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By ESPN Staff
Nov 4, 2007

Bundesliga: Karlsruhe climb to fourth, Bayern poor

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Karlsruhe SC moved back up to fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at home to Duisburg on Sunday.

Karlsruhe, newly promoted from the second division, extended their excellent start to the new season, sealing victory with a headed goal from Swiss defender Mario Eggimann in the 29th minute.

In Sunday's other match Bochum won a 5-3 thriller at home to VfL Wolfsburg.

Bochum raced into a 4-0 lead by half-time and their victory was never in doubt despite a loss of concentration in the second period.

Stanislav Sestak headed the home side into the lead in the fourth minute and Marcel Maltritz soon made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Goals from Danny Fuchs and Sestak in the last three minutes of the first half effectively made the game safe for Bochum.

Marcel Schaefer and Grafite got Wolfsburg back to 4-2 early in the second half but Joel Epalle made it 5-2 and Grafite's second, in off the near post, came too late to pose Bochum problems.

Yesterday, Wasteful Bayern Munich had their Bundesliga lead cut to two points on Saturday when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg SV beat Hertha Berlin 2-1.

Bayern created 38 chances according to stats from Premiere TV but strikers Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni had a rare off-day and when they did hit the target they found goalkeeper Oka Nikolov in inspired form.

Hamburg made them pay as they stretched their unbeaten run to seven league matches with a scrappy win at home to Hertha.

Paolo Guerrero put them ahead in the fourth minute but Patrick Ebert equalised and Hamburg looked like being frustrated before Bastian Reinhardt sealed victory with a late header.

With 12 games played, unbeaten Bayern lead the standings with 28 points.

Hamburg are second on 26, while Werder Bremen are third on 24 after a 1-0 win at home to Hansa Rostock.

Schalke 04, surprisingly beaten 1-0 by bottom club Energie Cottbus on Friday, slip to seventh place with 18 points.

Bayern will wonder how they let Frankfurt off the hook in a ludicrously one-sided game at the Allianz Arena.

Oliver Kahn, back from an elbow injury, did not have a shot to save, while his opposite number Nikolov was rarely out of the action.

Luca Toni forced the keeper to tip the ball over with an early header and the Italian continued to miss chances at an incredible rate.

As Toni and Klose struggled, midfielders Ze Roberto, Mark van Bommel and Franck Ribery started coming forward more often but the result was always the same, with shots either going a fraction wide or bringing fine saves from Nikolov.

It was a second successive goalless draw for Bayern, who had led by six points before last weekend's matches.

'It's always the way when you don't take your first chance - the opposition get more confident,' Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld told reporters.

'We played very well but we just could not take advantage.'