Bundesliga - Derby win sees Bayern make it 45 unbeaten

Bayern Munich’s dominant 45-game unbeaten league record continued with a 2-0 victory in the 188th Bavarian derby at 1.FC Nurnberg.

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Bayern Munich's Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, defender Philipp Lahm and striker Thomas Mueller celebrate (AFP)

Mario Mandzukic continued to be influential in recent performances - scoring the first on 17 minutes and assisting the second for Philipp Lahm on 48 minutes.

It restores the club’s 13-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga over nearest challengers Bayer Leverkusen and their winning streak away from home with 29 matches on the road where they’ve hit the net and taken the points.

But despite a lively and intense start to proceedings, 1.FC Nurnberg were forced into two substitutions in the first 20 minutes with Timothy Chandler and Daniel Ginczek hobbling off.

After two victories in their first two games since the winter break, Gertjan Verbeek’s men were evidently determined to make it a third and hand Bayern Munich their first defeat in 44 matches.

Former Borussia Dortmund striker Ginczek slammed the first shot on target inside 100 seconds, before Japanese star Hiroshi Kiyotake came heart-stoppingly close to converting a stunning bicycle kick that trimmed the crossbar.

Chandler’s departure on nine minutes hardly looked to impact the balance of 1.FC Nurnberg’s high-pressing, fluid attacking quartet and Adam Hlousek’s cross soon after was headed wide by Markus Feulner.

Bayern will count themselves lucky not to fall behind on 16 minutes after Manuel Neuer saved brilliantly from Josip Drmic and the rebounded strike by Ginczek cannoned against Dante’s stomach.

So typically Bayern, the undisputed European and World Champions opened the scoring one minute later through Mandzukic who shrugged off Marvin Plattenhardt and sliced home David Alaba’s cross.

‘Der Club’ rode their luck slightly just after the half-hour mark when Arjen Robben’s curling free-kick smacked the woodwork, whilst Muller’s rebounded effort also hit the Nurnberg upright.

Without Ginczek leading the attack, Verbeek’s side lacked some punch – but his replacement, Tomas Pekhart, did come close on 34 minutes to scoring. He swung a leg at Hlousek’s cross on the penalty spot and the ball sweeped past the left-hand post.

While Bayern saw out the first 45 minutes, it took the away side less than three minutes after the restart to make the game safe when Mandzukic strolled into a dangerous position and laid the ball across to Lahm who had the easiest of tasks to slot into the empty net.

Nurnberg’s last victory against the Bavarian heavyweights was in 2007 and in the second period there was little sign of that statistic changing.

The last 30 minutes was devoid of clear cut opportunities and only Robben’s deft volley at the far-post on 55 minutes which struck the wood work was Bayern’s most threatening late foray into the area.

Guardiola took the time to field the likes of Javi Martinez and Xherdan Shaqiri in the last quarter of an hour with a congested period of fixtures coming up.

The closing exchanges suited the possession-based style of Bayern Munich who look unstoppable at the moment with more records, history and leads being broken by this domineering Bundesliga side.

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