Bundesliga Saturday Roundup: Bayern Set New Record While Schalke Win Ruhr Derby
Saturday's Bundesliga action saw several individual and team milestones set. The most significant was that of Bayern Munich earning their eighth consecutive win to start the season, a feat never before achieved.
In Dortmund, the Ruhr derby took place for the 81st time, a match which saw visitors Schalke earn a massive 2-1 win against the defending champions.
Elsewhere, former Germany U17 international Okan Aydin earned his first professional appearance for Leverkusen. A late equalizer meant his debut was not spoiled as was that of BVB youngster Leonardo Bittencourt, who also enjoyed his first run-out.
Read on for a closer look at all of Saturday's matches...
Dortmund 1-2 Schalke
Schalke claimed the spoils of the Ruhr derby following an immense display against Dortmund. Unfazed by the throngs of home supporters, the Gelsenkirchen side always had control of the match and earned a 2-1 win.
An understaffed Dortmund looked tactically lost as Schalke dominated the proceedings in the first half. Ibrahim Afellay superbly opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark as he volleyed home off the inside of the left post. Shortly after halftime, Marco Hoeger latched onto a Lewis Holtby through pass and coolly struck to double the visitors' advantage.
Robert Lewandowski gave BVB a lifeline in the 55th minute as he nodded in from a free kick, but the Polish striker's best efforts were not enough. The visitors couldn't convert on several late chances, but their wastefulness went unpunished as a very underwhelming BVB succumbed to defeat.
Fortuna Duesseldorf 0-5 Bayern Munich
Bavarian giants Bayern set a Bundesliga record with their eighth consecutive win to start the 2012-13 campaign. Thomas Mueller had a fine strike called back for offside, but the hosts' luck would run out shortly thereafter.
Mario Mandzukic redirected Franck Ribery's cross into the back of the net on 28 minutes, giving Bayern a deserved lead. Eight minutes later, Mueller's headed pass created havoc as it pinged twice off Duesseldorf goalkeeper Fabian Giefer and Luiz Gustavo, with the latter claiming credit for the ball crossing the goal line.
Not deterred by his goal being disallowed, Mueller made it 3-0 in the 55th minute as he finished from another Ribery assist. Bayern rounded off their victory with another strike from Mueller (service courtesy of substitute David Alaba), and a finish from Rafinha that came from Ribery's third assist of the match.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Mainz
Leverkusen had a halftime lead overturned, but managed a last-gasp equalizer to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw with Mainz.
Stefan Kiessling found the net from Daniel Carvajal's cross on 43 minutes, but strikes from Adam Szalai (58) and Marcel Risse (76) put the visitors ahead as the final stages of the match approached.
Shortly after debutant Okan Aydin narrowly missed the target, Gonzalo Castro scored his second goal of the season, earning a point at the death for the hosts.
Wolfsburg 0-2 Freiburg
Slumping Wolfsburg remained at the bottom of the Bundesliga table following a demoralizing 2-0 defeat to Freiburg at home.
Daniel Caligiuri stunned the hosts as he scored the opener on 40 minutes, and Felix Magath's side had no answer. Julian Schuster put the match to rest six minutes from full time as he doubled his side's advantage. The result sees Freiburg, who not long ago were a relegation-fighting side, advance to seventh place in the Bundesliga table.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Hannover
Red-hot Frankfurt maintained their brilliant run of form on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Hannover.
Karim Matmour scored the opener after five minutes, and Sebastian Jung put the game out of the visitors' reach just 13 minutes later.
Mohamed Abdellaoue pulled a goal back for Hannover shortly before halftime, but Frankfurt's defense held strong in the second half. Alexander Meier added an insurance goal seven minutes from full time, and Frankfurt maintained their position in second place, just five point behind leaders Bayern.
Werder Bremen 4-0 Moenchengladbach
Werder Bremen climbed to ninth in the Bundesliga table as they earned an emphatic 4-0 win against Gladbach.
Nils Petersen opened the scoring after 37 minutes, and Marko Arnautovic doubled the hosts' advantage just before halftime. Gladbach never looked like making a comeback, but defeat turned to humiliation in the latter stages of the match. Substitute Niclas Fuellkrug added a third with a quarter-hour left to be played, and Zlatko Junuzovic made it 4-0 shortly before full time, rounding off a convincing win for the hosts.