Hamburg down Dortmund; Leverkusen blow a 3-nil lead and their chance to go top; Tough times continue for Bremen

Hamburg 2 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, November 8, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Mladen Petric headed Hamburg into the lead at home to Dortmund. Ivica Olic doubled the lead for Martin Jol’s men. But Dortmund got a foothold in the game immediately after the break when Tamaz Hajnal tapped in after Silva’s header was parried.

Karlsruhe 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 3 (Bundesliga, November 8, 2008) Bayer raced into a three goal lead. Patrick Helmes scored inside the opening 60 seconds, Stefan Kiessling then added a second 15 minutes later and Michal Kadlec added a third in the 24th minute. Antonio da Silva pulled one back for the home side eight minutes before halftime and Tim Sebastian headed in to set up a nervous final half hour. Alexander Iashvili then secured a stunning Karlsruhe comeback with 13 minutes remaining.

Bochum 0 – Werder Bremen 0 (Bundesliga, November 8, 2008) Werder Bremen continued to struggle with just one victory in six games after a scoreless draw with Bochum, Bremen having Mesut Ozil sent off with six minutes left.

Wehen 4 – Kaiserslautern 2 (Bundesliga II, November 7, 2008)

Alemannia Aachen 2 – Koblenz 0 (Bundesliga II, November 7, 2008)