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Elsewhere, Stuttgart drew with Hoffenheim and Freiburg sunk Hamburg

Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-2 Hannover

For the third consecutive week, Gladbach had an early lead reversed en route to a loss. American midfielder Michael Bradley opened the scoring with a fine free kick in the 16th minute, but Raul Bobadilla was foolishly sent off before the break. Hannover's numerical advantage in personnel translated to success for the visitors, who took three points thanks to quick-fire goals from Mike Hanke (72') and Didier Ya Konan (74'). A poor result for Bradley and Glabdbach in their quest to stay out of the relegation fight, but a big win for Steve Cherundolo and DaMarcus Beasley's Hannover who are looking for a spot in Europe.

Wolfsburg 0-0 Werder Bremen

Wolfsburg and Bremen played to a surprise stalemate following last year's six-goal thriller. Captains Torsten Frings and Edin Dzeko missed late penalties in rapid succession, and such events were characteristic of a match in which both sides struggled to find their form in attack.


Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Mainz

Frankfurt earned a deserved victory over Mainz thanks to a late penalty from Theofanis Gekas. Marco Russ volleyed in an emphatic finish on 35 minutes to hand the hosts the lead, but Andre Schuerrle leveled against the run of play after Halil Altintop conceded a silly penalty. Frankfurt looked better in the second half, and got their three points through Gekas after Bundesliga debutant Jan Kirchhoff was somewhat controversially penalized for a hand ball.

Stuttgart 1-1 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim played with just ten men for 49 minutes, but managed to avoid having their early lead turn into a defeat. Sejad Salihovic fired in the opener on 11 minutes, but Martin Harnik drew the hosts level in the 34th. After Isaac Vorsah was dismissed in the 41st minute, Hoffenheim were against the ropes, but the village side dug deep and managed to preserve their point despite a second half siege upon their goal.

Freiburg 1-0 Hamburg

Freiburg took three points against an injury-hit and largely experimental Hamburg side. Two minutes into the game, Papiss Cisse tapped in the opener after his initial effort rebounded off the post. The visitors dominated possession, but struggled to create opportunities on goal, and slumped to a disappointing defeat.

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