Bayern crush Hanover 5-0, Dortmund move up to second

Reuters, Saturday 24 Nov 2012

Bayern Munich smash Hanover 5-0 in the 13thmatchday of the German Bundesliga on Saturday

Bayern Munich vs. Hanover
Munichs David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery and Dante, from Left, celebrate after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Hannover 96 in Munich (Photo: AP)

Striker Mario Gomez was on target in his first league appearance since surgery in August as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich crushed Hanover 96 5-0 and extend their advantage at the top to nine points.

Superb first-half goals from Javi Martinez and Toni Kroos and another from Frenchman Franck Ribery gave the hosts, who had drawn their two previous games, a 3-0 lead at the break.

Defender Dante headed in another on the hour and Gomez slipped past one defender to slot in seconds after coming on for his first league appearance this season after missing the first three months recovering from an ankle operation in August.

The show of force lifted Bayern to 34 points from 13 games with champions Borussia Dortmund, their opponents in seven days time, leapfrogging into second place nine points behind with a 2-1 win at Mainz 05 - their third straight win in the league.

Schalke 04 dropped to third on 24 after drawing 1-1 with visiting Eintracht Frankfurt, who are fourth on goal difference. Frankfurt ended the game with 10 men after the sending off of Karim Matmour with a second booking.

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