Bayern Munich moved top of the Bundesliga after cruising to a 3-0 victory over Schalke that further eases the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Robert Lewandowski scored his fourth goal in three games from the penalty spot to get the champions off the mark before James Rodriguez – making his first Bundesliga start – doubled their lead.
Rodriguez turned creator for Bayern's third, providing a brilliant assist for second-half substitute Arturo Vidal to open his account for 2017-18.
Ancelotti came under fire after Bayern were beaten 2-0 by Hoffenheim in their third game of the Bundesliga season 10 days ago, but there were few signs of a repeat result at Veltins Arena.
The two sides went into the game level on points and with victories from their previous two games but Schalke struggled to contain Bayern's attack despite the absence of Arjen Robben, who missed the game through illness.
The visitors also lined up without injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, although deputy Sven Ulreich impressed when called upon to ensure three points went back to Bavaria.
Bayern peppered Ralf Fahrmann's goal with shots from the outset and the Schalke keeper made an excellent save after seven minutes to keep out Sebastian Rudy's fierce drive, before thwarting Thomas Muller at close quarters.
Guido Burgstaller had the ball in the net in the 21st minute when Schalke swept through the Bayern defence, converting following a double save from Ulreich, but the offside flag was raised.
That disappointment was compounded for the home side two minutes later when Naldo was judged to have blocked James' cross with his arm.
Marco Fritz consulted his video assistant referee before pointing to the spot and Lewandowski made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Fahrmann the wrong way to score in the bottom left corner.
Bayern were gifted an easy second when Corentin Tolisso squared to James, who found himself completely unmarked on the edge of the box and beat Fahrmann with a low shot at his near post to make it 2-0 after 28 minutes.
Muller crashed a header against the post from James' cross five minutes into the second half, before Leon Goretzka muscled his way through the Bayern defence and flashed a shot narrowly wide at the other end.
Schalke continued to probe for a way back into the game and substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka burst into the box before dragging a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post, before Goretzka missed with an ambitious low drive from 25 yards.
Burgstaller should have made it 2-1 when he went one-on-one with Ulreich after 65 minutes and shot straight at the goalkeeper's feet, but 10 minutes later the game was put out of Schalke's reach.
Bayern's third goal was superbly crafted by the ever-industrious James, who turned three defenders on the edge of the Schalke penalty area before playing a wonderfully delicate chip to Vidal and the Chilean thumped the ball into the top corner with aplomb.
Rodriguez almost capped a brilliant full Bundesliga debut with a second goal when he met Muller's cross with a first-time shot from close range, but Fahrmann turned it around the post to prevent a more emphatic scoreline.
Key Opta stats
- Robert Lewandowski has been involved in nine goals (seven scored and two assists) in his last five competitive games against Schalke (four Bundesliga, one DFB-Pokal). He scored in each of these games – currently his longest run against an opponent.
- Arturo Vidal has won his last 11 Bundesliga games when scoring (nine for Bayern, two for Leverkusen) – a run that started after Leverkusen’s 2-2 against Freiburg in December 2010.
- Since a 2-0 home win in December 2010 Schalke have not won any of their last 14 Bundesliga games against Bayern (three draws, 11 losses). In their Bundesliga history they only once had such a long run against an opponent – also against Bayern. That slump lasted 17 games and 11 years between October 1984 and December 1995.
- Bayern have not lost any of their last 24 Bundesliga games during the Oktoberfest (20 wins, four draws) – the last loss was on October 3 2010, 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund.
- Lewandowski scored his 157th Bundesliga goal and is now level up with Stuttgart legend Fritz Walter in 13th on the all-time list.
