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 visiting side was never likely to get an equalizer after that, and Nurnberg came away with its 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 is now on nine points, level with leader 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 host with a penalty on 11 minutes after Denis Aogo fouled Pedro Geromel in the area. Koln equalized 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 quickfire goals from Slobodan Rajkovic and Heung Min-Son.
However, the visitors did not appear fazed by the setback and found an equalizer six minutes from the end, with 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 its first win of the new campaign. After Papiss Cisse hit the post early on, the home side opened the scoring on the half hour mark after Oliver Barth headed home Julian Schuster’s free kick. Ten minutes later, it doubled the advantage through Erik Jendrisik’s simple finish to a brisk counter-attacking move.
Freiburg was not finished, and grabbed a third through Cedric Makiadi just before the hour mark. The team played out the rest of the match with consummate ease, and finished with all three points.
Hannover 96 1-1 Mainz
Mainz got off to a flyer against Steve Cherundolo and Hannover, netting a goal within 72 seconds of the opening kick. Marco Caligiuri went on a weaving run from his own half before combining with Maxim Choupo-Moting on the edge of the Hannover box. The ball found its way to Sami Allagui, who slid in to tap his side into an early lead.
Hannover failed to get into the match and was particularly lucky half way through the first period when Mainz struck the bar twice within minutes off each other. But Mainz paid for not finishing the chances, with Mohammed Abdellaoue finding space in the box and effortlessly beating Heinz Muller following Konstantin Rausch’s cross.
A mishit Rausch cross almost put his side ahead shortly after the break, but to Muller’s relief, the ball struck the bar, but that was as close as either side came to a winner in an even encounter which saw both teams get a deserved point.
Schalke 04 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
The first half was a drab affair, but after 64 minutes, Raul netted the opener, drilling home with his third attempt after a game of pinball in the Monchengladbach ball. The goal sprung both sides into action. Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar narrowly missed out on connecting with Julian Draxler’s pull-back, while Havard Nordveit blasted one straight into Ralf Fahrmann’s body.
In the end, Schalke was able to hold on and put a dent in Monchengladbach’s great start and move into fifth.