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Player ratings as Die Roten extend Bundesliga lead


Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points with a 4-0 victory over basement residents Schalke on Sunday.

The game started out fairly steadily, with the two teams breaking each other with some regularity. However, the favorites would eventually break the deadlock just after the half-hour mark when Joshua Kimmich’s perfect cross was dismissed by Thomas Muller.

Right after the break, Die Riten doubled their advantage thanks to Robert Lewandowski. The best striker in the world landed Kimmich’s ball, rocked his defender and sent Ralf Fahrmann back.

With four minutes to go, Muller added some shine to the scoreline by climbing high to meet Kimmich’s corner and propelling a header into the back of the net. Seconds later, David Alaba’s pot shot wriggled under Fahrmann’s grip to make it 4-0.

Here are your notes from Bayern players in Gelsenkirchen …

Neuer has been called to action a few times against his former club | INA FASSBENDER / Getty Images

Manuel Neuer (GK) – 8/10 – Some important stops in the first half. Barked a lot in his defense for their occasional release.

Niklas Sule (RB) – 7/10 – A solid change in an unknown role. Allowed little on his side and recorded four tackles. Very tidy in possession.

Jérôme Boateng (CB) – 6/10 – A few loose scoring pieces got Schalke into the game early. Produced some precise long balls forward but picked up a ridiculous yellow card in the playoffs.

David Alaba (CB) – 7/10 – Nothing serious. Could have been more proactive in denying Schlake free shots from the edge of the box.

Alphonso Davies (LB) – 7/10 – One of his calmest afternoons to come but he was solid defensively. He still looks like he needs a few more games to get back to his fitness.

Thomas muller
Muller scored his eighth league goal of the season | Pool / Getty Images

Léon Goretzka (CM) – 7/10 – The least eye-catching of Bayern’s three midfielders. Gave Schalke a little too much time to shoot in the final third.

Joshua Kimmich (CM) – 10/10 – Ran the game. Three assists, eight key passes. Make no mistake, this guy is hands down the best midfielder in the world.

Thomas Muller (AM) – 9/10 – Achieved goals in a typically clinical manner. Occupied very dangerous positions.

Robert lewandowski
Lewan-GOAL-ski struck again | Pool / Getty Images

Leroy Sane (RW) – 6/10 – A few threatening moments. Lacked a little more luck.

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 8/10 – Became the first Bundesliga striker to score in eight consecutive away games. Just another record broken in a legendary career.

Serge Gnabry (LW) – 6/10 – Spoiled some decent opportunities in the first half. Created good openings but I’ll be disappointed not to score.

Musiala, 17, impressed again | CHRISTOF STACHE / Getty Images

Jamal Musiala – 7/10 – Enthusiastic as always. Schalke’s defense didn’t seem to like scoring him and he forced a save from Fahrmann.

Kingsley Coman – 7/10 – Involved in beautiful movements after his arrival.

Lucas Hernandez – 6/10 – Very little to do.

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