Hertha hands Dortmund second league defeat

Defending Bundesliga champions Borussia 1 to Hertha Berlin.

Following a scoreless first half, Hertha seized the advantage five minutes after the break when some confusion in the Dortmund defense allowed Raffael to get a clean look at goal.

His initial effort was kept out by goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, but the Brazilian followed up the shot and fired home the rebound.

A corner kick nine minutes from time saw Hertha double its lead as Peter Niemeyer was left unmarked a few yards from goal for a simple finish.

Robert Lewandowski scored two minutes from time on a header for Dortmund, but it wasn't enough to prevent Hertha from claiming its second straight victory.

Bayern Munich 7, Freiburg 0

Munich, Germany - Bayern Munich continued its dominant form in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 7-0 thrashing of Freiburg that saw Mario Gomez score four goals.

Gomez scored a hat trick for Bayern against Kaiserslautern last time out, giving him seven goals in two games, while Franck Ribery added two goals on Saturday and Nils Petersen scored his first goal for Bayern in the 89th minute.

Gomez tallied his first goal eight minutes into the match with Ribery scoring two more before halftime.

Two goals in a three-minute span early in the second half from Gomez stretched the lead to 5-0 before the Germany international scored his fourth goal of the match from the penalty spot.

Petersen capped the scoring in the 89th minute, giving Bayern four successive wins by a combined score of 16-0 in league play.

Freiburg has lost three of its last four contests.

Werder Bremen 2, Hamburg 0

Bremen, Germany - Werder Bremen kept pace with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday as a pair of second-half goals from Claudio Pizarro was enough for a 2-0 win over struggling Hamburg.

Bremen joins Bayern at the top of the league with 12 points from five games, while Hamburg sits on the bottom of the table with one point.

Following a scoreless first half, Pizarro put Bremen in front early in the second half when Marko Marin's free kick struck the post, leaving Pizarro to nod home the rebound from close range.

Another set piece 12 minutes from time helped Bremen secure the win when Aaron Hunt's corner kick found Pizarro near the penalty spot and he placed the ball into the upper-right corner of the net.

Stuttgart 3, Hannover 0

Stuttgart, Germany - Hannover suffered its first defeat of the season on Saturday as Stuttgart handed the visitors a 3-0 setback.

Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring after eight minutes for Stuttgart, with goals from Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Serdar Tasci in the final 11 minutes of the match sealing the win.

Stuttgart had lost its previous two games prior to Saturday's win, while Hannover collected eight points from its first four games.

Hoffenheim 4, Mainz 0

Mainz, Germany - Hoffenheim got two goals from Ryan Babel to secure a comfortable 4-0 win over Mainz on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino put Hoffenheim ahead after 16 minutes before Babel converted a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time to double the lead.

The former Liverpool man tallied his second goal of the contest in the 73rd minute before an own goal from Nikolce Noveski six minutes from time put the result away.

Hoffenheim remains three points back of leaders Bayern Munich with the win, while Mainz has earned only one point from its last three matches.

Monchengladbach 1, Kaiserslautern 0

Monchengladbach, Germany - Monchengladbach got back into the win column on Saturday with a second-half goal from Juan Arango to notch a 1-0 victory over Kaiserslautern.

The win keeps Monchengladbach within two points of the league lead, while Kaiserslautern remains winless through five games.

Arango's goal came in the 57th minute when Tony Jantschke's shot was driven through the face of goal and fell to Arango at the back post for a simple finish.