A Thomas Muller double and a late Arjen Robben goal helped Bayern Munich to a comprehensive victory at the Allianz Arena and go to the top of the table for at least 24 hours until Dortmund have the opportunity to retake the lead against Hertha Berlin.
Bayern were defeated 2-0 by Leverkusen towards the end of last season but such a loss did not look on the cards, especially after Muller netted in the 26th-minute. It was a poacher's finish in the six-yard box which was orchestrated by Xabi Alonso's defence splitting pass which pitted Douglas Costa with right back Roberto Hilbert and the Brazilian winger showed his wits to cross for Muller who celebrated a goal on his 200th ever appearance for Bayern.
Summer signing Arturo Vidal was adjudged to have been pushed by Hilbert following Xabi Alonso's free-kick. Replays showed the Chilean midfielder made the most of minimal contact but that did not stop Muller scoring his fifth goal of the season and Bayern's 300th ever penalty in Bundesliga history.
Bewildered Hilbert was again central to the goal as the ball was adjudged to have hit his hand when instead it hit his shoulder. Nonetheless, Dutchman Robben stepped up to slot his penalty past Bernd Leno.
After the two week break, Pep Guardiola's men play last season's surprise package Augsburg at home, whilst Roger Schmidt's charges take on recently promoted Darmstadt 98.