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Wolfsburg streak ends as Hamburg rises to second

BUNDESLIGA champion VfL Wolfsburg slumped to a shock 2-4 defeat by Hamburg SV on Sunday, ending a 20-match unbeaten home record in the German league stretching back to the 2007-2008 season.

The win lifted Hamburg to second in the table with seven points from three games, behind leader Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference.

Wolfsburg, which has six points, dropped to fourth while Bayern Munich is languishing in 14th following its 1-2 defeat by promoted Mainz on Saturday.

Hamburg stunned the hosts with two quick goals.

It went ahead in the fourth minute when Peruvian forward Paolo Guerrero's low drive bounced into the net off the back of Wolfsburg's Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio. Three minutes later, Dutchman Eljero Elia doubled the lead from close range.

Wolfsburg came out fighting in the second half, pulling a goal back seven minutes after the restart through midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic's close-range effort.

Nigerian new signing Obafemi Martins leveled the score in the 56th with his second goal of the season.

Hamburg striker Mladen Petric put the visitors back in front with 15 minutes to go when he slid in to connect with a Dennis Aogo cross in the box before Romeo Castelen added a fourth in the final minute.

Earlier, VfL Bochum notched its first win of the season, beating Hertha Berlin 1-0 with a goal from Anthar Yahia while Werder Bremen beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-0 helped by two goals from Peruvian Claudio Pizarro who signed this week from Chelsea.

In France, two goals from Yoann Gourcuff helped champion Girondins Bordeaux maintain its perfect start to the Ligue 1 campaign with a crushing 4-0 home win over Nice on Sunday.

Bordeaux, which captured its first league crown in 10 years in May, moved to the top of the standings and is the only side on maximum points from three games.

The team from the wine capital, which extended its record of consecutive league victories to 14, including last season's run, is two points ahead of Olympique Lyon, Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille who all played on Saturday.


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