Bayern Munich earned their third straight win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Nuremberg on Saturday, but still found themselves third on goal difference in the Bundesliga.
French winger Franck Ribery's header in the 69th minute broke the deadlock before Dutch star Arjen Robben scored for Pep Guardiola's European champions who had missed a first-half penalty.
The win at Munich's sold-out Allianz Arena in front of 71,000 fans marks the start of a busy seven-day period for Bayern who have an away league game at Freiburg on Tuesday before a trip to Prague for Friday's showdown with Chelsea for the UEFA Super Cup.
Guardiola started with a star-studded attacking midfield with wingers Robben and Ribery either side of Spain's Thiago Alcantara and Germany playmaker Mario Gotze, who made his debut for Bayern after joining from Borussia Dortmund.
The hosts rode their luck in the first-half as only the crossbar denied Nuremberg when striker Daniel Ginczek's shot clattered off the underside with Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer beaten in the 15th minute.
Bayern were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute by referee Christian Dingert when Robben was brought down by Sweden defender Per Nilsson, but the replay showed the Dutchman used his hand to keep the ball from going out.
Justice was served when David Alaba's spot kick was saved by Nuremberg goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer.
With time running out, Ribery headed home before a crisp shot from Robben on 78 minutes to maintain Bayern's 100 per cent record this season in the league.
Goal difference leaves Bayern third behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who beat Werder Bremen 1-0 at home on Friday, and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
Schalke suffer at Hannover
Schalke, who need to win at Greece's PAOK on Tuesday to progress to the UEFA Champions League group stages after drawing 1-1 in Wednesday's play-off first-leg, suffered another confidence-sapping defeat as they lost 2-1 at Hannover 96.
The guests had defender Benedikt Hoewedes sent off on 14 minutes for bringing down Hannover striker Mame Diouf with only the goalkeeper to beat, and Hungary midfielder Szabolcs Huszti drilled home the penalty.
Diouf then headed home three minutes from the break to leave Schalke reeling before striker Adam Szalai pulled one back for Schalke in the second-half.
Having also been hammered 4-0 at Wolfsburg last Saturday, Schalke have just one point from their first three games, leaking nine goals and scoring four, leaving them 14th in the table.
Another defeat at PAOK will leave coach Jens Keller in a precarious position.
Leverkusen earn third straight win
Champions League side Leverkusen earned their third straight win with a 4-2 victory at home to Borussia Monchengladbach with Germany midfielder Sidney Sam scoring twice in front of national coach Joachim Low.
Mainz are the fourth team to maintain a 100 per cent record after they enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to Wolfsburg, who had new-signing Luiz Gustavo sent off for a second yellow card on just his second appearance since signing from Bayern.
Hoffenheim were held to a 3-3 draw at home by Freiburg in an action-packed game which saw each side finish with ten men and Freiburg coach Christian Streich was banished to the stands.
Hertha Berlin extended their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season to three games with a 1-0 win at home to strugglers Hamburg.
Adrian Ramos' 74th-minute goal was enough for Jos Luhukay's men to take all three points for the second time at home this season and leave Hamburg in a crisis with just one point from their first three games of the season.