Bayern Munich secured their third Der Klassiker victory of the season in style on Saturday, with a five-goal haul in the first half proving just how far away Borussia Dortmund are from returning to their former glory.
Jupp Heynckes' side could have been crowned champions this weekend had it not been for Schalke's win over Freiburg earlier in the day, but crushing their Westphalian rivals certainly helped
Dortmund remain in the top three in the league table despite their humiliating defeat, but Eintracht Frankfurt can move level on points with Die Schwarzgelben with a victory over Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Bayern were looking to make a statement at the Allianz Arena and clearly wanted the three points, opting to start
The Video Assistant Referee then came to Dortmund's rescue when Franck Ribéry appeared to double Bayern's lead three minutes later.
The Frenchman calmly put the ball in the net after outstanding work from
103 - @esmuellert_ scored his 103rd #Bundesliga goal for @FCBayernEN passing Dieter Hoeneß (102) on the clubs all time scoring list. Only Gerd Müller (365), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162) and Roland Wohlfarth (119) scored more for Bayern. Mullered. #FCBBVB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 31, 2018
Bayern Munich continued to assert their dominance and the hosts had the ball in the back of the net two more times before the break.
Franck Ribéry tore Dortmund to shreds to set up Lewandowski in what appeared to be the last action of the half, but the French winger found himself through on goal before the referee blew his whistle and he dinked the ball over an onrushing
What a disaster for #BVB. They are lacking in every area. I haven't seen anything like this since the 2014 World Cup semifinals. They got everything wrong from the lineup to the players in the squad. Things need to change this summer. #FCBBVB— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) March 31, 2018
Lewandowski was able to complete his hat-trick before the final whistle to round off the scoring in what was the last talking point of the game.
Substitute Joshua Kimmich combined with Thomas