Bayern runs away

BERLIN – Bayern Munich went four points clear in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 romp against Hanover 96 yesterday while Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen suffered Champions League hangovers.

Bayern were rarely troubled at home as striker Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben both netted twice even with Thomas Mueller and World Cup winner Mario Goetze on the bench and with Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger injured.

Munich were 2-0 up after just 13 minutes as Lewandowski chested down a long ball and drilled his shot into the bottom corner, then Robben added a second after a trademark run through the heart of the Hanover defence.

Lewandowski netted again just seven minutes before the break after coolly controlling a Juan Bernat pass and hitting the goal’s left corner.

Bayern kept up the pressure in the second-half to kick-off celebrations on the last weekend of Munich’s Oktoberfest as Robben fired home his second with 11 minutes left.

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have now gone seven games without conceding a goal.

Dortmund are now winless in their last four league games after their 1-0 defeat at home to Hamburg left them 13th in the table.