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Pohjanpalo hat-trick gives Leverkusen late win in Bundesliga

Bobby Woods struck again in Hamburger SV's 1,800th Bundesliga game but Joel Pohjanpalo proved the hero with a late hat trick as Bayer Leverkusen beat them 3-1

Pohjanpalo hat-trick gives Leverkusen late win in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) -- Bobby Woods struck again in Hamburger SV's 1,800th Bundesliga game but Joel Pohjanpalo proved the hero with a late hat trick as Bayer Leverkusen beat them 3-1 on Saturday.

Woods, who scored against Ingolstadt on the opening weekend, opened the scoring on a counterattack in the 58th minute, only for Pohjanpalo to equalize with just over 10 minutes remaining and complete his hat trick in injury time.

Germany forward Mario Gomez endured a frustrating debut for Wolfsburg, while little-known striker Maximilian Philipp struck twice as promoted Freiburg upset Borussia Moenchengladbach at home.

Sandro Sirigu's last-minute goal gave Darmstadt a dramatic win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Hessen derby.

Promoted Leipzig was playing its first Bundesliga game at home against Borussia Dortmund later.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN 3 HAMBURGER SV 1

Leverkusen's hopes of bouncing back from an opening-weekend defeat improved with the return of striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who broke his right hand in a fall.

Neither side created much going forward, however, until Wood snatched the opening goal after being played through by Michael Gregoritsch. Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who'd just extended his contract to 2020, rushed out of goal and Wood stayed cool to round him and score for the second consecutive game.

But Hamburg was again to let a lead slip.

Julian Brandt was at the heart of the home side's dangerous play and the Germany midfielder set up Pohjanpalo to head the equalizer in the 79th, the Finn struck Leverkusen ahead in the first minute of injury time, and there was still time for Chicharito to set him up to complete the scoring in the fourth.

WOLFSBURG 0 COLOGNE 0

Much was expected of Gomez on his return to the Bundesliga. However, the Germany forward was largely frustrated as Cologne allowed few chances. No Wolfsburg player touched the ball less than Gomez in the first half.

Cologne, which had the better chances, might have claimed the victory but for an assured performance from Wolfsburg 'keeper Koen Casteels.

FREIBURG 3 BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 1

Thorgan Hazard ensured 'Gladbach scored for the ninth consecutive competitive game when he struck inside the far post 10 minutes before halftime.

Philipp equalized with an even better effort early in the second half, forcing his way past three defenders before unleashing an unstoppable effort inside the top right corner.

The home side pushed hard and was duly rewarded when Philipp struck a perfectly placed shot inside the far post with five minutes remaining, two minutes before Nils Peterson added a penalty for Freiburg's first win.

HERTHA BERLIN 2 INGOLSTADT 0

Midfielder Genki Haraguchi set up both goals as Hertha claimed its second win from two games.

Haraguchi sent Vedad Ibisevic through early, and crossed for Julian Schieber to seal the deal with four minutes remaining.

DARMSTADT 1 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 0

Frankfurt was left to rue missed chances against bitter local rival Darmstadt when Sirigu's attempted cross flew over goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky and inside the top corner.


Updated : 2021-06-18 02:36 GMT+08:00