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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich go to break with a smile

Bayern’s sixth consecutive league win — and 10th across all competitions — lifted them to 34 points

Reuters Gelsenkirchen Published 14.11.22, 04:34 AM
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Champions Bayern Munich eased past Schalke 04 2-0 on Saturday to make sure of top spot going into the World Cup break as they hunt a record-extending 11th straight Bundesliga crown.

The Bavarians, who fielded a starting line-up consisting entirely of World Cup-bound players, scored once in either half with Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and with Germany international Jamal Musiala delivering both assists.


Bayern’s sixth consecutive league win — and 10th across all competitions — lifted them to 34 points.

Bayern had the upper hand from the start but it was not until Musiala, who at 19 is the youngest Bayern player to reach 100 matches, combined well with Germany teammate Serge Ganbry for the lead in the 38th minute.

“Jamal has played an outstanding first half of the season and will hopefully play even better at the World Cup and the second half of the season,” coach Julian Naglesmann said of his attacking midfielder.

“He listens well and he wants to develop. He just has a lot of talent. He also has improved defensively,” he said.

The teenager, who also has nine league goals, delivered his sixth assist of the season for Cameroon forward Choupo-Moting to tap in seven minutes after the restart and leave Schalke in last place following their eighth loss in the last nine matches.

The 33-year-old forward is himself in fine form going into the World Cup with 11 goals in all competitions, including six in the league.

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