PERFECT BAYERN RECLAIM TOP SPOT IN GERMANY
LEADERS Bayern Munich are now the only team in Germany’s top flight still with a perfect 100% record following yesterday’s 3-0 Bundesliga win at home to Hertha Berlin. Midfield stars Franck Ribery, Thiago Alcantara and Arjen Robben netted at the Allianz Arena in a workmanlike display from Carlo Ancelotti’s side to make it four wins from four league games. Hertha are fifth after dropping their first points of the season in Munich following three previous straight wins. “Today we played against a complete Bayern Munich team,” said Hertha coach Pal Dardai. “They played exceptionally well and deserved to win. We were compact in our defending, but we conceded goals unnecessarily.” The victory saw Bayern regain top spot from Borussia Dortmund, who temporarily claimed first place after their 5-1 drubbing of Wolfsburg on Tuesday, but dropped to third. Cologne are a surprise second after their 3-1 win at Schalke 04, who remain second from bottom after four straight defeats to increase the pressure on new coach Markus Weinzierl. Second-half goals by Anthony Modeste and Simon Zoller for the visitors sealed Cologne’s victory after Japan’s Yuya Osaka’s first half strike had cancelled out Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s early goal for Schalke. Werder Bremen, who sacked coach Viktor Skripnik on Monday after three defeats, remain bottom after a heart-breaking 2-1 loss at Mainz, who scored both of their goals in the final five minutes.