Bayern hold pace at Bundesliga

Berlin, Aug 25 (IANS) German giants Bayern Munich reaped a hard earned 2-0 win over Nuremberg thanks to Ribery and Robben, while Leverkusen beat Monchengladbach 4-2 in a goal festival in Bundesliga football.

The Bavarians keep their perfect start with three consecutive wins, as Nuremberg were unable to keep the hosts on distance for more than one half, Saturday, reports Xinhua.

As expected, Bayern took the reins with the opening whistle while Nuremberg kept their team behind the ball to chance it on counter attacks. However, it was the visitors that fired off a warning shot when Daniel Ginczek hit the bar with a long range effort, fifteen minutes into the game.

Bayern dominated the ball and the visitors, but yet they were not able to turn their possession into a tangible reward.

With 33 minutes on the clock, the record champions had the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot as Per Nilson brought down Arjen Robben inside the box.

Nevertheless, David Alaba were unable to score the opener as Nuremberg keeper Raphael Schaefer warded off a penalty shot.

The hosts increased the pressure at the second half to overcome Nuremberg' s bulwark at the 69th minute when Franck Ribery headed home a cross by Philipp Lahm at the far post. The visitors were incapable of putting up resistance, as Arjen Robben's solo run and goal made the game safe at the 78th minute.

Leverkusen extend their winning start as they defeated Monchengladbach 4-2 in an entertaining match. Both teams staged a slow start, but the handball penalty for Leverkusen stimulated the action on the pitch as Stefan Kieling scored his 100th goal for Leverkusen at the 23rd minute.

Elsewhere, Szabolcs Huszti and Mame Biram Diouf scored the goals at Hannovers 2-1 win to inflict Schalke the second loss at the third match.

Hoffenheim and Freiburg staged a see-saw match with six goals, three dismissals and many scoring chances to share points after a dramatic 3-3 draw.

Mainz maintain their unbeaten streak thanks to the goals by Eric Maxim Choupo Moting and Nicolai Mueller against Wolfsburg and Berlin ensured the best Bundesliga start with a 1-0 win over struggling Hamburg, thanks to the winner by Adrian Ramos.

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