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Bayern Munich 3-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Thomas Muller scores against Bayer Leverkusen

Thomas Muller scored twice on his 200th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich as the champions beat Bayer Leverkusen to go to the top of the table.

Muller side-footed Bayern ahead with his fourth goal of the season and scored a 60th-minute penalty after Arturo Vidal was pushed in the box.

Bayern were awarded a second debatable penalty 10 minutes later for handball which Arjen Robben converted.

The win extended Bayern's 100% start as Leverkusen lost for the first time.

As well as winning their opening two league games, Leverkusen have reached the Champions League group stages, beating Lazio in their play-off tie.

Bayern Munich celebrate Thomas Muller's goal
Thomas Muller has scored 76 goals in 200 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich

But their record in Munich is poor and they lost for the 22nd time in 28 league games against Bayern at the Allianz Arena.

German international Muller opened the scoring after 26 minutes when he steered home a cross from winger Douglas Costa.

Costa then shot against a post before Leverkusen went close to equalising with a long-range free-kick from Turkey international Hakan Calhanoglu which struck the crossbar.

Stefan Kiessling was denied by a combination of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender David Alaba just after half-time.

But Bayern secured victory thanks in part to the benefit of the doubt over two penalty decisions.

Defender Roberto Hilbert was penalised on both occasions, first when former Leverkusen midfielder Vidal went down following a free-kick and then when a cross from Costa struck him on the arm.

Muller slotted home the first one but rather than completing his hat-trick, allowed Robben to score his first league goal of the season from the second.

Versatile Alonso

Xabi Alonso was a top-class midfielder for Real Sociedad, Liverpool and Real Madrid before joining Bayern Munich in 2014.

But when he was sent off in a Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk last season, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola claimed that when it came to running after another player the Spaniard was the worst player in the world.

But that did not stop Guardiola moving the former Spain international, 33, back from midfield into a central defensive role against Leverkusen.

With the champions missing four defenders through injury, Alonso was preferred to Dante in that position and, while barely putting a foot wrong in the game, also played a superb long pass to set up the opening goal.

Best of the rest

Cologne are third in the table after coming from behind to beat Hamburg 2-1, Anthony Modeste scoring the late winner with a controversial penalty.

Japan international Yoshinori Muto scored his first two goals in the Bundesliga in Mainz's 3-0 win over Hanover.

Australia international Mathew Leckie also scored his first goal in the competition to give Ingolstadt their second win of the season at Bavarian rivals Augsburg.

Stuttgart had goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton sent off and are bottom after a 4-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Borussia Dortmund play Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Neuer
  • 21Lahm
  • 27Alaba
  • 18BernatBooked at 8minsSubstituted forCosta Santosat 73'minutes
  • 14Alonso
  • 23Vidal
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 19minsSubstituted forRodeat 83'minutes
  • 25Müller
  • 10RobbenSubstituted forGötzeat 78'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 11Douglas Costa

Substitutes

  • 4Costa Santos
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 19Götze
  • 20Rode
  • 26Ulreich
  • 32Kimmich
  • 39Steinhart

B Leverkusen

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Leno
  • 13Hilbert
  • 4Tah
  • 5Papadopoulos
  • 18WendellBooked at 6minsSubstituted forBoenischat 78'minutes
  • 38Bellarabi
  • 8Bender
  • 23KramerBooked at 18mins
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forKruseat 61'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 11Kießling
  • 14MehmediSubstituted forBrandtat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ramalho
  • 17Boenisch
  • 19Brandt
  • 24Ryu
  • 25Kresic
  • 26Donati
  • 27Kruse
Referee:
Florian Meyer
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamB Leverkusen
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Bayern München 3, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 3, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Bernd Leno.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dante (FC Bayern München).

  6. Post update

    Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Bellarabi with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by David Alaba.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Hilbert (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mario Götze (FC Bayern München).

  13. Post update

    Julian Brandt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Sebastian Rode replaces Thiago Alcántara.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München).

  16. Post update

    Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

  18. Post update

    Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) because of an injury.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 29th August 2015

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