by MACAULAY DALEY
Schalke 04 slumped to the bottom of the Bundesliga after a 2-1 defeat at Hoffenheim saw them fall to their fifth straight league defeat.
They’re now the only side in the league without a point to their name, and it is their worst start to the season in 49 years.
It started so brightly for the visiting side and they went ahead in the fourth minute. Breel Embolo’s right wing cross found Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who headed home from close range.
The lead lasted just 13 minutes and it was another headed effort which levelled the scores. A cross in from the left was met by Andrej Kramaric, who scored his second goal of the season.
Hoffenheim’s comeback was completed by half-time with a goal from Lukas Rupp. Kerem Demirbay’s sublime run into the area and inch perfect pass found Rupp in plenty of space to roll the ball into an empty net.
Markus Weinzierl will certainly be hoping that he’s given time to turn the slump around, but the same can’t be said of Bruno Labbadia, after he was sacked as Hamburg’s manager following their 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Die Rothosen held on until the 88th minute against the champions, before Joshua Kimmich’s second league goal of the season kept up their 100% record.
Rene Adler was particularly impressive in the home goal, keeping out Javi Martinez and David Alaba with some fine shot stopping. However, there was nothing that he could do about the winner.
Thiago Alcantara’s wonderful long range pass found substitute Franck Ribery and his low ball in to the area was turned in at the back post by Kimmich.
Labbadia wasn’t the first manager to lose his job this season and that accolade, if you can call it that, was given to Werder Bremen’s Viktor Skrypnyk who was relieved of his duties last weekend.
His interim replacement, Alexander Nouri lost his first match in charge during the week, but they bounced back with two late goals to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 at the Weserstadion.
The home side fell behind in the 69th minute, with Jannes Horn’s wicked cross put into his own net by Robert Bauer.
Nouri’s men rallied and equalised with just four minutes of normal time left. Lennart Thy, on as a substitute, smashed home a loose ball in the area to give Die Werderaner some hope.
As the game entered stoppage time, Niklas Schmidt’s corner was headed in by Theodor Gebre Selassie as Bremen won their first game of the season and moved out of the relegation zone.
Ingolstadt are also without a win this season after they lost 2-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia Park.
Just before half-time captain Lars Stindl but Gladbach ahead from 18 yards out. The win was sealed in the 76th minute, Thorgan Hazard played in Oscar Wendt who finished smartly for his first goal since December last year.
Dortmund 3-1 Freiburg
Mainz 05 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg 1-0 Darmstadt
Frankfurt 3-3 Hertha Berlin
Koln 1-1 RB Leipzig