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Hamburg beats Bayern 1-0 to keep lead

MLADEN Petric scored in the second half to lift Bundesliga leader Hamburger SV to a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich yesterday.

Petric scored in the 72nd minute after a stunning run by Ze Roberto on the left. The Brazilian, shining against his former team, then found Petric at the far post with a perfect pass and the striker was left with a simple tap-in.

The win in a lively match left Hamburg atop the standings on goal difference over Bayer Leverkusen, which won 1-0 in Cologne. After seven rounds, both teams have 17 points and are the only two undefeated sides.

The victory was greeted by Hamburg fans with chants of "Hamburg champion," but Petric was cautious.

"It's nice when you are on the top but we know how quickly you can go down," the striker said.

Bayern is now six points behind after its second loss of the season.

In other matches, Eintracht Frankfurt suffered its first defeat of the season after losing 3-0 with 10 men at home to Stuttgart, Werder Bremen blanked Mainz 3-0 and Schalke won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund to move into third, four points behind Hamburg and Leverkusen.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal left striker Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose on the bench, with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Ivica Olic building his attack.

Ribery, starting for the first time this season, got Bayern off to a quick start with a good pass to Robben, whose shot narrowly missed the target.

Bayern dominated early with its slick passing game, moving the ball well.

But it was goalkeeper Joerg Butt who saved Bayern from going down with two outstanding saves in quick succession.

Jerome Boateng took a shot from the edge of the area and Butt made a flying, one-handed save, tipping the ball over the crossbar. From the resulting corner, Hamburg again came close but Joris Mathijsen's effort was kicked out by Butt's left foot. Butt was playing despite a large black eye on his right side, the result of a collision with Gomez in practice.

Hamburg, which had not won in its last there games in all competitions, was the better team in the second half as Bayern faded even though both Gomez and Klose came off the bench late in the game.

"I thought that the team that scored first in the second half would win the game. We did not use our chances," van Gaal said.

Four days before traveling to Manchester United in the Champions League, Wolfsburg showed many defensive shortcomings but remained impressive up front.

Before Hamburger SV played Bayern Munich later yesterday, Leverkusen stayed unbeaten on 17 points after a late goal from Simon Rolfes.

Although missing several regulars through injury, Hannover proved to be a tough opponent for Wolfsburg and could have scored more goals.

Wolfsburg has conceded 14 goals in seven matches and has the worst defense in the league along with Bochum.

Zvjezdan Misimovic curled in a free kick in the eighth minute to put Wolfsburg ahead, but Hanno Balitsch's header leveled the game.

Christian Gentner drilled a shot inside the far post shortly before halftime, and Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe scored three minutes after the break with a neat flick on Edin Dzeko's cross.

Only two minutes later, Alexander Madlun's own goal put Hannover back in the match and the visiting team wasted several opportunities before Dzeko secured the victory after a solo run.

The victory made up somewhat for Wolfsburg's midweek loss in Cologne in the German Cup.

Cologne could not extend its winning run to three games when it fell to Rolfes' goal in the 82nd. His shot bounced off the post inside the net.

Cologne's midfielder Maniche was sent off shortly before the final whistle for stomping on Arturo Vidal.

Frankfurt also played with 10 men for nearly an hour after defender Marcos Russ was sent off for a late challenge. But by then, Stuttgart was already up by two, both coming from Julian Schieber after Eintracht's mistakes.

Oka Nikolov fumbled a cross to lay the ball before Schieber who easily netted. He then took advantage of a bad clearance to double the lead.

Thomas Hitzlsperger drilled home from 18 meters (yards) after a corner to complete the win.

Dortmund fell to its second home defeat of the season against the bitter rival and neighbor. Jefferson Farfan scored the only goal in the 31st minute off a good pass by Halil Altintop. Dortmund now has not won since the opening game of the season.

Claudio Pizarro scored twice for Bremen, which also got one from Aaron Hunt after dominating promoted Mainz.


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