Bayern, Leverkusen and Mainz keep perfect records

It was a wild and woolly round 3 of the Bundesliga season that saw seven red cards and a ton of goals. Dortmund's three main pursuers all won. Surprisingly, Bayern Munich had the most trouble getting going.
Nuremberg’s record against Bayern is nothing short of wretched, but you wouldn’t have known that from the first half of their clash in Munich. The club's only aim was to lock things down at the back, and they certainly succeeded.
Midfield star Mario Götze, making his first start for his new club, had no answer for Nuremberg’s bulwark, but then again neither did any of his teammates. Bayern did have an excellent chance to get on the board when they were awarded a ridiculously soft penalty in minute 33, but Raphael Schäfer saved David Alaba’s tame effort from the spot.
Bayern pressed in the second half, but it wasn’t until Pep Guardiola substituted in Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos that they seriously threatened Nuremberg’s goal. Franck Ribery opened the scoring with a rare header in the 70th.
Then around ten minutes from time, Arjen Robben dribbled his way through the entire Club defense and nutmegged Schäfer to put the result beyond doubt.
"For everyone in the club, it's important to win the first matches," Guardiola told reporters. "But if you want to win titles in May and June, how you play is more important."
In any case, this was not the sort of incendiary performance either Guardiola or Bayern's fans want to see from the team. But the 2-0 win does preserve Munich’s perfect season record and keeps them in third place, level on points with Dortmund.

- dw.de


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