James Rodriguez shines in his first Bundesliga start as Bayern cruise past Schalke
Reigning champions Bayern cruise past Schalke with a 3-0 win at the Veltins Arena, easing the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti.
Colombian star man James Rodriguez was in scintillating form as he scored one and created twice in his first Bundesliga start. James earned the handball and which resulted in a penalty, which was converted by Lewandowski. He then registered himself onto the scoresheet and then later was in perfect position to provide Vidal an inch perfect ball and the Chilean midfielder did not make any mistake to make it 3-0.
Earlier in the day Bayern had revealed Manuel Neuer would be out until 2018 due to a broken foot so back-up Sven Ulreich started in goal.
It was Schalke’s stopper Ralf Fahrmann who made the first big save when he brilliantly kept out Sebastian Rudy’s half volley from distance, with Corentin Tolisso then close to turning home Lewandowski’s cross just after that.
Ulreich was first called upon during a Schalke counter when he saved from Amine Harit and then Bastian Oczipka, who was correctly ruled offside, negating the strike from Guido Burgstaller that went in at the third attempt.
Moments later Bayern broke and Rodriguez’s cross clearly struck the raised arm of a diving Naldo, though the spot-kick was only awarded once a replay had been scrutinised.
Lewandowski took charge as always and calmly slotted it past Ralf Fahrmann to give Bayern the lead.
The visitors started dominationg the game and they took very less time to double their lead when Nabil Bentaleb gave the ball away just outside the box and Tolisso was there to cash as the Frenchman made no mistake to square it to James who was unmarked right at the edge of the box. The Colombian took a touch and then calmy stroke it home to make it 2-0.
Muller crashed a header against the post from James’ cross five minutes into the second half, before Leon Goretzka muscled his way through the Bayern defence and flashed a shot narrowly wide at the other end.
Daniel Caligiuri, Konoplyanka and Leon Goretzka all steered narrowly wide and Burgstaller had a brilliant opportunity one-on-one he fired tamely at Ulreich.
Bayern capitalised on the missed chances of the hosts and made it 3-0 when the hardworking James Rodriguez turned in three defenders before sending in a delicate chip to find Vidal. Vidal did not disappoint either, he cashed in with a goal ending the match for the side from Gelsenkirchen.
The night could have been more great for James as he came close to scoring his second goal when he met Muller’s fine cross but the Colombian was denied by a good save from Ralf Fahrmann from close range.