Robert Lewandowski continues scorching form for Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich resumed their winning ways in the Bundesliga with a routine 3-1 victory at neighbours Augsburg in the Bavarian derby.
Classy finishes in each half by the in-form Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller's first goal of 2016 restored Bayern's comfortable eight-point cushion over nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table. Raul Bobadilla stabbed home a late consolation for Augsburg, who were second-best throughout.
Here are the ratings from the Fugger City.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Manuel Neuer, 7 -- Hardly tested but couldn't do anything to prevent Bobadilla providing some solace for the home side. Knowing Neuer, though, he'll be absolutely seething that his clean sheet was ruined in the final minutes.
DF Juan Bernat, 7 -- The Spaniard enjoyed a leisurely evening at left-back on his first start in 120 days as part of injury-hit Bayern's experimental back four.
DF David Alaba, 8 -- Pressed into service as an emergency centre-half due to Holger Badstuber's broken ankle. The 23-year-old Austrian was immense throughout and the only time he came out second-best was when he lost a tooth and a contact lens after an ugly collision in the second half.
DF Joshua Kimmich, 7 -- Paired alongside Alaba instead of Badstuber and the 20-year-old hardly put a foot wrong until Bobadilla's trickery confused him late on.
DF Philipp Lahm, 8 -- Bayern's skipper put in one of his best performances of the season buzzing around busily, putting out fires where needed and setting up chances. A remarkably consistent player; too good to be true.
MF Arturo Vidal, 7 -- A much-improved performance from Vidal, 10 days before the first leg against Juventus in the Champions League. However, the Chilean's evening was curtailed after a nasty clash of heads. Vidal had to be taped up and taken off moments later. On the plus side, he maintained his record of featuring in every league game this season for the record German champions.
MF Thiago, 8 -- Fortunate to escape a yellow card for a rash challenge on 52 minutes, but his incisive slide-rule pass to Lewandowski for the match-clinching second goal was a joy to behold. Clear signs, especially during the second half, that the Spaniard is nearing his best form.
MF Douglas Costa, 7 -- Judged by higher standards nowadays after a magnificent start to his career in Bavaria and admittedly the Brazilian isn't quite up to his 2015 Bayern speed. But provided yet another assist for the Muller moment, his 14th league assist of the season -- those high standards.
MF Arjen Robben, 7 -- Remains goalless in 2016 but not for want of trying. Denied by overworked Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz on a host of occasions. The Dutchman is evidently saving his best for the Champions League.
FW Thomas Muller, 7 -- Surprisingly, Muller found himself the only player booked in a feisty affair. He's still not quite firing after the winter break, but toiled away in typical Muller fashion, getting the goal his efforts deserved, his first of the year and Bayern's final goal of the evening to take his Bundesliga tally to 15 for the season. An opportune time to roll out the stat: Bayern have won 49 Bundesliga games in a row and remain unbeaten in 68 when Muller scores.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 9 -- Priceless. Clinical once again with another decisive double, his third league brace in four games in 2016. The opener on 15 minutes was the pick, a quality turn and swivel and sublime finish into the corner to leave the goalkeeper stranded. The Bundesliga's top scorer took his ever-expanding tally to 21 goals in 20 league games this season and 31 in 31 games in all competitions.
DF Rafinha, 6 -- The reliable Brazilian slotted in for his first league appearance of the year after Vidal succumbed to a nasty head wound.
MF Kingsley Coman, NR -- The French teenager replaced Costa with the game in the bag but still found time to unleash a powerful late drive that went narrowly wide.
DF Sebastian Rode, NR -- Replaced Lahm for the final eight minutes as Bayern conceded a slightly annoying consolation.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Twitter: @LovellLowdown.