Dutchman Arjen Robben found the back of the net on his return from injury as Bayern Munich romped to a 4-0 home win against Cologne on Saturday to claim their 1000th victory in the Bundesliga.
With second-placed Borussia Dortmund hosting Augsburg on Sunday, league leaders Bayern took their chance to extend the gap at the top to 10 points in picking up their 10th straight league win of the season. Pep Guardiola’s side became the first team to record 1000 Bundesliga victories as Netherlands captain Robben scored in his first match since August while Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller also got on the scoresheet.
The Bavarian giants bounced back from the disappointment of Tuesday’s 0-2 away defeat to Arsenal in the Champions League -- their first loss of the season -- in emphatic style. “This is for all the coaches, fans, players and employees who made this victory possible,” said Guardiola, whose side fired in 26 shots to Cologne’s four.
“1000 victories is outstanding.”
Having been named in the starting line-up after his return from a groin injury, Robben netted after 35 minutes before Vidal doubled their lead five minutes later when he converted Kingsley Coman’s superb pass from the flank. “I’m pleased for him,” said Guardiola. “We have missed his quality. Arjen has a professionalism, a charisma and a mentality, especially in the one-on-ones.
“He still needs more time, but no one has his nose for goal.”
Poland striker Lewandowski cemented his place as the league’s top scorer when he headed home in the 62nd minute for his 13th goal in nine league games this season. Muller made it 4-0 on 77 minutes when he converted a penalty after Lewandowski was fouled in the area.
VfL Wolfsburg stayed fourth with a 1-0 win at Darmstadt as Daniel Caligiuri hit their 78th minute winner. Fresh from their 4-4 draw at home to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, Bayer Leverkusen had to come from 2-0 down before beating Stuttgart 4-3 in another thriller.
The first half was goalless, but Stuttgart took a 2-0 lead through Martin Harnik and Daniel Didavi. Germany winger Karim Bellarabi made it 2-1 in the 57th minute before midfielder Lukas Rupp netted for the visitors’ to make it 3-1 with an hour played.
Two goals in two minutes from Poland defender Sebastian Boenisch and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez levelled the scores before Swiss striker Admir Mehmedi netted the 89th-minute winner.
The victory lifted Leverkusen to fifth while Stuttgart remain in the bottom three.
Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah scored twice as Werder Bremen broke their five-match losing streak with a 3-1 win at Mainz where Japan striker Yoshinori Muto scored the hosts’ consolation goal in the 90th minute. The result lifted Bremen out of the relegation zone and up to 14th while Mainz dropped to 13th.
Midfielder Marc Stendera was Eintracht Frankfurt’s star with both of their second-half goals in a 2-1 comeback victory at Hanover 96, who hang just above the relegation places.
Hertha Berlin are fifth after their 1-0 win at Bavarian side Ingolstadt on Saturday night when ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Mitchell Weiser scored the winner after just 11 minutes.
Ten-man Hoffenheim are second-from-bottom after their 1-0 defeat to Hamburg on Friday thanks to Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s late winner. Hoffenheim’s Bosnian defender Ermin Bicakcic was sent off for a second yellow card.