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Mainz stun Bremen to lead Bundesliga, Bayern held

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 18 Sep 2010

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Dark horses Mainz went to the top of Bundesliga on Saturday after they shocked Champions League side Werder Bremen 2-0, while champions Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw by Cologne.

Fresh from their 2-2 midweek draw with Tottenham in the Champions League, Bremen were stunned at home as midfielder Marcel Risse netted and teenage striker Andre Schuerrle scored his third goal in three games.

The win leaves Mainz as the only team in the German league with four wins from their first four games.

Defending champions Bayern remain in mid-table after they were held by Cologne at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

The game coincided with the start of Oktoberfest in the Bavarian city, but there was little for Bayern fans to celebrate.

Cologne had several chances to win as Bayern goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt had a busy afternoon while Munich only threatened in the game’s closing stages.

The result leaves Bayern eighth with five points from four games.

Hoffeheim lost their 100 percent record and are second after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Kaiserslautern who denied them their fourth win of the season.

Making only his second appearanace for Hoffenheim, Iceland midfielder Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson came off the bench on 77 minutes and blasted home a free-kick to seal a point for his team.

Stuttgart ended their three-match losing streak with their first win of the season in their 7-0 win over Moenchengladbach as Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak scored a hat-trick.

Christian Gross-coached Stuttgart got off to a flying start when Pogrebnyak scored after just two minutes and then scored his third goal on the hour mark as the hosts ran riot to claim their first points of the season.

Ex-England coach Steve McClaren picked up his first points in charge of Wolfsburg as Brazil midfielder Diego and striker Edin Dzeko both netted in the 2-0 win over Hanover.

Diego struck first with a superb bicycle kick on 55 minutes while Dzeko showed his power and pace with a 67th minute shot which gave Hanover goalkeeper Florian Fromlowitz no chance.

There are two key derbies on Sunday when Hamburg are at St Pauli in the Hamburg city derby and Dortmund are at Schalke in the Ruhr valley clash.

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