Marco Reus scored twice in his first game against his former club and Borussia Dortmund rolled to a 5-0 victory Saturday over Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund spoiled the Borussia derby as Reus and Neven Subotic notched goals in the first half for Dortmund, and Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski added goals in a 15-minute stretch of the second half.
Since losing to Hamburg last weekend to end its 31-game league undefeated run, Dortmund has responded with a 3-3 draw at surprising Eintracht and the big win against Gladbach.
Reus left Gladbach this summer for Dortmund, and he punished his old club with his third and fourth goals already this season. He opened the scoring just 10 minutes before half and scored again in the 70th.
Subotic followed the first goal from Reus in the 40th as Dortmund built a two- goal lead before half, and Gundogan and Blaszczykowski followed his second of the match in the 79th and 85th, respectively.
Dortmund climbed to third and remained within seven points of six-win Bayern Munich. Gladbach lost for the second time during a five-game winless streak.
Bayern Munich 2, Werder Bremen 0
Bremen, Germany - Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic scored three minutes apart in the final 10 minutes, and Bayern Munich maintained its perfect start in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen at Weserstadion on Saturday.
Bayern has won its first six games to start the season to sit comfortably atop the standings. Eintracht is five points back in second place ahead of its game Sunday against Freiburg.
Scoreless for 80 minutes, Gustavo received a pass from Thomas Muller and with a shot from a few yards outside the area scored to the lower-left corner for his second goal of the season.
Mandzukic added his league-leading sixth in the 84th when he took a pass from Xherdan Shaqiri and converted from the middle of the area to the bottom-right corner.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer posted his third straight shutout and fourth in six games.
Bremen lost for the third time through six matches and was held without a goal for the first time this season.
Bayer Leverkusen 2, Greuther Furth 0
Leverkusen, Germany - Sidney Sam scored twice in a 13-minute stretch early in the second half and Bayer Leverkusen defeated Greuther Furth, 2-0, on Saturday at BayArena in the Bundesliga.
Sam opened the scoring off a pass from Andre Schurrle in the 50th minute, and added a second goal off a pass from Daniel Carvajal in the 63rd.
Leverkusen dropped its season opener, but has won three of its last five games and is eight points off the pace of first-place Bayern Munich.
Promoted Furth lost for the fourth time in six matches to open the season.
Stuttgart 2, Nurnberg 0
Nurnberg, Germany - Vedad Ibisevic scored in the opening minute as Stuttgart earned its first victory of the season, 2-0 over Nurnberg at Frankenstadion on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
Stuttgart had three losses and two draws in its first five games, but Ibisevic scored to the bottom-right corner in the opening minute and Martin Harnik put the match away 15 minutes from time off an assist from Ibisevic.
With the win, Stuttgart climbs out of the relegation spots. Nurnberg lost its third straight after opening the season with two wins and a draw.
Hamburg 1, Hannover 0
Hamburg, Germany - Artjoms Rudnevs scored in the 20th minute and Hamburg edged Hannover, 1-0, for its second win during a three-game undefeated streak in the Bundesliga at Imtech Arena on Saturday.
Hamburg struggled to start the season with three consecutive losses, but a 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund in its fourth match and a 2-2 tie in its fifth game against Monchengladbach gave the club four points against two top clubs.
Hannover lost for the second time in its last three games to slip eight points off the pace of first-place Bayern Munich in fifth.
Hoffenheim 0, Augsburg 0
Sinsheim, Germany - Augsburg secured a 0-0 draw against Hoffenheim on Saturday at Rhein-Neckar Arena, but remained winless in the Bundesliga.
Augsburg has four losses and two draws through six games and sits alone at the foot of the standings. One day after midfielder Boris Vukcevic was critically injured in a car crash, Hoffenheim got a point to extend its undefeated streak to three matches.