Berlin (AP) – FC Bayern remains on course even without Robert Lewandowski. Coach Hansi Flick saved the goal guarantee at 1. FC Köln, but the German record champion won 2: 1 (2: 0) and took the lead in the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund is now second after a 2-0 (0-0) win over Arminia Bielefeld. Defense chief Mats Hummels scored twice. RB Leipzig could not defend the top position and had to accept their first defeat of the season with 0: 1 (0: 0) at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
FC Augsburg remained in the top group with a 3: 1 (1: 0) victory over FSV Mainz 05, the last without a win and without points, and are now fourth. Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen broke up 1: 1 (0: 0) in the Hesse stadium.
A penalty kick put Bayern on the court. Serge Gnabry’s header landed on the arm of Marius Wolf – Thomas Müller (13th) safely converted the next penalty. Gnabry (45th + 1) followed before the break with a nice solo. Dominick Drexler (82nd) caused tension again.
As expected, BVB decided the game in Bielefeld, but Hummels only scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute. For the first time since 2011, the ex-national player met in two Bundesliga games in a row. His second goal was scored by the 31-year-old in the 71st minute with a header for his only second Bundesliga double.
An ex-Leipzig resident made Gladbach cheer. Hannes Wolf’s RB loan scored the decisive goal for Borussia after a beautifully played off attack in the 60th minute, which moved to within two points against the Saxons.
In a quiet first half, Frankfurt celebrated a supposed goal from Daichi Kamada – but referee Felix Brych did not give the goal as André Silva was offside before the Japanese player’s strike (34th). Josh Sargent’s goal (51.) from Bremen counted against. Silva then equalized (65th) – on presentation of Kamada.
The Mainz had a hard time in Augsburg. In the first half, the guests only managed one shot to the opponent’s goal. Ruben Vargas (40.) from Augsburg did better and took the lead with a bicycle kick. Karim Onisiwo (64.) managed to score the equalizer after the break, but André Hahn (80./90.+1) accounted for the sixth FSV defeat in the sixth game of the season.