Mueller nets 2, Bay­ern wal­lop Lev­erkusen

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY NE­SHA STARCE­VIC

Thomas Mueller cel­e­brated his 200th Bun­desliga match with two goals as de­fend­ing cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich pow­ered past Bayer Lev­erkusen 3-0 on Satur­day.

Mueller now has five goals in the first three matches of the sea­son — and 76 in the league for his ca­reer. Ar­jen Robben con­verted a penalty for his first of the cam­paign as Bay­ern put on a con­vinc­ing dis­play against one of the high­est rated Bun­desliga teams, which has qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League.

“We are get­ting along Mueller said.

Ear­lier, Yoshi­nori Muto scored his first pair of Bun­desliga goals and set up one to lead Mainz past Han­nover 3-0.

Cologne ral­lied to beat 10-man Ham­burger SV 2-1, while pro­moted In­gol­stadt and Darm­stadt both picked up points in the Bun­desliga.

In­gol­stadt won 1-0 at Augs­burg, which was last sea­son’s sur­prise team and qual­i­fied for the Europa League. Darm­stadt earned its third draw in as many games, hold­ing Hof­fen­heim 0-0. Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt won 4-1 in Stuttgart.

Last-place Stuttgart has lost all three games so far. Han­nover is win­less as well.

Lev­erkusen played pol­ished, pass­ing football but lacked the fin­ish­ing punch and would have suf­fered a big­ger de­feat if Bay­ern had used all its chances, es­pe­cially late in the match.

Be­cause of in­juries and sus­pen­sions, Bay­ern be­gan the match with­out a sin­gle trained cen­tral de­fender but it al­lowed lit­tle open­ings to Lev­erkusen, which could not han­dle the speed of wingers Dou­glas Costa and Robben.

Costa sped past Roberto Hil­bert and fed Mueller, who beat Jonathan Tah to the ball and knocked it in from close range in the 26th.

Costa struck the cross­bar off a Robben cross, be­fore Hakan Cal­hanoglu did the same on the other side.

Lev­erkusen be­gan to tire in the sec­ond half and Hil­bert pushed Ar­turo Vi­dal to give away a penalty, con­verted by Mueller in the 60th.

Robben also scored from a penalty, again given away by the hap­less Hil­bert, who han­dled the ball in the 71st.

“I am a team player,” Mueller said laugh­ingly, when asked why he did not take the sec­ond penalty as well. Robben had im­me­di­ately sig­naled that he wanted to take the shot.

Ham­burg de­fender Emir Spahic was sent off late in the match for push­ing down An­thony Modeste and the striker con­verted the re­sult­ing penalty for Cologne’s vic­tory.

Stuttgart also fin­ished with 10 men as Luc Cas­taig­nos scored twice.

Newly signed Muto, step­ping in for Shinji

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nicely,” Okazaki — who left for Le­ices­ter — scored the first two goals for Mainz in­side the first 30 min­utes and Yunus Malli com­pleted the win early in the sec­ond half.

In Cologne, Ham­burg scored the open­ing goal through Lewis Holtby in the 47th but newly signed Philipp Hosiner tied the match in the 76th.

Three min­utes later, Spahic made slight con­tact with Modeste in the area and Cologne got the call. Modeste fired the ball in and Ham­burg fell to its sec­ond de­feat. Cologne has two wins and a draw.

Ham­burg goal­keeper Rene Adler had to leave the match in the first half with a shoul­der in­jury and An­dreas Hirzel made his de­but.

In Stuttgart, another goal­keeper got his Bun­desliga de­but when Odis­seas Vla­chodi­mos came on to re­place Prze­mys­law Ty­ton, who gave away a penalty and was dis­missed in the 67th for clip­ping Cas­taig­nos.

Stuttgart, which like Ham­burg fought against rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son, be­gan strongly but fell be­hind on an own goal by Adam Hlousek in the 11th. Daniel Di­davi lev­eled be­fore Cas­taig­nos re­stored Frank­furt’s lead for good. Haris Se­fer­ovic scored from the penalty be­fore Cas­taig­nos com­pleted the vic­tory.

AP

(Top) Bay­ern’s Thomas Mueller cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his side’s open­ing goal dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween FC Bay­ern Mu­nich and Bayer Lev­erkusen 04 in Mu­nich, Ger­many, Satur­day, Aug. 29. (Above) Bay­ern’s Thomas Mueller, right, cel­e­brates with team­mate Thi­ago af­ter scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal from the penalty spot dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween FC Bay­ern Mu­nich and Bayer Lev­erkusen 04 in Mu­nich, Satur­day.

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