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  • September 25, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: R. Hartmann
  • • Attendance: 59116

Bundesliga Round 5 Results: Dominguez rescues Gladbach as Schalke march on

Bundesliga Round 5 Results: Dominguez rescues Gladbach as Schalke march on


The 10-man Fohlen needed a late equaliser to spare their blushes against Hamburg, as Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Hannover all recorded impressive victories

Schalke kept up with the Bundesliga pace-setters with a 3-0 win over Mainz at the Veltins Arena on Tuesday evening.

The hosts took the lead midway through the first-half after Junior Diaz took down Benedikt Howedes in the area, leaving Jefferson Farfan to sweep home the resulting penalty. Matters remained tight for much of the match, but Huub Stevens' side gained some breathing space in the last 10 minutes when Lewis Holtby nodded Christian Fuchs' into the back of the net.

Teemu Pukki wrapped up the victory in the dying seconds after some excellent work from the selfless Julian Draxler.
Fortuna Dusseldorf's excellent start to the Bundesliga continued with a 2-0 win over fellow new-boys Greuther Furth, who continue to find life in the top flight complicated, in Bavaria.

The match initially failed to find a rhythm, with both teams endsuring a stop-start beginning to the encounter, but the visitors broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Oliver Fink headed Johannes van den Bergh's cross into the back of the net.

Before the hosts had time to catch their breath, they found themselves two behind when Ken Islo slid in to extend his side's lead from close range. Furth returned with renewed vigour, and Fabian Giefer was forced into making a couple of impressive second-half saves to keep a clean sheet.

The Ruhr outfit now have nine points from their first five Bundesliga games. Furth, meanwhile, look to have a relegation scrap on their hands.
Hamburg had only themselves to blame as they conceded a late equaliser away at Borussia Monchengladbach.

After a frantic opening period, it was the hosts who took the lead through Rafael van der Vaart, who scored his first goal since his return to the Imtech Arena with a spectacular effort that looped high over Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the net. However, the hosts fought back, and soon found themselves level when Martin Stranzl headed home five minutes from the break.

The parity was short-lived however, and Artjoms Rudnevs earned his side a half-time lead with a cool finish just before the whistle. Hamburg had a golden opportunity to put the match beyond Gladbach soon after the restart. A clumsy tackle in the box earned Stranzl a red card, only for Van der Vaart to send the resulting spot kick against the woodwork.

The visitors had a further effort chalked off for offside, but soon slowed the pace, and were made to pay for their wastefulness when Alvaro Dominguez nodded home Juan Arango's free kick to secure a point for his side.
Stuttgart's appalling start to the Bundesliga season continued when they crashed to a 3-0 home loss to Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

The visitors had been experiencing a difficult beginning to the 2012-13 campaign themselves, but raced into a lead after a matter of minutes though Takashi Usami. The one-goal margin remained until half-time, but the match was effectively ended within seconds of the restart.

Joselu doubled the advantage with a cool finish on 47 minutes, and Fabian Johnson put the result beyond all doubt soon after.

This result sees Hoffenheim rise to 11th in the table. Stuttgart meanwhile, are still without a win this season and sit second from bottom.
Szabolcs Huszti put in yet another masterclass as Hannover cruised to a 4-1 victory over Nurnberg at the AWD Arena.

The hosts combined fantastically through the Hungarian, Sergio da Silva Pinto and Jan Schlaudruff to allow Lars Stindl to slam home the opening goal midway through the first-half, and Huszti soon had his name on the scoresheet by capitalising on some lax defending and dinking a cute finish into the far corner, and another defensive error gifted Didier Ya Konan the opportunity to make it three just after the break.

Timothy Chandler was to blame as Ya Konan put his side into a four-goal lead, and although the American atoned for his error by pulling one back, the match had long been a foregone conclusion.

Hannover have now rocketed into third place, with Nurnberg sitting comfortably in midtable after a solid start to the season.
Werder Bremen were made to come from behind to beat Freiburg at the Mage Solar Stadion.

After a drab opening half-hour, Jonathan Scmid broke the deadlock with a beautifully-placed 20-yard strike that left Sebastian Mielitz with absolutely no chance, and secured a lead for the hosts at the break.

However, Thomas Schaaf's men regrouped, and were soon level through Joseph Akpala, who recovered from his poor showing in the first half to nudge the ball over the line after some good play from Marko Arnautovic.

And, just before the hour-mark, the turnaround was complete. Kevin De Bruyne centred the ball from the left and Aaron Hunt diverted the ball into the far corner to net his third goal of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen got over their indifferent start to the season to heap the misery on early-season strugglers Augsburg in Bavaria.

Stefan Kiessling got the ball rolling for Sami Hyypia's side after just seven minutes, and although the first-half remained fairly even for the most part, the visitors found themselves in a commanding lead thanks to quick-fire goals from Philipp Wollscheid and Andre Schurrle just before the break.

Tobias Werner pulled one back soon after the break, but by that point, the match had effectively ended. Leverkusen march into eighth place, with Augsburg propping up the rest of the table with just one point to their name.