An exciting week in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich recording a comprehensive 5-0 win against Eintract Frankfurt, and 1899 Hoffenheim racking up a 3-0 against fellow relegation strugglers Hamburger SV.
Let’s have a look at the results in full:-
Eintract Braunshweig 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
An entertaining game between the team at the bottom of the table and Dortmund. Braunshweig had a couple of early half chances, before Dortmund took the lead on the half hour mark with a fantastic team goal that was capped off nicely by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Dortmund then should’ve been two goals to the good with another goal from Aubameyang, who was judged to be offside when replays showed that he was on. The bottom side then scored a shock equaliser through Benjamin Kessel 9 minutes into the second half. Aubameyang then restored Dortmund’s deserved lead in the 65th minute with a smartly taken left foot finish. Overall Dortmund should have really been out of sight, but found an in form keeper in Daniel Davari.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 VFB Stuttgart
A cracking goal by own loan midfielder Moritz Leitner for Stuttgart opened this game in the 12th minute. Leverkusen came from behind to make it 1-1 in the 26th minute after a mistake by a Stuttgart defender let Steffan Kiessling in to score. Leverkusen then doubled their lead 6 minutes from the end with a goal from Eren Derdiyok, his first for a year.
Schalke 2-1 VFL Wolfsburg
Felipe Santana gave Schalke the lead 9 minutes in to this game, although he didn’t know much about it, and it could’ve been disallowed for handball. There was controversy 5 minutes into the second half, when Daniel Caligiuri felt he had been fouled by a Schalke defender, and took his protests too far in the eyes of the referee, who proceeded to send Caligiuri off. Wolfsburg then did the unthinkable in the 65th minute, when they equalized through Maximilian Arnold. Schalke eventually put the game to bed in the 81st minute, through their talisman Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Hannover 96 3-1 Borussia M’Gladbach
Artjoms Rudnevs gave Hannover the lead in the 57th minute with a header, which should have really been saved by Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen. Mame Biram Diouf then doubled Hannover’s lead in the 82nd minute with an fine header. Peniel Mlapa gave Gladbach a glimmer of hope when he got a goal back in the 84th minute, but that glimmer was stamped out when former Manchester United player Diouf scored his second and Hannover’s 3rd in the 90th minute with a smart finish across Ter-Stegen.
Hertha Berlin 1-3 FC Nurnberg
A game that was controlled throughout by Berlin, but they were unable to capitalize on chances, and also had an incredibly contentious decision go against them. They started well enough, with the Bundesliga’s top scorer Adrian Ramos scoring in the 4th minute with a fine header from a corner. That goal took the Colombian striker up to 14 league goals for the season so far. Markus Feulner then equalized in the 20th minute for Nurnberg, who then took the lead in the 68th minute through Josip Drmic. Then came the contentious decision. The ball was struck towards the goal by Ronny of Berlin, and the ball was stopped on the line by a Nurnberg defender, only for Ramos to put the ball in the net anyway. The referee however blew his whistle and sent the Nurnberg defender off, only to then reverse his decision and not send the defender off, but also not to award Ramos with the goal and not give a penalty. Nurnberg then went on to win a penalty in injury time, which was converted by Josip Drmic.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintract Frankfurt
A pretty routine win for Bayern, with goals from Mario Gotze in the 12th minute with a very well taken volley. Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Dante added to that tally, with Mario Mandzukic capping off a fine Bayern display with a fine individually taken goal in the 89th minute.
FSV Mainz 2-0 SC Freiburg
Mainz thought they had taken the lead early on through Shinji Okazaki, only for the Japanese international strikers ‘header’ to be correctly ruled out for handball. They did however take the lead in the 24th minute through Joo-Ho Park, albeit the ball took a big deflection. Mainz then finished off Freiburg in the 86th minute with a cracking goal from Mainz’s record signing Ja-Cheol Koo.
FC Augsburg 3-1 Werder Bremen
Augsburg got off to a bad start against Bremen, conceding a poor goal in the 3rd minute with an own goal from Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker. It seemed it was going to be Augsburg’s day from the early going, with Halil Altintop missing an open goal. Things started to look up for Augsburg however, when they equalized in the 11th minute through Tobias Werner. There was a contentious decision in injury time at the end off the first half, when Santiago Garcia was sent off for a lunge on a Augsburg player, when replays showed that he didn’t actually touch the player. That sending off gave Augsburg impetus in the second half, with Halil Altintop atoning for his earlier error, scoring a very good volley. Augsburg wrapped up the win in the 55th minute, when a calamitous error from the defender and goalkeeper of Bremen meant Andre Hahn got an easy tap in.
1899 Hoffenheim 3-0 Hamburger SV
A fairly routine victory for Hoffenheim over fellow relegation strugglers Hamburg, with Hoffenheim taking the lead in the 4th minute through Roberto Firmino after good play from Kevin Volland to set him up, although replays showed he was offside. There was no doubting the second and third goals from Niklas Sule and Andreas Beck respectively.
Goals of the week
1: Aubameyang- Dortmund (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCpeId0FkUQ)
2: Leitner- Stuttgart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y35DVAR1-_U)
3: Gotze- Bayern Munich (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWuxbSDi-iM)
4: Koo- Mainz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Of9ZydZexI)
5: Altintop- Augsburg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d-7LuvZATs)
Saves of the week
Two awesome saves in the game between Schalke and Wolfsburg from Ralf Fahrmann and Diego Benaglio respectively (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ9h0KJH1v4)