Bayern Munich triumphed 4-0 at Schalke on Saturday to draw level on points with Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic headed Munich ahead within less than two minutes mid-way through the first half before Franck Ribery and substitute Claudio Pizarro sealed Bayern’s biggest ever win at Schalke.
Earlier, Dortmund struggled to a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg that ended its perfect start to the season of five straight league wins. Despite several changes to the team that lost 2-1 at Napoli in the Champions League in midweek, Dortmund, which stays top of the Bundesliga table with 16 points, was initially the better side.
With top striker Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Nuri Sahin on the bench and defender Mats Hummels injured, coach Juergen Klopp brought in youngsters Marvin Duksch and Erik Durm.
The visitors broke the deadlock in the 37th minute with a fierce free kick from Marcel Schmelzer. Nuremberg, which has yet to win this season, grew bolder in the second half and secured an equaliser in the 51st minute with Per Nilsson’s close-range effort after Dortmund defenders failed to clear a free kick. Dortmund pushed forward but failed to carve out a second despite some frantic attacking, and it was Nuremberg which almost grabbed an unexpected winner when Alexander Esswein raced clear but fired over the bar in stoppage time. Bayer Leverkusen moved up to second place on 15 points,by demolishing Mainz 4-1 with two goals from Australian Robbie Kruse.
The results: Schalke 04 0 Bayern Munich 4 (Schweinsteiger 21, Mandzukic 22, Ribery 75, Pizarro 84);Hanover 2 (Sobiech 60, Huszti 89-pen) bt Augsburg 1 (Verhaegh 51-pen); Wolfsburg 2 (Olic 44, 48) bt Hoffenheim 1 (Modeste 15); Nuremberg 1 (Nilsson 50) drew with Borussia Dortmund 1 (Schmelzer 37); Mainz 05 1 (Malli 82) lost to Bayer Leverkusen 4 (Kruse 19, 45+1, Kiessling 59, Bender 38); Hamburg 0 lost to Werder Bremen 2 (Petersen 32, 90+4). On Friday: Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 (Wendt 22, Rafael 31, 75, Kruse 72-pen) bt Eintracht Braunschweig 1 (Boland 58).— Reuters