Champions Borussia Dortmund had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at Nuremberg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while promoted Eintracht Frankfurt routed nine-man TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-0 to go top of the fledgling table.
As Bayern Munich prepared to host VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena yesterday, Dortmund drew against a lively Nuremberg.
Dortmund fell behind when the home side’s Czech Republic striker Tomas Pekhart rose highest at the far post and headed past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller on 31 minutes.
The champions responded nine minutes later with the equalizer when Ivan Perisic’s shot clipped the crossbar and Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski — known as Kuba for short — fired home.
Dortmund defender Mats Hummels had a chance cleared off the line in the second half, but the Bundesliga champions are not looking as smooth in attack as they have over the past two years.
Newly promoted Frankfurt backed up last Saturday’s 2-1 win to Bayer Leverkusen with a 4-0 hammering of Hoffenheim, as the hosts finished with nine men.
The excellent Alexander Meier scored Frankfurt’s opening goal at the Rhein-Neckar Arena before Pirmin Schwegler added a second just before the interval. Hoffenheim had midfielder Sejad Salihovic sent off on 70 minutes for two quick bookings, and Philippines defender Stephan Schroeck followed him after he was shown his second yellow card on 73 minutes.
A miserable game ended for the home side when Meier netted his second of the game with a late penalty before Martin Lanig headed in the visitors’ fourth at the death.
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who has rejoined Hamburg SV from Tottenham Hotspur, was an observer in the stands during his new team’s 2-0 defeat at Werder Bremen in the north German derby.
Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler saved a first-half penalty from Bremen’s Aaron Hunt after Dutch winger Eljero Elia was fouled in the penalty area by compatriot Jeffrey Bruma four minutes before the break. Hunt made no mistake with his second spot-kick seven minutes into the second half after striker Nils Petersen was brought down by Germany defender Dennis Aogo.
Petersen then doubled Bremen’s lead with a goal on 67 minutes after a Hunt assist.
Having turned down a move to Zenit St Petersburg in midweek, Greek center-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos opened the scoring for Schalke 04 in their 3-1 win at home to Augsburg with a 33rd-minute header. US midfielder Jermaine Jones netted the Royal Blues’ second just a minute after the restart. Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, last season’s top scorer, headed the third 18 minutes from time while Augsburg pulled back a consolation goal through Torsten Oehrl.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen got back to their winning ways with a 2-0 win at home to SC Freiburg thanks to goals in each half from Gonzalo Castro and defender Philipp Wollscheid.