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BUNDES LIGA: Hamburg win 2-0 and knock Bayern down to fourth spot

AFP , BERLIN

Hamburg’s Alex Silva, left, battles for the ball with Arminia Bielefeld’s Robert Tesche during their Bundesliga match in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday.

PHOTO: AP

Hamburg enjoyed a 2-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday to go third in the Bundesliga and knock Bayern Munich down into fourth following their defeat at new leaders Hertha Berlin.

A goal from a free-kick by Germany winger Piotr Trochowski and a strike from Peru forward Jose Guerrero sealed the win for Martin Jol? Hamburg, who climb up from fourth to third behind second-placed Hoffenheim and Hertha.

With just four points separating the top five, this is the closest the title race has been since 1995.

?f course, we want to become German champions,?Hamburg defender Michael Gravgaard said. ?here are still plenty of games to go and we have to pick up as many points as possible.?br />

Bielefeld had the chance of a late consolation goal against Hamburg, but Poland striker Artur Wichniarek missed the penalty.

Ten-man Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by Energie Cottbus and had South Korean Lee Young-pyo sent off in the last few moments when he kicked an opponent.

German Bundesliga

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Team
P
GD
PTS
1
Hertha Berlin
20
9
40
2
TSG Hoffenheim
20
18
39
3
Hamburg
20
4
39
4
Bayern Munich
20
15
38
5
Bayer Leverkusen
20
16
36
6
Wolfsburg
20
14
33
7
VfB Stuttgart
20
7
32
8
Borussia Dortmund
20
6
31
9
Schalke 04
20
7
30
10
Werder Bremen
20
9
27
11
Cologne
20
-6
25
12
Hannover 96
20
-13
21
13
Eintracht Frankfurt
20
-9
20
14
Arminia Bielefeld
20
-13
18
15
VfL Bochum
20
-10
17
16
Cottbus
20
-17
17
17
Karlsruhe
20
-18
17
18
Borussia M?ladbach
20
-19
13

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