Cologne - SV Werder Bremen notched their first win of the season at 1. FSV Mainz 05 while Hannover 96 left it late to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on another dramatic Saturday afternoon of action in the Bundesliga.
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 SV Werder Bremen
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SV Werder Bremen picked up their first Bundesliga win of the season, coming from behind to beat 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-1 on Viktor Skripnik's league debut as coach.
Shinji Okazaki gave Mainz an early lead, but goals either side of half-time from Franco Di Santo turned the game on its head, earning the northern Germany side their first three points of the current campaign and condemning Mainz to a second straight defeat.
Ja-Cheol Koo threaded his pass through the Bremen defence to Okazaki, who was given the time and room to turn back onto his favoured right foot and settle before shooting low to the left of Raphael Wolf - the fourth time the Japanese international has put Mainz 1-0 in front this season. He very nearly made it 2-0 when Johannes Geis curled in a free-kick which he flicked towards goal, but the reactions of Wolf denied him just minutes later.
Mainz then started to take it a little too easy and were punished when Fin Bartels earned a penalty for Bremen. Di Santo's shot was saved by Loris Karius, but the ball sat up kindly for Di Santo to nod in. The Argentine netted again early in the second half with a delightful finish past Karius from an angle, and the game was transformed. Di Santo nearly added a third while Clemens Fritz hit the post as Bremen produced some of the best football of their season, duly rewarded with their first win.
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Hannover 96 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
A late own-goal from Alexander Madlung earned Hannover 96 their second 1-0 win in a row to lift them into the top six.
After dominating possession for most of the 90 minutes, it seemed like Hannover were not going to get what they deserved until Eintracht defender Madlung obliged late on.
Pressure rewarded at the death
Hannover started as if they had a point to prove, not allowing Frankfurt even a sniff of the ball. They thought their efforts had been rewarded too when Jimmy Briand headed a deep cross into the top right-hand corner, but his challenge on David Kinsombi was adjudged to have been a foul by the referee and the goal did not stand. The Reds did not let their disappointment show, however, and continued to play the ball around with a confidence garnered from their 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund last weekend.
The game was starting to take on a similar shape to that one, albeit in reverse for Hannover. While Dortmund dominated possession a week ago, it was a Hiroshi Kiyotake free-kick which won it for Tayfun Korkut's men, and Sonny Kittel very nearly stunned the HDI-Arena with a shot out of the blue which Ron-Robert Zieler turned behind. It seemed like Hannover were not going to get their reward until Madlung lent them a hand, turning Marcelo's header into his own goal with his thigh to gift them victory.
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