BERLIN (AFP) – Hoffenheim missed out on reclaiming second place in the Bundesliga after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at strugglers Hamburg while leaders Bayern Munich finished the weekend four points clear after hammering Werder Bremen.
Hoffenheim took an early lead when striker Anthony Modeste coolly slotted home in the 15th minute, but hosts Hamburg, who are third from bottom, hit back when Pierre-Michel Lasogga showed superb finishing on 34 minutes.
The former Germany Under-21 international had several chances in the second-half and clipped the crossbar with 10 minutes left to leave Hoffenheim, Bayern, Mainz and Moenchengladbach as the league’s only unbeaten teams.
The point lifts Hamburg up to 16th, while Hoffenheim are third after Borussia Moenchengladbach moved up to second with Saturday’s 3-0 win at Hanover 96 when Germany striker Max Kruse scored twice.
The weekend’s results mean first plays second when Gladbach host Bayern Munich in the league’s top game next Sunday.
Paderborn moved up to seventh with a 3-1 comeback win against Eintracht Frankfurt, who dropped to eighth.
Defender Uwe Huenemeier and striker Stefan Kutschke put the result beyond doubt after Marvin Ducksch’s stunning volley put Paderborn level after Frankfurt captain Alex Meier gave the guests a first-half lead.
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern maintained their stranglehold on the Bundesliga with their fifth straight victory on Saturday in a 6-0 rout of bottom side Bremen in Munich.
The Bavarians warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Roma as captain Philipp Lahm moved up into the defensive midfield and scored the first double of his career while Germany star Mario Geotze also netted twice.