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Mainz extended their winning streak to seven matches after their victory over Hoffenheim today. Elsewhere, Nuernberg beat Schalke and Hamburg edged Kaiserslautern.

Mainz 4-2 Hoffenheim

Mainz made history today as the improbable leaders became only the third team in Bundesliga history to win their first seven matches of the season. Sami Allagui put Hoffenheim ahead inside two minutes and Christian Fuchs later rattled the woodwork, but Hoffenheim earned a deserved equaliser through Demba Ba at the end of a rather evenly played first half.

After the break, the game heated up. Adam Szalai put the hosts ahead, and Lewis Holtby's brilliant play forced an own goal from Luis Gustavo that made the score 3-1 to Mainz. Gylfi Sigurdsson netted a brilliant free kick to pull one back for Hoffenheim, but the hosts sealed victory with a fourth goal. After Josip Simunic was sent off for a foul on Holtby, Andre Schuerrle netted from the penalty spot, and Mainz held on for three points.

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Nuernberg 2-1 Schalke

A gritty Nuernberg side edged a 2-1 victory over ten-man Schalke this afternoon. The visitors maintained possession well, but neither they nor their Bavarian hosts side looked like scoring in the first half. On 53 minutes, the game received the injection of life it had sorely needed, as Jermaine Jones was sent off for the visitors. Mike Frantz put the hosts ahead after the hour mark, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored for the fourth consecutive match to equalise. Nuernberg would not be denied their points, however, and earned them through Andreas Wolf's late header.

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Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-1 Wolfsburg

Struggling Gladbach were a bit unlucky today as they only took a point from an overall brilliant performance. The hosts dominated the entire first half, but against the run of play, Thomas Kahlenberg fired Wolfsburg to a 27th-minute lead. It took 38 more minutes for Gladbach to level, but midway through the second half, Thorben Marx scored a deserved equaliser. A winner would have been fully earned by Gladbach, but thanks to heroic goalkeeping, the visitors managed to hold onto a point.

Hamburg 2-1 Kaiserslautern

Hamburg went down early, but managed to end their two-game losing slide with a victory over Kaiserslautern. The hosts were better in possession, but at least during the first half, 'Lautern were much more decisive with the ball. Srdjan Lakic clinically netted an early free kick, and Ilo Ilicevic and Martin Amedick were both denied by the woodwork before half-time. The Red Devils would rue their missed chances, as Hamburg improved vastly. After some nice work from Ze Roberto, substitute Gojko Kacar equalised, before Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting tapped home a late winner.

Freiburg 3-2 Koeln

Freiburg rebounded from consecutive defeats to Schalke and Wolfsburg with a well-earned victory over Koeln. In-form midfielder Jan Rosenthal netted a brace within 11 minutes, but shortly thereafter, Youssef Mohamed pulled a goal back for the visitors. In the second half, Adam Matuschyk equalised before Papiss Demba Cisse put the hosts ahead for good, sealing three hard-earned points for Freiburg.

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