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Bayern Munich extend home record to 28 games without loss

Champions win again and extend their amazing home-ground record to 28 games without loss

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 August, 2013, 4:08am

Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben struck as Bayern Munich eased past Nuremberg 2-0 to maintain their perfect start to the season and join three other teams with nine points at the top of the table.

On the day the Bundesliga celebrated its 50th anniversary, goals from Robben and Ribery confirmed last season's treble winners favourite status while the referees were busy elsewhere with seven red cards handed out in three games.

Ribery broke the deadlock in the 69th minute after the hosts had missed a heap of chances, scoring his first header in the Bundesliga. Robben added another goal after a spectacular solo effort nine minutes later.

"We have to work on our conversion of chances," Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said. "We know that we can play better than this."

With Mario Goetze making his first start since leaving Borussia Dortmund in the close season and with fellow midfielder Thiago Alcantara also in the line-up, it was clear Bayern would look to control possession.

But it was Nuremberg, on the back foot from the start, who carved out the first good chance as Daniel Ginzcek rattled the crossbar with a thunderous shot from 20 metres.

The home team were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute, even though it seemed like Robben was doing the fouling, and keeper Raphael Schaefer picked the correct corner to save David Alaba's spot kick.

Bayern were camped in the Nuremberg half after the break and Schaefer denied Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Mueller and Goetze before Ribery's header put them in front.

With the Bavarians pressing, it was only a matter of time before they scored again and Robben weaved his way into the box before beating Schaefer.

Bayern have now extended their club record to 28 home games without defeat. Ribery also set a club record, chalking up his 18th win from 18 straight league appearances, one more than former striker Roy Makaay.

But Bayern will noe have to make do without Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who is expected to be out for up to seven weeks after he undergoes an operation today for torn ankle ligaments. The 22-year-old, who cost Bayern €25 million (HK$259 million) from Barcelona in July, was injured during the game against Nuremberg.

Borussia Dortmund, who beat Werder Bremen 1-0 on Friday, are top of the table thanks to a superior goal difference.

Fellow Champions League combatants Bayer Leverkusen, also on nine points, let slip a two-goal lead against Borussia Moenchengladbach before fighting back to win 4-2 with a double from Sidney Sam.

Schalke 04, who have yet to win this season, slumped to their second defeat in three games with a 2-1 reverse at Hanover 96 and had captain Benedikt Hoewedes sent off for a straight red card in the 14th minute.

Schalke, who drew 1-1 at home in their Champions League play-off first leg against PAOK Salonika last week, went behind when Szabolcs Huszti, who was later sent off for a rough challenge, converted the penalty from Hoewedes' foul.

Mame Diouf doubled the lead, drilling in a header from two metres, before forward Adam Szalai cut the deficit.

Schalke's Christian Fuchs was also sent off five minutes from time to complete their misery and pile further pressure on coach Jens Keller.

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