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    19.12.2015 19:30 - in: Champions League S

    Bayern go eight points clear at Bundesliga summit

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    Bayern Munich beat Hannover 1-0 on Saturday to stretch their lead at the top of the table to eight points

    If not the most eye-catching performance of their season so far, Bayern Munich’s win away to Hannover this afternoon had a significant impact on the state of play at the Bundesliga’s summit.

    That result, combined with Borussia Dortmund’s defeat at the hands of Cologne, meant that Pep Guardiola’s men will go into 2016 boasting an eight point lead over their rivals at the top of the table.

    Their 16th-placed opponents on the day have endured a torrid first half to the campaign, but tested their visitors early on, as Manuel Neuer, making his 300th league appearance, tipped Leon Andreasen’s header onto the crossbar.

    Bayern responded to the scare by hitting the woodwork themselves, Robert Lewandowski’s shot coming off the upright and falling into the path of Thomas Müller, but the in-form forward’s effort on the rebound was kept out brilliantly by Hannover stopper Ron-Robert Zieler.

    In the 40th minute, the Bavarians were awarded a penalty after Christian Schulz handled in the box and Müller made no mistake from the spot to take his goal tally to 22 in all competitions this term.

    In a largely quiet second period, Zieler would be the busier of the goalkeepers to prevent Guardiola’s charges from increasing their margin of victory.

    Former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal limped off the field late on, but the Chilean has time on his side to recover ahead of Bayern’s next game, a trip to Hamburg on Friday 22 January, following German football’s month-long winter break.

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