Football: Thomas Muller ends goal drought as Bayern beat Moenchengladbach 1-0

Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches and Thomas Muller (right) on the substitutes bench before a match on March 7.
Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches and Thomas Muller (right) on the substitutes bench before a match on March 7.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Bayern Munich extended their Bundesliga lead to 13 points as Thomas Muller capped his 250th league appearance with a goal in Sunday's (March 19) 1-0 victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

After second-placed RB Leipzig crashed to a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern took the chance to go farther ahead in the table as they edge ever closer to a fifth straight league title.

This was Bayern's sixth straight win in all competitions in a dominant display as they created 18 shots on goal, to Gladbach's 14, and enjoyed nearly 70 per cent possession.

Thiago Alcantara was the architect for Muller's winner, flicking his pass over the Gladbach defence for the Germany forward to fire home his 93rd Bundesliga goal on 63 minutes.

It was only Muller's second league goal this season - having scored 20 last season - and his first since December, but he has turned provider this season with 11 assists in the league.

Bayern created numerous chances before Muller's breakthrough as Arjen Robben hit the post in the first-half and Robert Lewandowski forced Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer into a point-blank save with a header.

Lewandowski endured a frustrating afternoon and could not add to his 21 league goals in his race to be Germany's top-scorer with Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has 23.

The only down side for Ancelotti was Xabi Alonso's yellow card, his fifth of the season, for a foul on Andre Hahn which means the defensive midfielder is suspended for Bayern's next game at Augsburg on April 1.

The hosts, who drop to 10th after the defeat, piled on the pressure at the end and had their chances to sneak a point as Swiss striker Josip Drmic was only denied by good defending by Bayern's Javi Martinez.

Schalke 04 climbed two places to ninth as masked Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac produced a superb individual goal after 50 minutes in their 1-0 win at Mainz.

The 23-year-old was wearing a mask after breaking his nose last month.

But he showed great vision to finish a move he started, swapping passes with striker Guido Burgstaller, then dribbling into the area and firing home.

Schalke's second-half replacement Nabil Bentaleb could have added a second goal at the death when he broke free of the defence, but could not beat Mainz's Danish goalkeeper Jonas Loessl.