Bayern bounce back through Coutinho hat-trick
Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick and set up two more goals as Bayern Munich came from behind to rout Werder Bremen 6-1 and end a two-game losing run in the Bundesliga yesterday.
Robert Lewandowski scored two and substitute Thomas Müller grabbed the other as Bayern bounced back from successive 2-1 defeats to Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen.
Bremen’s visit came just at the right time for the seven-time defending champions. Bremen had lost their previous 20 competitive games against Bayern, 17 in the league and three in the German Cup.
But Florian Kohfeldt’s team gave the home side an early scare when Milot Rashica opened the scoring by rifling a shot from outside the penalty area past Manuel Neuer in the 24th minute.
Jiri Pavlenka denied Lewandowski in the 40th, when the Poland star only had the goalkeeper to beat, and then saved Coutinho’s effort from the rebound.
But the Bremen keeper was beaten twice before the break. Serge Gnabry gave Coutinho a tap-in in the 45th and the Brazilian set up Lewandowski to break his two-game scoring drought in first-half injury time. Lewandowski had scored in the first 12 games of the season, a record, before an unexpected dry spell.
GOALS KEPT COMING
Coutinho’s second goal in the 63rd all but sealed the win, but the goals kept coming with Lewandowski grabbing his second in the 72nd, Coutinho setting up Thomas Müller in the 75th and completing his hat-trick in the 78th.
Goals from Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz gave third-place Borussia Dortmund a 4-0 win in Mainz – their fourth consecutive win since their Champions League loss in Barcelona.
Jürgen Klinsmann claimed his first win in charge of Hertha Berlin thanks to Vladimir Darida’s rocket inside the left post for a 1-0 home victory over high-flying Freiburg.
Darida let fly from outside the penalty area to decide a lacklustre game in the 53rd. It was Hertha’s first win in six league games.
Cologne defeated nine-man Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in the Rhine derby and Union Berlin were held to a 1-1 draw at Paderborn.