|De Gea and Ter Stegen criticise World Cup ball|
|Neymar to Real Madrid stories a media game, says PSG´s Pastore|
|FA condemns England supporters after trouble in Amsterdam|
|This is the real Michy - Batshuayi back on track at Dortmund|
|Sweden 1 Chile 2: Bolados strikes late winner on debut|
|Italy to name new coach in May, Costacurta confirms|
|Canada 1 New Zealand 0: Herdman enjoys winning start thanks to Ricketts|
|Wilshere withdraws from England squad to face Italy|
|Colombia collapse a slap for France, says Giroud|
|Vazquez wants Spain to face Messi|
|Gotze, Sahin mentoring Jadon Sancho at Dortmund|
|Low to make changes for Brazil friendly as injured Can heads home|
|Conti targets Milan derby for injury return|
|Northern Ireland 2 South Korea 1: Son frustrated as World Cup preparations stutter|
|Olympiacos & Nottingham Forest owner denies any wrongdoing over drug trafficking charges|
|Two games in two days! Ireland´s Doyle returns from Turkey to play for Bradford|
|Everything is fine again! Khedira offers positive fitness update|
|Puyol ´doesn´t see any problem´ with Neymar joining Real Madrid|
|Spain already know their team - Sampaoli seeks Argentina certainty|
|No offers for ´happy´ Bellerin, insists Arsenal full-back´s agent|
|Iker is trembling already! - Ramos hunting down Casillas´ cap record|
|Silva leaves Spain squad for personal reasons|
|Egypt coach Cuper declares Salah among world´s best|
|A-League Review: Simon haunts managerless Mariners, Jakobsen opens City account|
|Ronaldo trumps Salah, Messi missing - winners and losers from Friday´s internationals|
|Giggs wants Bale to stay at Real Madrid|
|Muller and Ozil set to miss Brazil friendly|
|Ramos hails Spain´s belief after Germany draw|
|Buffon not ready to walk away as Italy look to the future|
|Mexico 3 Iceland 0: Layun scores brace in friendly win|
|Usain Bolt not ready for top level, says Stoger|
|Ronaldo is a goal – Santos hails Portugal star|
|Dybala and Icardi World Cup chances not over yet, says Sampaoli|
|James: Colombia can´t get carried away with France win|
|Italy to wait on Verratti injury|
|Lopetegui happy with Spain showing against ´physically stronger´ Germany|
|Messi has had hamstring injury for ´some time´|
|Forward-thinking Southgate makes case for England´s defence|
|McLeish to ring Scotland changes for Hungary clash|
|Rodrigo dedicates Spain goal to Canizares after death of son|
|France were taught a lesson in aggression by Colombia, says Deschamps|
|Ronaldo up to third on all-time list after Portugal brace|
|Meunier expects PSG will sack Emery|
|Germany friendly emotionally important for Brazil - Tite|
|France 2 Colombia 3: Quintero completes stunning comeback in Paris|
|Portugal 2 Egypt 1: Late Ronaldo double stuns Salah-inspired Pharaohs|
|No Messi, no Magic – Sampaoli playing a risky game ignoring Dybala|
|Netherlands 0 England 1: Lingard strikes to ruin Koeman´s debut|
|Scotland 0 Costa Rica 1: McLeish suffers defeat in first game back|
|Argentina 2 Italy 0: Banega & Lanzini win it for Messi-less Albiceleste|
|Germany 1 Spain 1: Muller wonderstrike cancels out Rodrigo opener|
|Ibrahimovic: If I want to go to the World Cup, I´m there|
|Australia not ready for World Cup – Van Marwijk|
|Turkey 1 Republic of Ireland 0: Topal strike downs O´Neill´s men|
|Norway 4 Australia 1: Kamara hat-trick spoils Van Marwijk´s Socceroos bow|
|Aguero to miss Argentina friendlies|
|Monaco rubbish reports Rybolovlev will sell club and buy AC Milan|
|Messi misses Argentina-Italy game|
|Neuer cautious over comeback date despite taking positive steps|
|Everton defender Holgate warned for alleged homophobic tweets|
|Di Maria predicts ´big change´ at PSG after Champions League failure|
|Russia 0 Brazil 3: Coutinho on target in routine win|
|Icardi must keep performing to earn Argentina recall, says Zanetti|
|Different place, same Zlatan - Ibrahimovic determined to maintain winning DNA with LA Galaxy|
|Experience the key for Juventus in title race, insists Trezeguet|
|Messi lacks Maradona´s charisma, claims Batistuta|
|Usain Bolt claims he´ll return to Dortmund|
|Trezeguet confident Pogba will shine at the World Cup|
|Ibrahimovic departs Europe with remarkable haul of league titles|
|´Very, very happy´ Lanzini loves West Ham amid transfer talk|
|LA Galaxy confirm Ibrahimovic arrival|
|Age no barrier to Messi brilliance - Kluivert|
|Japan 1 Mali 1: Late Nakajima strike earns a draw|
|Uruguay 2 Czech Republic 0: Suarez scores 50th international goal|
|I choose the Galaxy! - Ibrahimovic confirms LA switch|
|Roberto Carlos declares Neymar and Brazil the World Cup favourites|
|Kluivert tells son Justin to snub Manchester United for Barcelona|
|Reading appoint former Swansea boss Clement|
|I had to get out of my comfort zone - Goretzka explains Bayern switch|
|Adelaide United 5 Newcastle Jets 2: Five-star Reds end winless streak|
|Goals, nutmegs and cheers - Usain Bolt impresses in Borussia Dortmund training|
|De Bruyne: Don´t compare me to Messi and Ronaldo|
|Real Madrid can win the Champions League, Roberto Carlos claims|
|Martinez determined to earn World Cup place|
|Arthur ´counting the days´ to Barcelona switch|
|English football must address racism, says Southgate|
|Alisson can be world´s best – Taffarel|
|Ter Stegen dismisses ´Messi with gloves´ label|
|Buffon: Messi more complete than Ronaldo|
|Neymar is irreplaceable, says Tite|
|Conti: Milan much better thanks to Gattuso|
|Show must go on in Hollywood! - Pogba and Mkhitaryan say Ibrahimovic goodbyes|
|Arthur: I´ll find out if Messi is from this planet|
|Barcelona better than Real Madrid even if Neymar signs - Iniesta|
|I haven´t booked a holiday yet - Leno hoping for World Cup call|
|I may be 40 but I´m still Juve´s number one – Buffon bullish over Italy return|