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Wolfsburg lead German pack

Published: Saturday 23 October 2004, 17.10CET
VfL Wolfsburg scored three times in the first half to defeat VfL Bochum 1848 and go top of the Bundesliga.

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Published: Saturday 23 October 2004, 17.10CET

Wolfsburg lead German pack

VfL Wolfsburg scored three times in the first half to defeat VfL Bochum 1848 and go top of the Bundesliga.

By Manfred Christoph

VfL Wolfsburg climbed to the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 3-0 win against VfL Bochum 1848 at the
VfL-Stadion.

D’Allesandro goal
Erik Gerets' side underlined the improvements they have made this term when goals from Pablo Thiam, Diego Klimowicz and Argentinian playmaker Andrés D'Alessandro gave them a three-goal half-time lead against a team that finished five points above them last season. The second period was scoreless as Wolfsburg leapfrogged VfB Stuttgart - who face SC Freiburg tomorrow - into first place.

Scholl influence
FC Bayern München moved to third but had to wait until eight minutes from time until Willy Sagnol broke the deadlock at FC Hansa Rostock, the French defender heading in Mehmet Scholl's corner. Scholl, a late substitute, then added a second three minutes later to seal the win. By then both sides had been reduced to ten men with Hansa's David Rasmussen and Bayern defender Samuel Kuffour both shown red cards.

Dortmund shock
Hamburger SV also won 2-0 as Thomas Doll got his reign as coach off to a winning start with an unexpected victory against BV Borussia Dortmund. Emile Mpenza gave the league's bottom side the lead on nine minutes and Hamburg controlled the game until David Jarolim sealed the win twenty minutes from time.

Kaiserlautern drop
The win meant that 1. FC Kaiserlautern slipped to the foot of the table despite earning a credible goalless draw against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a fiercely-contested match at the Fritz-Walter Stadion. Elsewhere, Delron Buckley scored the only goal in DSC Arminia Bielefeld's 1-0 win against Hertha BSC Berlin.

Happy return
Ewald Lienen marked a successful return to former club VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach as his Hannover 96 side secured victory courtesy of first-half goals from German defender Per Mertesacker and Steve Cherundolo.

Champions cheer
Werder Bremen also took a two-goal lead into the interval in their game against 1. FC Nürnberg. Marek Mintal pulled one back from the penalty spot on 64 minutes but goals from Christian Schulz and Fabian Ernst gave the champions a 4-1 victory. Fifth-placed FSV Mainz 05 visit FC Schalke 04 on Sunday.

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