BERLIN – Bayern Munich retained on Sunday the top spot in the Bundesliga standings with a 4-1 away win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on the strength of a brace by Kingsley Coman.
The match, however, brought bad news for the defending champion because goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was injured in the 51st minute without any contact while trying to stop a ball.
Neuer stumbled and asked to be taken out of the match.
The goalkeeper’s injury marred a match that Bayern controlled from start to end, squandering chances to put more points on the scoreboard.
Bayern used the same starting lineup that routed Borussia Dortmund 5-0 last week, with James Rodriguez starting on the bench and taking the field in the 79th minute, replacing Serge Gnabry when the club secured the win.
The Bavarian club had a chance to open the scoring six minutes into the game when Coman connected on a cross by Gnabry, but his shot missed.
Nine minutes later, Coman found the back of the net on what was intended to be a cross for Thomas Müller, who confused goalkeeper Michael Rensing as the shot got past him.
Bayern had a couple of scoring chances; first, on a set piece in the 23rd minute and then on a counterattack led by Coman in the 39th minute.
The only threat Dusseldorf mounted on Bayern’s goal was on a shot by Kownacki that was blocked by Niklas Sule.
With four minutes to go before the first half stoppage time, Coman fired a close-range, left-footed shot off a cross by Kimmich to double the score.
Bayern could have nailed a third goal before the half if not for Rensing, who blocked a great header by Javi Martinez in the dying minutes.
After the break, Rensing picked up where he left off, blocking a scoring attempt by Thiago Alcantara three minutes into the second half.
But he was not able to prevent Gnabry from scoring Bayern’s third goal in the 53rd minute, when he made the most of a corner kick by Thiago that was set up by Müller’s header.
Fortuna got on the scoreboard thanks to Dodi Luckebakio, who successfully converted a penalty kick awarded over a handball by Mats Hummels and after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Two minutes into the second-half stoppage time, sub Leon Goretzka, who replaced Müller, scored the club’s fourth goal from close range.