DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 15: Karim Bellarabi of Leverkusen is challenged by MArcel Schmelzer of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park on September 15, 2012 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bundesliga, Week 3: Bayern, BVB, Hannover All Win At Home

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich both won comfortably to keep pace with each other in Germany.

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Bundesliga: Five Takeaways From Week 3

The third week of the Bundesliga season has passed. What did we learn?


Eintracht Frankfurt Vs. Hamburg, 2012 Bundesliga: Frankfurt Continue Stellar Form

Eintracht Frankfurt moved back to second in the table with a 3-2 victory against Hamburg in Sunday's late match.

Takashi Inui opened the scoring in the 13th minute for Frankfurt. He split two defenders and curled his shot around Rene Adler. Olivier Occean doubled the lead just five minutes later knocking a loose ball after a corner past Adler.

Still trying to figure out why he plays Michael Mancienne, Thorsten Fink substituted him for Dennis Diekmeier after only 33 minutes. Yes. He was that bad.

Hamburg received some good news and bad news just before the half. The good news: Rafael van der Vaart's corner was headed back into the area by Artjoms Rudnevs, and Heiko Westermann scored to make it 2-1. The bad news: Petr Jiracek was sent off for a bad tackle on Anderson.

Stefan Aigner made it 3-1 after halftime with an excellent chip over Adler. Ten-man Hamburg would pull one back ten minutes later when van der Vaart found Heung-Min Son. He rounded Kevin Trapp and put his shot in the back of the net.

Hamburg sit second from bottom and, quite frankly, are just lucky that Hoffenheim are hot garbage.


Freiburg Vs. Hoffenheim, 2012 Bundesliga: Hoffenheim Are Hot Garbage

Freiburg picked up their first Bundesliga win in style on Sunday with an impressive 5-3 victory over Hoffenheim.

Hoffenheim got off to a quick start at the Mage Solar Stadion. Matthieu Delpierre scored in the 2nd minute on a free kick from Sebastian Rudy.

Freiburg pushed forward in the attack and were rewarded with an equalizer in the 17th minute from Karim Guede. They continued moving forward and found their lead ten minutes later when Max Kruse headed Julian Schuster's cross past Tim Wiese.

The visitors grabbed an equalizer of their own just before the hour mark when Boris Vukcevic beat Oliver Baumann with a hard, low shot.

Fallou Diagne sent Freiburg back on top at 3-2 on a header from a Schuster cross after Wiese flapped at the ball. Hoffenheim weren't ready to quit and responded eight minutes later in the 76th when Takashi Usami turned on the edge of the box and beat Baumann.

Remarkably, Wiese wasn't content on allowing only three goals in the match. Freiburg took the lead for good in the 83rd minute when Wiese went wandering around on another corner kick. Cedric Makiadi easily beat him to make it 4-3.

Wanting to get in on the "Everyone gets to score against Tim Wiese." game, Sebastian Freis rounded the goalkeeper in the dying minutes to make it 5 goals to 3.

For Hoffenheim, questions will definitely be asked now about the future of manager Markus Babbel. They opened their season with an embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the DFB Pokal against fourth division side Berliner AK. They've now lost their first three matches in the Bundesliga.


Schalke 04 Vs. Greuther Fürth, 2012 Bundesliga: Draxler Scores A Beauty In Win

Schalke continued their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 victory away to Greuther Fürth. The win pulls them even with several clubs including rivals Borussia Dortmund and two points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

The visitors pushed forward early and often, but they couldn't quite put together the final pass to get the goal. They came close early, but Julian Draxler headed his attempt over the goal.

Fürth defended well, but they got their opportunities on the break thanks to Edu. He's on loan from Schalke for the season, and he seemed determine to find the back of the net against them. Unfortunately, he was unable to really challenge Lars Unnerstall.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar had a golden opportunity to put Schalke in front just before the half thanks to a great pass from Jermaine Jones, but the Dutch forward put his shot into Row X.

