Champions Bayern Munich eased past Nuremberg 3-0 in the Bavarian derby with two goals from Robert Lewandowski, to continue their recovery from a dip in form and move into second place.
Lewandowski struck twice in the first half and Franck Ribery added another in the 56th as Bayern found minimal resistance from their toothless opponents.
Bayern, who have advanced to the Champions League knockout stage, posted their first win in five home league matches and the scoreline could have been more emphatic.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has said the team's struggles in the first part of the season can have a positive effect on their Champions League campaign.
Bundesliga champions Bayern trail leaders Borussia Dortmund by nine points and have not won a league game at home since September.
But Lewandowski told Bild he believed Bayern could still achieve great things in the Champions League, which they won in 2013.
"If you aware you must fight in the Bundesliga, the cup and the Champions League,...
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PSV Eindhoven and Groningen are interested in bringing winger Arjen Robben back to the Netherlands when he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Former Netherlands captain Robben, 34, said at the weekend that this would be his final season at Bayern after 10 years with the Bundesliga champions.
He has yet to decide whether he will end his playing career or continue at another club, and Groningen and Eindhoven, two of his former sides, have set their sights on a move.
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