Bundesliga review: Round 8

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Friday 30 September

Kaiserslautern 0-2 VfB Stuttgart

Friday evening's Bundesliga tie at the Fritz-Walter Stadium provided the stage for former Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz to inspire his Stuttgart side to victory.

The Dutch defender helped break the deadlock when he set up Cacau in the 52nd minute, before getting on the scoresheet himself when he doubled the lead soon after the hour mark lifting Die Roten to eighth in the table.

Saturday 1 October

Nurnberg 3-3 Mainz

A late Tomas Pekhart goal spared Nurnberg's blushes in a scintillating draw with Mainz, who overturned a 2-0 deficit to take the lead, and come within eight minutes of stealing all three points.

Markus Feluner opened the scoring for the home side after only five minutes, turning home Pekhart's flick on, before he turned provider for Robert Mak to double their lead, cooly finishing off a counterattack.

However Mainz were level before half-time in a game that boasted plenty of free-flowing attack minded football. First Niko Bungert headed home from close range, then Eric Choupo-Moting drew restored parity when he converted from the acutest of angles.

Shortly after the interval and the turnaround was complete when a Andreas Ivanschitz header gave Mainz the initiative before a suckerpunch from Pekhart ensured the spoils were shared.


Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Wolfsburg

A comfortable victory at the Bay Arena lifts Leverkusen up to seventh in the standings. The hosts took the lead when Stefan Kiessling's perfectly weighted through-ball found Gonzalo Castro, who kept his head to slot home after just 14 minutes.

Wolfsburg drew level with Mario Manduzkic heading home a Marcel Schafer cross from point-blank range on the hour mark. Leverkusen restored their lead on 64 minutes when Erin Derdiyok scored a sensational bicycle kick, but was then booked for his over-exuberant celebrations.

Kiessling then grabbed a goal of his own with five minutes remaining to complete the 3-1 victory.

Dortmund 4-0 Augsburg

Robert Lewandowski scored an impressive hat-trick and set up another goal for Mario Gotze to get Dortmund's Bundesliga campaign back on track with an emphatic victory at Signal Iduna Park.

Freiburg 1-0 Borussia M'gladbach

Johannes Flum scored the only goal of the game to give Freiburg victory and lift them out of the relegation zone with a narrow 1-0 home win.

The screamer from outside the box came with just 19 minutes on the board, leaving Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann to keep the visitors at bay as Gladbach finished the game with nearly two-thirds possession but could still not find a way back into the match.

Hertha Berlin 3-0 Koln

Pierre-Michel Lasogga gave Hertha a 14th minute lead when he tapped in Anis Ben Hatira's cross from close-range, and the two players combined again just 12minutes later with Lasogga heading in from six yards.

Raffael added a third when he turned in a Cristoph Janker free-kick, before Lasogga was denied his hat-trick when he missed two easily convertible chances.

The win means Hertha leapfrog Koln in the Bundesliga table and now sit comfortably in ninth place with 12 points from eight games.

Hoffenheim 0-0 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich's 10-game winning streak came to an end with a stalemate at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, though they maintained their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with 19 points.

Sunday 2 October

Hannover 3-2 Werder Bremen

A Mohammed Abdellaoue hat-trick was enough to halt Werder Bremen's fine start to the season, and give Hannover all three points at the AWD-Arena, moving them to within three points of leaders Bayern Munich.

Abdellaoue got off the mark from the penalty spot after Lars Strindl was brought down in the area after just two minutes, and he grabbed his second shortly before half-time.

Marko Arnautovic pulled one back for the visitors with a composed finish before the in-form Hannover striker restored their two-goal advantage and claimed the match ball with a neat effort after the break.

Claudio Pizarro netted with minutes remaining, but it proved to be little more than a consolation goal for ten-man Bremen who capped a bad day at the office when Arnautovic was sent off for a stamp.

Hamburg 1-2 Schalke

A Klaas Jan Huntelaar double was enough for Huub Stevens' Schalke side to record a win in the new boss' first Bundesliga game in charge.

The Dutch dangerman added to his remarkable recent scoring record after just 15 minutes when he sent a looping header over the helpless Jaroslav Drobny.

Hamburg equalised through Mladen Petric before half-time, but Huntelaar restored Schalke's lead on 73 minutes to ensure The Miners keep pace with leaders Bayern Munich, while Hamburg remain bottom of the Bundesliga pile.

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