Stuttgart hit summit
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
KEVIN KURANYI fired Stuttgart to the top of Die Bundesliga as Bayern Munich were held in a topsy-turvy encounter against previous leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
German international Kuranyi netted on 67 minutes against Borussia Dortmund as Stuttgart moved to the summit and have still to concede a goal in the league this season.
But despite Stuttgart leaping to the head of affairs, all the drama was at the Olympic Stadium as ten-man Bayern produced a gritty display to grind out a point against Leverkusen.
Carsten Ramelow put the visitors in front on ten minutes but Dutch international Roy Makaay continued his good form with the equaliser on 25 minutes only for Michael Ballack to then miss a penalty.
Brazilian striker Franca sneaked Leverkusen ahead on 34 minutes before Bayern suffered a further setback with the dismissal of Ze Roberto on 57 minutes.
The reigning champions, though, shrugged off their numerical inferiority to surge ahead through a quick-fire double from Roque Santa Cruz and Ballack.
But just as Bayern appeared to be heading towards a return to winning ways on the domestic front, Yildiray Basturk salvaged a point for his side with nine minutes remaining.
Werder Bremen continued their solid start to the campaign with a resolute display to overcome 1860 Munich.
Samba star Ailton put Werder ahead just after the interval, only for Markus Schroth to bring 1860 back on terms. Influential Frenchman Johan Micoud grabbed the decisive goal midway through the second period.
Wolfsburg followed up last week's 3-2 win over Bayern by beating Cologne by the same scoreline away from home.
Marino Biliskov and Martin Petrov put Wolfsburg in control inside the first half-hour before Cologne's Matthias Scherz grabbed one back on 35 minutes.
Andrej Voronin squared the contest on the hour but Diego Klimowicz popped up with the winner on 73 minutes.
Hannover remain in the top half of the table after a comfortable win at home to Borussia Monchengladbach courtesy of goals from Thomas Christiansen and Mohammadou Idrissou.
Hertha Berlin are still searching for their first win of the season after twice relinquishing the lead at Bochum.
Andreas Neuendorf gave Hertha an early advantage only for Tomasz Zdebel to equalise on the stroke of half-time.
Neuendorf put Hertha in front for the second time on 66 minutes but Bochum earned a point through Vahid Hashemian's 73rd minute leveller.
Schalke's lacklustre start to the season continued after they crashed to a 2-1 reverse at Freiburg.
Zlatan Bajramovic put Freiburg ahead on three minutes but Dario Rodriguez put Schalke back on terms on 12 minutes.
Levan Tskitshvili's 39th minute penalty gave the hosts the win while in the second half, Schalke were reduced to ten men by the sending off of Annibal Matellan.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Bayern Munich 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Cologne 2-3 Wolfsburg
Hannover 96 2-0 Borussia M'gladbach
SC Freiburg 2-1 Schalke
VFL Bochum 2-2 Hertha Berlin
VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
Werder Bremen 2-1 1860 Munich