German Bundesliga Roundup, Sep. 18

BY foxsports • September 18, 2010

Mainz went top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen.

Risse smashed home from a tight angle after 53 minutes and then turned provider with a pass to Schurrle to tap home.

Former England manager Steve McClaren secured his first league win for his new club Wolfsburg.

McClaren admitted that the pressure was mounting after failing to pick up a point in his first three league games since his move from Dutch side FC Twente.

Some of that pressure will have been eased thanks to the Wolves' 2-0 victory over Hannover at the Volkswagen Arena.

Diego opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half with a stunning overhead kick. Edin Dzeko added a deserved second after 67 minutes, taking advantage of a slip in the area by Florian Fromlowitz to dribble the ball round the goalkeeper and into the net.

The performance of the day was Stuttgart's magnificent destruction of Borussia Monchengladbach, with the home side smashing seven goals past the visitors including a hat-trick for Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Stuttgart were languishing at the bottom of the league before the result without a single point to their name.

Pogrebnyak set the Swabians on their way after just two minutes and defender Georg Niedermeier doubled their advantage after 21 minutes at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The hosts ran riot after the interval with Pogrebnyak bagging two more before Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Matthieu Delpierre and Ciprian Marica also all got in on the act.

Elsewhere Bayern Munich, despite being dominant, could not find a way past a stubborn Cologne defence as they fought out a 0-0 draw. The visitors remain the only Bundesliga club to be undefeated at the Allianz Arena.

Kaiserslautern and Hoffenheim also shared the points in their game, which finished 2-2.

The visitors took the lead thanks to Luiz Gustavo, but a brace in the second half from Erwin Hoffer put the home side in control. However Gylfi Sigurdsson hit a 77th-minute equaliser.

Jan Rosenthal scored the only goal of the game in the 89th-minute to secure a third consecutive win for Freiburg against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Waldstadion on Friday night

The visitors had been denied a winner moments earlier when striker Papiss Demba Cisse's strike was ruled out for offside before Rosenthal decided the game following a swift counter-attack.


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