Schalke 04 vs. Bayern München  0 - 2

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Goal-scorer Mueller flags team effort

23 September 2012 09:08

Thomas Mueller says he feels in peak form after helping Bayern Munich defeat Schalke 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The Germany international played a key part in the first goal by exchanging a clever one-two with Toni Kroos, who then went on to place the ball past Schalke goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall.

Mueller then scored himself by shaking off two defenders and hitting a neat shot into the far corner.

"I feel good physically," Mueller said.

"Anyone who has seen the game also knows that I do not always score. But I have a clear head at the moment and can quickly (get) rid of any negativity.

"For example, I started the second half with plenty of the ball, and I thank my team-mates for threading through the right passes."

Bayern's next match is against Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

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Heynckes talks up title claims

23 September 2012 05:02

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes believes their fourth straight Bundesliga victory strengthens their push to regain the title.

The Bavarians are joint top of the division with Eintracht Frankfurt and five points clear of reigning champions Dortmund, following their 2-0 win against Schalke, which came courtesy of goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.

"It was a very intense performance from both teams, especially in the first-half, when Schalke matched us," the 67-year-old told the club's official website.

"We showed all our class in the second-half, we were extremely composed, and at the end of the day we deserved the win.

"It's nice we now have a five-point advantage (over Dortmund). But, the championship is still a 34-game marathon. We’re on a good run, but must not ease off."

Jurgen Klopp's men lost further ground to the early leaders on Saturday, slumping to a 3-2 defeat to Hamburg, a result which ended their 31-game unbeaten streak.


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Bundesliga wrap: Hamburg end Dortmund run, Bayern still top

22 September 2012 17:56

Borussia Dortmund's unbeaten start to the season came to a surprise end at Hamburg as Bayern Munich maintained their 100 percent record.

Hamburg secured their first win of the season, ending the defending champions' 31-game undefeated run in the Bundesliga with a 3-2 victory.

The hosts stormed into an early lead as Son Heung-Min headed home inside of two minutes and the second half was just as explosive.

Dortmund's Ivan Perisic equalised seconds after half-time but Hamburg moved back ahead with an Ivo Ilicevic strike and a stunning solo goal from Son.

Perisic immediately halved the deficit for Juergen Klopp's men but they were unable to equalise again and fell to defeat, their first since falling to a 2-1 loss at Hannover on September 18 last year.

By winning, Hamburg prevented Dortmund from breaking their 36-game undefeated streak in the league, lifting themselves out of the relegation zone in the process.

Bayern's perfect start to the season continued with a comfortable 2-0 win over Schalke at the Veltins Arena on Saturday.

Despite an entertaining opening half, neither side were able to get their names on the scoresheet as both defences held firm. However, that all changed after the break as a three-minute salvo from Bayern saw them storm into a two-goal lead.

Thomas Mueller set up the opener for Toni Kroos in the 55th minute after a beautiful combination, before getting on the scoresheet himself moments later thanks to a clever run from the flanks.

There was nothing left for Schalke after that, as Bayern claimed their fourth win out of four in the new campaign and maintained their position atop of the table alongside Eintracht Frankfurt.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Mainz collected their first three points of the season with a 2-0 victory over struggling Augsburg.

Ivica Olic netted a 42nd-minute equaliser as Wolfsburg earned a 1-1 draw against promoted Greuther Fuerth, while Fortuna Dusseldorf remains undefeated after they played out a goalless draw at home to Freiburg.

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Robben wary of Huntelaar threat

22 September 2012 13:22

Arjen Robben has warned his Bayern Munich team-mates they cannot afford to give Klaas-Jan Huntelaar space in Saturday's clash with Schalke.

The striker scored an impressive 29 league goals in 2011/12 and has already netted twice in his side's opening three games this season.

Robben believes that keeping his compatriot at bay will be crucial if the Bavarians are to take three points in the Bundesliga clash.

"We mustn't allow Huntelaar any chances," Robben told the official Bayern website.

Bayern sit second in the Bundesliga table with nine points from three games, and Robben is hopeful they can maintain their perfect record against Schalke.

"It would be great if we could win the next two or three games as well, because we'd be on a really good run," he said.

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Stevens: Schalke require more courage

21 September 2012 15:24

Schalke coach Huub Stevens is eagerly anticipating this weekend's Bundesliga match at home against league leaders Bayern Munich.

The Dutchman is high on confidence following the Gelsenkirchen side's good start to the 2012-13 campaign, and feels they have no reasons to fear Bayern.

"Confidence alone isn't enough to beat Bayern. Our results in the first few games have been good but we still have some inconsistencies in our play," Stevens told the official Schalke website.

"Bayern are playing a different kind of football compared to last season. They press much more and switch the play faster.

"But we have to focus on our own qualities rather than worrying about our opponents. We have to play with courage and belief. We've no reason to be afraid of Bayern. Fear is a bad counsellor."

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Bundesliga preview: Bayern face in-form Schalke

20 September 2012 13:32

Bayern Munich will look to continue their perfect start to the Bundesliga season when they travel to Schalke on Saturday.

Jupp Heynckes' side have started the season in terrific fashion, winning all three games and scoring 12 goals in the process.

Central to their success has been the form of forwards Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Mueller, who have both scored three goals, while midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos – who netted in Bayern's 2-1 Champions League win over Valencia on Wednesday – have weighed in with two goals each.

Schalke have also started well and are one of seven unbeaten sides in the Bundesliga, with two wins and one draw from their three league outings to date.

The Gelsenkirchen outfit are also involved in the Champions League and won 2-1 in mid-week, with Benedikt Hoewedes and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on the scoresheet in their triumph at Olympiakos.

Huntelaar – who crossed to Schalke from Milan for approximately 10 million pounds in August 2010 – scored an incredible 48 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions last season.

His signing has proved a masterstroke and Schalke have enjoyed a strong period of success since he arrived at the club.

With Hoewedes and fellow German youngsters Lewis Holtby and Julian Draxler on the club's books, in addition to the likes of Peruvian Jefferson Farfan, Switzerland's Tranquilo Barnetta and Dutchman Ibrahim Afellay, Schalke are more than capable of beating the Bavarian giants.

While that match is the pick of the weekend's fixtures, second-placed Eintracht Frankfurt – who have also won all three matches they have played – travel to Nuremberg on Friday in the hope of maintaining their terrific form.

Armin Veh's side were playing in the second tier last season and have carried on their momentum since winning promotion into the top flight.

But defeating Nuremberg – who have won two and drawn one this season – away from home will not prove easy.

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund are also on the road, travelling to the struggling Hamburg who have lost all three of their matches this season.

Dortmund shone in a 3-0 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and followed up with a last-gasp Champions League win over Ajax in mid-week.

New manager Sami Hyypia is already under the pressure at Leverkusen and the former Liverpool defender needs a positive result when Borussia Moenchengladbach visit the BayArena on Sunday.

Other matches on Saturday see Wolfsburg host Greuther Furth while Augsburg travel to Mainz and Fortuna Duesseldorf battle with Freiburg.

Joining Leverkusen in action on Sunday is Werder Bremen, who host Stuttgart, and bottom-placed Hoffenheim, who will be up against it when they meet an in-form Hannover.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21