Bundesliga round-up: Koln stun HSV in thriller, Werder Bremen go second with win against Hoffenheim

Victories also for Nurnberg and Freiburg although game of the day is seven goal thriller at Hamburg which ends in last gasp victory for visitors
Bundesliga standings

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Nurnberg  1
Hoffenheim  1 2
Werder Bremen
 3 0

Nurnberg 1-0 Augsburg

Nurnberg managed an uninspiring win against a toothless Augsburg side to edge into the top half of the Bundesliga standings.

With the game starved of chances for much of its duration, Alexander Esswein grabbed the only goal on 76 minutes after Tomas Pekhart found him in the area. The visitors were never likely to get an equaliser after that, and Nurnberg came away with their second win of the season.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen came back from a goal down to claim victory away to Hoffenheim, and move up to second in the Bundesliga standings. After a fairly tepid opening half-hour, the teams seemed destined to move into the interval scoreless. However, the game exploded into life on 37 minutes, when Robert Fimino gave Hoffenheim the lead. Seconds after the restart, however, Lukas Schmitz finished low into the corner to draw Bremen level.

The visitors were not finished, and snared all three points on 83 minutes after Markus Rosenburg slotted home Claudio Pizzaro’s inviting cross. Bremen are now on nine points, level with leaders Bayern Munich but behind on goal difference.

Hamburg 3-4 Koln

An enthralling game at the Imtech Arena saw Hamburg concede twice in the last six minutes to fall at home. Mladen Petric opened the scoring for the hosts with a penalty on 11 minutes after Denis Aogo fouled Pedro Geromel in the area. Koln equalised 10 minutes later through Adil Chihi, and took the lead three minutes after the interval, when Lukas Podolski broke and set up Milivoje Novakovic to score.

Hamburg continued to press and regained the lead shortly after the hour mark, with two quick-fire goals from Slobodan Rajkovic and Heung Min-Son.

However, the visitors did not appear fazed by the setback and found an equaliser six minutes from the end, Mato Jajalo setting up Christian Clemens to slot home from close range. With two minutes to go, Kevin McKenna got on the end of a set piece to send the visitors back to Cologne with an unlikely victory.

Freiburg 3-0 Wolfsburg

Freiburg picked up a comfortable victory at the Badenova Stadium to grab their first win of the new campaign. After Papiss Cisse hit the post early on, the hosts opened the scoring on the half-hour mark after Oliver Barth headed home Julian Schuster’s free-kick. Ten minutes later, they doubled their advantage through Erik Jendrisik’s simple finish to a brisk counter-attacking move.

Freiburg were not finished, and grabbed a third through Cedric Makiadi just before the hour mark. They played out the rest of the match with consummate ease, and finished with all three points.