Alexa Coutinho hits hat-trick as Bayern rout Werder Bremen

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Coutinho hits hat-trick as Bayern rout Werder Bremen

 Sports Desk

 Published: 12:14 PM, 15 December 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich signaled their return to form with a 6-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while RB Leipzig took over first place.

The Barcelona loanee was everywhere for Munich at the Allianz Arena, chalking up two assists in addition to his three goals, but Bayern remain six points adrift of Leipzig.

Julian Nagelsmann’s ambitious side replaced Borussia Moenchengladbach at the top following a comfortable 3-0 victory at Fortuna Duesseldorf.

Bayern had lost their previous two games in the Bundesliga and appeared to be in for another long afternoon when the champions fell behind to Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica’s goal in the 24th minute.

Two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half, however, turned the game on its head, with Coutinho and Robert Lewandowski both scoring to fire Bayern into a 2-1 lead.

Bayern ran riot after the break, adding four more goals including two more for Coutinho, one more for Lewandowski and a goal for Thomas Mueller. Coutinho’s second, a brilliant chip over keeper Jiri Pavlenka, came right out of the Brazilian trickster’s top drawer.

Coutinho’s form has been questioned since he arrived from Barcelona in the summer; however, he was given a standing ovation by the Bayern crowd when subbed off in the 82nd minute.