November 03, 2012

BERLIN (AP) -- Bayern Munich bounced back from its only Bundesliga loss with a 3-0 win at Hamburger SV, while main rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke dropped points on Saturday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos all scored as Bayern, which lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, secured its first win in Hamburg since 2006.

"Tough luck for everyone who was expecting a slip-up this evening,'' said Mueller.

Schweinsteiger broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval, when Kroos composed himself after Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler's intervention, looked up, and crossed for his Germany teammate to score with a diving header at the far post.

Mueller scored three minutes into the second half when he ran onto Franck Ribery's defense-splitting pass, rounded the goalkeeper, and, after seeing no teammate in support, curled the ball inside the far post from the narrowest of angles.

"I don't think there are many in the Bundesliga that can do something like that,'' Adler said.

Kroos effectively ended the game five minutes later, Ribery playing him into the box where he unleashed a fierce shot past the helpless Adler into the roof of the net.

"We played against a team who were perhaps several levels above us. If you let them play you have no chance,'' Adler said.

"Today I think none of the players, substitution bench included, showed what we are capable of.''

Bayern is the first team in the Bundesliga not to concede a goal in its first five away games. With 30 goals scored and just four conceded altogether, Jupp Heynckes' side has also set a new goal difference record after 10 rounds.

Earlier, defending champion Dortmund twice hit the crossbar and had to settle for a 0-0 draw against visiting Stuttgart, while Schalke lost 3-2 at Hoffenheim.

Kevin Schipplock's last-minute winning goal for Hoffenheim gave former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese his first win at the club since joining from Werder Bremen in the offseason.

"I showed good reflexes today,'' said Wiese, who has nevertheless conceded 23 goals in seven competitive games. "And we had to have luck on our side someday.''

Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 1-1 with Freiburg, Hannover beat Augsburg 2-0, and Timo Gebhart ended Nuremberg's six-game winless run with a 76th-minute diving header in his side's 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg.

"Goal drought or not, I'm happy with the three points,'' said Gebhart, who scored Nuremberg's first goal in five games. "The coach suggested, `Have another go, then the goal has to come.' I was lucky.''

In Dortmund, Mats Hummels had a goal ruled offside and Marcel Schmelzer shot narrowly wide as the home side started brightly.

Sebastian Kehl had to go off after 20 minutes after being caught in the face by Raphael Holzhauser's elbow. The Dortmund captain broke his nose and is in doubt for Tuesday's trip to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Sven Ulreich pushed Hummels' next attempt onto the crossbar, and the defender's effort from the rebound was cleared off the line by a defender.

Dortmund striker Julian Schieber, who scored for Stuttgart when the sides last met in a spectacular 4-4 draw, was denied by former teammate Ulreich on the hour.

Vedad Ibisevic came closest for Stuttgart, only for Roman Weidenfeller to block the Bosnian's shot, and there was still time for Robert Lewandowski to strike the crossbar at the other end.

"We have to live with the feeling that a draw at home feels like a defeat,'' Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said. "Both teams put in a huge effort (but) we would have been deserved winners.''

Schalke remains second after only its second loss this season.

Kevin Volland fired Hoffenheim into an early lead before Roman Neustaedter equalized with a powerful header in the 37th minute.

Robert Firmino's penalty in the 67th made it 2-1 for Hoffenheim, only for Atsuto Uchida to equalize again with eight minutes remaining. Then Schipplock sprung the offside trap for Hoffenheim's first win in five games.

Lucien Favre was sent to the stands with six minutes remaining against Freiburg, after the Moenchengladbach coach reacted furiously to decisions against his team.

Igor de Camargo opened the scoring for `Gladbach in the 49th, but Daniel Caligiuri equalized from the penalty spot in the 77th.

In Hannover, Lars Stindl crossed for Mame Biram Diouf to score in the 26th, and the Senegal striker returned the favor for Stindl to curl a sweet shot inside the right post with five minutes remaining.

"The win definitely wasn't pretty, but it was incredibly important,'' said U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo.

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