Berlin: Bayern Munich edged past struggling Werder Bremen 1-0 on Saturday (October 17) courtesy of Thomas Mueller`s first half goal to set a Bundesliga record for the best start to a season with their ninth consecutive victory.
Germany international Mueller, in sensational form this season, was left unmarked in the box to latch onto a superb Thiago Alcantara chip and tap in from close range in the 23rd minute for his ninth league goal as Bayern improved the record they had set themselves in the 2012/13 season.
Unbeaten Bayern, who never needed to hit top form and eased off late in the game granting Werder more space, climb to a maximum 27 points, restoring their seven-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who won 2-0 at Mainz 05 on Friday. Bayern face Arsenal in the Champions League next week.
Werder had some efforts on goal and tested keeper Manuel Neuer but neither Anthony Ujah nor former Bayern striker Claudio Pizarro, who came on as a late substitute, could find the equaliser. The former German champions are stuck on seven points in 14th place after their fifth consecutive defeat.
Max Meyer scored a stoppage-time goal to give Schalke 04 a last-gasp 2-1 victory over ten-man Hertha Berlin and keep them firmly in third place on 19 points, one behind Dortmund.