Bundesliga Results: Dortmund and Bayern Munich Win, Leverkusen Hammer M'Gladbach
Another week, another scintillating round of Bundesliga matches awaits us.
As usual, B/R is here to summarise and analyse each and every game, starting with Friday night's tussle between two unbeaten sides in Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen.
It was a thoroughly one-sided affair at Signal Iduna Park, but who came out on top?
Check back on Saturday and Sunday for more action!
————Updated following Bundesliga matches on Saturday 24
Bayern Munich 2-0 Nurnberg
Bayern Munich's defence of their Bundesliga title has started predictably well, after an amazingly dominant performance over Nurnberg yielded a 2-0 victory on Saturday.
The scoreline could easily have been far worse for Nurnberg, but for some heroics from goalkeeper Raphael Schafer, who was a busy man all game long.
Arjen Robben won a first-half penalty for Bayern, but the chance to score was spurned by left-back David Alaba as his spot-kick was saved by Schafer. Mario Mandzukic and Franck Ribery were amongst those also thwarted by the stopper.
Bayern got the breakthrough with 20 minutes left as a rare headed goal from Ribery found the inside of the post from Philipp Lahm's cross, before Robben sealed the win with a mazy solo run, beating three men and then the keeper with his low shot.
Bayern Munich have taken nine points from their three opening games, Nurnberg, just two.
On target: 9-1
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund made it nine points out of nine this season by beating Werder Bremen 1-0 at Signal Iduna Park on Friday.
Robert Lewandowski netted the only goal of the game after Marco Reus fed a superb ball across the box for an easy tap-in. But, in all honesty, this could have been five or six goals to nil.
Profligacy was the home side's worst enemy once again, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nuri Sahin all missing great chances throughout the 90 minutes.
Werder rarely threatened, and Marko Arnautovic's drilled effort wide of the goal just before half time was one of the only chances of note.
Jonas Hoffman saw the pitch once again and looked extremely bright.
Shots: Dortmund 32-7 Werder Bremen
Passing: Dortmund 78%-68% Werder Bremen
Possession: Dortmund 60%-40% Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Bayer Leverkusen followed Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in making it three wins from three, with an impressive 4-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring after 23 minutes from the penalty spot, with wide forward Sidney Sam doubling Leverkusen's lead shortly afterward, after Kiessling had sprung the offside trap.
'Gladbach got themselves back into the game with a spirited second-half fightback and goals from Martin Stranzl and Juan Arango, the latter following an awful error from Bernd Leno.
Sam turned to rifle in his second from the edge of the area to put Bayer back in front, with Gonzalo Castro sealing the win with an inch-perfect strike from range.
On target: 11-3
Hoffenheim 3-3 Freiburg
The most incident-packed game of the day came at Hoffenheim, who lead twice yet had to come from behind to rescue a point at home against Freiburg.
Sejad Salihovic scored a penalty after just nine minutes—but the Hoffenheim midfielder was then immediately shown a red card during the celebrations for apparently raising his hand to Freiburg's keeper.
Within 20 minutes the score had suddenly flashed to 2-2, as Oliver Sorg, Kevin Volland and Karim Guede all traded strikes in the first half. There was even still time for a second red card before the break, as Francis Coquelin was sent off for two bookable offences.
Sebastian Freis then put Freiburg ahead for the first time with a well-taken strike from a corner, but Tobias Strobl equalised 13 minutes from time, rocketing into the top corner from range after an untimely slip from Gelson Fernandes.
In a final twist, Admir Mehmedi became the third player to be shown a red card, less than 20 minutes after coming on as substitute.
On target: 5-6
Saturday's Other Results
Mainz 2-0 Wolfsburg
Mainz recorded their third win of the season to maintain their 100 percent record thanks to goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored after an hour to open the scoring before Luiz Gustavo was sent off in only his second Wolfsburg appearance since moving from Bayern Munich.
Nicolai Muller wrapped up the win with a late goal, as Wolfsburg failed to score despite dominating possession and chances. They have now taken only three points from their first three fixtures.
H.Berlin 1-0 Hamburger SV
Hertha Berlin remain unbeaten this season, while Hamburger have yet to win, after this entertaining game which at times lacked end product.
Adrian Ramos hit the winner with just 15 minutes left on the clock, with Artjoms Rudnevs and Heiko Westermann going close for Hamburger near the end.
Hannover 2-1 Schalke
Schalke's poor start to the season continues with a defeat at Hannover, with the away side up against it from early on after losing Benedikt Howedes to a straight red card and the home side scoring from the penalty spot as a result. Szabolcs Huszti hit the opener from 12 yards inside a quarter of an hour, while Mame Biram Diouf doubled the lead just before the break.
Adam Szalai bundled home from close range after half time and Schalke might have had hope when Huszti was also sent off for Hannover—but a second red for their own players, this time for Christian Fuchs, ended any chance of salvaging a point.
Eintracht Braunschweig 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Frankfurt collected their first points of the season with a comprehensive 2-0 victory at Braunschweig. After dominating the first half, Frankfurt broke through in the 52nd minute through Alexander Meier's deflected shot, his 50th Bundesliga goal. Ten minutes later, Stefan Aigner took advantage of a Braunschweig defensive error to make it 2-0.
Braunschweig, promoted to the Bundesliga after a runners-up finish in the second tier last season, lost for the third time in as many matches this season.
Augsburg vs. Stuttgart
Augsburg won for the first time as well, beating Stuttgart 2-1 to keep the visitors without a point on the season.
Halil Altintop broke the deadlock in the sixth minute with a tap-in, and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker made it 2-0 30 minutes later with a header. Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back for Stuttgart with a penalty late in the first half, but Augsburg held on for the victory in the second half as Stuttgart's Ibrahima Traore was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Ronny Philp.