German Bundesliga Roundup, Oct. 31
Hamburger SV lost its first game of the Bundesliga season Saturday, going down 3-2 at home to lowly Borussia Moenchengladbach after twice being a goal in front.
Defending champion Wolfsburg also struggled in a 3-3 draw at home with promoted Mainz, while Bayern Munich finished up with a 0-0 draw at Stuttgart.
Werder Bremen came from behind to earn a last-minute 2-2 draw at Nuremberg and join Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the standings with 22 points.
Leverkusen played later at Schalke and either team could finish the day at the top of the table.
In another game, Hannover won 1-0 at Cologne.
Piotr Trochowski put Hamburg ahead after 13 minutes but Marco Reus leveled by chipping Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost before halftime. Ze Roberto found the net with a free kick two minutes into the second half to restore Hamburg’s lead, before defender Dante’s powerful header made it 2-2 in the 76th.
Rob Friend then collected a good pass from Juan Arango to slot home the winner and give Moenchengladbach its first away victory of the season.
In Stuttgart, striker Mario Gomez started his first game for Bayern in five weeks against his old club but had little impact.
While Stuttgart had the better chances in the first hour, with Julian Schieber, Christian Traesch and Roberto Hilbert all forcing Joerg Butt into good saves, Bayern came closer to scoring later in the game, especially after Luca Toni had come on for the ineffectual Miroslav Klose.
Toni was on the field for about two minutes when he nearly scored in the 67th, and the Italian striker came close with another good header before having a strike disallowed for offside.
Stuttgart ended a five-game losing streak and gave embattled coach Markus Babbel a reprieve with the draw.
Bremen quickly conceded two goals in Nuremberg, both coming after defensive mistakes in the first half. Christian Eigler and Albert Bunjaku scored for the home side, before Bremen staged its comeback after the break with two goals from Aaron Hunt, the equalizer coming in the second minute of injury time.
The draw meant Bremen remained unbeaten for a 17th consecutive match.
Obafemi Martins scored twice to put Wolfsburg 2-0 up after 20 minutes, but Chadli Amri and Andreas Ivanschitz equalized for Mainz before halftime.
Zvjezdan Misimovic fired Wolfsburg ahead again in the 64th but Tim Hoogland earned the point for the promoted team in the 85th minute.
Jan Rosenthal scored in the 37th minute to give Hannover its victory over Cologne.
On Friday, Borussia Dortmund beat bottom-place Hertha Berlin 2-0.