Bundesliga soccer leaders Dortmund lost Saturday to Eintracht Frankfurt, failing to snatch the Bundesliga record for best start to a season. Meanwhile, third-place Hanover received a shock from hosts Nuremberg.
Dortmund's coach said the pitch wasn't their friend
Borussia Dortmund suffered their first away defeat of the season Saturday, falling 0-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt, courtesy of a late goal from Theofanis Gekas.
The loss ended Dortmund's 15-match unbeaten run and left them one point short of the Bundesliga record set by Bayern Munich in 2005-06 for most points in the first half of a season.
"Today, luck wasn't on our side and sometimes you just have to accept that," said coach Juergen Klopp. "It was a tight match."
The Bundesliga leaders were shocked when Gekas, the league's top scorer, scored his fourteenth league goal of the season on 86 minutes.
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"They deserved to win," Klopp admitted, adding that the opponent was "more passionate than we were in the one-on-one challenges."
"Neither the opponent, nor the pitch was our friend," Klopp said. "Things just didn't go our way."
Still, Dortmund maintain an 11-point lead over Bayer Leverkusen, who could cut that gap down to eight if they beat SC Freiburg on Sunday.
Nuremberg takes Hanover
Also on Saturday, third-place Hanover were taken down 3-1 at mid-table Nuremberg, as US defender Steven Cherundolo scored an own goal on 28 minutes before Andreas Wolf scored for the hosts three minutes later.
Hanover midfielder Sergio Pinto converted a penalty on 76 minutes to bring the score to 2-1, but Nuremberg striker Julian Schieber netted a late goal, clinching Nuremberg's victory.
Hanover remain 12 points behind Dortmund.
Werder Bremen disappoint again
In Saturday's other Bundesliga matches, Schalke 04 won their third game in a row, smashing Cologne 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick by Raul.
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Werder Bremen continued to disappoint, losing 2-1 to visitors Kaiserslautern. Srdjan Lakic scored the first goal of the game after just 23 seconds of play.
Wolfsburg, meanwhile, drew with Hoffenheim 2-2 and Mainz defeated St. Pauli 4-2.
Author: David Levitz (AFP, dpa, Reuters)
Editor: Kyle James