BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller each scored twice as Bayern Munich banished their early-season blues with a thumping Four-1 win over Bundesliga minnows Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
Treble winners Bayern began the day in mid-table following a shock defeat to Hoffenheim final month, however victory in Bielefeld was sufficient to propel them again as much as second place.
The champions burst out of the blocks and had an early penalty attraction turned down earlier than Mueller bundled within the opener on eight minutes.
Lewandowski doubled the lead shortly afterwards, smashing the ball in from the sting of the realm after a pointy cross from Leon Goretzka.
The Poland striker linked up with Mueller to make it Three-Zero simply earlier than half-time, and returned the favour after the break with a pinpoint cross to arrange Mueller’s second.
Japan winger Ritsu Doan then pulled one again for Bielefeld on the break, the PSV Eindhoven loanee netting his first Bundesliga purpose since transferring to Germany in the summertime.
Yet regardless of a late purple card for Corentin Tolisso, Bayern have been untroubled within the closing phases and might now flip their consideration to Wednesday’s Champions League opener in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
Hansi Flick’s facet now sit stage on factors with third-placed Borussia Dortmund, who snatched a late 1-Zero win at Hoffenheim earlier on Saturday.
Dortmund, who like Bayern had already misplaced one recreation this season, seemed set to drop additional factors earlier than Erling Haaland and Marco Reus got here off the bench within the second half to breathe new life right into a blunt efficiency.
Haaland, 20, surged ahead on the break to arrange Reus with a tap-in and snatch Dortmund’s first away victory over Hoffenheim in eight years.
“They’ve always made it difficult for us here in recent years. We didn’t have many good chances in the first half and we knew we needed to create more in the second half,” the goalscorer advised Sky.
Haaland was initially rested after he performed 3 times for Norway within the earlier two weeks, prompting criticism of the busy worldwide schedule.
“At Dortmund, we are used to having a lot of midweek games at this stage of the season. The schedule is a bit more hectic this year, so we have to look after ourselves,” stated Reus, after slotting Haaland’s sq. go into the open web to attain his first purpose since February.
Dortmund and Bayern now sit one level behind league leaders RB Leipzig, who held onto prime spot with a 2-Zero win in opposition to shock high-fliers Augsburg.
Angelino headed Leipzig in entrance on the stroke of half-time to attain his second purpose in two video games, earlier than Yussuf Poulsen doubled the lead with a luxurious volley on 66 minutes.
“These are the games you need to win if you want to land in the top four,” Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann advised Sky.
Elsewhere, Lucas Alario’s first half header sealed a 1-Zero win for Bayer Leverkusen and prolonged second-from-bottom Mainz’s depressing run to 4 defeats in 4 video games.
Promoted facet Stuttgart continued their good begin to the season, as Marc-Oliver Kempf and Gonzalo Castro fired them to a 2-Zero win away to Hertha Berlin, whereas Werder Bremen held Freiburg to a 1-1 draw within the south west.
Freiburg took the lead early on by Philipp Lienhart and had a second purpose dominated out for offside earlier than Bremen’s Niclas Fuellkrug levelled the scores from the penalty spot.