Champs Bay­ern main­tain 100 per cent record

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

LON­DON/ Bay­ern Mu­nich opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Bun­desliga, al­though they left it late to main­tain their 100 per cent record in Ham­burg. Joshua Kim­mich scored the only goal of the game in the 88th minute as Carlo Ancelotti breathed a sigh of re­lief with his eighth win in eight com­pet­i­tive fix­tures. Af­ter brush­ing aside Hertha Ber­lin in mid­week, a much-changed Bay­ern side did not have things en­tirely their own way in a keenly con­tested first half at the Volkspark­sta­dion, and might have fallen be­hind in­side two min­utes but for a tame fin­ish from Na­bil Ba­houi at the end of an in­ci­sive break­away. Ham­burg threat­ened again as Javier Martinez was forced to make a cru­cial in­ter­cep­tion to deny Ni­co­lai Müller a sight of Manuel Neuer’s goal, with headed ef­forts from Robert Le­wandowski and Kings­ley Co­man the clos­est Bay­ern came to break­ing the dead­lock at the other end. Bay­ern showed a marked im­prove­ment af­ter the restart, de­spite los­ing Mats Hum­mels to in­jury at the start of the sec­ond half, but found Rene Adler in in­spired form be­tween the Ham­burg goal­posts. A point-black save from Le­wandowski was fol­lowed by fur­ther mo­ments of bril­liance to thwart David Alaba and Thomas Müller, be­fore sub­sti­tute Franck Ribery put a late goal on a plate for Kim­mich to break Ham­burg hearts and ex­tend Bay­ern’s win­ning start to five Bun­desliga matches.


Ham­burg’s Lewis Holtby and Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Joshua Kim­mich tus­sle for the ball dur­ing their match on Satur­day.

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