Vedad Ibisevic scored the only goal as Stuttgart climbed out of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Hamburg on Sunday.
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Bruno Labbadia’s men had dropped into the bottom three after Augsburg had shared a goalless draw with Nurnberg in the earlier game.
Ibisevic ensured his side were there for only a couple of hours, though, as he struck on the half-hour to grab just Stuttgart’s second win in eight league games to start the season.
On Saturday, Bayern Munich made it a record-breaking start to the season with a comfortable 5-0 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf – their eighth win in a row since the start of the season.
Looking to beat their own record of seven straight wins from the season’s outset, they emphasized their current superiority in German football with Mario Mandzukic and Luiz Gustavo giving them a two-goal advantage at half-time.
Thomas Muller added two more for the record German champions and Rafinha rounded off the rout in the 87th minute of a one-sided game.
Schalke silenced the Westfalenstadion and took Revier derby honors, with victory at Borussia Dortmund giving them a five-point advantage over their local rivals.
Ibrahim Afellay and Marco Hoger scored the goals for Huub Stevens’ side, who emerged triumphant in the 141st derby encounter between the two sides, gaining revenge for defeat at home to Dortmund last season.
Robert Lewandowski’s reply was not enough for the defending champions who, in view of Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf, now trail the league leaders by 12 points and appear to be losing grasp of their title.
Gonzalo Castro’s late goal rescued a point for Bayer Leverkusen after they had squandered a half-time lead at home to Mainz.
Stefan Kiessling gave Leverkusen the lead in the 40th minute but Adam Szalai equalized for Mainz in the 58th minute and Marcel Risse pushed them 2-1 ahead after 76 minutes.
But Castro picked up the equalizer for Leverkusen in the 87th minute to earn them their 12th point of the season, while Mainz moved to 11.
Nils Petersen and Marko Arnautovic put Thomas Schaaf’s men on the way to three points with goals just before half-time and Niclas Fullkrug and Zlatko Junuzovic wrapped up the win late in the second half.
Gladbach were unable to find any answers as they fell to their third defeat of the season to remain 12th in the table.
On Friday night, Greuther Furth came from behind three times to grab a 3-3 draw at Hoffenheim in a dramatic match at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.
Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in the eighth minute, but Zoltan Stieber leveled before half time.
Joselu put Hoffenheim in front for the second time in the 67th minute, but Edgar Prib replied in the 84th minute before Joselu thought he had earned the home team all three points five minutes later.
However, Germany Under-21 international Lasse Sobiech equalized again with the last touch of the game as Furth picked up their fifth point of the season on their travels.