Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


In Sunday's early game, Sidney Sam put Leverkusen in front with a delightful chip over Düsseldorf keeper Fabian Giefer in the 16th minute But defender Ömer Toprak, wearing a protective mask after suffering a facial injury, <br> unwittingly deflected Nando Rafael's header past his own keeper to bring the scores level The visitors were under the cosh for most of the encounter, with Stefan Kießling (2.l.) in particular causing problems in the Düsseldorf back line Andre Schürrle restored the hosts' lead before half-time, but Simon Rolfes' sending-off just seconds after replacing Sam looked to have <br> opened the door for a Düsseldorf comeback. But Gonzalo Castro scored on the counterattack, as the <i>Werkself</i> held on to win 3-2 Bremen hosted Mainz in the final game of Matchday 10 and the sides initially cancelled each other out. <br> Here Werder defender Sokratis rises above visiting forward Adam Szalai But Bremen captain Aaron Hunt broke the deadlock in the 11th minute with a well taken strike from Nils Petersen's pull back Szalai got the visitors back on level terms with a fine header, but Hunt had the last laugh, giving the hosts a 2-1 victory with a sumptuous free-kick Despite scoring twice in the 4-0 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the DFB Cup on Wednesday, <br> Dutchman Arjen Robben (m.) was left on the bench for FC Bayern Munich's clash away at Hamburger SV The winger's directness was possibly missing for the German record title-winners in an even opening to the game, but Bayern wore <br> their opponents' resolve down to open the scoring in the 40th-minute through Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) After such an encouraging start to the game for HSV, their defence seemed to implode after the break. Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos <br> added their names to the scoresheet, but Franck Ribery (m.) was inches away from doing so too Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart, so often their saviour this season, took it upon himself to drag his side back into the game, but with Bayern dominant <br> in posession and dangerous on the breaks, it was an unsuccessful afternoon for the Dutchman Hamburg will be left to examine what went wrong in their defence after they conceded the first goal. <br> The Red Shorts have now lost their last two games at home and fall to 8th in the table... ...while a rejuvenated Bayern are very much back on course, still in top-spot and now having opened up <br> a seven-point gap on nearest challengers FC SChalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund Good memories between the coaches: VfB Stuttgart's Bruno Labbadia (l.) and Jürgen Klopp of <br> Borussia Dortmund reminisce about last season's epic encounter, which ended in a spectacular 4-4 draw High stakes: Dortmund's Polish international Robert Lewandowski (m.) challenges Georg Niedermeier in the air in a first-half high on competitive edge Stuttgart were the underdogs, but they and Martin Harnik (m.) remained menacing throughout, <br> especially on the counter-attack, visibly inspired by their heroic fight-back in this fixture last season Never one to shy away from a challenge, BVB captain Sebastian Kehl fell victim to the contest's physical element. <br> He had to be substituted after suffering a blow to the face following this clash with VfB's Raphael Holzhauser (r.) In the second half, chances fell to both teams and Marco Reus (m.) might have done better than to fire wide on this particular occasion, <br> but neither team was able to find a winner, as an end-to-end encounter surprisingly finished goalless Dortmund's Ruhr rivals Schalke 04 were in action away at 1899 Hoffenheim,  a game that featured three USA internationals, including Jermaine Jones (l.) and Daniel Williams (r.) After the home side's Kevin Volland had openend the scoring, the Royal Blues' Roman Neustädter (m.) leapt highest to head his team level More goals followed in the second half, as a Robert Firmino penalty put Hoffenheim ahead again, <br> only for Japanese international Atsuto Uchida (2. from l.) to equalise a second time for Schalke It would be Hoffenheim that had the last laugh, however, as substitute Sven Schipplock (l.) found space in the box to beat <br> Lars Unnerstall with a low drive in the 90th minute, giving 1899 only their second home win of the season Hannover 96 were looking to bounce back from last week's home defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach, their first league loss in the AWD-Arena for 23 months. <br> And the Reds began well, with Mame Diouf (2. from l.) firing them ahead against Augsburg A scrappy game with little goalmouth action was then settled in style in the second half, as Lars Stindl curled in a superb effort to give Hannover all three points Borussia Mönchengladbach were the only top-flight club to be knocked out of the DFB Cup in midweek, and coach Lucien Favre expected a reaction from his players. He got it in the second half against Freiburg as Igor de Camargo put the Foals in front Freiburg have proven to be awkward opposition for Gladbach in recent seasons, however, and they hit back to gain a 1-1 draw, <br> as Daniel Caligiuri converted a penallty afer Juan Arango's clumsy foul on Oliver Sorg Nuremberg were looking for their first victory in the league since Matchday 3 and found themselves up against a VfL Wolfsburg team <br> still riding a wave of optimism after last week's crushing 4-0 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf Dieter Hecking's side dominated for long periods and finally got their reward with fourteen minutes to play, <br> as Timo Gebhart (2. from r.) opened his acount for the club to give them a narrow 1-0 success Eintracht Frankfurt maintained their unbeaten run on home soil, but were tripped up by Greuther Fürth in a 1-1 draw <br>on Friday night which arguably could have gone either way (here Vadim Demidov (l.) falls over Gerald Asamoah) Alexander Meier (m.) put the high-flying Eagles in front by netting the joint-fastest goal of the 2012/13 campaign with a neat finish after only 24 seconds Frankfurt's players revelled in their early success as they celebrated Meier (3rd r.), a key figure for them this season, grabbing his seventh goal in ten matches However, the hosts were made to work harder the longer the battle of the two newly-promoted <br>clubs went on, as Fürth began turning the screw by hitting Eintracht on the counter-attack Former Germany international Asamoah (r.)  twice found himself through on goal, but in both <br>cases the 34-year-old failed to get the better of Eintracht's goalkeeper Kevin Trapp Fürth reaped the rewards of their improved second-half performance though when Zoltan Stieber (m.) <br>skilfully lobbed the ball over Trapp to put the finishing touches on a brilliant counter-attack The Clover Leaves deserved their equaliser having looked much sharper after the interval, but while <br>both teams had chances to win the match, a 1-1 draw was a fair result in a tale of two halves
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