Bremen - FC Bayern München became the first team in the Bundesliga’s 52-year history to win their opening nine games of the season after recording a narrow 1-0 success away to struggling SV Werder Bremen.
Goals: 1-0 Müller (23')
Although it was Melvyn Lorenzen who registered the first shot on goal, Bremen saw virtually nothing of the ball in a first half otherwise dominated by the defending champions. Thiago Alcantara was running the show for the visitors and, after Robert Lewandowski tickled the side netting with a diving header, the Spain international played a trademark ball over the top for Thomas Müller to tuck away his ninth Bundesliga goal of the campaign from close range.
Forced to sit far too deep for a home team, Bremen continued to invite the pressure as Müller and Lewandowski poked wide early in the second half. Against all the odds, however, Werder should have levelled matters in the 68th minute, only for Anthony Ujah to fire straight at Manuel Neuer after a mistake by Juan Bernat. The introduction of Bayern old boy Claudio Pizarro was well received by both sets of fans, but there was to be no fairy-tale equaliser on another landmark day at the office for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Man of the match
Be it out wide or down the middle, Müller made a real nuisance of himself all afternoon. The impossible-to-mark forward has now scored more goals after nine matchdays than in any of his previous Bundesliga campaigns.
From front to back, Bayern have never looked so dominant since Pep Guardiola took charge in the summer of 2013. On current form, it would not be a surprise to see them go the entire campaign unbeaten.
- No Bundesliga team has ever won their first nine matches of the season until now.
- Bayern have won their last 43 matches in which Müller has scored.
- Victory at the Weser Stadion gave Bayern their 999th Bundesliga win.
- Bremen have now suffered a club record-equalling five successive defeats.
Bremen: Ulreich - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Bargfrede, Galvez, S. Garcia - Barthels, Fritz (Pizarro 77’), Junuzovic, Lorenzen - Ujah (Öztunali 59’)
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha (Kimmich 77’), Boateng, Alaba, Bernat - Alonso - Lahm, Müller, Vidal (Pantovic 90+1'), Thiago - Lewandowski