Created on 22-09-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern maintained their 100 percent start to the new Bundesliga campaign with an impressively disciplined victory away to fancied Schalke on Saturday. Jupp Heynckes’ side played all the football against their title rivals and fully deserved a sixth win in seven visits to Gelsenkirchen.
The noisy 61,673 capacity crowd at the Veltins Arena saw the aggressive and alert visitors control the bulk of the play in a generally cagey first half, although there were few chances of note as both forward lines struggled to make headway against rugged defending at either end.
The visitors upped the pace after the restart and rocketed into a two-goal lead before the hour with a double strike from effervescent pair Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller, and the dominant men in red might have had more but for a touch of careless finishing in the closing stages.
The result takes Bayern onto the maximum 12 points from four matches, ahead of surprise package Eintracht Frankfurt on goal difference and with the chasing group including Schalke and Dortmund already five points adrift. The men from Munich are now looking to maintain the early pace in the domestic league in the two games scheduled for the next week, the home fixture against Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg three days from now, and the always tricky trip to Bremen on Saturday 29 September.