Mario Gotze scores twice, Bayern tops Paderborn to take Bundesliga lead

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Gotze scored two goals as Bayern Munich eased to a 4-0 victory over promoted Paderborn and moved to the top of the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

Paderborn's hopes of achieving a huge upset were dashed quickly, as Gotze and Robert Lewandowski scored inside the first quarter of an hour. Gotze and Thomas Muller then netted late in the match as Bayern brought down to earth the team that had come into the match as the surprise league leader. 

"We started well and we had some chances but Bayern is a world-class team," Paderborn's coach Andre Breitenreiter added. "After the first two goals we strengthened our defense. We tried to score late in the game and Bayern used the space to score."

Paderborn did not embarrass itself despite the big defeat and wasted several chances. The small club is making its debut in the top tier and has a budget 25 times smaller than that of Bayern and is dwarfed in all aspects by the German powerhouse and defending champion. 

Paderborn's only claim to prominence before this season was a dubious one. The club, then in the third division, was involved in one of the one of the matches manipulated by referee Robert Hoyzer in 2004 in Germany's biggest match-fixing scandal. This season, however, Paderborn is gaining attention for all the right reasons. By playing an aggressive pressing game, the club with a home ground that can house only 15,000 was undefeated after four matches and leading the league on goal difference.

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It had the first chance of the match when Elias Kachunga's spectacular volley sailed high. Bayern quickly seized control, though, to end Paderborn's promising start. Gotze, who scored Germany's World Cup-winning goal against Argentina, picked up a backheel pass from Muller to slot home in the eighth minute.

Lewandowski doubled the lead in the 14th with a volley from the edge of the penalty box, but he appeared to be slightly offside. Paderborn then found it hard to come out of its half, but when it did it nearly scored.

Idir Ouali broke free but his weak shot was smothered by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Lewandowski and Goetze wasted a couple of chances each before Paderborn somewhat settled down after the break. Xabi Alonso, having an outstanding game, cleared a dangerous cross from Moritz Stoppelkamp, before Neuer was forced into a diving save from substitute Suleyman Koc, who had served prison time for armed robbery before getting a chance at Paderborn.

But Bayern struck again late in the game, with Gotze scoring in the 78th and Muller in the 85th, both from close range.

"It was very important to make a statement. Paderborn was having problems from the start," said Arjen Robben, who helped set up Bayern's first goal and assisted on its fourth.

Bayern opened a two-point lead over Mainz, which blew a two-goal advantage and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt Tuesday. In other Bundesliga matches on the day, Schalke won 3-0 at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim and Freiburg drew 3-3. Schalke secured its first win of the season to ease the pressure on coach Jens Keller, doing so despite missing several regulars due to injuries and suspensions, while Bremen had five players out because of a virus infection.

Shinji Okazaki scored his league-high fifth goal of the season as Mainz went 2-0 up in Frankfurt but Haris Seferovic's goal in the 85th salvaged the draw for the home team. Yannik Vestergaard scored in the third minute of stoppage time to earn the draw for Hoffenheim, which trailed 2-0 and 3-2. The late equalizer left Freiburg still without a win.