Thomas Mueller's first-half strike was enough for Bayern Munich to win 1-0 at Werder Bremen on Saturday and become the first side to start the Bundesliga with nine victories.
Thomas Mueller’s first-half strike was enough for Bayern Munich to win 1-0 at Werder Bremen on Saturday and become the first side to start the Bundesliga with nine victories.
Mueller scored his ninth of the season in the 24th minute when he ran past the static Bremen defense for Thiago Alcantara’s clever ball, then eluded the goalkeeper with his first touch and slotted inside the post with his next.
Bayern had nearly 90 percent possession in the first half and might have had a penalty in either half, first when Robert Lewandowski was held by Alejandro Galvez, and then when he was caught badly above the knee by Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald’s studs.
“It was a penalty. It’s a pity the referee didn’t give it,” Lewandowski said. ”It would be a bigger issue if it had been decisive but we won. Three points.”
Anthony Ujah missed Bremen’s best chance to equalize when he shot straight at Manuel Neuer.
”We shouldn’t be happy because we only lost 1-0. With a bit more luck we could have gotten a draw. We have to take the positives going forward,” Wiedwald said after his side’s fifth consecutive defeat.
Bayern restored its seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund with its 999th Bundesliga victory.
Also Saturday, Max Meyer scored in injury time for Schalke to beat 10-man Hertha Berlin 2-1 and consolidate third place, Max Kruse scored a hat trick as Wolfsburg defeated Hoffenheim 4-2, Bayer Leverkusen drew 0-0 at Hamburger SV and promoted Darmstadt won 2-0 at Augsburg.
Darmstadt climbed to ninth thanks to first half strikes from Sandro Wagner and Peter Niemeyer.
Eintracht Frankfurt was hosting Borussia Moenchengladbach later.
Hertha might have moved third but the capital side’s prospects were damaged when Vedad Ibisevic was sent off for a foul on Meyer in the 18th.
Benedikt Hoewedes put Schalke ahead with a header from a corner on his first league start of the season nine minutes later.
Salomon Kalou equalized with a header to Mitchell Weiser’s cross in the 73rd, only for Meyer’s late strike after some fine work by Leroy Sane to set off the home side’s celebrations.
In Wolfsburg, midfielder Julian Draxler set up Kruse in the first minute and then Bos Dost in the sixth, before Jeremy Toljan pulled one back for Hoffenheim in the 29th.
Jonathan Schmid equalized in the 54th, but Kruse claimed his second in the 62nd and completed his hat trick in the 83rd.