Bayern Munich looked unassailable as they surged forward for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with an easy 4-1 drubbing over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
Robert Lewandowski scored a brace, while veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben proved that they still have much to offer to Bayern by scoring a goal apiece ahead of a challenging Champions League fixture against Real Madrid.
But they could enter the game in high spirits as Bayern went 2-0 up against their strongest Bundesliga rivals in just 10 minutes. Ribery started the scoring after latching on to a Philipp Lahm cross and finishing a dazzling move that wrongfooted the entire Dortmund defence twice in the fourth minute.
Bundesliga top-scorer Lewandowski then doubled their lead, whipping in a free-kick past Oliver Buerki six minutes later to score against his former club, but a thumping shot from Raphael Guerreiro in the 20th gave the visitors hope.
Arjen Robben, denied four times in the first-half got his deserved goal four minutes after the break firing an unstoppable left-foot shot past Buerki to give Bayern a two-goal cushion once more.
Buerki topped off Dortmund’s misery as he brought down Lewandowski in the box, and the striker converted for his second of the evening to move one goal ahead of Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Bundesliga scorers’ list.
Bayern are now on 68 points, 10 ahead of RB Leipzig with six games left to play, and also remain on course for a treble.