Cologne - SC Paderborn and TSG Hoffenheim 1899 maintained their impressive starts to the 2014/15 campaign with victories over Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart respectively, while FC Augsburg recorded their second win in as many games against previously unbeaten SV Werder Bremen.
SC Paderborn 2-0 Hannover 96
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Moritz Stoppelkamp scored from 82 metres - a Bundesliga record - to help SC Paderborn 07 to a 2-0 win over Hannover 96 and continue their astonishing start to the season.
After two draws at the Benteler Arena, Paderborn began with the urgency required to give their fans a first home win of the season. Stoppelkamp was lively in midfield, overrunning Hannover debutant Ceyhun Gülselam, although Hiroshi Kiyotake’s precise shooting remained a threat to the energetic hosts. The first real chance went the way of Kiyotake’s side, as Leonardo Bittencourt’s shot in the 23rd minute was well parried by Lukas Kruse.
Wingers to the fore
Hannover enjoyed more possession as the half wore on, with Manuel Schmiedebach firing a long-range effort wide, although Suleyman Koc’s direct running forced two excellent saves out of Ron-Robert Zieler, before the whistle went for half time. Koc and Stoppelkamp remained threats as the second period began, making the most of Hannover’s lack of attacking urgency to tear down the flanks and putting in cross after cross.
Until the 70th minute, the visitors' defensive tactics were successful, with Marcelo dominating. However, when Mario Vrancic’s free-kick wasn’t cleared, Elias Kachunga was alert at the back post to open the scoring. Paderborn fans were already celebrating their first home win of the season when Stoppelkamp then sent them into delirium with an injury-time volley from the edge of his own area to make it 2-0 with one of the most remarkable in Bundesliga history.
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FC Augsburg 4-2 SV Werder Bremen
FC Augsburg emerged 4-2 victors over SV Werder Bremen in a thrilling encounter at the SGL Arena.
Bremen, pre-match the only side in the league not to have been in the lead this season, caught Augsburg cold after only three minutes. Brilliant work from Santiago Garcia on the left allowed him to deliver a low cross, converted by Davie Selke for his first ever Bundesliga goal. Robin Dutt’s men, however, failed to use the early goal to their advantage, allowing Augsburg control of possession, and the hosts were rewarded when Halil Altintop’s brilliant through-ball was met by Daniel Baier’s finish.
Werner runs away with it
With defensive lapses in concentration a common occurrence on both sides, Bremen’s Fin Bartels had the chance to put his side the lead again in the 28th minute, but Marwin Hitz parried well. It was then Bartels at the other end who fouled Raul Bobadilla inside his own box, allowing Paul Verhaegh to give Augsburg the lead from the spot seconds before the break.
It was a penalty from which Bremen equalised 15 minutes into the second period after near-total domination. Franco di Santo was brought down by Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and placed the resultant spot kick into the top left corner to level proceedings. Defensive concentration remained an issue, however, when Augsburg took a 78th minute lead. Caiuby’s shot rebounded off the bar, and Werner was quickest to react, diving to head home. The goalscorer then teed up Tim Matavz in injury time to seal Bremen's first defeat of the season.
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VfB Stuttgart 0-2 TSG Hoffenheim 1899
Goals from Anthony Modeste and Tarik Elyounoussi handed TSG Hoffenheim 1899 a 2-0 victory at south-west rivals VfB Stuttgart.
Armin Veh’s charges started the brighter of the two teams and could have taken the lead inside ten minutes, but Hoffenheim keeper Oliver Baumann was equal to Martin Harnik’s header. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock shortly afterwards, however, Anthony Modeste planting a powerful header into the bottom corner for his second goal of the season. Stuttgart’s Florian Klein went close to levelling matters with the half-hour mark approaching, but he failed to hit the target with a volley from inside the penalty area.
Elyounoussi settles it
Timo Werner and Roberto Firmino both saw long-range efforts miss the target shortly after the restart, but chances were few and far between in the second half as die Kraichgauer opted to sit back and defend their narrow lead.
Tobias Strobl came to Hoffenheim’s rescue with ten minutes left on the clock when he deflected Alexandru Maxim’s effort wide of the post, and that block proved crucial as Tarik Elyounoussi finished off a flowing counterattack in the dying stages to hand Markus Gisdol’s side their second win of the season and keep Stuttgart deep in trouble near the foot of the table.
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