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Feb 23, 2014 at 4.30pm UK
Hannover
0-4
Bayern Munich

Biram Diouf (21'), Huszti (27')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Muller (25', 59'), Alcantara (34'), Mandzukic (66')
Rafinha (23')

Result: Thomas Muller brace helps Bayern Munich to Hannover rout

Thomas Muller scores twice Bayern Munich open up a 19-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 4-0 victory away to Hannover.

Thomas Muller scored twice as Bayern Munich opened up a 19-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga table with a comfortable 4-0 victory away to Hannover.

Pep Guardiola's men capitalised on Bayer Leverkusen's 3-1 defeat to Wolfsburg on Saturday to extend their lead at the summit of Germany's top flight.

Bayern Munich's midfielder Thomas Muller and Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Rafinha celebrate during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hannover 96 vs FC Bayern Munich on February 23, 2014© Getty Images

Muller opened the scoring midway through the first half, drifting into the penalty area unmarked before heading home a Rafinha cross on 25 minutes.

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Bayern Munich's defender Jerome Boateng and Bayern Munich's Austrian midfielder David Alaba celebrate during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hannover 96 vs FC Bayern Munich on Februa© Getty Images

Guardiola's side missed two chances to extend their lead shortly after, but Thiago Alcantara struck at the third time of asking, latching onto Bastian Schweinsteiger's clipped ball to rifle past Ron-Robert Zieler.

The hosts should have halved the deficit early in the second half, only for Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke to tip a Mame Biram Diouf header past the post from 10 yards.

The close shave acted as a wake-up call for the visitors, who put the result beyond doubt minutes later, Muller receiving Mario Mandzukic's first-time back-heel and firing home to bag his brace.

Mandzukic sealed the victory on 66 minutes by leaping highest to head past Zieler and cap another comfortable victory for the runaway leaders in Germany.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern Munich4400112912
2Hertha Berlin431094510
3Borussia DortmundDortmund42208358
4Werder Bremen42207528
5Wolfsburg42118717
6Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach42117617
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12Augsburg411267-14
13Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt411245-14
14Freiburg411279-24
15Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen410338-53
16Hannover402236-32
17Stuttgart402237-42
18Schalke 04Schalke400428-60

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