by MACAULAY DALEY
Schalke 04 ended a run of five straight league defeats with a 4-0 thrashing of Borussia Monchengladbach at the Veltins Arena.
It was a much needed win to ease the pressure off manager Markus Weinzierl, after five consecutive defeats to start the season.
Following a 3-1 win over Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday, Schalke looked to continue their good form against BMG, and duly obliged.
After a goalless first half in Gelsenkirchen, Die Kӧnigsblauen stunned everyone by scoring three times in the space of eight minutes.
They were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was brought down in the area by Ibrahima Traore. The Cameroonian brushed himself down and fired home the penalty, despite Yann Sommer diving the right way.
They doubled their lead just three minutes later. Saed Kolasinac strode forward unchallenged down the left and his low cross was turned into the far corner by Breel Embolo for his first Bundesliga goal.
Their stunning performance got even better as they scored their third in the 58th minute. A fantastic counter attack saw Choupo-Moting’s shot saved by Sommer and the rebound was turned in by Leon Goretza.
Embolo completed the performance with a superb goal in the 83rd minute. The Swiss international showed fantastic persistence to get clear of Andreas Christensen, round Sommer, get clear of Christensen again, before rolling the ball into an empty net.
Bayern Munich dropped more points as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Koln at the Allianz Arena.
After a loss against Atletico Madrid saw Carlo Ancelotti lose his perfect record in all competitions, the draw meant he had dropped four points in the last two games.
Bayern went ahead after 40 minutes. Some good work down the left from Juan Bernat saw him with plenty of time to find Joshua Kimmich unmarked in the area and his header flew into the far corner, for his third goal in just four league games this season.
In the 63rd minute Anthony Modeste stunned the Allianz with a piece of superb improvisation to level the score.
Marcel Risse floated a ball into the area to which the Frenchman leaped into the air and prodded a leg at the ball and confounded the usually unflappable Manuel Neuer who couldn’t recover as the ball sailed into an empty net.
Javier Hernandez scored for the third consecutive match as Bayer Leverkusen recorded their first win over Borussia Dortmund for seven years.
The Mexican had the first chance for Leverkusen, but his header was well saved by Roman Burki. However, from the resulting corner, Admir Mehmedi got clear of his marker and headed into the top corner for his first goal of the campaign.
Roger Schmidt’s men sealed the victory with a wonderful counter attacking goal. Hakan Calhanoglu played a one-two with Kevin Volland before rolling the ball across the goal for Chicarito to score his sixth goal this season.
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