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Bayer Leverkusen gained the lead against 1899 Hoffenheim quarter of an hour into the game when Germany international <br> Lars Bender (r.) opened the scoring for the visitors with his first goal in the current campaign Daniel Carvajal's (front) goals made it 2-0 before the interval, despite Hoffenheim enjoying the larger number of scoring opportunities But most their attempts were to no avail, as Roberto Firmino (front) & Co. needed almost an hour... ...until Fabian Johnson (l.) pulled a goal back, but Markus Babbel's side failed to seriously threaten <br>Leverkusen's goal in the final stages, allowing the visitors to take all three points Perfect start: Sascha Mölders (2nd l.) crowned FC Augsburg's early efforts in the match against <br>Borussia Mönchengladbach, heading the ball in from the edge of the box after five minutes Hard-fought: Both Ja-Cheol Koo (r.) and Lukas Rupp go for the ball in a tight encounter in which both tems had their moments Late, but not too late: Patrick Herrmann (2nd l.) levelled matters five minutes before the end, as the Rhineland <br>side threw bodies forward in the final minutes and created a number of opportunities In Sunday's third game, Cedric Makiadi's (l., against Zdravko Kuzmanovic) on-form SC Freiburg met their Baden-Württemberg neighbours VfB Stuttgart Jan Rosenthal (l.) scored Freiburg's first at their MAGE SOLAR Stadion after 22 minutes, firing past the outstretched leg of William Kvist Max Kruse later made it 3-0 after Paval Krmas had doubled the lead to earn Freiburg a deserved three points and help the club move into sixth place... ...while Stuttgart's Maza (l.), Shinji Okazaki and Tamas Hajnal (r.) suffer after the derby defeat as the Swabian club are now in mid-table, three points behind Freiburg FC Bayern Munich roared back to winning on Matchday 13, putting five goals past a hapless Hannover 96 side at the Allianz Arena Javi Martinez (bottom) broke the deadlock inside three minutes with an acrobatic effort not befitting <br>a man of his size, but it was just the start of things to come from the record titleholders Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery both added strikes of their own in the first-half before Dante (c.) rose highest to plant a header into the back of the net It was the Brazilian centre-back's (l.) first goal for the league leaders and he celebrated with fellow <br>first-time scorer Martinez before showing of his Samba style with a mini dance routine Coming off the bench Mario Gomez couldn't help but join in the fun as he rounded off the scoring just 27 seconds after entering the fray It capped off a strong performance from the record champions, who opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table Borussia Dortmund continued to close the gap on Bayern with a 2-1 victory away to 1. FSV Mainz 05 It was a return to former times for BVB boss Jürgen Klopp, who coached Mainz for seven years between 2001 and 2008 The hosts took a surprise, if not spectacular lead when Marco Caligiuri (front l.) sent a fizzing volley into the top corner However, Robert Lewandowski equalised with the faintest of touches on Marco Reus' free-kick There was no doubting the prolific Pole's second goal as he expertly controlled Mario Götze's pass before lofting the ball over the helpless goalkeeper Lewandowski's double took him up to nine for the season, level with Frankfurt's Alexander Meier and Bayern's Mario Mandzukic at the top of the scoring charts Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (3rd l.) was once again on the scoresheet for Schalke, putting the Royal Blues ahead after just eleven minutes against Frankfurt That's four goals in the Bundesliga this term for the deadly Dutchman, who has also netted four times in the Champions League this season Frankfurt hit back just two minutes later, though, with Stefan Aigner (l.) levelling the scores Despite a concerted effort to up their game after the break, Lewis Holtby (r.) and his Schalke colleagues were unable to find another breakthrough Indeed, their midweek European exploits appeared to have taken their toll on a tiring home side towards the end FInnish striker Teemu Pukki went close late on, but ultimately the two high-fliers were made to settle for a point apiece The spoils were also shared in Wolfsburg, where visiting Werder Bremen took a first-half lead though Austrian winger Marko Arnautovic (r.) Unfortunately for the visitors, their lead became all the more tenuous when Lukas Schmitz was dismissed for a second yellow card just past the hour Only two minutes later and Wolfsburg made them pay, Bas Dost netting his sixth of the season to salvage a point A draw was definitely the most diplomatic result, what with the game being Klaus Allofs' (l.) <br>first against former club Bremen since taking over as Wolfsburg's sporting director last week It was all very cordial at the Trolli Arena as Greuther Fürth welcomed 1. FC Nuremberg for Germany's oldest derby in Franconia - albeit the first ever in the Bundesliga The scene soon soured after Markus Feulner, scorer of Nuremberg's equalising goal against FC Bayern Munich only a week previously, was sent off for a rash challenge A fierce battle ensued, but when Fürth's Sercan Sararer was sent off in the second half to even out <br>the numerical indiscrepancy, the two sides merely cancelled each other out in a drab 0-0 draw Australian international Robbie Kruse salutes the ESPRIT arena faithful after his first-half <br> strike put Düsseldorf on their way to a first home win of the season against Hamburg The visitors look set to be without star midfielder Rafael van der Vaart for the foreseeable future after he pulled up with a hamstring injury in the first half English defender Michael Mancienne (l.) thought he'd scored his first ever Bundesliga goal in the second half, only for it to be chalked off for offside It was a frustrating evening for South Korean frontman Heung Min Son, who barely had a sniff up front, especially after playmaker Van der Vaart withdrew A fantastic run and finish from Sebastian Freis (l.) sewed up the points for Fortuna, who will be hoping the victory proves the catalyst their season requires
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