Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund Stay Perfect with Tight Wins

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterAugust 18, 2013

Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund Stay Perfect with Tight Wins

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    Two teams, two favorites. Four matches, four wins and six points each. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are both off to solid starts in the Bundesliga, but they're not alone.

    Through two rounds of matches, five teams have their 100 percent records intact. Bayern and Dortmund stayed perfect with wins over Eintracht Frankfurt and Eintract Braunschweig, respectively, while Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz and Werder Bremen all kept pace.

    Keep reading for a full recap of the weekend's action, and click here for the full table.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich

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    Goals: Bayern—Mario Mandzukic (13')

    Champions Bayern Munich took an early lead through Mario Mandzukic and held on to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 on Saturday, claiming their second Bundesliga victory in as many matches under new manager Pep Guardiola. With the win, Bayern remained level on points with Borussia Dortmund and three other clubs.

    Guardiola made one change from last week's season-opening victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, with Xherdan Shaqiri replacing Arjen Robben in the midfield. Frankfurt manager Armin Veh, whose side lost 6-1 at Hertha Berlin on opening day, made four changes to his starting XI.

    Frankfurt threatened early, with Takashi Inui forcing Manuel Neuer into a save moments after Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger had headed over the bar in the third minute. Bayern came close again in the ninth minute when Toni Kroos hit the bar from David Alaba's cross.

    The breakthrough came in the 13th minute. Philipp Lahm passed to Thomas Muller on the right side of Frankfurt's box. Muller crossed for Mandzukic, who slammed home a volley for the opener.

    Bayern nearly doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, but Frankfurt 'keeper Kevin Trapp made a fine save on Dante's shot. Frankfurt then put the ball in the net just before halftime, but Alexander Meier's goal was ruled out for offside.

    Robben, a second-half substitute, also had a goal ruled out for offside, but the hosts produced moments of pressure as well. A mistake by Neuer nearly gifted Frankfurt an equaliser, as Srdjan Lakic beat the Bayern keeper to a ball outside the box, but Lakic's shot was cleared by Dante.

    Shots: Frankfurt 7-17 Bayern

    Passing: Frankfurt 70.9% - 86.3% Bayern

    Possession: Frankfurt 34% - 66% Bayern

    (Stats via Bundesliga.com)

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Eintracht Braunschweig

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    Goals: Dortmund—Jonas Hofmann (75'), Marco Reus (86'); Braunschweig—Kevin Kratz (89')

    On Sunday, Borussia Dortmund were made to work for their second win of the season, a 2-1 decision at home, as promoted side Eintracht Braunschweig held out for more than 70 minutes before conceding. Jonas Hofmann and Marco Reus (from the penalty spot) scored the goals for Dortmund before Kevin Kratz—via a deflection off the head of BVB's Robert Lewandowski—set up a tense ending with a late goal for Braunschweig.

    Hofmann opened the scoring in the 75th minute, playing a one-two with defender Mats Hummels along the edge of the box before slotting home. He then won the penalty that Reus converted for a brief 2-0 lead.

    In the 89th minute, Lewandowski redirected a Braunschweig corner into his own net to give the visitors hope.

    Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp handed starts to all three of their major summer signings—attackers Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and defender Sokratis.

    Shots: Dortmund 23-10 Braunschweig

    Passing: Dortmund 82.8% - 66.5% Braunschweig

    Possession: Dortmund 65.7% - 34.4% Braunscweig

    (Stats via Bundesliga.com)

VfB Stuttgart 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

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    Goals: Bayer Leverkusen—Daniel Schwaab (o.g. 42')

    An own goal from Daniel Schwaab gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 road victory over VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, keeping Sami Hyypia's side level on points with early leaders Dortmund, with two wins in as many matches.

    Dating back to last season, Leverkusen have won seven straight league matches. Stuttgart, meanwhile, have yet to claim a point this season.

    Stuttgart threatened in the first half, with Ibrahima Traore shooting over the bar after fine work from Gotoku Sakai and Martin Harnik. But Leverkusen took the lead three minutes before the break, as Schwaab turned Sebastian Boenisch's cross into his own net with Stefan Kiessling lurking.

    Chasing the game in the second half, Stuttgart twice came close to equalising. Christian Gentner hit the bar with a long shot, and Timo Werner had his shot saved expertly by Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno.

    Shots: Stuttgart 17-13 Leverkusen

    Passing: Stuttgart 77.6% - 74.6% Leverkusen

    Possession: Stuttgart 52.2% - 47.8% Leverkusen

    (Stats via Bundesliga.com)

SC Freiburg 1-2 Mainz

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    Goals: Freiburg—Sebastian Freis (71'); Mainz—Niki Zimling (64') Nicolai Muller (68')

    Nicolai Muller made the difference again for Mainz, who remained level on points with the league leaders with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg on Saturday. Muller and Niki Zimling scored within four minutes of each other, and Freiburg could only manage a 71st-minute reply from Sebastian Freis.

