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Bayern Top as Flying Dutchman Takes Off

Dutch striker Roy Makaay took his goals total to five in two games on Saturday as Bayern Munich put Bayer Leverkusen to the sword in a 5-2 rout. The rest of the Bundesliga should be quivering.

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Roy Makaay conducted a master class in finishing on Saturday

Bayern Munich this week had to wire Deportivo La Coruna 500,000 euros ($622,000) for breaking a clause in the contract of Roy Makaay, but the Dutch international striker more than repaid that outlay, scoring a hat-trick as Bayern crushed Leverkusen 5-2 on Saturday to march to the top of the table.

Leverkusen mauled German champions Bayern 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season but Makaay ensured Bayern had their revenge with a sensational treble at the BayArena.

"This is the first time I have had a good pre-season at Bayern and it is showing," said Makaay.

Dutchman sends out a warning with hat-trick

Makaay scored twice in the opening 3-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach and took his tally to five in two matches thanks to some generous Bayer defending. He twisted Brazilian international Roque Junior inside out with a clever feint to score his first goal in the 11th minute and then scored twice in three minutes (57, 60) to take the match ball.

"The 5-2 result was a fair reflection," declared Bayern coach Felix Magath. "Roy Makaay showed his class -- he is in good shape after a great pre-season."

After former Bayer star Michael Ballack opened the scoring, powering home a perfectly-placed shot into the corner of the net in the third minute, it was over to the Flying Dutchman to take center stage. Makaay even had time to set up Iranian international midfielder Ali Karimi for his first Bundesliga goal after 35 minutes.

Karimi gets his first Bundesliga goal

An intelligent header from the Netherlands star left Karimi, dubbed 'the Asian Maradona', with the simple task of volleying into an empty net to score on his full debut for the club just three minutes after Bayer briefly looked to be getting into the match with Dimitar Berbatov scoring a penalty. Bayer's Marko Babic got a late consolation eight minutes from time.

Schalke 04 are considered Bayern's main challengers for the 2006 Bundesliga title and they kept within striking distance with a 2-1 win over derby rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Kuranyi at the double as Schalke sink BVB

Bundesliga 2005, 2. Spieltag: Dortmund gegen Schalke, Kuranyi 1:1

A capacity 81,264 crowd at the Westfalen Stadium produced an atmosphere befitting the occasion but the majority went home disappointed as German international Kevin Kuranyi scored twice to cancel out Ebi Smolarek's controversial opener.

"You can see that he (Kuranyi) has been getting better with every week," lauded Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick.

Schalke were indebted to Brazilian-born Kuranyi after going behind on 17 minutes when Smolarek put Dortmund in front although the goal was controversial to say the least.

Cupping his arms like a volleyball player Smolarek controlled a cross with his forearm but, with everyone expecting a foul to be awarded, referee Herbert Fandel waved play on and he scrambled the ball in.

Schalke were livid but responded the best possible way with Kuranyi equalizing five minutes later with his first goal for the club. The second was not long in coming and Kuranyi's 58th minute effort downed Dortmund.

The 2002 German champions have failed to beat their old foes at home since November 1998 and the long wait goes on.

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