Wolfsburg stay top as Stuttgartfail to beat 10-man Berlin

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20 September 2004, HAMBURG - Surprise leaders VfL Wolfsburg stayed at the top of the German Bundesliga on Sunday, as VfB Stuttgart failed to beat a 10-man Hertha Berlin, playing to a goalless draw. In Berlin, Angolan Nando Rafael was sent off two minutes from the break after receiving his second yellow card for kicking the ball away after the referee had given a freekick against him. In the second half his team-mates managed to contain the Stuttgart forward line that, however, was missing German internatio

20 September 2004

HAMBURG - Surprise leaders VfL Wolfsburg stayed at the top of the German Bundesliga on Sunday, as VfB Stuttgart failed to beat a 10-man Hertha Berlin, playing to a goalless draw.

In Berlin, Angolan Nando Rafael was sent off two minutes from the break after receiving his second yellow card for kicking the ball away after the referee had given a freekick against him.

In the second half his team-mates managed to contain the Stuttgart forward line that, however, was missing German international Kevin Kuranyi who will be out for at least four weeks after injuring himself in an UEFA Cup match last week.

Stuttgart had the ball in the back of the net in the second half, but the referee ruled that Silvio Meissner had headed the ball against his arm before pushing it over the line.

Stuttgart coach Matthias Sammer said that he did not want to say whether it was a point won or two lost. "These questions can only be answered at the end of the season. Possibly then we will be short two points or ahead by one.

"I do not want to say that we could not score because Kuranyi was not there. The other players did well and there were also a few saves by the Berlin goalkeeper."

He said he could not understand why the referee did not give the goal. "The player did not play the ball deliberately with his hand. The goal should have been given."

His Hertha Berlin counterpart, Falko Goetz, said that he was happy that his side had done well to hold onto a draw with ten men. "The first yellow card for Nando was not justified, but it was foolish to do what he did then."

The other game on Sunday between SC Freiburg and VfL Bochum ended in a 1-1 draw. Tommy Bechmann opened the scoring for Bochum in the 55th minute, but defender Daniel Schumann equalised for the home side just three minutes later.

All four teams involved in Sunday's games are unbeaten in the league this season.

On Saturday, Wolfsburg went to the top of the Bundesliga table for the first time in their history with a 2-1 victory at Hansa Rostock.

Bayern Munich scored two goals in the last three minutes to scrape a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dormund who had looked certain winners after two goals from Brazilian striker Ewerthon.

Last season's champions Werder Bremen were back on the winning trail with a 3-0 victory over Hanover, while Bayer Leverkusen came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Nuremberg.

SV Hamburg stayed rooted to the bottom after losing 2-1 in Kaiserslautern, while Schalke came back to beat Moenchengladbach 3-2. Bundesliga rookies Mainz 05 managed to play to a 1-1 draw at Arminia Bielefeld.

Wolfsburg have 12 points, while Stuttgart are on 11. Defending champions Werder Bremen are third with nine points.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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