Hannover's Huszti scores winner then sent off
Associated Press
2012-09-16 03:01 AM
Szabolcs Huszti capped a remarkable afternoon by scoring an overhead injury-time winner in Hannover's 3-2 win over Werder Bremen and then getting sent off in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Huszti, who also scored Hannover's first goal and set up another, received two yellow cards in quick succession for taking his shirt off and then climbing the stand after his spectacular strike with just seconds remaining.

"These are just pure emotions. That's why you play football," Hannover coach Mirko Slomka said.

Even referee Deniz Aytekin seemed a bit apologetic, saying: "It pains you a little but I had no choice."

Bayern Munich beat Mainz 3-1 to maintain its perfect start to the season and defending champion Borussia Dortmund defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-0.

Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger was unable to inspire Greuther Fuerth to a win against Schalke on the 89-year-old's return to the town in which he was born.

Julian Draxler's stunning 48th-minute strike and Lewis Holtby's goal with two minutes remaining secured a 2-0 win for the visitors.

Kissinger, whose family fled Nazi Germany in 1938, was honoring a promise to visit the Ronhof stadium if Fuerth secured promotion. He said he tried to watch games there as a child, even though it was against the wishes of his parents.

"My father wanted me to go to the opera, but I was always for the (Feurth) games and I tried to sneak in," Kissinger said in German before the game. "I was caught every time and then there was trouble at home."

In Munich, Bayern striker Mario Mandzukic scored in the second minute and Bastian Schweinsteiger headed in the home side's second goal in the 13th. Mainz pulled one back through Adam Szalai's penalty in the 59th, then Toni Kroos secured the win in injury time.

Borussia Moenchengladbach lost 3-2 at home to Nuremberg, and Stuttgart drew 0-0 with Fortuna Duesseldorf on a weekend when all Bundesliga teams agreed to forego shirt sponsorship to carry a message promoting integration.

Hungarian midfielder Huszti has been directly involved in Hannover's last seven goals, scoring two and setting up five since his return from Zenit St. Petersburg.

Huszti opened the scoring in the northern derby with a free kick in the sixth, and then crossed for Leon Andreasen to score four minutes later.

Aaron Hunt pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 26th, and Werder deservedly equalized in the 74th, when Eljero Elia set up Kevin de Bruyne.

Bremen might have won the game late on if Sokratis Papastathopoulos' effort wasn't ruled out for offside, and if Ron-Robert Zieler hadn't denied Marco Arnautovic, before Huszti had the final say.

"A crazy game. We were lucky to win in the end," Slomka said.

Mandzukic scored the fastest goal of the season so far when Thomas Mueller capitalized on a defensive mistake and found the Croat at the far post.

Holger Badstuber then crossed for Schweinsteiger to score with a rare header as Bayern _ playing without Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben after they picked up knocks in training _ appeared to be in cruise control.

However, Mainz had a lifeline in the 58th when Dante brought down Julian Baumgartlinger and Szalai made no mistake from the spot.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes introduced Javi Martinez from the bench with 15 minutes remaining and the Spaniard crossed for Kroos to score with a crisp volley and boost confidence ahead of Valencia's visit in the Champions League on Wednesday.

With Angela Merkel watching from the stands in Dortmund, Mats Hummels scored in the 29th, prompting jubilation from the German chancellor before she quickly composed herself to maintain diplomacy.

Mario Goetze let Lukasz Piszczek's cross run behind for the free Jakub Blaszczykowski to fire in Dortmund's second in the 39th, and Robert Lewandowski scored his first of the season in the 78th.

Dortmund, which hosts Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, is unbeaten in 31 consecutive league games.

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake was the hero for Nuremberg, delivering a free kick for Timm Klose to head past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the 17th, and then a corner for Timmy Simons to do likewise nine minutes later.

Moenchengladbach's record signing Luuk de Jong got off the mark for his club when Patrick Herrmann set up the (EURO)12 million ($15 million) Dutchman with a simple tap-in before the break.

Another new arrival, Granit Xhaka, equalized with his first Bundesliga goal in the 53rd, again set up by Herrmann, but then Kiyotake eluded three Moenchengladbach defenders to score the winning goal two minutes later.

"He showed in this game why we put so much effort into (signing) him," Nuremberg coach Dieter Hecking said.

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