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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-10-29

Bayern Munich’s record eight-game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Sunday with a defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen. A 87-minute header from Sidney Sam secured Leverkusen's first win in Munich for 23 years.

Bayer Leverkusen ended Bayern Munich’s record start to the Bundesliga season by snatching a late 2-1 win on Sunday.

Sidney Sam’s 87th-minute goal gave Leverkusen their first victory in Munich for 23 years, and put an end to Bayern’s eight-game winning start in the league.

Unfortunate Bayern defender Jerome Boateng deflected the ball past his helpless goalkeeper after being struck in the face by Sam’s header from Gonzalo Castro’s cross. The Bundesliga website awarded the goal to the Leverkusen winger.

Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring for Leverkusen in the 42nd minute. Retreating Bayern defender Philipp Lahm could only help on Andre Schuerrle’s cross, ricocheting off the striker’s shin beyond goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. It was Leverkusen’s first shot on goal.

Mario Mandzukic briefly pulled the home side level with his league-leading eighth goal of the season in the 78th after being set up by substitute Claudio Pizarro.
Not long after, Mandzukic deflected Pizarro’s shot onto the right post as Bayern desperately sought the winning goal.

Borussia Moenchengladbach scored three goals in nine minutes to come from behind and win 3-2 In Hannover.

Former Moenchengladbach player Jan Schlaudraff scored first in the 48th as the visiting defenders backed off, unleashing a fine shot from outside the penalty area that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen could only get a hand to.

Mame Biram Diouf made it 2-0 in an unconventional manner five minutes later, meeting Konstantin Rausch’s low cross with his heel as he fell to send it over the line.
The visitors’ unlikely comeback began in the 70th, when Alvaro Dominguez pulled one back from a rebound after Ron-Robert Zieler had saved Juan Arango’s initial effort.
Roel Brouwers was unmarked to equalize with a header from Arango’s free kick seven minutes later.

Arango, whose penalty appeals in the first half were waved away, fittingly scored the winner two minutes after that, surprising Zieler at the near post with a perfect free kick.
Earlier Sunday, Stuttgart beat high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 to claim its first home win in the Bundesliga.

“A draw would have been a fair result,” said Frankfurt coach Armin Veh, who coached Stuttgart to the title in 2007.

Christian Gentner opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Anderson’s attempted clearance fell kindly for the midfielder to shoot through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Alexander Meier equalized in the 67th, when he received Stefan Aigner’s pass on the left, looked up, and curled an unstoppable effort inside the far post.

Vedad Ibisevic scored the winning goal with six minutes remaining, rising high to head Gentner’s cross to the far corner, two minutes after he’d had a goal ruled out for offside.

“Football is just awesome when you win,” said Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia.
Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich produced a fine save to deny Karim Matmour a late equalizer in the third minute of injury time, four minutes after the midfielder had another effort ruled offside.

“The equalizer was fair. Everyone except the linesman saw that,” Veh said “It’s not the end of the world, however.”

(AP)
 

Date created : 2012-10-28

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