by MACAULAY DALEY
Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin remain the only two teams in the Bundesliga with a 100% record, following comfortable wins at the weekend.
Bayern ran out 3-1 winners over Ingolstadt at the Allianz Arena, whilst Hertha beat Schalke 2-0 at the Olympistadion on Sunday.
It was far from straight forward for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who fell behind unexpectedly when Dario Lezcano ran through and poked the ball through Manuel Neuer’s legs, as Bayern conceded their first goal under their new manager.
The lead lasted just four minutes, when a fifth consecutive Bundesliga goal from Robert Lewandowski drew the home side level. After being played in by Franck Ribery, the Polish striker lobbed visiting goalkeeper Orjan Nyland expertly.
Neuer was by far the busier ‘keeper, but Xabi Alonso’s excellent first time strike in the 50th minute, his second of the season, gave Bayern the lead for the first time in the match.
With Ingolstadt pushing for an equaliser, they were caught out on the break. A first goal in four years for Rafinha, a fine finish from outside the area secured the three points for Ancelotti’s men.
Hertha have made their best ever start to a Bundesliga season and they continued that run with a comfortable win over Markus Weinzierl’s Schalke.
After a goalless first half, Pal Dardai’s men took the lead in the 64th minute through a wonderful goal from Mitchell Weiser.
After Benjamin Stambouli gave the ball away by the corner flag, Peter Pekarik played the ball to Weiser who finished superbly into the far corner over the despairing Ralf Fährmann.
They doubled their lead ten minutes later, with Weiser at the forefront again. His lobbed pass found Valentin Stocker and his low shot squirmed through the reach of Fährmann.
Schalke meanwhile, are joint bottom of the league having failed to win any of their matches this season, and Weinzierl is the first manager to lose all three of his opening matches in charge of Die Kӧnigsblauen.
Borussia Dortmund scored six for the second consecutive match after they comfortably dispatched of Darmstadt 6-0, despite starting with star players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Gotze on the bench.
Two goals from Gonzalo Castro, alongside first goals of the season for Adrian Ramos and Christian Pulisic, were matched with first goals for the club by Sebastian Rode and Emre Mor.
It was the perfect response to last weekend’s shock 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig, who this weekend thrashed Hamburg 4-0 to continue their fine start to the season.
Timo Werner was the standout player for Die Bullen, after he came on as a half-time substitute. Twenty minutes into the second half, he was fouled by Hamburg ‘keeper Rene Adler and Emile Forsberg fired home the resulting penalty.
Werner then scored his first goal for Leipzig in the 72nd minute, before doubling his tally five minutes later.
Davie Selke put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal, deep into injury time.
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