FSV Mainz 05 survived a late scare as they ran out 3-2 winners at SV Werder Bremen, after Hamburger SV had recovered from successive defeats to win 3-1 against Hannover 96.
Nicolai Müller opened the scoring for Mainz with an early clipped goal, and Japanese international Shinji Okazaki struck in each half – his second double in four matches – to give the visitors a commanding three-goal lead.
However, Franco Di Santo set up Eljero Elia to reduce the deficit with five minutes to play and Di Santo then went one better, scoring a back-post header in the final minute. An equaliser eluded Bremen, though, and Mainz held on to record back-to-back wins.
Earlier in the day, Hamburg bounced back from a pair of disappointing recent results to see off Hannover. Szabolcs Huszti's clinical finish gave Hannover a 28th-minute lead, but Milan Badelj responded with a stylish volley three minutes later.
Maximilian Beister's header then gave the hosts the impetus immediately after the restart, before Hakan Çalhanoğlu rounded off the scoring late on. Hannover's Salif Sané was dismissed for a second yellow card in the final minute, compounding a sixth away defeat in as many games this term.
©UEFA.com 1998-2014. All rights reserved.
|Last updated: 24/11/2013 19:27 CET|
Joselu 61, 68
|Venue: Frankfurt am Main|
Halil Altıntop 17, 23
|1||FC Bayern München||13||35|
|2||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||13||31|
|4||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||13||25|
|6||FC Schalke 04||13||21|
|7||1. FSV Mainz 05||13||19|
|8||Hertha BSC Berlin||13||18|
|12||SV Werder Bremen||13||15|
|14||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||13||13|
|17||1. FC Nürnberg||13||8|
|18||TSV Eintracht Braunschweig||13||8|