The second half started, and Schalke soon had their lead. Draxler unleashed a bomb from 30 yards out that left Fürth goalkeeper Max Grün absolutely no chance of saving. The 18 year old was putting together another great performance for the Royal Blues.

Lewis Holtby doubled the lead minutes from time finishing a beautiful one-two pass with Tranquillo Barnetta.

Fürth only have three points out of their first three matches, but they'll take it and move on to the next one. Somehow they drew Bayern Munich and Schalke in two of their first three matches.


Stuttgart Vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf, 2012 Bundesliga: Düsseldorf Keeps Another Clean Sheet In Draw

Stuttgart finally picked up their first point of the year in a scoreless draw at home with Fortuna Düsseldorf who still have yet to concede a goal.

Stuttgart came out firing and forced Fabian Giefer into several big saves. He barely kept Stuttgart's Tamas Hajnal from scoring on a shot from distance.

Düsseldorf held their ground and nearly came close themselves, but Australia's Robbie Kruse sent his shot wide of the goal. Then around the 60th minute, Andrey Voronin beat his man, but sent his shot over the crossbar.

Cacau thought he had put Stuttgart up 1-0 in the 66th minute, but Giefer came up with an absolutely spectacular save to keep the match goalless.

Giefer had to come off with ten minutes remaining after a collision, but Stuttgart weren't able to challenge the backup Robert Almer.

Stuttgart will take the point to finally get their campaign started. They've had a rough first two matches. The clean sheet is a welcome addition after giving up 6 goals in their last match against Bayern Munich. For Düsseldorf, they're now sitting on on five points and are unbeaten in their first three matches of the season.


Hannover 96 Vs. Werder Bremen, 2012 Bundesliga: Huszti The Hero Again

For the second week in a row, Szabolcs Huszti was the Hannover Hero as they defeated Werder Bremen 3-2.

The Hungarian international was responsible for all three goals as Hannover extended their unbeaten streak at home to 20 matches.

Huszti gave Hannover the lead after just 6 minutes when his free kick curled over the wall and inside the near post. Huszti turned provider just 4 minutes later. Leon Andreasen headed home his cross to give Hannover a quick 2-0 lead after just 10 minutes.

Aaron Hunt pulled one back for Bremen after Mario Eggimann was called for handling in the area. Hunt put his penalty into the top corner leaving no doubt.

Bremen continued to push forward looking for an equalizer. They had the better chances throughout the second half, and they finally got their goal when Eljero Elia fed Kevin De Bruyne in the 74th minute. De Bruyne's shot went into the top of the net to make it 2-2.

With just seconds remaining in stoppage time, Hannover needed a hero, so they turned to Huszti. Konstantin Rausch sent in a cross from the left side, and Huszti made a decision and left his feet. The midfielder struck a bicycle kick that deflected off of a defender and into the back of the net to win the match for his club.

Unfortunately for Huszti, he was sent off for his celebration. He received a yellow card for taking his shirt off as he ran toward the supporters, and he was given a second for climbing up the wall to them.

It's a huge three points for Hannover and moves them second in the table on goal differential.


Borussia Mönchengladbach Vs. Nürnberg, 2012 Bundesliga: Kiyotake Brilliant In Nürnberg Win

Nürnberg picked up a massive three points away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, sending the hosts to only their second loss in their last twenty two home matches.

Hiroshi Kiyotake takes home man of the match honors after creating two goals and scoring another.

Nürnberg scored on their first real chance of the match when Timm Klose headed Kiyotake's free kick past Marc-André ter Stegen. They doubled their lead eight minutes later when Timmy Simons headed home Kiyotake's corner.

Gladbach finally got on the board just before halftime when Luuk De Jong grabbed his first goal for the club on a pass from Patrick Herrmann. They found the equalizer just a few minutes later when Herrmann fed Granit Xhaka who finished past Raphael Schäfer.

The scoreline lasted only two minutes before Kiyotake struck again. The Japanese international cut through the Gladbach defense before finishing his shot into the corner of the net.

