Bayern Munich set a new record of 14 successive Bundesliga wins on Saturday with a 1-0 triumph over Hanover at the Allianz Arena but Werder Bremen kept the pressure on the champions with a 3-2 victory over Dortmund.
Klasnic and Klose got Bremen back in the game before Micoud sealed it
Bayern Munich's Argentine international Martin Demichelis headed the all-important goal after nine minutes as Bayern bettered their own mark of 13 straight league wins set under manager Pal Csernai back in 1981. The last time Bayern failed to take three points was back in March with a 1-0 reverse at Schalke 04.
"Records do not go every day and we will try build on this one," said Bayern coach Felix Magath. "We are effective at the moment but still playing well below our potential."
Nine wins last season and five in the new campaign have left Bayern with a perfect 15 points and they lead the standings by two points from Werder Bremen.
Martin Demichelis is congratulated by his Bayern team mates after the goal that broke the record.
Even without the injured Michael Ballack, suffering from an ankle complaint, Bayern were too strong for Hanover and when Demichelis rose to head home in the ninth minute no-one expected a Hanover comeback.
Bayern have yet to concede a league goal at their new Allianz Arena and the players are likely to celebrate their 14 successive wins with a few beers at the annual Oktoberfest, the world's biggest beer festival, which started this weekend.
While Munich continue to power forward, title contenders Werder Bremen cling to their coat tails with 13 points from five matches.
Bremen put their 2-0 midweek Champions League defeat to Barcelona behind them to come from a goal down to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 at the Weserstadion with former France international Johan Micoud scoring a 78th minute winner.
Werder fight back to keep pace with Munich
Bremen conceded early on against Barcelona and they did so again with Ebi Smolarek scoring for Dortmund after eight minutes. German international Miroslav Klose equalized with his sixth goal of the campaign on 37 minutes and Ivan Klasnic put the hosts ahead after 54 minutes with a clever lob.
Johan Micoud sealed an important win for Bremen in the early stages of the championship race.
Smolarek struck again on 69 minutes to peg back Bremen but Micoud scored nine minutes later and Bremen held onto their advantage to stay in touch with the pacesetters from Bavaria.
"Both teams wanted to attack and it made for a good game," said Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf. "It would have been easier for us if we held on to the lead at 2-1."
Schalke fail to capitalize on Gilberto dismissal
Like Bremen Schalke 04 are unbeaten but they trail Bayern by six points after a 0-0 home draw with ten man Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Hertha's Gilberto, here tackling Schalke's Hamit Altintop, was sent off after only 25 minutes.
Hertha played 65 minutes with ten men after Brazilian international Gilberto was sent off for sarcastically applauding his first yellow card for a foul on Lincoln -- earning him another caution and an early bath.
SV Hamburg were level with Bremen before the weekend's fixtures but fell victim to a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
High-flying Hamburg denied by Cha
Belgian international Daniel van Buyten put Hamburg ahead four minutes from time but South Korean international striker Du-ri Cha equalized in the dying seconds.
Eintracht Frankfurt's Du-Ri Cha celebrates after scoring against Hamburg.
"I thank God for this gift," said Cha, the son of South Korean legend Bum-Kun Cha who scored an impressive 98 goals in 308 Bundesliga games and won the UEFA Cup with Frankfurt in 1980 and then at Bayer Leverkusen in 1988.
Hamburg will be disappointed to surrender two points in such fashion but can take heart from being third in the table considering they were third from bottom at this stage last season.
Stuttgart's first win sends Mainz to the basement
Elsewhere VfB Stuttgart manager Giovanni Trapattoni tasted his first league win with a 2-1 triumph at Mainz 05. Jon-Dahl Tomasson put Stuttgart in front after 76 minutes but Mainz equalized straight from the restart through Nikolce Noveksi. Mario Gomez stole the headlines with an 88th minute winning goal as Stuttgart moved into mid-table.
VfB Stuttgart move out of trouble and into mid-table with their first win of the season.
"We were lucky but the players really wanted to win and were rewarded for the positive attitude," said Trapattoni. "A month ago we would have lost this match."
Mainz sit rock bottom of the 18-strong league without a single point after five successive defeats.
Rudi steers Bayer out of worst start in 22 years
Rudi Völler made a strong claim for the coach's job at Leverkusen by masterminding a 3-1 win.
In the other match on Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen's caretaker manager Rudi Völler underlined his coaching credentials after his side came from behind to defeat MSV Duisburg 3-1 on Sunday. Former Germany coach Völler, sporting director at Leverkusen, volunteered to take over after Klaus Augenthaler was sacked on Friday and started his tenure with three points.
Klemen Lavric put hosts Duisburg in front on 31 minutes but Brazilian international Juan leveled six minutes later. Dimitar Berbatov then scored his fifth goal of the season in the 41st minute to turn the game on its head before Brazilian defender Athirson scored his first Bundesliga goal late on.
After enduring their worst start in 22 years, Sunday's win ensured Leverkusen climb to seventh.