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Bayern Opens Up Eight-Point Gap

Bayern Munich took a 3-1 win over Schalke 04 on the road on Saturday, extending their lead in the Bundesliga to eight points.

Bayern took full advantage after second-placed Borussia Dortmund fell to Hamburg SV on Friday. David Alaba, Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller scored for the league leaders in the win over Schalke at the Veltins-Arena.

Alaba opened up the scoring in the 7th minute, but Max Meyer tied it up 1-1 eight minutes later. Martinez headed Bayern back into the lead in the 69th minute, and Muller finished the scoring in stoppage time.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola was pleased with the hard fought win.

“It was difficult to win here, but we succeeded,” Guardiola told fcbayern.de after the game. “A huge compliment to my team. The turf wasn’t good, it was tough against Schalke’s back five, and they’re very quick down the middle. We did very well until we conceded the goal. After the break we controlled the match again. When we were back in the lead we failed to deliver the final pass. It’s three more points.”

The win puts Bayern on 37 points after 13 games. The team has 12 wins and one draw so far this season in the Bundesliga and has a +35 goal difference. Meyer’s goal was only the fifth allowed in league play by Guardiola’s side.

Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer was hard on himself after the game, despite the victory.

“The victory was deserved,” Neuer said. “Max Meyer’s shot was tricky, but I had to save it. The wet turf sped up the ball. I wanted to turn it round the post – it didn’t work. Even though we’re eight points ahead now nothing is decided.”

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