European champions Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga on Saturday as Thomas Mueller equaled Oliver Kahn’s record for most league wins in the famous shirt in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Cologne. Mueller, 31, converted an early penalty to put the visitors on the way to a success which saw him match the tally of legendary goalkeeper Kahn on 260 league wins. Robert Lewandowski, who scored 10 goals in the opening five league games, was rested ahead of Bayern’s midweek Champions League match at Salzburg and the Bundesliga showdown at second-placed Dortmund next Saturday.
“(We were) too nonchalant upfront, even though the passion was there,” said Mueller despite the reigning champions’ victory.
Serge Gnabry, who scored Bayern’s second goal, admitted: “We let the opponent back into the game, it wasn’t our best performance.”
However, RB Leipzig, who are now two points behind in third, can go back to the top of the table if they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday.
An early header by Gnabry led to Cologne defender Marius Wolf giving away the 13th-minute penalty which Mueller scored.
Gnabry added the second on the stroke of half-time when he rolled the ball into the net to finish a counter-attack.
However, Cologne improved in the second half and substitute midfielder Dominick Drexler pulled back a late goal.
Dortmund climbed to second, despite resting striker Erling Braut Haaland, as defender Mats Hummels scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld.
Hummels picked up a late thigh injury while making a tackle.
However, Dortmund forward Julian Brandt backed Hummels to be fit for their Champions League match at Club Brugge on Wednesday, saying: “He’ll make it — he heals quick.”
Dortmund took the lead when England winger Jadon Sancho curled in a corner which bounced off Hummels and rolled over the line on 53 minutes.
Hummels grabbed his second with a header from a Marco Reus cross 19 minutes from time.
Augsburg climbed to fourth as winger Andre Hahn scored two late goals in a 3-1 home win against bottom side Mainz.
Swiss winger Ruben Vargas gave Augsburg the lead with a superb bicycle kick just before half-time.
Mainz sub-Karim Onisiwo equalized on the hour mark, but Augsburg took advantage of tired legs as Germany winger Hahn netted twice in the final 10 minutes.
Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt picked up a point on his third anniversary in the job with a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.
US striker Josh Sargent swept his shot home early in the second half to give Bremen the lead.
Frankfurt’s Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada had a first-half goal ruled out when VAR spotted Andre Silva was offside.
However, the Portugal international made amends when he buried Kamada’s cross into the Bremen net for the equalizer on 65 minutes.
Schalke, second from bottom, have gone 22 league games without a win after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stuttgart on Friday.
A first-half header by Schalke’s teenage defender Malick Thiaw was canceled out by a leveler from Argentinian forward Nicolas Gonzalez for the visitors.
Schalke are edging towards the unwanted record of Tasmania Berlin, who now plays in Germany’s fifth tier, who went 31 Bundesliga matches without victory in 1965/66.
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