Heynckes: Bayern unaffected by loss

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes claims the current Bundesliga leaders will not be thrown off-course following Sunday's defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Bayern lost their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 defeat at home to Leverkusen, but remain four-points clear of second place Schalke thanks to a record setting eight wins from their first eight league games.

"We won't be thrown out of our stride by the defeat, and we'll learn our lessons from it," Heynckes said on the Bayern website.

"Against a Leverkusen team with excellent counter-attacking ability, you have to keep the pace high for 90 minutes, but we didn't do that.

"We still have a comfortable lead in the table."

Mario Mandzukic had cancelled out Stefan Kiessling's first-half opener with 13 minutes left before an 87th-minute own goal from defender Jerome Boateng handed the home side their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.

"Leverkusen's victory isn't undeserved, because they scored two goals," Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm said.

"We let in a ridiculous and stupid opening goal, we fought back and made it 1-1, and then we let in an equally dumb second goal. We've failed to take points from the match."

Boateng's own goal came about after he deflected Leverkusen substitute Sidney Sam's header into his own net.

Leverkusen's efficiency saw them come away from Munich with their first three points since 1989, much to the delight of joint coach Sascha Lewandowski.

"Congratulations to my team, they gave everything today and got the bit of luck that you need here," he said.

"This is a special victory without a doubt."



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