Bayern Munich climbed to the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (October 5) as rivals Borussia Dortmund slumped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 reverse at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
The Bavarians, who were last beaten in the league by Leverkusen last year, have now gone 33 league games without defeat – three shy of the record.
Bayern have 20 points from eight matches, one ahead of Dortmund and third-placed Leverkusen.
Pep Guardiola’s team took a deserved 30th-minute lead when Franck Ribery shook off Omer Toprak to find Toni Kroos in the box and he had no problem drilling the ball in.
Leverkusen struck back almost immediately as the unmarked Sidney Sam tapped home at the far post.
Ribery twice went close early in the second half but keeper Bernd Leno saved the Frenchman’s powerful drives.
Bayern kept up the pressure and Xherdan Shaqiri should have done better on the hour when he was left unmarked on the right and curled his shot over the bar.
Arjen Robben tried his luck with a free kick but again Leno was there to rescue Leverkusen who are enjoying their best ever start in the league.
Leno also denied substitute Mario Goetze who was making his comeback after injury.
Dortmund let in two late goals after dominating Gladbach.
Germany international Max Kruse calmly converted a penalty in the 81st minute after Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was sent off and Raffael added another goal with four minutes left.
Dortmund, who had Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender injured ahead of the international break next week, wasted a bagful of chances and twice hit the woodwork.
Hummels was left unmarked in the box early in the first half, only to fire straight at keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and then Kevin Grosskreutz’s thunderous drive was saved by the Germany international.
In the 33rd minute it was Marco Reus’s turn to fire narrowly wide.
It was a similar story in the second half with Gladbach under pressure at the back and Dortmund carving out chance after chance.
The hosts went ahead after Hummels brought down Havard Nordtveid and it was another quick break that led to the second goal.
Brazilian Ronny thundered in a spectacular free kick nine minutes from time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Hertha Berlin and deny Hanover 96 a club record fifth straight home Bundesliga win on Friday (October 4).
Christian Schulz drilled Hanover, who are fifth in the table with 13 points from eight games, ahead in the 23rd minute after the visitors failed to clear a corner.
Hertha went on the attack after the interval and created their best chance when Anis Ben Hatira hit the post after 58 minutes.
With the visiting fans chanting his name, mercurial midfielder Ronny went on as an 80th-minute substitute.
Within a minute he unleashed an unstoppable free kick that sailed over the wall and into the top corner of the net to put fifth-placed Hertha on 12 points.
Hanover, who were lacklustre for much of the game, could have snatched a last-minute winner but keeper Thomas Kraft saved a point-blank header from Artur Sobiech.