Defending champ Dortmund stumble in 2-1 loss to Schalke
By Ciaran Fahey ,AP
October 22, 2012, 12:40 am TWN
BERLIN -- Defending champion Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 2-1 loss at home to bitter rival Schalke in the 141st Ruhr derby on Saturday, while Bayern Munich became the first side to start the Bundesliga with eight wins.
“We didn't play well, that was the first problem,” said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp.
Ibrahim Afellay opened the scoring in the 14th minute, when he crashed a low shot in off the left post, and Schalke went 2-0 up in the 48th, when Marco Hoeger finished off a counterattack after a brilliant through ball from Lewis Holtby.
Robert Lewandowski pulled one back with a header from Marco Reus' free kick seven minutes later, but it wasn't enough to save Dortmund's 17-game unbeaten run at home or prevent the side falling 12 points behind Bayern.
“We didn't play enough football,” Klopp said. “Altogether it was a deserved win for Schalke.”
Thomas Mueller scored twice in Bayern's 5-0 rout of Fortuna Duesseldorf, with Mario Mandzukic, Luiz Gustavo and Rafinha also on target for the visitors.
Elsewhere, Freiburg won 2-0 at Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Mainz, and second-place Eintracht Frankfurt beat Hannover 3-1.
Marco Arnautovic scored one and set up another as Werder Bremen enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.
“We forget to defend sometimes, and we're paying the price,” said Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre.
Nils Petersen opened the scoring in the 37th, before Arnautovic made it 2-0 at the interval with a delicate chip over the outrushing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Arnautovic eluded two defenders to set up substitute Niclas Fuellkrug in the 76th, before Zlatko Junuzovic completed the scoring by stopping the ball with the back of his heel and hitting it on the half-volley beyond the helpless Ter Stegen.