Robert Lewandowski’s streak was over and Benjamin Pavard was sent off, but Bayern Munich still won 3-1 over Greuther Furth in the Bundesliga.
In a Bavarian derby between first and last Friday, Bayern were in control at half-time after goals from Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich at Sportpark Ronhof.
There was hope for Furth when outside France Pavard was shown a straight red card early in the second half for a professional foul on Jeremy Dudziak.
Despite Pavard’s dismissal and Sebastian Griesbeck’s own goal, the champions remained a class apart from their newly promoted opponents, with a late header from Cedric Itten that was nothing more than a consolation for the hosts. .
Lewandowski was unable to match Gerd Muller’s record of scoring in 16 consecutive Bundesliga games, but Julian Nagelsmann gained a three-point lead at the top.
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Bayern wasted no time in putting their authority on the game, with Leon Goretzka’s first long-range shot flashing just wide.
The defending champions were ahead in the 10th minute when Thomas Muller clinically finished with his left foot after Maximilian Bauer could only deflect an Alphonso Davies cross onto his crossbar.
Furth was unable to live with Bayern and Kimmich doubled his lead just after the half hour with a measured right from 25 yards after Leroy Sane returned the ball to him.
Lewandowski kicks Kimmich’s corner into the crossbar as Bayern dominate, but is one less man when Pavard received the marching order to overthrow Dudziak three minutes into the second half.
Bayern continue to pose a major threat despite their numerical disadvantage, with Sascha Burchert crouching to fend off Lewandowski’s first shot.
Nagelsmann was cautioned for dissent before Kimmich’s punishment was turned into his own net by Griesbeck, under pressure from Lewandowski.
Itten nodded to an inviting cross from Timothy Tillman with a couple of minutes left, but by then the points were in the bag for Bayern.