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BUNDES LIGA: Olic’s second-half strike grabs point for Hamburg

AFP , BERLIN

Schalke’s Rafinha, left, bicycle kicks the ball under pressure from Stuttgart’s Ciprian Marica, right, during their German Bundesliga match at the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sunday.

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Hamburg were held 1-1 at VfL Bochum on Sunday to miss out on fourth in the Bundesliga, while Bayern Munich went second in the table over the weekend to set up a key clash with league leaders Hoffenheim on Friday.

A goal from Bochum’s Slovakia striker Stanislav Sestak in the 39th minute shocked Martin Jol-coached Hamburg, before the guests were rescued by striker Ivica Olic who slotted home 20 minutes from time.

The draw keeps the north German club fifth in the table, while Bochum are three from the bottom, but they just missed out on a deserved win when Sestak hit the post in the last 10 minutes.

“We have a young squad, but they still have much to learn,” Jol said. “We had to play catch-up in the second half, we had our chances, but so did Bochum. To that extent, we have to be happy with the one point.”

Former Germany defender Markus Babbel enjoyed a winning start to his tenure as VfB Stuttgart coach when as his side picked up their first win in six games with a 2-0 victory over Schalke 04 to leave his side 10th in the table.

“That cost me a few nerves,” Babbel said. “Particularly in the first half, we were not organized. In the second half, things got better and we took our chances.”

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann saved a 16th minute penalty from Schalke’s Peru striker Jefferson Farfan to keep the scores level with his side badly in need of league points.

With time running out, Czech Republic midfielder Jan Simak lobbed Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer 11 minutes from time to put Stuttgart ahead, before Germany striker Mario Gomez made the result safe with a late strike on 83 minutes.

It gives Babbel a confidence boosting win, having succeeded Armin Veh as head coach last weekend.

Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg also battled away to a 0-0 draw.

German Bundesliga

 
Team
P
GD
PTS
1
TSG Hoffenheim 
15
20
34
2
Bayern Munich 
15
14
31
3
Hertha Berlin
15
4
30
4
Bayer Leverkusen
15
13
28
5
Hamburg
15
0
27
6
Borussia Dortmund 
15
7
25
7
Werder Bremen 
15
11
23
8
Wolfsburg 
15
10
23
9
Schalke 04
15
7
23
10
VfB Stuttgart 
15
0
21
11
Cologne 
15
-6
19
12
Eintrach Frankfurt 
15
-9
16
13
Hannover 96
15
-11
16
14
Arminia Bielefeld 
15
-12
12
15
Cottbus 
15
-14
12
16
VfL Bochum 
15
-6
11
17
Borussia M’gladbach
15
-14
11
18
Karlsruhe
15
-14
10

 

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