Better late than never for Hamburg

Hamburg's Croatia international Mladen Petric scored a last-minute winner in a 2-1 victory at Energie Cottbus on Sunday to move the club three points clear at the top of the German league table. Hamburg, a low-profile club with an impressive attack having scored 14 goals in their seven matches to date. They have five wins this season. Cottbus's Serbian striker Branko Jelic had equalised in the 73rd minute to cancel out Croatian Ivica Olic's 53rd-minute opener.

Hamburg have 16 points, three ahead of both Hoffenheim, who beat Eintracht Frankfurt with two goals from Demba Ba, and VfB Stuttgart, who thrashed Werder Bremen, 4-1, on Saturday. Bayer Leverkusen dropped from second to fourth, four points adrift, following a 1-0 home defeat to Hertha Berlin.