A review of the midweek action in Germany’s Bundesliga as Bayern Munich beat newly-promoted Paderborn on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich kicked Paderborn off the top of the Bundesliga with a thumping 4-0 win over the top-flight newcomers at the Allianz Arena.
The visitors went into the match as the surprise league leaders after an impressive start to the campaign, but were thoroughly outclassed by the champions.
It looked ominous for Paderborn with a smart finish from Mario Gotze and a thunderous strike from Robert Lewandowski had Bayern two up after 14 minutes.
But they rode their luck to stem the flow of goals as the hosts went close time and again before late efforts from Gotze (78) and Thomas Muller (85) gave the scoreline a fairer appearance.
The win put Bayern two points clear at the top, with Mainz in second after throwing away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
A whirlwind end to the first half saw Jonas Hofmann (41) and Shinji Okazaki (44) put Mainz in control, only for Alexander Meier to pull one back on the stroke of half-time.
And eight minutes from full-time Haris Seferovic equalised to make it 2-2.
Hoffenheim in third also missed the chance to go level on points with Bayern after Jannik Vestergaard’s 90th-minute leveller earned a 3-3 draw at home to Freiburg.
Hoffenheim found themselves 2-0 down as Mike Frantz netted in the 31st and 33rd minutes.
The hosts fought back thanks to goals from Tarik Elyounoussi (44) and Sebastian Rudy (63), but Vladimir Darida put Freiburg back in front with a penalty 15 minutes from time.
Darida was sent off in the 81st minute, though, and Vestergaard rescued a point for the hosts.
Schalke picked up their first win of the season in style as second-half goals from Max Meyer, Roman Neustadter and Tranquillo Barnetta gave them a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen.