Six-goal thriller in Bremen
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga.
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Nurnberg twice battled from behind to earn a share of the spoils in a thrilling six-goal Bundesliga encounter with Werder Bremen at the Weser Stadion on Sunday.
An own goal from Berkay Dabanli gave the hosts the lead in the eighth minute and Eljero Elia ended a 3361-minute drought with a brace, but that was not enough to earn Bremen all three points.
Hiroshi Kiyotake and Josip Drmic got the visitors back on level terms from 2-0 down, and Adam Hlousek's 70th-minute equaliser ensured a 3-3 result for draw specialists Nurnberg, who have now taken a point from five of their seven league games this season.
Stuttgart jumped up to sixth place in the table with a 4-0 win at last-placed Eintracht Braunschweig.
Vedad Ibisevic (40) scored the only goal of the first half but the floodgates opened after the break as Alexandru Maxim (50), Ibrahima Traore (76) and substitute Martin Harnik (86) got on the scoresheet.
Defeat left newly-promoted Braunschweig rock bottom with just one point from seven games.
Robert Lewandowski dispelled any doubts over his commitment to the Borussia Dortmund cause this season with two goals in a 5-0 win over Freiburg.
Lewandowski confirmed earlier this week that he will sign a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich in January, but he was named in Dortmund's starting line-up on Saturday and struck twice in the second half.
The visitors already led 2-0 through Marco Reus' brace, the second a penalty after Fallou Diagne was sent off for fouling Lewandowski, and substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski completed a thoroughly one-sided win.
Dortmund remain level on points with Bayern Munich at the summit after the reigning champions beat Wolfsburg 1-0.
Thomas Muller struck the only goal from a narrow angle in the 63rd minute and Bayern, like their rivals, moved to 19 points from seven games in an unbeaten start.
Just one point behind are Bayer Leverkusen, who extended their best-ever start to a Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win over Hannover at the BayArena.
Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam scored first-half goals as Leverkusen warmed up for their midweek Champions League tie with Real Sociedad with their sixth win in seven league matches this season.
The win also gives Sami Hyypia's men a six-point cushion over Hannover, who remain in fourth place despite losing their third away game of the season.
Marcell Jansen earned Hamburg a point on Bert van Marwijk's return to the Bundesliga as the full-back's last-gasp goal earned a 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Johannes Flum gave the hosts a deserved lead after half an hour, but Pierre-Michel Lasogga stunned the Waldstadion into silence on the brink of half-time as he brought Hamburg level.
Marco Russ then restored the Eagles' advantage in the 54th minute, but Jansen's deflected effort denied them at the death.
Hoffenheim and Schalke drew 3-3 in a dramatic game at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.
Kevin-Prince Boateng and Joel Matip got Schalke off to a flying start, but Anthony Modeste hauled Hoffenheim back into the game.
Marco Hoger restored Schalke's two-goal advantage before half time, but a Roberto Firmino penalty and a David Abraham free-kick earned Hoffenheim a share of the spoils.
Hertha Berlin came from behind to beat Mainz 3-1 at the Olympiastadion and move up to fifth in the table.
Nicolai Muller gave Mainz a seventh-minute lead, but their former striker Sami Allagui came back to haunt them with two goals to turn the game on its head and Anis Ben-Hatira completed the win for Hertha.
On Friday, Borussia Monchengladbach were denied a first away win of the season as Arkadiusz Milik's late goal earned Augsburg a 2-2 draw.
Andre Hahn gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 27th minute, but a defensive Borussia replied through Max Kruse six minutes later.
Markus Weinzierl's men continued to call all the shots, but it was a counter-attacking Gladbach who took the lead with substitute Branimir Hrgota on target in the 72nd minute.
That goal seemed good enough to earn the visitors all three points, but Milik had other ideas as he opened his Bundesliga account with an 88th-minute equaliser.