Bay­ern Mu­nich leave it late

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

With their coach's job on the line, Ham­burger SV play­ers re­sponded with a tena­cious per­for­mance to hold Bun­desliga leader Bay­ern Mu­nich score­less for 88 min­utes be­fore los­ing 1-0 yes­ter­day.

Just when it seemed Bay­ern would drop its first points of the sea­son, Franck Ribery crossed for Joshua Kim­mich to seal the side's eighth suc­ces­sive win across all com­pe­ti­tions.

Carlo Ancelotti is the first Bay­ern coach to win his first eight matches.

In con­trast, Ham­burg coach Bruno Lab­ba­dia was un­der pres­sure be­fore the game after gar­ner­ing just one point from four matches, and crit­i­cism from club chair­man Di­et­mar Beiers­dor­fer fol­lowed de­feats to pro­moted sides Leipzig and Freiburg.

"There is no coach who is not the loneli­est per­son in the world in such sit­u­a­tions. It's noth­ing special. It's the fate of a coach," Lab­ba­dia said be­fore his side's fourth suc­ces­sive league de­feat.

De­spite the en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance, Beiers­dor­fer re­fused to say whether Lab­ba­dia would be in charge for the next game against Hertha Berlin.

"I can't say that now. We need to speak about it in­ter­nally," Beiers­dor­fer said.

Lab­ba­dia's play­ers largely frus­trated Bay­ern's much-vaunted for­wards be­fore the break, when they were ap­plauded by the ap­pre­cia­tive home fans, and goal­keeper Rene Adler pro­duced a string of saves to keep Ham­burg level after the in­ter­val.

Bay­ern de­fender Mats Hum­mels went off with an ap­par­ent knee in­jury early in the sec­ond half, to be re­placed by Jerome Boateng, be­fore Ancelotti brought on Ribery and Ar­turo Vi­dal for Kings­ley Co­man and Re­nato Sanches with half an hour re­main­ing.

Ribery, who was for­tu­nate not to be sent off for pinch­ing Ni­co­lai Mueller in the face, made the dif­fer­ence after be­ing played through by a won­der­ful pass from Thi­ago Al­can­tara. The French winger crossed for Kim­mich to score at the far post.

Bay­ern vis­its Atletico Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day. WERDER BRE­MEN WOLFS­BURG 1

Len­nart Thy and Theodor Ge­bre Se­lassie scored late for Bre­men to claim an un­likely look­ing win for its first points of the sea­son in the late game.

With four straight de­feats, Bre­men made its worst ever league start, and it seemed like a fifth was on the cards after an own goal from Robert Bauer put 2, Wolfs­burg ahead with 20 min­utes to go.

But Thy equal­ized in the 86th and Ge­bre Se­lassie claimed the win­ner in in­jury time to give Bre­men its first win un­der in­terim coach Alexan­der Nouri.

It was Nouri's sec­ond game in charge after the sack­ing of Vik­tor Skrip­nik.

MAINZ 2, BAYER LEV­ERKUSEN 3

Javier "Chichar­ito" Her­nan­dez scored a hat trick for Lev­erkusen to come from be­hind for its sec­ond win.

Yunus Malli scored against his for­mer club in the first half, Chichar­ito equal­ized a minute later, and Ste­fan Bell re­stored Mainz' lead four min­utes after that.

Chichar­ito claimed his sec­ond mid­way through the sec­ond half, and he sealed the win in in­jury time. BORUS­SIA M’GLADBACH 2, INGOLSTADT 0

Lars Stindl scored shortly be­fore the in­ter­val for 'Gladbach, which missed chances to seal the win be­fore Os­car Wendt fi­nally did so with around 15 min­utes re­main­ing.

'Gladbach hosts Barcelona in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day. EIN­TRA­CHT FRANK­FURT 3, HERTHA BERLIN 3

Ja­maica de­fender Michael Hec­tor scored in in­jury time to sal­vage a late draw for Frank­furt.

Hertha cap­tain Vedad Ibi­se­vic con­verted a penalty to give the vis­i­tors an early lead, but Marco Fabian equal­ized with a fine fin­ish and Frank­furt cap­tain Alexan­der Meier added another be­fore the break.

Ibi­se­vic equal­ized be­fore the hour-mark, min­utes be­fore Alexan­der Ess­wein scored with a finely curled shot in­side the far post, only for Hec­tor to have the fi­nal say. AUGS­BURG 1, DARM­STADT 0 Ice­land striker Al­fred Finnbo­ga­son scored early in the sec­ond half for Augs­burg, which had it eas­ier after Darm­stadt de­fender Leon Guwara was sent off for a dan­ger­ous tackle be­fore the in­ter­val.

Bay­ern's David Alaba, right, and Ham­burg's Lewis Holtby head for the ball

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