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Bayern routs Schalke, Nuremberg ends Dortmund's winning start

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The Canadian Press
9/21/2013 2:51:44 PM
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BERLIN -- Defending champion Bayern Munich routed Schalke 4-0 to join Borussia Dortmund atop the Bundesliga on Saturday in the side's most impressive performance since Pep Guardiola took over as coach.

"It was our best game in the Bundesliga. We dominated completely. We were pressurizing for the whole game," said Guardiola, who succeeded Jupp Heynckes in the summer. "I'm very happy and proud."

It was Schalke's biggest home defeat in the league since a 6-0 loss to Bochum in May 1981.

"Today the difference in class was too big, especially in the second half. We started very well. For the first 20 minutes or so Bayern found it difficult," Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes said. "Then we concede such a stupid goal."

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored with a header from Arjen Robben's corner in the 21st, before David Alaba crossed for Mario Mandzukic to make it 2-0 with the home side still reeling. Hoewedes was unable to clear the Croatian's header off the line.

The third goal seemed just a matter of time and Alaba was involved again, setting up Franck Ribery to score from close range in the 75th.

Then Claudio Pizarro scored his first goal of the season in the 84th, three minutes after coming on, when fellow substitute Thomas Mueller cut the ball back.

"We had our chances that we didn't use. And Bayern made the most of our mistakes," said Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was consoled by his brother, Bayern defender Jerome Boateng.

"He knows that it goes on and Schalke are allowed to win the next game," Jerome joked.

Dortmund drew 1-1 at Nuremberg to drop its first points of the season.

"We can live with the point," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.

Marcel Schmelzer opened the scoring with a curling free kick over the wall and inside the right post in the 37th.

Per Nilsson equalized after a Nuremberg free kick in the 51st and the visitors were unable to extend their five-game winning start despite several late chances.

Nuremberg substitute Alexander Esswein wasted the opportunity to seal the home side's first win when he missed with only the goalkeeper to beat in injury time.

Schmelzer and Marco Reus were taken off at halftime with a thigh injury and dead leg respectively.

"It hurts a lot and the dates are coming in rapid succession," Klopp said with an eye on Tuesday's German Cup game at 1860 Munich.

Werder Bremen defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 to compound a bad week for the home side, which sacked Thorsten Fink as coach late Monday.

Bayer Leverkusen won 4-1 at Mainz, Wolfsburg came from behind to defeat Hoffenheim 2-1, and Szabolcs Huszti's late penalty gave Hannover a 2-1 win over Augsburg.

Nils Petersen was the hero for Bremen with two goals in the league's 99th northern derby -- the 179th meeting between the sides.

Former Hamburg player Eljero Elia's back-heel sent Clemens Fritz down the right. The midfielder held off Marcell Jansen's challenge and crossed for the in-flying Peterson to score from close range in the 32nd.

Petersen finally sealed the result in the final minute of a hectic game when he shot into the unguarded net with Hamburg keeper Rene Adler out of his goal.

Hamburg midfielder Tomas Rincon broke his jaw after colliding with Caldirola in the second half. The club said the Venezuelan was having an operation.

Leverkusen's game at Mainz was effectively over by halftime with the visitors leading 3-0.

Robbie Kruse scored with a deft flick past Mainz goalkeeper Heinz Mueller in the 19th, Lars Bender's deflected shot gave Mueller no chance in the 38th, and Simon Rolfes set up Kruse's second before the break.

Rolfes then crossed for Stefan Kiessling to score with a header in the 59th, before Yunus Malli claimed an 82nd-minute consolation.

"After the Champions League game on Tuesday it was important to have the right approach," said Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia, referring to his side's 4-2 loss at Manchester United.

Hoffenheim striker Anthony Modeste opened the scoring in Wolfsburg in the 15th, seizing on a poor back pass from Koo Ja-cheol before rounding the goalkeeper.

But Ivica Olic equalized before the break, and claimed his second after it, when he lifted the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper with his first touch.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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