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Werder and Hamburg win in Bundesliga

HAMBURGER SV took advantage of an own goal and two identical goalkeeping blunders by Hertha Berlin to rally for a 3-1 victory yesterday that maintained its unbeaten record in the Bundesliga.

Hertha, which fired Lucien Favre today and hired former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Friedhelm Funkel on Saturday, started well and took the lead after nine minutes following a corner. Adrian Ramos rose at the near post to flick over into the middle and Arne Friedrich headed in from close range.

Hamburg equalized against the run of play when defender Kaka, trying to head a long ball back to his goalkeeper Timo Ochs, sent it past the stunned 'keeper into his own net.

The turning point came when Ochs was taken off with a hand injury and replaced by 19-year-old Sascha Burchert, who conceded two extraordinary goals within two minutes of each other.

Burchert raced out of the penalty area to make a clearance and headed the ball away, only to see David Jarolim lob it into the empty net in the 38th minute.

Hamburg then scored a carbon copy of the goal, this time Ze Roberto finding the net over the unlucky Burchert as Hertha slumped to its seventh consecutive defeat in the Bundesliga.

Hamburg swapped places with Bayer Leverkusen, which is now top on goal difference after thrashing Nuremberg 4-0 on Saturday. Both clubs have 20 points from eight games, four points ahead of Schalke.

Earlier yesterday, Werder Bremen won 2-0 at Stuttgart to move into fourth place.

Claudio Pizarro and Aaron Hunt scored early in each half as Thomas Schaaf's team remains unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions.

Marko Marin sent a cross to the far post for Pizarro to head home in the third minute, while Mesut Oezil saw the open space and set up Aaron Hunt with a through ball in the 51st for Bremen's second.

Bremen, which finished a disappointing 10th last season but won the German Cup and played in the final of the UEFA Cup, has 15 points from eight games and is now just one point behind Schalke.

Stuttgart, which had won its last three games at home to Bremen, dropped to 13th with just eight points.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich was booed off the field after a 0-0 draw with lowly Cologne.

Schalke, which beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 on Friday, is now third with 16 points. Hoffenheim lost 2-1 at Mainz to fall to fifth.

In other games Saturday, defending champion Wolfsburg rallied for a 1-1 draw at 10-man Bochum, Hannover thrashed Freiburg 5-2 and Lucas Barrios scored his first Bundesliga goal to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Bayern has now failed to score in three straight games for the first time in nine years. It lost at Hamburg 1-0 last week and drew 0-0 with Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.


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