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Euro Watch: Muller hat-trick sinks Eintracht Frankfurt

Euro Watch: Muller hat-trick sinks Eintracht Frankfurt
There’s no sign of Bayern Munich easing off in their pursuit of a 25th Bundesliga title.

The undefeated reigning champions maintained their four point lead after a comprehensive 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Thomas Muller was the hero of the day, scoring thrice for Pep Guardiola’s side, continuing a proud personal record.

The German international has scored in 50 Bundesliga games and the Bavarian outfit have not lost a single match he’s netted in, winning 47 and drawing three.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the fourth goal for Munich to put the finishing touches on a sixth win in seven games.

“It’s always difficult after a Champions League game – we struggled in the early stages,” Guardiola told reporters after the game.

“Going 3-0 up it became a different game and I’d like to congratulate my players. We now have a few days to analyse our performances and find ways to improve.”

The Bavarians are top on 27 points, four ahead of second-placed Wolfsburg and seven clear of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Bayern are City’s next opponents in the UEFA Champions League on Match Day Five, having already qualified for the knockout rounds with their victory over AS Roma last week.

Despite the damaging defeat to CSKA Moscow last Wednesday, City may yet have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 in Rome next month.

However, Rudi Garcia’s AS Roma side were in ominous form this weekend as the Giallorossi steamrollered Torino to the tune of 3-0.

Highly rated Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman made his comeback from injury in the match after his eight month lay-off with a cruciate ligament injury.

Vasilis Torosidis gave Roma the lead after eight minutes, before Seydou Keita powered into the area and slammed a drive past Jean-Francois Gillet to double the advantage on 30 minutes.

The scoring was completed when Adem Ljajic arrived onto a perfectly measured Miralem Pjanic through ball and delivered a sumptuous strike past Gillet into the far corner.

That win closed the gap on Juventus at the top of the Serie A table to just three points.

Finally, CSKA lost the Moscow derby to Dynamo 1-0.

The Russian champions missed the chance to put pressure on Andre Villas Boas’ Zenit at the top of the table as Alexander Kokorin scored the only goal of the game after 54 minutes.

Leonid Slutsky’s men are seven points behind the leaders.

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