Huub Stevens' side had surrendered leads to draw in their last two matches, but recorded a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg, while Freiburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hamburg all won
Round 7 Results
|Augsburg shocked Werder Bremen on Friday night to finally record their first win of the Bundesliga season, in a 3-1 triumph.
The Bavarian minnows had endured a miserable start to their second year in the top flight, but got off to the perfect start within two minutes, when Tobias Werner nodded Paul Verhaegh's cross into the bottom corner. However, the visitors soon found themselves level when Kevin De Bruyne's free kick evaded everyone, including Mohamed Asif in the Augsburg goal.
Parity was fleeting though and the hosts were back in front only 10 minutes later when Stephan Hain exchanged passes with Knowledge Musona and drove past Sebastian Mielitz. Daniel Baier made the points safe late on with a free-kick which competely wrong-footed the young goalkeeper.
|Schalke bounced back from their midweek disappointment to record a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg at the Veltins Arena.
Huub Stevens' side had squandered leads in their previous two matches, and once again found themselves ahead when Jefferson Farfan headed Christian Fuchs' ranging cross into the back of the net. An untimely slip prevented Lewis Holtby from making it two just before the break, but moments after the restart Ibrahim Afellay latched onto a through-ball and superbly finished past Diego Benaglio.
Felix Magath soon threw on Ivica Olic in a bid to regain the initiative, but Schalke soon killed off the game through Roman Neustadter, who showed a poacher's instinct by capitalising on a partially cleared corner and smashing the ball into the back of the net.
|Freiburg got a much-needed win in their bid to stave of relegation when they beat Nurnberg 3-0 at the Mage Solar Stadium.
The first half was a static affair, but the hosts took the lead 10 minutes before the break. Jonathan Schmid swung in a deep cross from the right, which Erik Jendrisek knocked across the face of goal for Cedrick Makiadi to tap home from a matter of yards.
Just after the restart, Daniel Caligiuri squandered a great chance to double the lead, smashing a left-footed effort off the woodwork from close range. Freiburg were then made to endure a nervy 40 minutes, but in stoppage time, Timothy Chandler felled Caligiuri in the area, and the 24-year-old picked himself up to net from the spot.
Seconds later, Marco Terrazzino made the points safe with a spectacular left-footed lob from 25 yards which had Raphael Schafer completely beaten.
|Hamburg's recent run of good form continued when Thorsten Fink's side travelled to Bavaria to face Greuther Furth on Saturday.
It was the hosts who registered the first credible chance of the match, when Zoltan Stieber's cross evaded both Edu and Sercan Sararer, and they soon fell behind when Son Heung-Min evaded a string of challenges, darted into the box, and rounded off a fantastic run by smashing the ball past Max Grun.
The Bavarians then squandered opportunities to go further ahead through Edu, Gerald Asamoah and Heinrich Schmidtgal, ensuring that Hamburg went into the break a goal to the good.
After the break, Rafael van der Vaart came close to extending his side's lead, but Furth were culpable of more sloppy finishing when Stieber forced a great save from Rene Adler.
In the end, however, the second half ended up goalless, and Hamburg's recent run of good results continued.
|Fortuna Dusseldorf's excellent run was ended at the Coface Arena by Mainz, who managed to triumph 1-0 over the newly-promoted Ruhr outfit.
In a match that saw little in the way of clear-cut chances, it was Mainz who came closest to breaking the deadlock with Adam Szalai nodding the ball into the path of Nicolai Muller, whose ferocious volley forced a fine reflex save from Fabian Giefer in the Dusseldorf goal.
With just 12 minutes remaining, the visitors' task was made all the harder when Oliver Fink received his second yellow card for a clumsy lunge on Andreas Ivanschitz.
And Mainz made their numerical advantage count soon after. Invanschitz swung in a great corner, Giefer charged out of his goal and completely misjudged the flight of the ball, and Nikolce Noveski was there to nod the ball into the empty net.
|Borussia Monchengladbach gave their season a shot in the arm with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at home.
These two teams headed into this encounter in vastly different form, with Lucien Favre's side failing to live up to expectations after their fourth-placed finish last season and the newly-promoted outfit putting together a long unbeaten run on their return to the top flight.
However, it was the hosts who made all the early running, with Juan Arango capitalising on some sloppy play in midfield to lash a left-footed strike past Kevin Trapp.
Luuk de Jong had been in poor form since his €15 million summer move from Twente to Borussia Park, but the Dutchman went some way to silencing his critics soon after by scoring the match-deciding second goal.
Gladbach rose up to 10th place thanks to their win. Frankfurth remain in second place.
|Stuttgart's stuttering start to the season continued when they mustered a 2-2 draw at home to Leverkusen on Sunday.
The hosts suffered an appalling defeat to Molde in midweek and they suffered the worst possible start when Sven Ulreich pushed a poor cross against Stefan Kiessling, and saw the ball bounce off the forward and into his own net. However, just six minutes later, Stuttgart were level when Simon Rolfes felled Ibrahima Traore in the box, allowing Vedad Ibisevic to smash home from the spot.
And, shortly after the break, Bruno Labaddia's men were ahead. Raphael Holzhauser motored down the left, pulled the ball back, and Ibisevic was there to slide in and put his side a goal up.
However, their lead was fleeting and Kiessling grabbed his second of the game just before the hour mark to gain a credible point for his side.