Podolski's brace leads Cologne past Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen, Germany – A pair of second-half goals from Lukas 1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, game unbeaten streak.
The opening goal arrived shortly before halftime when Podolski helped start a move that resulted in Milivoje Novakovic tapping the ball into the net from close range.
Podolski then found the back of the net himself with some help from Novakovic, whose pass left the Germany international with a close-range finish.
The lead was stretched to 3-0 when Podolski dashed past a defender and fired his shot into the corner goal before Mato Jajalo headed the ball against the crossbar for Cologne.
Simon Rolfes found the net for the home side 20 minutes from time, but Andre Schurrle was sent off in the 90th minute for Leverkusen and Jajalo added a fourth goal shortly before the final whistle.
Monchengladbach 1, Hamburg 0
Hamburg, Germany - Monchengladbach moved into a tie at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a 1-0 win over last-place Hamburg.
The lone goal arrived in the 66th minute courtesy of Igor De Camargo, whose goal gives Hamburg four losses from five games and leaves them at the bottom of the table with one point.
Monchengladbach has won three of its last four and is level with Werder Bremen on 13 points.
Hertha Berlin 2, Augsburg 2
Berlin, Germany - Hertha Berlin is unbeaten in its last five games after a 2-2 draw with Augsburg on Saturday.
Hajime Hosogai put Augsburg in front with the lone goal in the first half. But Christian Lell equalized for Hertha and Tunay Torun put the club in front in the 57th minute before Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker tallied his first goal of the season for Augsburg to help his team snap a three-game losing streak.
Sebastian Langkamp was sent off four minutes from time for Augsburg, although it didn't cost them in the end.
Nurnberg 1, Werder Bremen 1
Nurnberg, Germany - Werder Bremen was able to earn a 1-1 draw with Nurnberg despite the fact that the club played over 70 minutes with 10 men.
Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese was sent off after 17 minutes when he brought down Nurnberg's Christian Eigler.
But despite playing down a man, Bremen took the lead through Mehmet Ekici, although Philipp Wollscheid's second-half goal allowed Nurnberg to claim a point.
Hoffenheim 3, Wolfsburg 1
Sinsheim, Germany - Hoffenheim continued its strong form on Saturday as Roberto Firmino scored two goals in a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Ryan Babel tallied his third goal of the season for Hoffenheim in the 20th minute, with Firmino adding a second goal a few minutes later.
Ashkan Dejagah made it 2-1 in the 66th minute, but Wolfsburg was reduced to 10 men in the 80th when Marvin Hitz was sent off, allowing Firmino to add another goal six minutes from time.
Hoffenheim has won four of its last five games to move to within one point of the top spot, while Wolfsburg has dropped four of five.
Kaiserslautern 3, Mainz 1
Kaiserslautern, Germany - Kaiserslautern snatched its first win of the season on Saturday, topping Mainz, 3-1.
Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the opener for Mainz in the 14th minute, but Richard Sukuta-Pasu leveled the contest 10 minutes later.
Etey Shechter gave Kaiserslautern the lead in the 53rd minute, and all three points were secured 18 minutes from time by Christian Tiffert, who scored his first goal of the season.
The result leaves Mainz with one point from its last four games.