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Hamburg goes top on Jansen brace

HAMBURG SV climbed to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday after defender Marcell Jansen scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Hamburg, on 42 points, moved two clear of second-placed Hoffenheim, which drew 3-3 at Stuttgart on Saturday.

Hertha Berlin, also on 40, is third with an inferior goal difference after its 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg. Leverkusen stays fifth on 36 points, two points behind champion Bayern Munich.

Hamburg was a constant source of danger up front but its defence showed again signs of inconsistency, a point not lost with its coach Martin Jol. "We have the same problems as Leverkusen and we do not have a perfect team yet," Jol told reporters.

The visitors grabbed the lead against the run of play after 18 minutes when Jansen bagged his first with a powerful left-footer from the edge of the box. Hamburg captain David Jarolim came agonisingly close to doubling the lead four minutes later but his shot from 16 meters shaved the post.

Leverkusen's in-form striker Patrick Helmes quickly restored order 11 minutes later when he scored, turning and firing a low cross from Manuel Friedrich past keeper Frank Rost for his 16th league goal of the season.

Helmes, who also scored a brace last week against Hoffenheim, could have added a second on the hour when he whipped in a fierce curled free-kick but the ball flew just wide.

Leverkusen missed several more chances against an increasingly shaky Hamburg defence, but it was the visitors who struck again in the 67th when unmarked Jansen pounced on a loose Paolo Guerrero header and shot past keeper Rene Adler from five meters.

"Overall I am satisfied with the way the team played," said Leverkusen coach Bruno Labbadia. "Obviously it was clear that after the 2-1 we needed to make some counter attacks."


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