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Fairytale continues as Hoffenheim humble Hamburg

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 26 Oct 2008


Hoffenheim went back to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday after their 3-0 victory at home over title-rivals Hamburg thanks to two first-half goals from Hoffenheim's Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi.

Martin Jol-coached Hamburg were humbled and drop to third as Hoffenheim blitzed the visitors with three goals after just 35 minutes to regain the top spot they held briefly at the start of the season.

And Hoffenheim squandered a number of late chances to add to the scoreboard as the Hamburg defence collapsed in the closing stages.

Obasi opened the scoring on seven minutes after Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo Marques set up the chance and the Nigerian forward drove his shot past diving Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost.

And just six minutes later, Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic – the league's top scorer – scored his tenth goal of the season with a simple tap in after Senegal striker Demba Ba pulled the defence out of position.

Midfielder Sejad Salihovic then put Obasi into space to round Rost who tapped the ball into the empty net to make it 3-0 at the break.

Having won two promotions in the last two seasons, Hoffenheim have now gone from the regional leagues to the peak of the Bundesliga thanks to the financial backing of software entrepreneur Dietmar Hopp.

Also on Sunday, VfB Stuttgart are up to fourth in the table thanks to two late goals from Germany striker Mario Gomez who scored twice in the last ten minutes to seal a 2-0 win at home to VfL Bochum.

And Dortmund drew 1-1 with Hertha Berlin at home.

On Saturday, Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his second goal in two games to give Bayern Munich a 4-2 win over Wolfsburg to fire the defending Bundesliga champions up to fifth in the table.

Having gone 2-0 behind at Munich's Allianz Arena, it looked like Bayern were heading for their third defeat of the season – having lost to Werder Bremen and Hanover last month which left them 11th in the table before kick-off.

But after conceding first-half goals from Wolfsburg strikers Brazilian Grafite and Edin Dzeko, Jurgen Klinsmann-coached Bayern hit back with goals by French star Franck Ribery, Mark van Bommel, Tim Borowski and Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger also scored in Bayern's 3-0 win over Fiorentina in the Champions League last week.

“We said before the game that we must hit the ground running and make a strong start,” said Klinsmann.

“We didn't do that and suddenly found ourselves 2-0 down.

“We had to put in a lot of hard work, but I must compliment the team on how they turned the game around. There was a lot of hard, hard work out there and it was no place for the faint-hearted.”

Having earned Werder Bremen a point at Panathinaikos in the Champions League on Wednesday, Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida equalised for his side at Hanover in the 1-1 draw which leaves Bremen tenth.

Schalke 04 drew 0-0 with Arminia Bielefeld and Borussia Moenchengladbach came off the bottom of the league with a 1-0 win at home to Karlsruhe as veteran coach Hans Meyer took charge.

On Friday night, Bayer Leverkusen were temporary league leaders after a 2-0 win over Cologne and finish the weekend second in the table.



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