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Super Marios on form as Bayern topple Hamburg

AFP, BERLIN

Bayern Munich bounced back from their midweek Manchester City defeat with a 3-1 win over Hamburg SV in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Borussia Dortmund suffered a Champions League hangover.

Bayern slumped to their first defeat since July on Tuesday when they were beaten 3-2 at home by City in the Champions League, but still went through as group winners to the event’s last 16.

Bayern recovered on their return to league duty at the Allianz Arena with goals by Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze, before Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri added the third deep into extra-time.

Bayern surrendered their record 10-match Champions winning streak, but the victory over Hamburg extended their record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 41.

Despite starting with winger Franck Ribery and leftback David Alaba on the bench, and with captain Philipp Lahm and star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger out injured, Bayern still started with 10 internationals.

Mandzukic put the Bavarians ahead with his tenth goal of the season with 42 minutes gone when he headed home Rafinha’s superbly volleyed cross after a long ball from Toni Kroos.

Goetze added the second when he hit the top left corner with 52 minutes on the clock, before making way for Ribery.

Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga celebrated his 22nd birthday a day early with Hamburg’s consolation goal on 87 minutes, when he crashed his shot past Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Dortmund had to fight back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Striker Sven Schipplock and right-winger Kevin Volland gave Hoffenheim a 2-0 lead, before Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Borussia hope when he hit his ninth goal of the season.

Poland rightback Lukasz Piszczek scored his first goal of the season to equalize when he stabbed home a rebound after a curling Nuri Sahin cross.

The point was enough for Dortmund to hold onto third place and they sit level on 32 points with fourth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, who were held to a goalless draw by FSV Mainz 05.

VfL Wolfsburg enjoyed a 3-1 win at home to VfB Stuttgart, as Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez and Brazilian Diego crashed in free-kicks before Croatia’s Ivan Perisic added a third late on.

The victory keeps Wolfsburg in fifth and closes the gap between fourth-placed Moenchengladbach to three points, while Stuttgart stay in 10th.

Nuremberg kept the tag of being the only team in a major European league without a win when they drew 3-3 at Hannover 96, as the hosts fought back with three goals in the final 30 minutes.

Eintracht Braunschweig remained at the bottom of the league when they lost 4-1 at Augsburg.

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