Bayern Munich beat Hannover 96 3-1 at the Allianz Arena to give five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. And with only two games remaining, Niko Kovac’s side remain on course for their seventh consecutive title.
David Alaba came close to putting Bayern in front early on, but the Austrian fullback fired over the net after goalkeeper Michael Esser spilled Leon Goretzka’s cross. Kingsley Coman’s header from point blank range was saved by Esser a minute later.
After a period of dominance, the league leaders finally took the lead in the 27th minute. Joshua Kimmich’s cross was headed into the net by Robert Lewandowski for his 38th goal of the season. The home side continued to put pressure on the visitor’s defence as both Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng had efforts saved by Esser.
Goretzka fired an effort into the net from the edge of the box in the 25th minute to double his side’s advantage. The 24-year-old almost got his second goal just before half-time as he smashed a shot onto the bar from inside the penalty area.
Early in the second-half, Hannover were given a penalty after Boateng was judged to have handled the ball inside the area. Substitute Jonathas de Jesus stepped up and slotted the penalty past Sven Ulreich to get his team back in the game. But the Brazilian forward was sent off minutes later for his second bookable offence after being judged to have hit Kimmich in the face.
The hosts started to get back to their first-half domination after the sending off as both Serge Gnabry and Alaba went close. Goretzka’s shot went inches wide of the post in the 78th minute. The victory was finally wrapped up in the 83rd minute after Franck Ribery latched on to Coman’s pass to strike into the net. Both Lewandowski and Muller went close late on as Bayern held on for a comfortable win.