FRANKFURT: Bayern Munich lost their first game of the season and the Bundesliga led as Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win at the Westfalenstadion left controversial promoted RB Leipzig top of the table.
This is the first time since 1991 that a club from within the region of the former East Germany has topped the table.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 11th-minute goal proved to be the difference between the two heavyweights in Der Klassiker as Dortmund moved to within three points of second-placed Bayern, who trail Leipzig by three points.
Bayern’s defeat enabled Koln also to close to within three points of the Bavarians thanks to their 2-1 win at local rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.
Gladbach have now gone six games without a win and slumped into the bottom half of the Bundesliga.
Hertha Berlin are also just three points behind Bayern after they picked up a point in Augsburg, although they were frustrated in a goalless draw.
Ingolstadt marked Maik Walpurgis first match in charge with their first victory of the season, a 1-0 win at Darmstadt, thanks to a Moritz Hartmann goal.
Mainz beat Freiburg 4-2, with Yunus Malli instrumental with a goal and two assists.
Niko Bungert headed in Malli’s corner in the 15th minute and Malli converted a penalty five minutes later after Jhon Cordoba had been fouled by Caglar Soyuncu. Malli had to take his penalty twice as the referee saw too much encroaching on his first attempt.
Vincenzo Grifo reduced the arrears midway through the second half, but Stefan Bell restored Mainz’s two-goal cushion with another header from a Malli corner.
Nils Petersen gave Freiburg hope heading into the final five minutes, but Karim Onisiwo added Mainz’s fourth with the final kick of the game.
Schalke extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-0 win in Wolfsburg.
Leon Goretzka scored the only goal of the game as Valerien Ismael’s first game as Wolfsburg’s permanent boss resulted in their fourth home defeat of the season.
RB Leipzig‘s fairytale maiden season continued on Friday night as they recorded a 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Kevin Kampl gave Leverkusen the lead after just a minute, but an own goal from Julian Baumgartlinger brought Leipzig back on terms almost immediately.
Julian Brandt put Leverkusen back in front again on the stroke of half-time, but Hakan Calhanoglu missed a second-half penalty which would have made it 3-1 and Leipzig made the hosts pay by levelling through Emil Forsberg.
Forsberg then set up captain Willi Orban to head in a late Leipzig winner which made it 11 games unbeaten – a new record for a Bundesliga newcomer – and took them to the top of the table.