FRANKFURT: Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben scored twice each as champions Bayern Munich thrashed Hannover 4-0 in the German Bundesliga to go four points clear of Borussia Dortmund who lost surprisingly by 1-0 at home to struggling Hamburg.
Bayern, who have kept a clean sheet in their last seven games in all competitions having won six, took charge inside 13 minutes through Lewandowski and Robben.
Poland striker Lewandowski, who joined from Dortmund this season, struck his fourth league goal of the campaign in the 38th minute. Robben claimed his own second goal 11 minutes on the eve of a celebratory visit to the Oktoberfest beer festival.
In Holland Bartholomew Ogbeche scored twice as Cambuur beat second from bottom Dordrecht 4-1 to join PSV Eindhoven, Ajax Amsterdam and PEC Zwolle level on points at the top of the table. Daniel de Ridder and Sander van de Streek scored their other goals. Heerenveen missed a chance to take the outright lead after losing 2-1 at Willem II Tilburg.
In Italy Sulley Muntari and Keisuke Honda both struck from long range in the second half as Milan beat Chievo 2-0 for their first win in four games.
In Spain Barcelona’s Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo broke a 37-year-old record for minutes unbeaten at the start of a La Liga season in the league leaders’ 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano.
Bravo, newly-arrived from Real Sociedad, thus surpassed the previous best of 560 minutes set by former Barcelona and Sociedad keeper Pedro Maria Artola in 1977. He said: “I am aware of the record I have beaten because it has been talked about everywhere.”
Lionel Messi and Neymar scored the goals against Rayo who had two players sent off. Barcelona thus became the first Liga team to avoid conceding a goal in their opening seven matches of the season.
Champions Atletico Madrid slipped further off the pace after losing 3-1 at Valencia.
** Brazil coach Dunga has recalled veteran Sao PAulo playmaker Kaka for the first time in more than a year as replacement for injured Cruzeiro striker Ricardo Goulart for the imminent friendlies against Argentina in Beijing and Japan in Singapore.
The former Milan and Real Madrid forward was omitted from the World Cup squad by then coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.