it 2-0 at the half-hour mark when a Bayern counterattack allowed the left-back Alphonso Davies to dribble his way into the box towards the striker, who simply stuck a leg out to tap the ball into the net.

Bayern then scored three goals in three minutes with Thomas Müller scoring from point-blank range before Gnabry scored twice, benefiting from a Müller assist and then a layoff from Leon Goretzka as Leverkusen failed to deal with the press.

Manuel Neuer kept Leverkusen at bay with some fine saves but he was finally beaten 10 minutes after the restart when Patrik Schick was released down the right channel by Florian Wirtz and the Czech forward fired a shot that went in off the post.

In the Eredivisie, Vitesse Arnhem supporters celebrated their 1-0 win at NEC Nijmegen by jumping up and down in unison, resulting in the stand they were in to collapse, although no injuries have been reported.

Nice were caught napping early on as they slumped to their second Ligue 1 defeat of the season with a 1-0 loss at lowly Troyes. The forward Mama Baldé scored the only goal after four minutes to lift Troyes up to 16th on nine points from 10 games, seven behind third-placed Nice.



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