Bayer Leverkusen beats Hertha Berlin 4-2, promoted Paderborn claims 1st ever Bundesliga win


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BERLIN — Bayer Leverkusen twice came from behind to defeat Hertha Berlin 4-2 Saturday and maintain its winning start, while newly promoted Paderborn claimed its first ever win in the Bundesliga.

Leverkusen went behind in the 24th when Tin Jedvaj deflected Julian Schieber's cross into his own goal. The 18-year-old Jedvaj made up for his mistake by equalizing in the 50th, only for Schieber to put Hertha ahead again in the 60th with his third goal in two games.

Leverkusen defender Emir Spahic equalized two minutes later with a header from Hakan Calhanoglu's free kick and Julian Brandt scored on a rebound in the 74th when Karim Bellarabi's effort came back off the crossbar.

Bellarabi, who scored the league's fastest goal in nine seconds against Borussia Dortmund last week, sealed the result with a fine volley from Calhanoglu's cross in the 86th.

It was Leverkusen's seventh straight win across all competitions and the fifth under new coach Roger Schmidt.

Paderborn won 3-0 at Hamburger SV with goals from Elias Kachunga, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Stoppelkamp.

Hamburg fans, with last season's relegation fight fresh in the memory, reacted with jeers and whistles after the game.

Also, Wolfsburg drew with Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2, Werder Bremen drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim and Cologne won 2-0 at Stuttgart.

Bayern Munich was playing at Schalke later, with new signing Xabi Alonso named in the visitors' starting lineup.

In Wolfsburg, Naldo put the home side ahead with a free kick in the 15th, before Takashi Inui equalized for Eintracht with one of his own eight minutes later, albeit with a deflection.

Maximilian Arnold thought he'd won it for Wolfsburg in the 79th, only for Frankfurt substitute Vaclav Kadlec to equalize with four minutes remaining.

Bremen started badly and a brilliant first touch from Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino allowed the Brazilian an easy finish in the 19th.

The home side improved after the break and deservedly equalized in the 59th when Alejandro Galvez took the ball on his chest and fired a volley to the left corner.

Bremen had a host of near misses in the closing stages.

Goals from Yuya Osako in the 22nd and Anthony Ujah 11 minutes later were enough for Cologne to claim its first win on its return to the Bundesliga after two seasons in the second division.

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