Bundesliga game week 8: Roundup, results

Bayern Munich retained their number one spot in the league table with a win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Berlin, Oct 24: Leipzig continued their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen while FC Schalke 04 eased 3-0 past hapless FC Mainz in the German Bundesliga.

Bundesliga newcomers Leipzig remain unbeaten in their eighth game in Germany's top flight as Naby Keita scored twice to secure their fifth win of the season on Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Bayern players celebrate after winning their game (Image courtesy: Bayern Munich Twitter handle)

Werder Bremen staged a well-positioned defence against Leipzig, who lurked for chances to implement their dangerous fast breaks.

It took the hosts 42 minutes before they overcame Bremen's bulwark as Naby Keita danced through the penalty box and rounded goalkeeper Felix Wiewald to score the opener into the empty goal.

After the restart, Bremen turned up but neither Serge Gnarby nor Theodor Gebre Selassie was able to level the scores from promising positions.

Hence, a goal was scored at the other end of the pitch as Keita nodded home his second goal thanks to the cross from substitute Davie Selke in the 75th minute.

Bremen showed a vital sign and responded out of the blue only moments later as Serge Gnarby poked home Fin Bartel's low cross at the far post to make it 2-1 on the scoreboards.

The visitors pressed frantically for the equaliser but their efforts remained fruitless as a substitute, and former Bremen player, Davie Selke completed a fast break into the open goal to round off the 3-1 win on home soil.

With the result, Leipzig jump from the 3rd to the 2nd place to sit two points adrift of front-runners Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Werder Bremen suffered their fifth loss of the season to slip to the 15th position.


Schalke 04 3-0 Mainz 05

Elsewhere, Schalke reaped their second win of the season after edging Mainz 3-0 thanks to the brace from Nabil Bentaleb.

The Algerian international broke the deadlock with 23 minutes played, when he hammered home Franco Di Santos' chest assist inside the box.

The "Royal Blues" were not done with the scoring in the second half as Max Mayer and Betaleb's second goal of the day sealed the deal with 61 minutes into the game.

Schalke have now climbed to the 14th place, which is still below their expectations, whereas Mainz slumped to the ninth position in the standings.


Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern ended their two-game winless run with a dominating 2-0 win over Monchengladbach, and Berlin edged runners-up Cologne courtesy Niklas Stark's 2-1 winner in the eighth round of the Bundesliga here.

Bayern Munich established a three-point lead atop the standings after moving 2-0 past hapless Monchengladbach on Saturday, owing to the first-half goals from Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costas, reports Xinhua news agency.

From the kick-off, Carlo Ancelotti's men assumed complete control of the game whereas Monchengladbach failed to gain a foothold in the match.

It took the hosts only 13 minutes to break the deadlock as Arturo Vidal nodded home Rafinha's cross to the far post.

Bayern gained momentum and doubled their lead as David Alaba's cross into the box found Douglas Costa, who had all time and space to slot home with a low shot in the 31st minute.

Bayern's victory was never in doubt although Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski squandered promising opportunities to triple the lead in the second half.

Monchengladbach lacked in penetration and came only close once when Andre Hahn rattled the outside of the post with his volley in the 70th minute.

With the result, Bayern remain the Bundesliga front-runners meanwhile Monchengladbach suffered the third loss of the season.


Hertha Berlin 2-1 FC Koln

In the other match, Cologne's unbeaten streak came to an end as goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Niklas Stark secured Hertha Berlin a 2-1 and the second place in the standings.

The hosts took the reins from the start as Ibisevic tested Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn with just nine minutes into the game.

The striker was again in the thick of things four minutes later after breaking the deadlock from inside the box following the build-up play from Mitchell Weisser.

Berlin remained in control of the proceedings throughout the first half but Genki Haraguchi and Salomon Kalou were unable to extend the lead before the break despite promising opportunities.

After the restart, Cologne increased their efforts and restored parity out of the blue in the 66th minutes through Anthony Modeste, who marked his eighth goal of the season after tapping home Leonardo Bittencourt's cross.

However, Hertha continued offensively minded and secured the 2-1 lead as Niklas Stark headed home an assist from Julian Schieber in the 74th minute.

Cologne pressed frenetically for the equalizer but the "Billy Goats" did only rattle the woodwork twice in the closing period.

With the fifth win of the season, Hertha Berlin climbed to the second spot while Cologne dropped from the second to the fourth place after suffering the first loss of the season.


Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Hoffenheim

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim captured the third place in the table after cruising to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Kerem Demirbay, Sandro Wagner and Steven Zuber provided the goals for the fourth win of the season.


Ingolstadt 3-3 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to snatch a 3-3 draw in the dying minutes of the game at Ingolstadt, who continue winless in eight games.


Darmstadt 3-1 Wolfsburg

Darmstadt inflicted ten-men Wolfsburg the fourth defeat of the season, as goals from Aenis Ben-Hatira, Laszlo Kleinheisler and Sandro Sirigu were enough to down the "Wolves" 3-1.


Freiburg 2-1 Augsburg

Freiburg reaped a 2-1 victory over Augsburg thanks to the second half goals from Maximilian Philipp and Nils Petersen.

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