Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to help Bayern Munich cut the advantage over leaders Bayer Leverkusen to two points with a 4-0 away victory against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Stung by a midweek German Cup elimination by third-division Saarbruecken, Leverkusen’s 3-2 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday meant injury-hit Bayern were five points behind Xabi Alonso’s side at kickoff.
The visitors however crafted the perfect response, scoring two goals in the opening nine minutes to grab a hold of the match.
France centre-back Dayot Upamecano, cleared to play just hours before the match after missing a month with a hamstring injury, headed Bayern in front four minutes in from a Leroy Sane pass.
The former Man City winger laid on Bayern’s second on the counter, slipping a perfect pass across the face of goal for Kane to tap in.
Unbeaten at home for more than a year, Dortmund were shellshocked by the power of the supposedly weakened visiting side.
Dortmund manager Edin Terzic made four changes early in the second half as his side hoped to chase the game but Bayern scored next, Kane stroking in a controlled finish with 15 minutes remaining.
The England captain scored again in injury time and now has 14 league goals in 10 matches since joining Bayern from Tottenham in the summer.
Billed as Germany’s equivalent to La Liga’s ‘el Clasico’ between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Bayern have not lost to Dortmund in the league since 2018.
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