Bundesliga: Bayern beat Freiburg, Hoffenheim fall to Werder; Leaders Hamburg & Leverkusen draw; Hertha thumped by Nurnberg

Freiburg 1 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Thomas Muller and a Cha Du-Ri own goal gave Louis van Gaal’s side all three points after they had lost one and drawn one of their last two games. Stefan Reisinger scored a consolation with the last kick of the game for Freiburg.

Stuttgart 1 – Schalke 2 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Schalke struck first thanks to Ivan Rakitic’s effort in the 24th minute. Cacau levelled for Stuttgart in the 73rd minute and the turnaround was completed three minutes later as Kevin Kuranyi popped up with the winner in the 76th minute with some ice-cold finishing to claim Schalke’s third straight league win.

FC Cologne 1 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009) Milivoje Novakovic scored the only goal of the game as Cologne eased their relegation worries with a 1-0 win against high-flying Mainz.

Nurnberg 3 – Hertha Berlin 0 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009) An early goal from Daniel Gygax and a double from Albert Bunjaku condemned Hertha to an eighth straight loss and catapulted Nurnberg out of the bottom three.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009) Jiri Stajner levelled for Hannover on 68 minutes after Nikos Liberopoulos had broken the deadlock in the first half, but Frankfurt were not to be denied and triumphed thanks to Alexander Meier’s late strike.

Werder Bremen 2 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009) After Hoffenheim missed an early penalty, Claudio Pizarro and Per Mertesacker scored to give Werder the lead after just 22 minutes and that was all the hosts would need.

Hamburg 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, October 17, 2009)