After week two of the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen remain top of the table after beating Hertha Berlin in an entertaining clash whilst Bayern Munich stuttered at home to Schalke.
Leverkusen came from behind twice to beat another strong opposition after they took three points from Borussia Dortmund last week with a 2-0 win. A Tin Jedvaj own goal and then a third goal of the season for Julian Schieber put Hertha ahead after an hour. But the Croatian centre back, Jedvaj found the right net just after half time and this was followed by goals from Emir Spahic, Julian Brandt and Bundesliga record scorer, Karim Bellarabi.
Roger Schmidt’s side’s 4-2 win means that Leverkusen are the only team to have won both of their opening games. After two impressive attacking displays against tough opposition, Bayer are signally their intentions to break in at the top.
For Bayern Munich they had to settle for a draw as Pep re-organised his side opting for a 4-4-2 formation after starting with a defensive three last week in their 2-1 win against Wolfsburg. Holger Badstuber kept his place in the side despite the arrival of Mehdi Benatia from Roma earlier this week but there was a debut for Xabi Alonso who only officially signed for the club on Friday.
The Spaniard partnered youngster, Sebastian Rode who set up Robert Lewandowski to open the score after 10 minutes. But Benedict Howedes grabbed the equaliser in the second half after poor defending from Bayern off a Schalke free kick.
Brave start from Paderborn
There were mixed feelings at the Imtech Arena as the slump from last season continues for Hamburg as they were victims to a 3-0 home defeat to top flight new boys Paderborn. They have now picked up four points in the first two weeks. Striker, Elias Kachunga, who completed a permanent move to Paderborn this summer, opened the scoring – his second of the season, as the promoted side recorded their first ever Bundesliga win, moving up to second.
After what was expected to be a rejuvenated campaign under Mirko Slomka, the Hamburg boss is now under a lot of pressure to ensure the Red Shorts pick up a win after the International break. Before the transfer window ends, Hamburg could make an attempt to strengthen their attack as director, Dietmar Beiersdorfer confirmed the club are interested in Tottenham midfielder and former, Schalke and Mainz winger, Lewis Holtby.
Kagawa returns to Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund, who survived a late scare in their 3-2 win against Augsburg on Friday, have lured frustrated Manchester United playmaker, Shinji Kagawa back to the Westfalenstadion after his two year absence. He has signed a four-year deal and the club sent out a clear yet simple statement on their official Twitter account on Sunday: ‘@ S_Kagawa0317 returns to Borussia Dortmund.’