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Facts and stats from the Schalke clash

Thanks to the 2-1 win away to Schalke, Bayern will be top of the Bundesliga at the end of a complete round of matches for the 555th time, easily the best tally in the history of the German top flight. The match also saw FCB go a man down to a sending off for the first time in the league this term. As usual, has pored over the match stats and picked out the highlights.

1 - Hamit Altintop’s dismissal for a second bookable offence was Bayern’s first sending-off in the Bundesliga this season. Van Gaal’s men still comfortably lead the Fair Play table (on 37 points, ahead of Dortmund on 43). Two FCB players have been dismissed in the Champions League: Thomas Müller (two yellows) and Daniel van Buyten (straight red) showered early away to Bordeaux.

6 - Bayern are undefeated in their last six matches away to Schalke. Saturday’s 2-1 win was Bayern’s fourth win, with two draws.

7 - Diego Contento was upended seven times by Schalke players, making him the most-fouled player of the match.

8 - Bayern delivered eight shots at their opponents’ goal, compared with 13 for Schalke. In terms of shots on target, it finished level at 2-2.

11 - Schalke were undefeated in 11 home games before Saturday, but Munich put an end to the best run of its type in the league.

18 - FCB have now scored at least once in their last 18 Bundesliga matches. The last time Van Gaal’s side failed to hit the target was a goalless draw with VfB Stuttgart in late October.

43 - Philipp Lahm has started all 43 matches in all competitions for Bayern this term. The Germany full-back has covered the full distance 42 times. He was substituted just once, in the 5-0 cup victory over Oberhausen.

46 - Munich controlled 46 percent of the possession against Schalke, their lowest figure of the Bundesliga season. However, FCB were reduced to ten men from the 41st minute onwards. The Bavarians won 47 percent of the challenges against the Royal Blues.

68 - Bastian Schweinsteiger was yet again the busiest Bayern player with 68 touches of the ball.

90 - Schweinsteiger also completed 90 percent of his passes.

555 - Bayern will lead the Bundesliga at the end of a complete round of matches for the 555th time, easily a league record.