Big win for Schalke as it hammers Koln 5-1, Hertha scores last-minute equalizer away to Hamburg, while Mainz and Hannover maintained their perfect starts to the season
Hannover made it six points from its opening two Bundesliga fixtures as they defeated Nurnberg 2-1. Mohammed Abdellaoue grabbed the first goal of the afternoon on 16 minutes when he tapped in Sofian Chahed’s low cross. Abdellaoue played a part in the second goal 10 minutes later, after he drew a foul on Raphael Schafer in the box. Konstantin Rausch stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to give Hannover a two-goal halftime advantage.
Numberg were back in it within 10 minutes of the restart, after Tomas Pekhart rose highest to head in Timothy Chandler’s floated ball into the box. However, despite the hosts enjoying the majority of the possession in the second-half, they failed to find an equalizer and Hannover came away with the victory.
Hamburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin
It finished all square between Hamburg and Hertha Berlin in an entertaining meeting. The hosts opened the scoring 25 minutes in, when Mladen Petric converted a penalty after he was fouled by Andre Mijatovic. Two minutes before half time, Hertha was level, as Tunay Torun managed to finish into the corner from a difficult angle.
Hamburg regained the lead on the hour mark, when Heung Min Son finished off a fast break with a rasping drive from outside the 18-yard area. However, deep into injury time, Mijatovic made amends for giving away the earlier penalty when he headed home Raffael’s corner with almost the last touch of the game to snatch a dramatic point for Hertha.
Freiburg 1-2 Mainz
Mainz continued its perfect start to the season as it dispatched Freiburg 2-1 at the Dreisamstadion. The away side opened the scoring midway through the second-half, when Marcel Risse smashed the ball into the roof of the net from inside the six-yard box. With 10 minutes remaining, Mainz doubled its lead through a swift counter-attack. Risse turned provider as he fed Eric Choupo-Moting who finished into the bottom corner.
Freiburg pulled one back in stoppage time, when Daniel Caligiuri found last season’s top scorer Papiss Cisse, who stroked home to give the home team hope. However, the goal came too late, and Mainz managed to pick up all three points.
Schalke 5-1 Koln
Schalke thrashed Koln 5-1 to pick up its first points of the Bundesliga season after a 0-3 reverse to Stuttgart on the opening matchday. It was the visitors who took a surprise lead, when Lukas Podolski finished off Slawomir Peszko’s pass following a fast break. However, Schalke was level just before half-time, when Klass Jan Huntelaar stroked home a spot-kick after Kevin McKenna handled inside the area.
Within three minutes of the restart, Schalke was 3-1 up after Marco Holger set up both Huntelaar and Lewis Holtby. The scoring continued on the hour mark, when Jan Movarek found Raul inside the area, and the veteran striker made no mistake from 10 yards out. Huntelaar completed the rout five minutes from the end with a simple finish to Jose Jurardo’s cross to round off his personal treble.