    Mainz allowed Freiburg to hold possession, soaking up pressure but limiting the hosts to six shots on target.

    Muller scored twice last week as Mainz opened the season with a 3-2 victory at home to Stuttgart. His three goals are joint-most in the league this season.

    Freiburg, who finished fifth last season, lost for the second time in as many matches and remain without a point this season.

    Shots: Freiburg 9-12 Mainz

    Passing: Freiburg 78.4% - 72.4% Mainz

    Possession: Freiburg 55.6% - 44.4% Mainz

    (Stats via Bundesliga.com)

Hamburg SV 1-5 TSG Hoffenheim

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    Goals: Hamburg—Rafael van der Vaart (pen. 44'); Hoffenheim—Roberto Firmino (5', 77'), Kevin Volland (50'), Anthony Modeste (67', 74')

    Hoffenheim struck four goals after halftime, including three in a 10-minute spell, to see off hosts Hamburg 5-1 on Saturday. The influential Roberto Firmino scored twice and handed out three assists, and Anthony Modeste added two second-half goals as Hoffenheim moved up to fifth ahead of Sunday's matches.

    Firmino opened the scoring with a powerful header in the fifth minute. It was the second time this season that Hamburg had conceded in the opening five minutes.

    Rafael van der Vaart pulled Hamburg level with a penalty just before halftime, but Firmino inspired the rout after the break. Kevin Volland restored Hoffenheim's advantage in the 50th minute before Modeste hit back-to-back goals in the 67th and 74th minutes.

    Firmino then capped his big day with Hoffenheim's fifth, a low shot past Rene Adler.

    Shots: Hamburg 8-18 Hoffenheim

    Passing: Hamburg 79.6% - 73.0% Hoffenheim

    Possession: Hamburg 56.5% - Hoffenheim 43.5%

    (Stats via Bundesliga.com)

VfL Wolfsburg 4-0 Schalke

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    Goals: Wolfsburg—Robin Knoche (55'), Vieirinha (61'), Naldo (67'), Stefan Kutschke (90'+1')

    Second-half goals from Robin Knoche, Vieirinha, Naldo and Stefan Kutschke saw Wolfsburg outclass Schalke 4-0 on Saturday as midfielder Luiz Gustavo made his debut. Gustavo, who signed with the Wolves from Bayern Munich on Friday, started and played 76 minutes before being withdrawn for Jan Polak.

    Despite spending precious little time with his new teammates, Gustavo played well Saturday, combining with Ja-Cheol Koo and Diego in Wolfsburg's midfield. Schalke, meanwhile, fell apart ahead of their midweek foray into the Champions League.

    Schalke striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who hit the post with a first-half shot, left the match at halftime. The Dutchman has been diagnosed with partially torn ligaments in his right knee and will miss four weeks, per Bundesliga.com. He will miss Schalke's UEFA Champions League qualifiers against Greek side PAOK.

    Shots: Wolfsburg 19-7 Schalke

    Passing: Wolfsburg 79.2% - 79.6% Schalke

    Possession: Wolfsburg 50.5% - 49.5% Schalke

    (Stats via Bundesliga.com)

Other Games

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    Nurnberg 2-2 Hertha Berlin

    On Sunday, Nurnberg brought Hertha Berlin back to Earth with a 2-2 draw. Hertha had topped the table following a 6-1 victory at home to Frankfurt on opening day.

    Josip Drmic opened the scoring for the hosts in the 39th minute before Hertha responded with second-half strikes from Sami Allagui and Ronny, the latter coming from the penalty spot. Hiroshi Kiyotake rescued a draw for Nurnberg with a superb 89th-minute free kick (see video at left).

     

    Werder Bremen 1-0 Augsburg

    On Saturday, Mehmet Ekici scored the lone goal in the 22nd minute as Bremen won for the second time in as many matches and remained level with the league leaders on points. Last week, Robin Dutt's side won for the first time in a 13 league matches, a run that had stretched more than seven months.

     

    Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 Hannover 96

    Max Kruse (20'), Christoph Kramer (53') and Filip Daems (66', pen.) scored as Borussia Monchengladbach cruised to their first victory of the new season.

    Kruse, signed from Freiburg in the summer, scored his first goal with 'Gladbach, finishing from Raffael's deep cutback from the left.

    In the second half, Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved from Artur Sobiech and Mame Diouf to preserve Gladbach's clean sheet.