Bundesliga Wrap: Wins for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund
Domestic football resumed in Germany on Friday following the international break as Hertha BSC played host to Stuttgart. At the end of a heated contest, the visitors escaped with three hard-earned points in a match that set the stage for Bundesliga matchday five.
Saturday's matches included Bayern vs Hannover, Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg and league leaders Dortmund vs Hamburg. Schalke also have an interesting encounter away to Mainz.
Be sure to return to this page as matches finish to find all the scorers and key details of this weekend's Bundesliga action.
(All statistics courtesy of Bundesliga.de)
Hertha BSC 0-1 Stuttgart
The Bundesliga resumed competition on Friday following the international break as hosts Hertha BSC lost 0-1 to VfB Stuttgart at Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Christian Gentner's solitary goal was the difference.
The visitors entered the match on a high, having hammered Hoffenheim in their most recent fixture by a 6-2 margin. But Hertha had home-field advantage and had taken a respectable seven points from their first four matches.
The hosts were the better team in possession and out-shot their opponents by a ratio of more than 2:1. But Anis Ben-Hatira and Ronny were unable to capitalize on chances in the first half. Stuttgart punished their hosts shortly after the break as Gentner rose to meet Alexandru Maxim's cross, and nodded home what was the only goal of the match.
Hertha pressed for an equalizer and had a number of chances go begging, thanks to sublime goalkeeping by Sven Ulreich. The Swabians just barely managed to hold onto the lead as the final whistle blew.
The result marked a huge win for Stuttgart, who took their first three points of the season away from home. They now stand seventh in the Bundesliga table tied on points and goal difference with Gladbach. Hertha is one point above, in sixth place.
Shots: Hertha 19 - 8 Stuttgart
Passing: Hertha 82.34% - 79.65% Stuttgart
Ball Touches: Hertha 55.87% - 44.13% Stuttgart
Bayern Munich 2-0 Hannover
Another home Bundesliga game, another win for Bayern Munich.
Mario Mandzukic put Bayern ahead just after the interval, before Franck Ribery made sure of all three points with goal in the 64th minute.
The result made it 11 straight home victories for Bayern in the Bundesliga, as per the Associated Press.
Here's some analysis on the game.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Wolfsburg
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Stefan Kiessling scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen enjoyed a 3-1 home win against Wolfsburg. Leverkusen had gone ahead through Sidney Sam, before Ivica Olic equalised.
Kiessling settled the game with goals in the 65th and 90th minutes.
The visitors had Luiz Gustavo sent off on his debut.
Borussia Dortmund 6-2 Hamburg
Borussia Dortmund romped to a 6-2 home win against Hamburg on Saturday evening.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice, with Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also on target.
Dortmund are now the only club in Germany with a 100 percent record. They're top of the table, with 15 points from 15.
So much for the summer sale of Mario Gotze hindering their chances this season. On early evidence, Jurgen Klopp's team will be as competitive as they were during the last campaign.
Wins for Eintracht Frankfurt, Schalke, Ausburg
Kevin Prince-Boateng scored his first goal for Schalke to earn a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht Frankfurt were also winners on the road, beating Werder Bremen 3-0 thanks to a brace from Vaclev Kadlac.
Haltin Altintop and Tobias Werner were the marksmen as Augsberg beat Freiburg 2-1 at home.
Hoffenheim Prosper, Braunschweig Tie with Nurnberg
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Hoffenheim beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Sunday as Lucien Favre's side's woeful away form continued.
Anthony Modeste scored a header on the stroke of halftime to give the home side the advantage, then Kevin Volland netted 10 minutes after the break to put them in cruise control.
Branimir Hrgota scored a consolation effort for the Foals, but most of the post-match talk will now centre on Volland's chances of making the German national team—given Mario Gomez's injury, Mario Goetze's failure to settle and Joachim Loew's dislike of Stefan Kiessling.
Eintracht Braunschweig picked up their first point of the season and snapped a four-game loss streak by matching Nurnberg stride for stride in the later kick off.
Omar Elabdellaoui scored a late leveller after Adam Hlousek had given the visitors an early lead.