1. goal
    12'Jeffrey Bruma (OG)
  2. goal
    27'Lewandowski
  3. goal
    57'Serge Gnabry
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
Final
31
Schalke
FC Schalke 04
(2:1)
  1. goal
    25'Ahmed Kutucu
  1. goal
    12'Jeffrey Bruma (OG)
  2. goal
    25'Ahmed Kutucu
  3. goal
    27'Lewandowski
  4. goal
    57'Serge Gnabry
  1. yellow card
    34'Lewandowski
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
Final
31
Schalke
FC Schalke 04
(2:1)
  1. yellow card
    45'Daniel Caligiuri
  2. yellow card
    85'Jeffrey Bruma
  1. yellow card
    34'Lewandowski
  2. yellow card
    45'Daniel Caligiuri
  3. yellow card
    85'Jeffrey Bruma
  1. substitution
    68'Franck Ribéry for Kingsley Coman
  2. substitution
    78'Martínez for James Rodríguez
  3. substitution
    89'Alphonso Davies for Serge Gnabry
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
Final
31
Schalke
FC Schalke 04
(2:1)
  1. substitution
    33'Omar Mascarell for Sebastian Rudy
  2. substitution
    54'Amine Harit for Suat Serdar
  3. substitution
    73'Mark Uth for Ahmed Kutucu
  1. substitution
    33'Omar Mascarell for Sebastian Rudy
  2. substitution
    54'Amine Harit for Suat Serdar
  3. substitution
    68'Franck Ribéry for Kingsley Coman
  4. substitution
    73'Mark Uth for Ahmed Kutucu
  5. substitution
    78'Martínez for James Rodríguez
  6. substitution
    89'Alphonso Davies for Serge Gnabry
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
Final
31
Schalke
FC Schalke 04
(2:1)
Stadium/AttendanceAllianz Arena, Munich75000 viewers
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Dominant Reds down Schalke

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FC Bayern beat Schalke 3-1 on Saturday evening, cutting the gap to league leaders Dortmund to five points. Robert Lewandowski pressurised Jeffrey Bruma into an own goal early in the game, Ahmed Kutucu levelling the scores midway through the first half, but Bayern responded almost immediately when Lewandowski found the net. Serge Gnabry extended the lead after the restart, and the dominant Bavarians were increasingly content to sit on their lead, but they were always closer to netting a fourth than the visitors to pulling one back.

The German record champions started with Sven Ulreich in goal and Joshua Kimmich, Jérôme Boateng, Mats Hummels and David Alaba in a back four. Thiago and Leon Goretzka featured in a twin holding role behind Gnabry, James and Kingsley Coman, with Lewandowski as lone striker. Franck Ribéry, Javi Martínez and Alphonso Davies took over from Coman, James and Gnabry in the second half.

Lewy the centre of attention

The 75,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw an entertaining, up-tempo contest between two contrasting sides with Bayern in the driving seat. James saw an effort blocked following an impressive dribble by Coman, Alaba misuing from 25 yards. But Bayern were soon rewarded when Bruma put through his own goal under heavy pressure from Lewandowski.

Bayern set up camp in their opponents' half, with Gnabry drawing a fine save from custodian Ralf Fährmann. However, Schalke bounced back on the break, Weston McKennie releasing Kutucu for a run, the forward slotting past Ulreich. The German record champions responded almost immediately, James inviting Lewandowski to fire past Ulreich and round off a record of 100 goals at the Allianz Arena. Fährmann proved equal to a James effort before the Colombian fired a free-kick over the bar, and match official Daniel Siebert blew for half-time.

Reds extend lead and engage cruise control

Proceedings were similar in the second half. Goretzka fired into the side-netting before Coman tested Fährmann. Schalke upped the pace now, McKennie hitting the post before Ulreich denied Bruma, but Gnabry twisted the knife when he headed past Fährmann following an acrobatic Lewandowski scissor-kick.

Bayern engaged cruise control now but were always in control. Lewandowski fired wide from six yards before seeing an effort blocked. Goretzka failed to connect with a Boateng through-ball, and Siebert put the visitors out of their misery.

The result means Bayern have 45 points from 21 matches, five short of Borussia Dortmund, who drew against Hoffenheim earlier on Saturday. The Bavarians will be back in action next Friday, when they travel to face Augsburg.

Live match report for fcbayern.comby Greg Salmen

FC Bayern - FC Schalke 04 3-1 (HT: 2-1)

FC Bayern

Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Thiago, Goretzka – Gnabry (Davies 89), James (Martínez 78), Coman (Ribéry 68) – Lewandowski

Subs

Früchtl – Süle, Rafinha, Müller

FC Schalke 04

Fährmann – Caligiuri, Sané, Bruma, Oczipka – Serdar (Harit 54), Rudy (Mascarell 33), Bentaleb, Konoplyanka – Kutucu (Uth 73), McKennie

Subs

Langer – Mendyl, Nastasic, Matondo

Referee

Daniel Siebert (Berlin)

Attendance

75,000 (capacity)

Goals

1-0 Bruma (11, og), 1-1 Kutucu (25), 2-1 Lewandowski (27), 3-1 Gnabry (57)

Yellow Cards

Lewandowski / Caligiuri, Bruma

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