Hertha BSC Berlin midfield player Pál Dárdai brought FC Bayern München back down to earth with a late winner in their 1. Bundesliga clash on Sunday, while Hamburger SV beat FC St. Pauli 4-3 in the day’s other game.
Dárdai netted six minutes from time after Andreas Neuendorf had cancelled out Nico Kovac's opener for Bayern, who beat Club Atlético Boca Juniors on Tuesday to claim the European/South American Cup. The defeat marked an unhappy return to football for Bayern midfield player Mehmet Scholl, who came off the bench two minutes before Dárdai hit the winner.
Things had looked better for Bayern in the first minute of the second half when Kovac nipped in front of keeper Christian Fiedler to head home Ciriaco Sforza's free-kick. But Hertha began their fightback in the 71st minute with Neuendorf scoring on the rebound after Bart Goor's shot was saved by Stefan Wessels, who was deputising for the injured Oliver Kahn. The home side clinched the victory when Ali Daei headed back across goal for Dárdai to net from close range.
At the AOL Arena, Hamburg responded to coach Kurt Jara's calls for a show of desire by withstanding a late St. Pauli fightback and holding on for victory in the 126th derby clash between the city rivals.
The home side raced into a three-goal lead by half-time through strikes from Erik Meijer, Milan Fukal and Collin Benjamin. St. Pauli's Thomas Meggle and Hamburg striker Sergej Barbarez exchanged efforts before two goals from André Trulsen gave the visitors hope of a point, but Hamburg held on for the final ten minutes.
Plenty of goals
Meijer opened the scoring from ten metres and Fukal doubled their lead with a header as the home side went 2-0 up inside eight minutes. Benjamin put Hamburg further ahead on the stroke of the interval when he ran on to Jörg Albertz's long ball to beat goalkeeper Tihomir Bulat. Meggle pulled a goal back for St. Pauli within two minutes of the restart, heading in from four metres.
Two in a minute
Barbarez restored Hamburg's comfortable advantage six minutes later, reacting first to slot home after Benjamin's shot was saved by Bulat. But Trulsen scored twice within a minute, the second from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, to drag St. Pauli back into the game.
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