Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern win again

Forward Robert Lewandowski struck twice in three second-half minutes to steer champions Bayern Munich to a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen. (AFP)

Forward Robert Lewandowski struck twice in three second-half minutes to steer champions Bayern Munich to a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Saturday for their second successive win of the new Bundesliga season.

The Poland international, who narrowly missed out on being top scorer last season, snatched his first goal in the 72nd minute with an audacious back heel and added another with a fine solo effort before Werder had time to recover.

The hosts had kept Bayern at bay for much of the game but gradually ran out of steam as the champions launched a relentless assault on their defense.

The Bavarians, who have now won their last 16 games against Werder in all competitions, are on six points, the same as Hamburg SV, who won 3-1 at Cologne on Friday.

With keeper Manuel Neuer making his first appearance since breaking a bone in his foot in April but having little to do in the opening 15 minutes, Bayern hit the crossbar and created two more chances as Werder struggled with their pace.

The hosts managed to gradually balanced it out but Arjen Robben still sneaked into the box, only to see his glancing header roll wide of the post just before the break.

The visitors kept at it and were rewarded in the 72nd when Kingsley Coman shook off his marker and cut back towards goal for Lewandowski.

The 29-year-old ran halfway across the pitch and slotted the ball through the legs of keeper Jiri Pavlenka for his third goal in two games.

Former Bayern defender Holger Badstuber scored the winner for his new club VfB Stuttgart as the promoted team got their first three points of the season with a 1-0 win over Mainz 05.

It was Badstuber’s first goal since 2009 with the former Germany international having been plagued by injuries.

Eintracht Frankfurt will be asking themselves how they lost to VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 after rattling the woodwork repeatedly, wasting a hatful of chances and having more shots on goal in the first half than in any game of the last three seasons.

Venezuelan Sergio Cordova’s 89th-minute goal rescued a point for Augsburg with a 2-2 draw against Borussia Moenchengladbach while Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim also shared a draw by the same score.

Borussia Dortmund are in action later against Hertha Berlin.

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