Bayern maintain 100% start to Bundesliga
September 16, 2012 -- Updated 0003 GMT (0803 HKT)
Mario Mandzukic (left) celebrates with his teammates after putting Bayern ahead in the second minute against Mainz
- Bayern Munich record third straight win of season with 3-1 win over Mainz at Allianz Arena
- Defending champions Borussia Dortmund up to fourth after a 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen
- Hanover up to second in table after a 3-2 win over Werden Bremen
(CNN) -- Bayern Munich made it three wins out of three in the Bundesliga on Saturday as they eased to a 3-1 win over Mainz at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern were two goals up within the first 15 minutes thanks to a second minute strike from Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and a header from Bastian Schweinsteiger 11 minutes later.
Adam Szalai halved the deficit for Mainz with a 59th-minute penalty, but Germany midfielder Toni Kroos wrapped things up in injury time to keep Bayern at the top of the table with maximum points.
Footless footballer to meet Messi
French football club spends big
New signing, Javier Martinez also came on as a substitute for the last 15 minutes of the match to complete a satisfying day for Bayern, who were without the injured Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
"We produced an excellent half hour of football, the goals were outstanding, but we were too passive in the 15 minutes before the break," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said.
"The 3-1 was well deserved, especially after Javi Martinez came on, we played well going forward and were very intelligent in our play," he added.
Defending champions Borussia Dortmund were also comfortable winners on Saturday beating Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 at Signal Iduna Park.
Mats Hummels headed the home side in front in the 29th minute before Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski doubled the lead 10 minutes later.
His international colleague Robert Lewandowski added a third 12 minutes from the end to lift Jurgen Klopp's men from sixth to fourth in the table.
"For the first time this season, we did everything on the pitch which we had planned to do," Klopp said.
Hanover move up to second on goal difference after battling to a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen.
Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti scored the winner in injury time which preceded a shirt-stripping celebration that earned him a second yellow card.
In other matches, Schalke moved up to third with a 2-0 win away to Greuther Furth, Nuremberg picked up three points with a 3-2 win at Moenchengladbach, while the match between Stuttgart and Fortuna Duesseldorf ended goalless.
Friday's fixture between Wolfsburg and Augsburg also finished 0-0.
Part of complete coverage on
June 19, 2013 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT)
In Brazil many believe the World Cup has seen the rich line their pockets, while the poor make do with crumbling public services.
No European team has ever won a World Cup in South America, but that could likely change next year, says CNN's John Sinnott.
June 14, 2013 -- Updated 1950 GMT (0350 HKT)
Brazil's fans were ready to celebrate a first World Cup triumph, but what happened next has left a burning scar in the nation's psyche.
NN World Sport examines why racism continues to be a problem in football and what is being done to tackle discrimination.
June 13, 2013 -- Updated 1207 GMT (2007 HKT)
Germany's Under-21s may bowed out of the European Championship Finals in Israel, but their experiences left a lasting impression.
Be part of CNN's coverage of European Champions League matches and join the social debate.
CNN's James Masters has had a close look at the next generation of European football stars at the U21 championship in Israel.
June 6, 2013 -- Updated 1425 GMT (2225 HKT)
A former Palestinian player, once held without charge for three years, is campaigning for a boycott of Israel's staging of a major European tournament.
May 23, 2013 -- Updated 1052 GMT (1852 HKT)
When Germany's two biggest soccer clubs go head-to-head in the Champions League final, there can only be one winner: German industry.
May 22, 2013 -- Updated 1356 GMT (2156 HKT)
The Bundesliga model of sustainability is very much in vogue. But are Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund creating a dangerous duopoly?
May 23, 2013 -- Updated 1015 GMT (1815 HKT)
CNN takes an exclusive look at the venue of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
May 17, 2013 -- Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT)
David Beckham embraced his tag as a "gay icon" and has been credited with breaking the big taboo -- homosexuality in football.
May 13, 2013 -- Updated 0750 GMT (1550 HKT)
'King' Alex Ferguson is quitting Manchester United but the $3.17 billion brand will survive, according to experts.
May 7, 2013 -- Updated 1418 GMT (2218 HKT)
Italian football lags behind its other European rivals commercially, but newly-crowned Italian champions Juventus is showing Serie A clubs an example of revival.
April 24, 2013 -- Updated 1434 GMT (2234 HKT)
Luis Suarez's biting of Branislav Ivanovic is the latest episode of moments of madness when soccer stars behave badly.
March 29, 2013 -- Updated 0938 GMT (1738 HKT)
Sunderland's partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation is part of its bid to woo the African market.
March 28, 2013 -- Updated 1558 GMT (2358 HKT)
Each year as many as 700 Cameroonian young footballers leave Africa in search of a professional career abroad.
May 6, 2013 -- Updated 1201 GMT (2001 HKT)
Referees across Europe are feeling the heat. Insulted, threatened, chased off the field, attacked, hospitalized and, tragically, killed.
February 26, 2013 -- Updated 1225 GMT (2025 HKT)
Footballers have a battery of physios, fitness trainers and doctors all striving to fine-tune their physique -- but are they missing a trick?
June 10, 2013 -- Updated 1041 GMT (1841 HKT)
Hardcore Italian football "ultra" Federico is a Lazio supporter who happily admits directing monkey chants at black players.
Today's five most popular stories