Hamburg frustrated, Stuttgart relieved
© AFP

Hamburg were held 1-1 at VfL Bochum on Sunday to miss out on moving into fourth place the Bundesliga. A goal from Bochum's Slovakia striker Stanislav Sestak in the 39th minute shocked Martin Jol-coached Hamburg before the guests were rescued by striker Ivica Olic who slotted home 20 minutes from time. The draw kept the north German club fifth in the table while Bochum are three from bottom. Hamburg missed out on a deserved win when Sestak hit the post in the last ten minutes.

"We have a young squad, but they still have much to learn," Jol said. "We had to play catch-up in the second-half, we had our chances, but so did Bochum. To that extent, we have to be happy with the one point."

Ex-Germany defender Markus Babbel enjoyed a winning start to his tenure as Stuttgart coach when as his side picked up their first win in six games with a 2-0 win over Schalke to leave his side 10th in the table. "That cost me a few nerves," Babbel said. "Particularly in the first half, we were not organised. In the second-half, things got better and we took our chances."

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann saved a 16th minute penalty from Schalke's Peru striker Jefferson Farfan to keep the score level with his side badly in need of league points.

With time running out Czech Republic midfielder Jan Simak lobbed Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer 11 minutes from time to put Stuttgart ahead before Germany striker Mario Gomez made the result safe with a strike on 83 minutes. It gave Babbel a confidence-boosting win having succeeded Armin Veh as head coach last weekend. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg also battled away to a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea misfit Claudio Pizarro managed the individual exploit of the day with a hat-trick as his Werder Bremen thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 on the River Weser.