Bayern back on top of Bundesliga as Leipzig absorbs first loss after 13 games unbeaten
Thomas Mueller scores his first league goal in eight months. AP

BERLIN — Bayern Munich routed Wolfsburg, 5-0, and took advantage of Leipzig's first defeat to replace the promoted side at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Leipzig's record 13-game unbeaten start was finally ended in a 1-0 loss at coach Ralph Hasenhuettl's former side Ingolstadt, which had been bottom but climbed one place.

"Defeats always hurt, regardless against whom," said Hasenhuettl, who led Ingolstadt to promotion in 2015.

Midfielder Roger's early header was enough to end Leipzig's eight-game winning run and give Ingolstadt its second win in four games under new coach Maik Walpurgis.

The game ended on a turbulent note when Emil Forsberg missed a great chance to equalize and players on both sides received yellow cards after a melee. Ingolstadt's Mathew Leckie was sent off in injury time.

"A wonderful match day," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose rivals all dropped points. "Ingolstadt will get a truckload of white sausage and wheat-beer from us."

In Munich, Thomas Mueller scored his first league goal since April as Bayern returned to the top with a comfortable win over crisis-hit Wolfsburg.

"Now we're leaders and that will certainly do our Christmas party this evening good," said Mueller, who had gone 999 minutes without scoring. "It's nice the goal drought is now over. It wasn't so important to me but I know others made a big deal of it."

Arjen Robben opened the scoring with a curling effort inside the far post from a difficult angle in the 18th minute and Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead from close range three minutes later.

"It's brutal, it's depressing when it starts like that," former Bayern striker Mario Gomez said of his return.

Lewandowski grabbed his second goal early in the second half when he deflect Mueller's shot inside the left post.

Mueller, who scored 32 goals across all competitions for Bayern last season, then ended his goal drought by deflecting Robben's effort past the helpless Diego Benaglio, and Douglas Costa completed the Wolfsburg goalkeeper's miserable afternoon with a fine strike in the final minutes.


After 14 games, Bayern leads on goal difference from Leipzig. Only goal difference was separating Wolfsburg from the relegation zone.

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