Bundesliga Round-up: Hoffenheim thrash Mainz, as Werder Bremen go second with win over Hamburg

Ryan Babel grabs brace as Hoffenheim hammer Mainz 4-0, a Zdravko Kuzmanovic stunner saw Stuttgart past Hannover 3-0, and Claudio Pizarro puts Bremen second with a 2-0 win over HSV
Bundesliga standings

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Gladbach  1
Mainz  0 4 Hoffenheim
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Werder Bremen 2 0 Hamburg
FC Koln 1 2 Nurnberg

Gladbach 1-0 Kaiserslautern

A lone second-half goal was enough to see Gladbach past Kaiserslautern 1-0.

The game remained scoreless for nearly an hour, until Juan Arango volleyed home Tony Jantschke’s cross at the far post on 58 minutes. With Gladbach having the better of things thereafter, the Venezuela captain almost grabbed a second two minutes from full-time, but Kevin Trapp was equal to his angled effort.

Gladbach are third with 10 points, while Kaiserslautern remain on two points, and are only one place off the foot of the table.

Mainz 0-4 Hoffenheim

Ryan Babel starred as Hoffenheim emerged from the Coface Arena with three points after a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Roberto Firminho opened the scoring just past the quarter-hour mark when he took advantage of some sloppy defending to hit Mainz on the break. On the stroke of half-time, Zdenek Pospech felled Ryan Babel in the area, and the Dutch winger stepped up to double the visitor’s advantage from the spot. Babel was on target again in the 74th minute, finishing off a counter-attack with a deflected effort off Niko Bunget. The scoring continued five minutes from the end, and it was another defensive mix-up by the hosts that saw Firminho’s shot turned into his own net by Nikolce Noveski.

Hoffenheim advance into fourth place with nine points while Mainz drop to 11th with seven points.

Stuttgart 3-0 Hannover

A straightforward 3-0 dismantling of Hannover saw Bruno Labbadia’s men pick up their second win of the season.

Barely 10 minutes into the match, Shinji Okazaki grabbed the first goal of the evening, reacting quickest to poke home a loose ball in the box. In the 79th minute, Zdravko Kuzmanovic belatedly doubled the host’s lead with a screamer from 25 yards out. Seven minutes later, Serdar Tasci put the icing on the cake when he poked home Pavel Pogrebnyak’s flick on following a free kick.

With the win, Stuttgart now have seven points, only one behind Hannover in eighth place.

Werder Bremen 2-0 Hamburg

A Claudio Pizarro brace saw Bremen move into second in the Bundesliga standings after a 2-0 win against Hannover.

HSV were second best throughout the first-half, and were fortunate not to concede after Sokratis headed a corner onto the crossbar in the 39th minute. The hosts eventually took the lead seven minutes after the restart, when Pizarro headed home from close range after Marko Marin’s free kick deflected off the post. Pizarro doubled his tally on 78 minutes with a well-struck volley from Aaron Hunt’s inviting ball. HSV had chances to get back into the game late on, but some inspired goalkeeping by Tim Wiesse secured the win for the home side.

Bremen now sit second on 12 points, behind Bayern Munich only on goal difference. Meanwhile Hamburg prop up the table with a solitary point, having lost four of their five Bundesliga fixtures so far.

Koln 1-2 Nurnberg

Two penalties from Timmy Simons were enough to give Nurnberg a 2-1 victory over FC Koln.

The visitors dominated the early part of the game, and were finally rewarded when Markus Feulner was felled by Geromel, leaving Simons to put his side ahead from the spot. Minutes later, Geromel tripped Tomas Pekhart, and once again, Simons beat Rensing from 12 yards.

Nurnberg were forced to field back-up ‘keeper Alexander Stephan, but there was nothing the 24-year-old could do to stop Adil Chihi pouncing on a rebound from Podolski’s shot. Nurnberg, who had looked assured were a man down when Geromel complained of Pekhart’s high foot, with the Czech forward receiving a soft second yellow card.

Koln lost their man advantage with 15 minutes remaining when Miso Brecko tripped Feulner and was inexplicably sent off after theatrics from the Nurnberg midfielder. Despite the red card, Koln continued to attack, but were unable to find an equaliser.