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Football:Leverkusen thrash Augsburg to top Bundesliga, Bayern rout Hertha

AUGSBURG, Germany :Bayern Leverkusen had plenty of help as they won 4-1 at Augsburg on Saturday to top the Bundesliga, with the hapless hosts gifting them two own goals in the opening 14 minutes, while Bayern Munich hammered Hertha Berlin 5-0.

Augsburg went behind in the fourth minute when left back Iago put the ball into his own net and were two down 10 minutes later when Florian Niederlechner deflected a shot past his own goalkeeper.

Niederlechner pulled one back in the 31st, snapping up the ball after a defensive error and slotting it into net but Leverkusen added two more goals in the second half to secure a comfortable win.

Leverkusen lead the league on seven points after their opening three matches, ahead of Bayern Munich on goal difference.

Champions Bayern thrashed visitors Hertha in the late kick-off, with Robert Lewandowski netting a superb hat-trick and Thomas Mueller and Jamal Musiala grabbing a goal each.

The Poland striker has scored at least once in each of his last 16 official matches for Bayern, bettering Gerd Mueller's record of netting in 15 consecutive games between 1969 and 1970.

Freiburg's Jeong Woo-Yeong scored twice in the opening nine minutes as they raced into a 3-0 lead against VfB Stuttgart by the half-hour mark and while the home side fought back with two goals just before halftime they eventually lost 3-2.

Arminia Bielefeld recorded their third draw in three Bundesliga games but it took an 86th-minute goal from Austrian midfielder Patrick Wimmer to secure a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Cologne's Tim Lemperle struck a stoppage-time winner as they edged Bochum 2-1, while Mainz had no problems against Greuther Fuerth, winning 3-0 at home.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; editing by Clare Fallon and Ken Ferris)

Source: Reuters

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