Javi Martinez scored his first goal for Bayern Munich for two years on Saturday in his side’s 3-1 win at Schalke 04 which opened an eight-point gap between them and the next team.
After second-placed Borussia Dortmund’s shock 3-1 defeat at Hamburg on Friday, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern took their chance to extend their lead.
David Alaba’s early goal was cancelled out by Schalke’s Max Meyer before Martinez, then Thomas Mueller found the back of the net for Bayern.
They took a fortuitous lead in Gelsenkirchen when Alaba’s long-range shot clipped Leon Goretzka’s heel and flew into the Schalke net with nine minutes gone.
Schalke drew level through Meyer’s superb goal on 17 minutes when he turned Bayern captain Philipp Lahm and powered his shot past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
But Bayern still have their unbeaten record intact in Germany’s top flight when Spain’s Martinez headed Arjen Robben’s pin-point cross on 69 minute
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