Gladbach would come close late with De Jong striking the post, but Nürnberg held on for all three points.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 2012 Bundesliga: BVB Cruise Over Leverkusen

Borussia Dortmund extended their league unbeaten streak to 31 matches in an impressive 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

BVB were out on a mission after their last outing in which they drew 1-1 with Nürnberg. They probed and prodded for half an hour before finding their goal. Marcel Schmelzer sent in a corner, and Mats Hummels headed it in for the 1-0 lead. The big defender headed the ball into the ground, and it hit the roof of the net.

Jakub Blaszczykowski made it 2-0 before halftime. Lukasz Piszczek sent in a cross, and Mario Götze played a brilliant dummy. Kuba had an easy tap in to double their lead.

While BVB were in complete control of the match, Robert Lewandowski made it 3-0 when he headed in Marco Reus' free kick.

Both will now get ready for European action midweek. Borussia Dortmund will face Ajax in the Champions League, and Bayer Leverkusen will face Metalist Kharkiv.


Bayern Munich Vs. Mainz, 2012 Bundesliga: Bayern Hold Off Mainz For Win

Bayern Munich made it three wins in three matches on Saturday as they beat Mainz 3-1. The win also propelled them to the top of the table.

Mario Mandzukic continued his stellar form to start this season after just three minutes when he turned in a pass from Thomas Müller to give Bayern the early lead. He nearly doubled the lead just a few minutes later, but Christian Wetklo was up for the save.

The hosts pushed for more goal and basically had their way with Mainz early. Holger Badstuber, playing at left back today, got behind the defense and sent a cross to the middle. Bastian Schweinsteiger made it 2-0 with a flick header that Wetklo couldn't get to in time.

The lead allowed Bayern to slack off on their attack, but they weren't punished for this until the 59th minute. Dante pulled down Julian Baumgartlinger for a penalty that Adam Szalai converted.

With only a goal separating the sides, Bayern came roaring back. Mandzukic almost had a brace but was denied by the post. Mainz pushed out further than they had for the majority of the match which left room for Bayern to attack. Javi Martinez picked up his first assist in a Bayern shirt when Toni Kroos volleyed home the third goal.


Augsburg Vs. Wolfsburg, 2012 Bundesliga: Lack Of Goals, Lack of Entertainment

Augsburg and Wolfsburg played a scoreless draw in the Bundesliga's showcase match on Friday evening. With neither side able to generate much in the attacking third, the match was mostly a midfield battle and not very entertaining to the neutral.

Aristide Bance caused problems for the Wolfsburg backline early and often as the match got underway. He lined up one shot, but Emanuel Pogatetz was there to deflect it over the head of goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. The ball went just over the ball landing on the roof of the net.

Wolfsburg's first chance of the match fell to Deigo in the 17th minute. The Brazilian midfielder forced a quick reaction save out of Mohamed Amsif. The chance came from a counter as Wolfsburg sat back early and absorbed the Augsburg attack.

The remainder of the half would play out with neither side generating a serious threat to the opposing goal. One positive for Wolfsburg is that Diego was far more involved in the attack than he has been in recent weeks. His passes were crisper, and his movement was improved.

Augsburg's first chance of the second half came in the 62nd minute when Ricardo Rodriguez pulled down Milan Petrzela drawing a yellow card. The resulting free kick went directly into the wall, and they cleared the ball.

With twenty five minutes remaining in the match, Bas Dost came on for Vieirinha. Thomas Kahlenberg moved forward more often with Dost's arrival. Wolfsburg pressed the attack and started to see more and more of the ball. Augsburg countered well and managed to draw a few corners to no avail.

The players kicked the ball around aimlessly for the final ten minutes with neither side threatening. The referee mercifully blew the final whistle. The point is the first for Augsburg this season and helps them get some positive momentum going forward. For Wolfsburg, the clean sheet is welcome after their last match when they were shellacked 4-0 by Hannover.

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