Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich left it late to secure a 1-0 win over struggling Hamburg at...
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich left it late to secure a 1-0 win over struggling Hamburg at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti's side had looked set to endure a frustrating afternoon until Joshua Kimmich struck with just two minutes remaining.
Robert Lewandowski, who had headed narrowly over before the break, was frustrated in the second half when Rene Adler stopped his free kick and then slid out to gather a through ball just ahead of the striker -- but Kimmich secured the points when he smashed in a Franck Ribery cross with time running out.
Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez netted a hat trick to help Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-2 win over Mainz.
Yunus Malli put the hosts in front before Hernandez's first goal of the afternoon brought Leverkusen level. Stefan Bell restored Mainz's lead before Hernandez equalised and then, in stoppage time, the Mexico striker grabbed a winner for the visitors.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin shared six goals in a 3-3 thriller at the Waldstadion.
Hertha opened the scoring in the 19th minute with Vedad Ibisevic converting a penalty after Haris Seferovic fouled Valentin Stocker inside the penalty area.
Frankfurt took some time to get settled, but they hit back with two goals before half-time. Marco Fabian brought them level in the 39th minute before Alexander Meier put them in front on the stroke of half-time.
The game was turned on its head once again in the second half with Ibisevic bringing Hertha level on the volley just shy of the hour mark and Alexander Esswein put them back in front shortly after. There was to be some late drama, though, as Michael Hector headed in an equaliser in stoppage time and completed the scoring.
Borussia Monchengladbach warmed up for their Champions League meeting against Barcelona on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt, a result that lifts them up to fourth.
Lars Stindl put Gladbach in front three minutes before half-time, stroking a low shot into the bottom corner after Marvin Matip's clearance fell at his feet. Oscar Wendt then added the second, latching onto Mahmoud Dahoud's defence-splitting diagonal ball before beating Orjan Nyland with a low shot.
Dirk Schuster picked up his second win as Augsburg coach with an Alfred Finnbogason header enough to get one over his former club Darmstadt.
Leon Guwara picked up a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time, leaving Darmstadt with just 10 men for the second half. Augsburg took advantage immediately with their Icelandic forward heading in Koo Ja-Cheol's cross in the first minute of the second half.