Bayern maintain perfect start


A review of the weekend’s action in Germany’s Bundesliga.

Schalke were left as the only Bundesliga club without a point after five games of the season as they were beaten 2-1 at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gave the Royal Blues the lead in Sinsheim, but goals from Andrej Kramaric and Lukas Rupp turned the game around to inflict a fifth straight defeat on the Royal Blues this season.

Their coach Markus Weinzierl consequently becomes the next Bundesliga coach to be at risk of losing his job after Viktor Skripnik was dismissed by Werder Bremen a week ago and Bruno Labbadia lost his job at Hamburg on Sunday.

In Sunday’s other game, Scotland international Oliver Burke netted his first goal in the German top-flight as both Leipzig and Cologne extended their unbeaten starts to the season with a 1-1 draw.

Yuya Osako scored Cologne’s equaliser at the Mungersdorferstadion to take them above Borussia Monchengladbach into third place in the table.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich left it late to continue their perfect start to the season with an 88th-minute Joshua Kimmich strike earning them a 1-0 win in Hamburg.

The hosts gave as good as they got for an hour, but they could not ultimately keep pace with their guests and spent the last half an hour holding on desperately for a point.

They were just two minutes away from doing so before Kimmich struck to seal Bayern’s fifth successive Bundesliga win – and eighth in a row in all competitions – this season to leave Hamburg on just one point, with their coach Bruno Labbadia’s future still uncertain.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin shared six goals in a thriller at the Waldstadion.

Hertha opened the scoring in the 19th minute with Vedad Ibisevic converting a penalty after Haris Seferovic fouled Valentin Stocker inside the penalty area.

Frankfurt took some time to get settled, but they hit back with two goals before half-time. Marco Fabian brought them level in the 39th minute before Alexander Meier put them in front on the stroke of half-time.

The game was turned on its head once again in the second half with Ibisevic bringing Hertha level on the volley just shy of the hour mark and Alexander Esswein put them back in front shortly after.

There was to be some late drama, though, as Michael Hector headed in an equaliser in stoppage time and completed the scoring.

Dirk Schuster picked up his second win as Augsburg coach with an Alfred Finnbogason header enough to get one over his former club Darmstadt.

Leon Guwara picked up a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time, leaving Darmstadt with just 10 men for the second half.

Augsburg took advantage immediately with their Icelandic forward heading in Koo Ja-Cheol’s cross in the first minute of the second half.

The Bavarians wasted numerous chances to put the game to bed and were forced to sweat it out as Darmstadt could have levelled, but they held on for a deserved first home win of the season.

A Javier Hernandez hat-trick earned Bayer Leverkusen a dramatic 3-2 win at Mainz.

Yunus Malli put the hosts in front before Hernandez’s first goal of the afternoon brought Leverkusen level.

Stefan Bell restored Mainz’s lead before Hernandez equalised and then, in stoppage time, the Mexico striker grabbed a winner for the visitors.

Borussia Monchengladbach warmed up for their Champions League meeting against Barcelona on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt, a result that lifts them up to fourth.

Lars Stindl put Gladbach in front three minutes before half-time, stroking a low shot into the bottom corner after Marvin Matip’s clearance fell at his feet.

Oscar Wendt then added the second, latching onto Mahmoud Dahoud’s defence-splitting diagonal ball before beating Orjan Nyland with a low shot.

Gladbach could have won more convincingly but twice hit the woodwork, first through Stindl from near the corner flag when Nyland was out of his goal, and then through Julian Korb.

Werder Bremen came from behind to pick up their first Bundesliga win of the season at home to Wolfsburg thanks to two late goals at the Weserstadion.

An own-goal from Robert Bauer gave Wolfsburg the lead against the run of play in the 69th minute, but Lennart Thy brought the hosts deservedly back on terms four minutes from time.

Bremen did not just settle for a point, though, and Theodor Gebre Selassie gave them the lead with almost the last kick of the game, earning Bremen their first points of the season and lifting them out of the relegation zone.

On Friday night, Borussia Dortmund kept up the pressure on Bayern thanks to a 3-1 win over Freiburg.

Vincenzo Grifo missed a glorious opportunity early on for Freiburg when he failed to beat Roman Burki in a one-on-one situation, but the rest of the game belonged to Dortmund.

Emre Mor saw a hat-trick of shots deflect behind, one off the crossbar, before Ousmane Dembele intelligently crafted an opener as his low cross to the far post was turned in by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who celebrated his 100th Dortmund appearance with his 59th goal.

Lukasz Piszczek added a second early in the second half, but Maximilian Philipp pulled one back soon after.

However, Raphael Guerreiro settled any nerves the hosts may have had in stoppage time with a third goal, sealing a fourth win in five games for Dortmund.



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