Bayern back to winning ways in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) Thomas Mueller starred as Bayern Munich got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 rout of Stuttgart on Saturday.
The home side needed 11 minutes to break the deadlock on a counterattack after a Stuttgart corner. Mueller sent Douglas Costa on his way and the Brazilian crossed for Arjen Robben, who appeared to score with his stomach.
Mueller crossed for Costa seven minutes later, albeit after starting from an offside position, and for Robert Lewandowski’s 14th league goal of the season in the 37th.
Provider Mueller turned finisher three minutes later after Arturo Vidal’s initial effort struck the crossbar.
Bayern, which had its league record 10-game winning start end in a scoreless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt the previous weekend, had 23 shots at goal in the first half alone.
Stuttgart’s anger over Bayern’s second goal was compounded after the break when Timo Werner had a goal ruled out for a controversial offside.
Holger Badstuber came on in the 59th for Mueller, the Bayern defender making his comeback after almost six months out with a thigh injury.
”It was a tremendous gesture from fans. It gets under your skin,” Badstuber said of his warm reception.
Bayern’s 34 points from 12 games is a Bundesliga record.
”If we don’t win the treble, it’s a bad season,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. ”I know where I am, it’s like in Barcelona. We have to win, win, win.”
Andre Schubert’s six-game winning start in charge of Borussia Moenchengladbach ended in a bad-tempered scoreless draw with Ingolstadt.
Referee Marco Fritz issued nine yellow cards including two for `Gladbach captain Granit Xhaka, who was sent off in the 86th.
Interim coach Schubert had been going for Otto Rehhagel’s record of starting with seven wins from his time with Bayern in 1995.
”We tried to get the goal even with a player less,” Schubert said. ”I have to take my hat off to my team for that.”
Dominic Maroh was the hero for Cologne, which defeated Rhine rival Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 away.
Maroh converted from close range after Kyriakos Papadopoulos was unable to clear Marcel Risse’s corner in the 17th and he sealed the win in the 72nd with a header after Javier ”Chicharito” Hernandez equalized in the 33rd.
Leverkusen’s hopes were dented when Papadopoulos was sent off for a challenge on Anthony Modeste in the 53rd.
”It’s nice but it’s only three points,” Cologne sporting director Joerg Schmadtke said.
Wolfsburg lost 2-0 at Mainz and Hoffenheim drew 0-0 at home with Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt had a penalty appeal waved away before the break when Makoto Hasebe was brought down by Kim Jin-su and Aleksandar Ignjovski missed an open goal for the visitors after it.
”When I see how we can play, and then see how we played, I cannot be satisfied,” Hoffenheim coach Huub Stevens said after his first home game in charge.
Wolfsburg was on the back foot from the 13th minute when Julian Draxler was sent off for a high challenge on Gonzalo Jara. It appeared the Wolfsburg midfielder was only looking at the ball but he caught the Chile defender in the face.
Pablo de Blasis scored in the 31st when Wolfsburg `keeper Diego Benaglio could only push Spanish midfielder Jairo’s cross to his feet and Yunus Malli sealed it with a fine effort in the 75th.
Darmstadt drew 1-1 with Hamburger SV in the late game.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga put Hamburg ahead with a penalty in the 29th, only for Marcel Heller to equalize with a header one minute after the break.
(This story has been corrected to show Bayern played Stuttgart, not Cologne.)