posted on Nov, 20 2004 @ 01:44 PM
Bayern Munich head the Bundesliga for the first time in 18 months following a 3-1 defeat of Kaiserslautern at the Olympiastadion.
Wolfsburg will return to the summit if they win at Hamburg on Sunday but Bayern will enjoy their spell at the top, no matter how short it might be,
after a fine performance against Lautern. Felix Magath has had his critics since joining the Bavarian giants from Stuttgart but the results suggest he
is starting to mould the team into a useful outfit devoid of the petty squabbles which have marred the reigns of previous coaches. They also appear to
have gained a tougher core, evident again on Saturday after Kaiserslautern took an early lead through Thomas Riedl. Claudio Pizarro equalised and
Torsten Frings gave Bayern a half-time lead. Young substitute Jose Paolo Guerrero sealed the win, Bayern's ninth in 14 games, after 64 minutes.
Schalke remain in third place after an impressive 3-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen. The Gelsenkirchen club's aggressive summer recruitment policy appears
to be paying dividends with two of the new recruits, Brazilians Ailton and Lincoln, getting their names on the scoresheet. Veteran Dane Ebbe Sand had
given the visitors the lead at the BayArena before the South Americans took centre stage.
It was a good day for the top teams in the Bundesliga with fourth-placed Stuttgart also winning - 1-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach. German
international Kevin Kuranyi netted the only goal 11 minutes into the second half.
Defending champions Werder Bremen's inconsistent start continued as they went down 2-1 at Arminia Bielefeld. Fatmir Vata opened the scoring on the
stroke of half-time and Marco Kuntzel doubled the advantage 13 minutes from the end. Ivan Klasnic pulled one back but Bremen's challenge ended with
the late dismissal of Nelson Valdez for a professional foul on Ervin Skela.
Markus Brzenska and Niclas Jensen scored for Borussia Dortmund to give Bert van Marwijk's side a much-needed 2-0 win against struggling Freiburg while
Antonio Da Silva netted the only goal in Mainz's defeat of Bochum.
Jorg Berger's tenure as Hansa Rostock coach started with a promising 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin. Berger succeeded Juri Schlunz after Rostock's 6-0 home
thrashing by Hamburg last weekend. His men led for most of the game following Marcus Lantz's 37th-minute goal. But Hertha, who have prevailed just
once at home all season, hit back in the last minute through Brazilian Marcelinho.