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Bundesliga Back in Goal Scoring Business

The first week of action in the German top division saw 32 goals as Werder Bremen take the table's top spot thanks to a 5:2 scoring-fest against Bielefeld.

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Frankfurt celebrated a little to early

On Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1. Frankfurt's Aleksandar Vasoski had scored the first goal in the 7th minute, but Leverkusen cheered the rest of the time with goals by Dimitar Berbatow (24th), Andrej Woronin (48th), Bernd Schneider (56th) and finally Jacek Krzynowek in the 59th minute.

In the other Sunday match, Schalke 04 beat Kaiserslautern 2-1.

As a result, Werder Bremen still leads the Bundesliga after their first match against Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday. Bayer Leverkusen is second, with last year's champion Bayern Munich in third place so far.

German national team striker Miroslav Klose only needed 24 seconds to get the scoring underway for Bremen, who hosted Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga's first week of play.

Klose, who scored again in the 82nd minute, got some assistance from Croatian international Ivan Klasnic who had two goals of his own in the league's highest scoring game of the week.

"After the preseason preparations, you never know where you stand," Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said after the game. "We wanted to give our fans a good match in the first home game, and I think we did it."

Hamburg finally get opener win

Hamburg also did a good job of confirming that their preseason planning paid off. They were able to dump the label as the Bundesliga's slow starter with a 3-0 win against Nuremberg.

"Finally a great start to the season," Hamburg's trainer Thomas Doll said. "Now we have to save our strength for the UI final on Tuesday."

Bundesliga 2005 /06 1. Spieltag 1. FC Köln - Mainz 05

Cologne's Lukas Podolski, center, challenges for the ball with Mainz's Nikolce Noveski from Macedonia, right, and Fabian Gerber

Some 50,000 fans in Cologne had a chance to celebrate thanks to a 87th minute penalty kick and plenty of missed opportunities by Mainz 05. Björn Schlicke signaled Cologne's successful return to the German top flight by burying his shot from the penalty spot. This could be an early signal that Mainz, who in 2004 spent their first every year in the Bundesliga's first division, have moved past soccer's stage of beginner's luck.

Six teams earn a point each

The league's other teams had to satisfy themselves with point each in their openers.

Borussia Dortmund -- who set a record by fielding the Bundesliga's youngest ever player, the 16-year-335-day-old Turkish prodigy Nuri Sahin -- earned a 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg. While Dortmund was happy to take a point home with them, Wolfsburg coach Holger Fach proved that some results can please both sides.

"In the first half we were the commanding team," he said. "I think we saw some very good soccer today."

On his return to the Bundgesliga, Stuttgart's coach and one-time Bayern Munich trainer Giovanni Trapattoni had to be content with a fairly fought 1-1 draw with MSV Duisburg, an unexpected result for the Italian's team with championship aspirations against the newly promoted. Duisburg.

Bundesliga 2005 /06 1. Spieltag MSV Duisburg - VfB Stuttgart

Duisburg's Uwe Moehrle, left, fights for the ball against Zvonimir Soldo from Croatia, right, of Stuttgart

Hertha BSC Berlin threw away a 2-0 lead in Hanover and Hertha coach Falko Götz admitted his players had every reason to be disappointed with themselves.

"We quit too early," he said. "The result is annoying. It could have been such a great start to the season."

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