Rodriguez struck with just eight minutes gone at Gelsenkirchen’s Veltins Arena, expertly slipping his marker, former Bayern team-mate Sebastian Rudy, to power home a header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross.
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It was a sublime effort which left Schalke with too much to do, as they ended up suffering a fourth consecutive league defeat after finishing second last season, while Bayern are the only team with a 100-per cent record.
The 27-year-old Colombian, making his first league start this season, should have scored his second when he squandered a golden chance five minutes after the break.
Veteran winger Franck Ribery sliced through Schalke’s defence and squared with goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann beaten, but Rodriguez slumped to the turf, head in hands, after firing wide with the goal at his mercy.
To compound Schalke’s problems, US international Weston McKennie, 20, was carried off with a leg injury on 50 minutes.
Rodriguez then effectively settled the matter on 63 minutes after a foul in the area by Alessandro Schoepf.
Star striker Robert Lewandowski stepped up and smashed home the resulting spot-kick to make it 2-0.
Schalke had little to offer and only a superb save from Faehrmann kept out a long-range free-kick from David Alaba, which curled wickedly 12 minutes from time.
“We made a superb start and in the end deserved the win,” said Bayern’s ex-Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.
Source: Punch News
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