Bayern Munich win 4-0 against Wolfsburg to extend their lead atop the Bundesliga to nine points

Bayern Munich wins 4-0 against Wolfsburg to extend their lead atop the Bundesliga to nine points.

Bayern Munich wins 4-0 against Wolfsburg to extend their lead atop the Bundesliga to nine points on Friday night.

Thomas Müller scored and assisted in his 400th Bundesliga appearance as Bayern Munich thrashed Wolfsburg 4-0 to take a nine-point lead into the winter break.

Three minutes from the end, top scorer Robert Lewandowski also broke the record for most league goals in a calendar year, volleying in his 43rd for 2021 to surpass Gerd Müller’s 42-goal run from 1972.

Müller opened the scoring in the seventh minute, tapping in on the rebound after goalkeeper Koen Casteels palmed a Serge Gnabry shot into his path.

He then set up Dayot Upamecano for their second goal with a clever chip in the 57th minute, before Leroy Sané curled a superb shot into the top far corner two minutes later to put the game away.

Lewandowski was desperate to end the year on a high note after being denied the Ballon d’Or by Lionel Messi, but he first fired over the bar in the 66th minute and was then denied at point-blank range by Casteels’ superb goalkeeping.

However, he did not miss from close range three minutes from time to hand toothless Wolfsburg their fourth straight league defeat and seventh in a row in all competitions. They fell to 12th place, three points clear of the relegation play-off zone.

Bayern Munich, who are chasing a record-extending tenth consecutive league title, are on 43 points, while Borussia Dortmund, who are in second place on 34 points, travel to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

The Bundesliga will take a three-week break before resuming on 7 January.

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