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Klinsmann under pressure as Bochum force late draw

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 4 Oct 2008


Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann was under more pressure Saturday as two late goals by lowly VfL Bochum sealed a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena to put the defending champions 11th in the Bundesliga.

After defeats by Werder Bremen and Hanover, Bayern have now gone three league games without a win and Klinsmann is feeling the heat.

Despite Bayern taking a 3-1 lead, with two goals from Brazilian Ze Roberto, Bochum scored twice in the last ten minutes through midfielders Christoph Dabrowski and Dennis Grote.

“The result is unsatisfactory from our point of view,” said ex-Germany coach Klinsmann.

“If you lead 3-1, and have the chance to go 4-1 ahead, such a thing should just not happen. We already had the game won, but perhaps the team were too sure of themselves.

“I hope such a thing does not happen again.”

Daniel van Buyten had scored an early goal to put Bayern ahead, but Bochum's Turkey striker Sinan Kaloglu equalised on thirty minutes only for Ze Roberto to score on the stroke of half-time to give Bayern a 2-1 cushion.

The Brazilian popped up again on 68 minutes to score his third goal, before Dabrowski and Grote ruined the party in Munich.

Hoffenheim are again Bundesliga leaders after their 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt as Senegal striker Demba Ba scored twice to give his side three points.

There are now three sides all on 13 points at the league's summit and Stuttgart are second in the table thanks to their shock 4-1 home win over Werder Bremen.

“We played a very good game,” said delighted Stuttgart boss Armin Veh.

“We were disciplined, dynamic and strong in the tackle, that was our best performance of the season.”

The home team scored two goals in the first half hour to put their guests on the back foot.

Bremen earned a draw at Inter Milan in mid-week in the Champions League, but Werder were powerless as Stuttgart midfielders Sami Khedira and Christian Traesch put their side ahead.

Germany midfielder Roberto Hilbert made it 3-0 just after the hour mark before Bremen's Brazilian Diego scored a consolation goal with a free-kick and midfielder Martin Lanig added Stuttgart's fourth two minutes from time.

The result leaves Bremen sixth. Hamburg are third in the table, also on 13 points, but they have the chance to regain top spot when they play Energie Cottbus on Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen dropped to fourth in the table as former Liverpool striker Andrey Voronin scored an 89th-minute winner for visitors Hertha Berlin to seal his side's 1-0 victory.

In Saturday's other matches, Cologne scored late to seal a 2-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

On Friday, Karlsruhe picked up three points with a 2-1 win at Arminia Bielefeld.

On Sunday, Schalke 04 have a chance to get amongst the leaders at VfL Wolfsburg while Borussia Dortmund host Hanover 96.


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