PER­FECT BAY­ERN RE­CLAIM TOP SPOT IN GER­MANY

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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