Bundesliga: Late goal for Stuttgart denies Bayern

German Football
By German Football December 14, 2008 08:29

Bundesliga: Late goal for Stuttgart denies Bayern

Ten-man Bayern Munich moved to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season despite picking up only a point from their trip to Stuttgart this afternoon.

A last-gasp equaliser from Sami Khedira ensured the game finished 2-2 to deny the defending champions, while also maintaining new Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel’s unbeaten record.

Bayern, who had Massimo Oddo dismissed five minutes from time, had come from behind with second-half goals from Tim Borowski and Luca Toni after Khedira put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time.

The point was enough to take Jurgen Klinsmann’s side above Hoffenheim at the top, but they could slip back down to second if the Bundesliga newcomers avoid defeat in their final game of 2008 against Schalke tomorrow.

Hertha Berlin ensured their best-ever start to a Bundesliga campaign as they climbed up to third place, two points behind Bayern, with a thumping 4-0 win against lowly Karlsruhe.

Maximilian Nicu opened the scoring after just eight minutes before all three of Hertha’s substitutes – Valeri Domovchiyski, Fabian Lustenberger and Raffael – found the net in the second half.

Mladen Petric scored the only goal of the game as Hamburg also moved two points off the lead with a 1-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayer Leverkusen missed their chance to close in at the top, however, as a stoppage-time equaliser from Energie Cottbus substitute Jiayi Shao condemned them to a 1-1 draw.

Simon Rolfes had put Leverkusen ahead 13 minutes from time, but Shao’s late equaliser meant the hosts dropped to fifth.

Werder Bremen needed an own goal to collect their fourth straight victory as they came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1.

Christian Gentner gave the Wolves the lead after just three minutes, but Per Mertesacker equalised in the 27th and Wolfsburg captain Josue handed Bremen the victory by putting through his own net just after the hour.

Artur Wichniarek’s 10th goal of the season salvaged a point for Arminia Bielefeld as they drew 1-1 at Hannover.

Jiri Stajner had put the hosts ahead after 32 minutes with a close-range header before Wichniarek restored parity just before the hour.

Manasseh Ishiaku’s late goal gave nine-man Cologne a vital 2-1 win at Bochum in a battle between two relegation-threatened teams.

Kevin McKenna put Cologne ahead in the 44th minute only for Christoph Dabrowski to level matters 13 minutes after the interval, but Ishiaku struck the winner with three minutes let to snap a four-game losing run.

The visitors finished the game two men down as Geromel was sent off for a second bookable offence seven minutes from time and Milivoje Novakovic went the same way in the final minute.

On Friday night, Borussia Dortmund ensured they would head into the winter break in the top half of the table with a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

German Football
By German Football December 14, 2008 08:29
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