Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Stefan Kießling (c.) scored a brace to give his side a 3-1 victory at home against VfL Wolfsburg
Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Stefan Kießling (c.) scored a brace to give his side a 3-1 victory at home against VfL Wolfsburg

Leverkusen and Frankfurt the big winners in Saturday's action

Munich - There was drama aplenty on Saturday afternoon, as braces from Stefan Kießling and Vaclav Kadlec took their respective sides to victories, and Augsburg left it late to send Freiburg spiralling to their third defeat of the season.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 VfL Wolfsburg rounds up Saturday afternoon's action from around Germany.

Champions League participants Bayer 04 Leverkusen and a VfL Wolfsburg side fresh from victory on Matchday 4 were evenly-matched early on. Diego and Luiz Gustavo in the Wolves' midfield were able to move the ball smoothly, while the hosts sat back and looked to counter. Their first opportunity to do so in the 23rd minute ended in a goal from Sidney Sam, whose pace took him clear before he stroked a left-footed finish past Diego Benaglio.

The goal stunned the visitors into action, resulting in nine shots - the most clinical of which came from birthday boy Ivica Olic, whose cushioned volley at the near-post made it 1-1 on the 40 minute mark. Just before the break, Gustavo rattled the bar from 25 yards as Sami Hyypiä’s side breathed a sigh of relief.

Leverkusen call the shots

The hosts emerged with renewed motivation and Kießling created a glorious chance for Heung Min Son, who struck wide in a one-on-one situation. Kießling went from near-provider to scorer ten minutes later, as he nodded in his third goal of the season from close range.

Indeed, Leverkusen had rarely been threatened in the second half before the goal, and the cushion allowed them to exert total control on proceedings. Luiz Gustavo personified Wolfsburg's second-half implosion, being sent off for the second time in his first three games for his new club, before Kießling completed the victory in stoppage time, condemning Dieter Hecking's men to their third defeat of the season.

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SV Werder Bremen 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

The hosts were looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 4, but they were undone in the 14th minute by Vaclev Kadlec’s opener. Takashi Inui slipped through Bastian Oczipka on the left and the full-back’s cross from the byline was tapped in at the near post by the summer signing from AC Sparta Praha.

Things got worse for Bremen just over ten minutes later when Franco Di Santo was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Oczipka. The Eagles wasted no time in making their one-man advantage count: Sebastian Jung’s cross found an unmarked Kadlec, who headed home his second goal of the afternoon and his third in two games for Frankfurt.

Hunt misses penalty

Bremen were given a chance to reduce the deficit in the second half when Aaron Hunt was felled inside the box by Marco Russ. Hunt took the penalty, but his effort from 12 yards was saved by Kevin Trapp. Kadlec almost clinched his hat-trick at the other end when the ball landed at his feet ten yards from goal following a corner, but Cedric Makiadi managed to clear the ball off the line.

Frankfurt’s second victory of the season was sealed late on when Sebastian Prödl diverted the ball past his own keeper after Kadlec had failed to make contact with Jung’s cross, completing a miserable afternoon for Bremen.

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FC Augsburg 2-1 SC Freiburg

Both sides came into the game buoyed by positive results last time out, with the hosts still glowing from victory over regional rivals 1. FC Nürnberg, while Freiburg had taken the first points off the mighty FC Bayern München. Yet the encounter failed to live up to its billing and there were few talking points of note in the opening period.

However, after the interval Admir Mehmedi put the visitors ahead within seconds of the restart. Mehmedi, who had replaced Karim Guede at half-time, was played through by Sebastian Freis and managed to beat Alex Manninger in the Augsburg goal with a composed finish.

Werner grabs winner

The hosts were level half way through the second half when Halil Altintop grabbed his second goal of the season following Sascha Mölders' dummy. Mölders then thought he had given the hosts the lead in the 70th minute, but the striker was ruled to be in an offside position.

Just when the game looked destined to end in a draw, two Augsburg substitutes combined to earn the hosts a late victory. Jan Moravek laid the ball off to Werner, whose powerful shot from 18 yards went in off the post to cue jubilant scenes in the home dugout. Augsburg held on to seal their third victory in as many Bundesliga games - a new club record.

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