2022-23 German Bundesliga
  • Gregor Kobel (13' OG)
  • Thomas Müller (18', 23')
  • Kingsley Coman (50')
  • Emre Can (72' PEN)
  • Donyell Malen (90')

Bayern crush Dortmund to retake Bundesliga top spot as Tuchel makes dream start

Bayern beat Dortmund to take control of title race (2:05)

A clinical Bayern Munich ease past Borussia Dortmund 4-2 in Thomas Tuchel's first game in charge. (2:05)

Bayern Munich overran a hapless Borussia Dortmund to win 4-2 in Der Klassiker on Saturday, as three goals in the opening 23 minutes helped them reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga and hand new coach Thomas Tuchel a winning start.

The Bavarians, who face Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals on April 11, were in ominous form as they went back into top spot on 55 points, leaving Dortmund two behind in second place with eight matches remaining.

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With Tuchel, who also coached Dortmund from 2015-2107, having replaced Julian Nagelsmann on the Bayern bench, the hosts were all over their title rivals from the start.

They went in front thanks to Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel's 13th-minute howler when he completely miskicked his attempt to clear a Dayot Upamecano punt from the Bayern half and saw the ball roll into the net for an own goal.

Before Dortmund managed to regroup, Bayern scored again with Thomas Muller turning the ball in with his hip at the far post after a Joshua Kimmich corner was headed on by Matthijs de Ligt in the 18th.

Kobel's comeback from a five-week injury break turned into a complete nightmare five minutes later as he punched a Leroy Sane shot into the path of Muller to score an easy tap-in that left the Dortmund players in complete disbelief.

The visitors' ordeal was not over, with Bayern scoring seemingly at will and Kingsley Coman racing in to slot in their fourth goal six minutes after the restart.

With Dortmund's defence torn to shreds and club bosses frozen in their seats at the Allianz Arena, Bayern never took their foot off the gas.

Some sloppy finishing, however, saw them squander half a dozen golden chances in the second half before Dortmund struck twice late in the game, with an Emre Can penalty in the 72nd minute and a stoppage-time effort from Donyell Malen.

Tuchel, who previously also coached Paris St Germain and Chelsea, could not have dreamt of a better start with Bayern on course for a record-stretching 11th league crown.

Union Berlin are third on 51 after a 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.

German Bundesliga Standings

1 Bayern Munich 34 +54 71
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +39 71
3 RB Leipzig 34 +23 66
4 1. FC Union Berlin 34 +13 62
5 SC Freiburg 34 +7 59
6 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +8 50
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +6 50
8 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +9 49
9 Mainz 34 -1 46
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 -3 43
11 FC Cologne 34 -5 42
12 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -9 36
13 Werder Bremen 34 -13 36
14 VfL Bochum 34 -32 35
15 FC Augsburg 34 -21 34
16 VfB Stuttgart 34 -12 33
17 Schalke 04 34 -36 31
18 Hertha Berlin 34 -27 29