Hamburg end Mainz’s record run; Gomez fires hat-trick for Bayern

The win lifts Leverkusen to third place on 15 points.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez celebrates scoring his third goal in his team’s 3-0 win over Hannover on Saturday.


Mainz lose to Hamburg 0-1 and miss opportunity to create Bundesliga history

Bayern Munich win 3-0 thanks to Mario Gomez hat-trick

Bayer Leverkusen come back from 2-0 down to defeat Wolfsburg 3-2

(CNN) — Mainz failed in their bid to make Bundesliga history on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at home to Hamburg.

The minnows were bidding for their eighth consecutive win of the season, which would have seen them overtake the record of seven straight wins held by themselves, Bayern Munich — who achieved the feat in the 1995-96 season — and Kaiserslautern (2001-02 season).

But it was not to be as Hamburg’s Paolo Guerrero crushed any lingering hopes with a 89th minute winner. Wolfsburg are in 11th place with 10 points.

Werder Bremen beat Freiburg 2-1, while St Pauli scored a late winner to snatch a 3-2 victory over Nuremberg.

The clash at the bottom of the table between Schalke and Stuttgart ended in a 2-2 draw.

Sunday matches see Eintracht Frankfurt travel to Kaiserslautern while Borussia Moenchengladbach travel to Hoffenheim.


Substitute Simon Rolfes scored a second half brace to help his side come back to win after going 2-0 down. But the break showed that we were missing a little bit of our collective game,” Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel said, AFP reported.

Mainz now lie second in the table behind Borussia Dortmund who have the same amount of points — after their 2-1 win on Friday against Cologne — but a superior goal difference.

Mario Gomez scored a hat-trick for reigning champions Bayern Munich as they cruised past Hannover at the Allianz Arena.

Gomez opened his account in the 21st minute, added a second in the 77th minute before a third came in injury time.

A goal has been a long time coming for the German striker, who hadn’t scored in the Bundesliga since February.

“It’s a nice feeling. I didn’t think it would come like this. It really wasn’t that difficult. I was just part of the team today,” Gomez said, AFP reported.

The win was a welcome relief for coach Louis van Gaal who was without his captain Mark van Bommel, Franck Ribery, Miroslav Klose, Ivica Olic and Daniel van Buyten because of injury.

Bayern move up to ninth place with 11 points.

Saturday’s late kick-off saw Bayer Leverkusen defeat Wolfsburg 3-2. Hamburg also had a goal disallowed earlier in the match.

“We played a little wild and lost some easy balls in attack, giving them some chances on the counter attack

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