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BERLIN---Hamburger SV striker
Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored an
eight-minute hat-trick to lead his
side to a 5-0 rout at Nuremberg
in the Bundesliga yesterday.
Rafael van der Vaart opened the
scoring in the 17th minute by meet-
ing Heiko Westermann s cross with
a left-footed volley that Raphael
Schaefer couldn t keep out.
Van der Vaart sent Lasogga
through to shoot to the far corner
in the 59th, three minutes before
the Dutch midfielder sent in a cor-
ner for Lasogga to score again from
close range at the far post.
"You can tell even if it s only one
game that we can play well," Van
der Vaart said.
Lasogga intercepted a poor pass
from Per Nilsson and shot in off
the post to complete his hat-trick
in the 67th.
"I m happy with the hat-trick,
but I think the most important
thing was the team performance,"
said the 21-year-old Lasogga after
scoring the quickest away hat-trick
in 50 years in the Bundesliga.
With the home fans already leav-
ing, Tolgay Arslan rubbed salt in
their wounds by returning an
attempted clearance from Schaefer
for Hamburg s fifth in the 74th.
"We didn t play well at the start,
we gave the ball away, but then we
got the goal and that s how football
is --- then we started to play," said
Hamburg sporting director Oliver
It was Bert van Marwijk s first
victory as Hamburg coach since
taking over from the sacked
"I m only there a week. I ve
always said I like offensive football,
but there are tactics involved too,"
the Dutchman said.
Hamburg had started the season
with four points from six games.
Van Marwijk has as many from his
two games in charge.
"Five-nil. It doesn t happen every
week, but for us it s incredibly
important so the confidence comes
back. With a victory it happens
quicker," Van Marwijk said.
The result piles the pressure on
Nuremberg coach Michael
Wiesinger, whose side is in the rel-
egation zone without a win this
Freiburg is level with Eintracht
Braunschweig at the bottom after
a 1-1 draw with visiting Eintracht
Frankfurt in Sunday s late game.
Nicolas Hoefler scored with five
minutes remaining to rescue the
draw for the home side, which con-
ceded through Christian Guenter s
own goal in the 64th, when an
attempted clearance from Oliver
Baumann rebounded off the
"If you look at our last games
you can see we re always pushing
forward, we re playing well. We re
just conceding stupid goals," Hoefler
Both goalkeepers made crucial
saves. Baumann was the busier early
on, blocking two shots from Vaclav
Kadlec and then thwarting Con-
Kevin Trapp denied Sebastian
Freis in the second half but was
powerless to stop Hoefler from close
range after a corner.
Frankfurt s Johannes Flum was
sent off for a second booking in
the last minute on his first return
since switching between the sides.
"Freiburg did it really well," Flum
said of his former side. "They
deserved the point. We should have
closed it out in the first half."
HARRISON---Tim Cahill s header in
the final seconds of stoppage time
lifted New York to a 2-2 draw with
the New England Revolution on Sat-
urday, clinching a Major League Soc-
cer playoff berth for the Eastern Con-
ference-leading Red Bulls.
New England went up 2-1 late in
the game after Lee Nguyen converted
an 85th-minute penalty and Diego
Fagundez found the net in the 90th.
But in stoppage time, Revolution
keeper Matt Reis punched away a free
kick and Cahill headed it home for the
The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their
last six games and lead the Eastern
Conference on 53 points.
In other games, the Philadelphia
Union moved into the fifth and final
playoff spot in the East with a 1-0 win
over Toronto FC, Sporting Kansas City
defeated the Columbus Crew 1-0, the
Colorado Rapids trounced the Seattle
Sounders 5-1, and FC Dallas and Real
Salt Lake drew 1-1.
Veteran Brazilian midfielder Kleber-
son scored his first MLS goal for
Philadelphia on a free kick from 25
yards out in stoppage time.
Philadelphia moved two points clear
of Chicago for fifth place in the stand-
ings, with three games to play in the
Ike Opara scored in the 17th minute
to lift Sporting Kansas City, who sit
in second in the East, two points
behind New York.
Deshorn Brown scored twice for the
Colorado Rapids against Seattle,
including a strike just 13 seconds into
the game which set a record for the
quickest goal in club history.
Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres and
Drew Moor added goals for the Rapids,
who moved into fourth place ahead
of idle Los Angeles in the Western
SFC Dallas, meanwhile, got the
equaliser from Kenny Cooper in the
72nd minute to draw with Western
Conference leader Real Salt Lake.
MADRID---Atletico Madrid s Brazilian-born
forward Diego Costa said yesterday that he
was ready and willing to play for his adopted
"I have played my entire career here regardless
that I was born in Brazil," Diego Costa said after
scoring two goals in Atletico s 2-1 win over Celta
"Spain has given me everything and if I can
play for the national team I will do it as well
as I can."
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said this week
he spoke to Diego Costa and both agreed he
should play for the world champions as they
prepare for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
A paperwork delay stopped Spain from calling
him up for its next two qualifiers.
Diego Costa leads the Spanish league with 10
goals and has helped Atletico earn a club record
eight straight wins to start the season.
With David Villa and Fernando Torres both
having injury problems and showing a dip in
form, Del Bosque appears set to make a major
change to a squad whose core he has kept
largely intact since Spain won the first of its
two consecutive European championships in
Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling, left, and Bayern's Dante challenge for the
ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between
Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday.
Diego Costa says he's ready to play for Spain
berth in MLS
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