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Lucky Leverkusen ends Bayern's perfect start

Jerome Boateng scored an own goal with just three minutes remaining Sunday, helping Bayer Leverkusen defeat Bayern Munich, 2-1, to snap the Bundesliga leaders' perfect start.

Bayern won its first eight games to start the season, but Stefan Kiessling was the beneficiary of a bad clearance from Bayern captain Philipp Lahm to bag his sixth goal and a late header from Sidney Sam went in off Boateng.

Mario Mandzukic scored for Bayern, which allowed just two goals over its first eight matches - all wins. Bayern is still comfortably atop the standings with 24 points, four ahead of second-place Schalke.

Leverkusen extended its unbeaten streak to six matches with its third win over that span, and sits nine points off the pace in fifth place.

Kiessling scored on the first shot for Leverkusen just two minutes before half when he was in the right place when Lahm tried to turn a pass over the line on the far side, but it went right to the Leverkusen player for an easy goal.

Bayern controlled most of the match and finally tied the score 13 minutes from time when Arjen Robben, back from injury, played the ball to Claudio Pizzaro, who in turn played a short cross to Mandzukic for a header to the right post.

The eighth goal of the season for Mandzukic had Bayern in position to overturn the deficit, but poor header from Sam late in normal time bounced off Boateng, and left Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer no chance from close range.

Monchengladbach 3, Hannover 2

Hannover, Germany - Alvaro Dominguez, Roel Brouwers and Juan Arango scored in a nine-minute stretch of the second half as Monchengladbach erased a two-goal deficit Sunday to edge Hannover, 3-2, at AWD Arena in the Bundesliga.

Jan Schlaudraff and Mame Biram Diouf scored in the opening eight minutes after halftime for Hannover, but Dominguez pulled the first goal back in the 70th, Brouwers followed in the 77th, and Arango bagged the winner in the 79th.

Monchengladbach won for the second time in three matches since beginning the season with just one win in six matches, and climbed into the top half of the standings in ninth place.

Hannover lost for the third time during a four-game winless run and slipped to 10th place, one point out of the top half.

Stuttgart 2, Eintracht 1

Stuttgart, Germany - Vedad Ibisevic scored his fifth goal this season just six minutes from time as Stuttgart won for the third time in a four-match unbeaten run, 2-1, over Eintracht on Sunday at Mercedes Benz Arena in the Bundesliga.

Christian Gentner also scored for Stuttgart, which was winless in five matches to start the season. Stuttgart has climbed into the top half of the standings with 10 points from its last four games.

Alexander Meier scored his sixth goal of the season for Eintracht, which lost for the second time in three matches since opening the season unbeaten in six straight. Eintracht is still third in the standings.