Hamburg and Schalke win in Bundesliga
By Peter Auf der Heyde Dec 4, 2011, 18:19 GMT
Berlin - SV Hamburg's season continued to improve Sunday as goals by Paolo Guerrero and Marcell Jansen gave them a 2-0 Bundesliga victory against Nuremberg.
In the later game, Schalke moved to fourth in the table on 28 points with a 3-1 win against bottom team Augsburg.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring for Schalke in the 15th minute with an audacious back-heel, but that was all that Schalke had to show for their first-half dominance.
Somewhat against the run of play Sascha Moelders leveled matters two minutes after the restart, but Christian Fuchs gave the home side the lead again in the 66th minute with a long-range shot that goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif should have saved.
Amsif admitted that he should have done better with the shot. 'Even though the ball bounced before me, I should have saved it. I have no excuse.'
Spanish international Raul put the game beyond the visitors four minutes from the end with a header after a corner.
Fuchs said that the team would not become arrogant even though they were doing well. 'We are a good side, but we do not think now that we are going to be champions.
'I think Bayern are the favourites and the rest of the teams will be fighting out for the places behind them and we are one of them,' the Austrian international said.
Earlier SV Hamburg secured only their second victory under new coach Thorsten Fink to move to 11th in the table on 17 points.
For Nuremberg it was the fifth away defeat in a row and leaves them in trouble on 15 points. They are one place off the relegation zone in 15th place.
Peruvian international Guerrero, who was accused by Nuremberg players of pushing aside his opponent before scoring in the 23rd minute, said that his side deserved the win.
'We are on a right way. We have a young team and we want to continue going forward,' he said.
Nuremberg twice hit the woodwork through Tomas Pekhart and Nuremberg players rued the missed chances. 'It is a match that we should really not have lost. We had more of the game and had chances to win,' said midfielder Daniel Didavi.
On Saturday, two goals a piece from Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery took Bayern Munich back to the top of the standings with a 4-1 victory against Werder Bremen.
The win takes the club from the Bavarian capital to 31 points - one more than Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach, who drew 1-1 in the other top-of-the-table clash in Moenchengladbach.