Hoffenheim went on the attack against Werder Bremen during their league season opener on Saturday. But one of the Bundesliga's other championship contenders lost its balance against a key rival.
Shalke 04 is expected to challenge for the German title, but Ruud Van Nistelrooy sparked Hamburg SV with a fine performance. The Dutch striker rattled the bar with a free kick just before halftime, and he would share the pitch with former Real Madrid teammate Raul in the second half.
46th minute and Van Nistelrooy found the mark against Shalke. He scores on a spectacular volley as Hamburg dominated the game.
Schalke came back with a goal in the 80th minute. Ivan Rakitic flicked to Jefferson Farfan to level the score. But Van Nistelrooy tapped in a Ze Roberto pass for the winner only three minutes later. Hamburg joined five other teams on three points after the opening round.