Bayern Munich 3-0 RB Leipzig: Title pretenders swept aside in first-half storm

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Bayern Munich comfortably beat 10-man RB Leipzig 3-0 to move three points clear of their title rivals and ensure they will spend Christmas on top of the Bundesliga.

The two sides came into their first competitive meeting with only goal difference separating them, but the champions made a huge statement in emphatically winning their fifth consecutive league game. Thiago Alcantara and Xabi Alonso both scored as Bayern raced in front in the first half, before the visitors' Emil Forsberg was sent off for a foul on Philipp Lahm.

Robert Lewandowski's penalty – his 12th league goal of the season – added to Leipzig's misery before the break and Bayern cruised to victory from then on, with substitute Franck Ribery hitting the crossbar.

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