Champs Bayern maintain 100 per cent record
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.