Football: Champions Bayern down Hanover to top league
BERLIN (AFP) - Bayern Munich topped the Bundesliga for the first time this season with a 2-0 win over Hanover 96 on Saturday as they prepare to defend their Champions League title.
Second-half goals by Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and France winger Franck Ribery gave Bayern the three points at Munich's Allianz Arena, which saw the Bavarians knock Borussia Dortmund, who host Hamburg later, off top spot.
It was the ideal preparation for Pep Guardiola's team, who begin their Champions League campaign at home to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
"For us, games after the international break are always hard. "We weren't tired but our rhythm was missing," said Guardiola after most of his squad returned from international duty in midweek.