Augsburg and Frankfurt triumph
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga as Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt claimed victories.
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Augsburg turned up the heat on Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia with 2-1 victory in a Swabian battle on Sunday.
Halil Altintop's first Bundesliga goal since 2010 gave Augsburg the lead and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker doubled their advantage before Vedad Ibisevic pulled a goal back for Stuttgart before the interval.
Try as they might, Stuttgart were unable to find an equaliser and they had to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men after Ibrahima Traore saw red.
Eintracht Frankfurt got off the mark with their first points of the Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win at Braunschweig.
After laying siege to their hosts' goal without scoring in the first half, Frankfurt finally went ahead through Alexander Meier in the 52nd minute.
Ten minutes later, Stefan Aigner sealed the first win of the season for Armin Veh's side as Braunschweig suffered a third defeat in as many top-flight games following promotion.
On Saturday, Bayern Munich kept pace with Borussia Dortmund at the top with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both on target in a 2-0 win over Nurnberg.
Nurnberg went closest to breaking the deadlock as Bayern struggled to get their game going in the first half, though David Alaba missed a penalty for the hosts.
When Pep Guardiola's side found top gear in the second half, though, there was only one side who was going to win with wingers Ribery and Robben clinching their third straight win.
Sidney Sam was on target twice for Bayer Leverkusen as they moved into a four-way tie for top spot with a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Stefan Kiessling scored first before setting up Sam to give Leverkusen a two-goal lead at the interval.
Martin Stranzl and Juan Arango brought Gladbach back on terms, but Sam's second and a Gonzalo Castro goal ensured Sami Hyypia's men extended their perfect start to the season.
Hannover piled the pressure on Schalke coach Jens Keller with a 2-1 victory in a turbulent match at the Niedersachsenstadion.
Three players were dismissed as the Reds held on to take all three points, thanks to goals from Szabolcs Huszti, who received one of the red cards, and Mame Diouf.
Adam Szalai scored Schalke's consolation, but they lost Benedikt Howedes and Christian Fuchs, as well as their second game in three this season.
There were six goals and three red cards at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena as Hoffenheim and Freiburg had to settle for a point each after a 3-3 draw.
Sejad Salihovic was Hoffenheim's hero and villain in a matter of seconds as he put the hosts ahead, but then received his marching orders in the 10th minute.
Oliver Sorg levelled for Freiburg before Kevin Volland restored Hoffenheim's advantage, which again lasted only a few minutes before Karim Guede brought Freiburg back on terms.
The visitors lost Francis Coquelin to a red card before the interval, yet they took the lead for the first time through Sebastian Freis in the 65th minute.
Tobias Strobl levelled in the 77th minute before the final red card of the game was shown to substitute Admir Mehmedi in stoppage time.
Hertha Berlin extended their unbeaten start to the season to three games with a 1-0 win at home to strugglers Hamburg.
Adrian Ramos' 74th-minute goal was enough for Jos Luhukay's men to take all three points for the second time at home this season and leave Hamburg in a crisis with just one point from their first three games of the season.
Hamburg's toothless attack rarely threatened a goal with coach Thorsten Fink now under even more pressure.
Robert Lewandowski's second-half goal had briefly taken Borussia Dortmund clear at the top thanks to a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen in a one-sided game at the Westfalenstadion on Friday.
Lewandowski netted the only goal of the game in the 55th minute, but Dortmund should have won more convincingly as they created enough chances to win by a rugby score.
Bremen lost their unbeaten start to the season, but apart from a Marko Arnautovic effort before half-time and Franco Di Santo shot, they spent much of the game defending their own goal.