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Bundesliga wrap up for the 19th match day

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Did you miss any of this weekend’s Bundesliga action. Don’t despair, I will from now on give a quick summation of every match day on this blog. So, let’s dive right into it.

Friday

Hamburger SV vs. Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hamburg played an injury plagued Eintracht Frankfurt. Both sides didn’t manage to create many chances through the course of the game. In the end, substitute Mladen Petric managed to put the ball into Oka Nikolov’s from cross coming from the right hand side, delivered by the youngster Änis Ben-Hatira.

Frankfurt fought courageously with what little they had their disposel, but the eagles failed to create enough goal scoring opportunities in front of Frank Rost’s goal.

Saturday

SC Freiburg vs. 1.FC Nürnberg
The Breisgau Brazilians were lacking their top scorer Demba Pappis Cisse, who had literally been responsible for half their goals this season. Newly bought Erik Jendrisek made his home debut, but couldn’t replace the SC’s star striker effectively. Freiburg managed despite that to take the lead in the 32 minute, due to a goal scored by Johannes Flum.

“Der Club” managed to pull one back through loan soldier Julian Schieber: Rubin Okotie recieved the ball in the penalty box, laying it off for Schieber, who put a beautiful volley behind Oliver Baumann in the 56th minute.

1. FSV Mainz vs. VfL Wolfsburg
The Bruchweg boys started the season with seven wins in a row, but have since that failed to keep hold of the lead in the table. The club from the car city, Wolfsburg, came from a run of 7 draws in a row. The only goal of the game was created after a Diego freekick in the 82 minute, that was headed into the back of the net of the Dane Simen Kjær. Both teams failed to impress the fans, and according to most media reports it is safe to say that this match was a bit of a snooze fest. This win means that Wolfsburg coach Steven McClaren will be able to keep his job for another week.

Hannover 96 vs. Schalke 04

Hannover striker Didier Konan Ya watches on as Manuel Neuer keeps out another ball.

The miners have had difficulties throughout their whole campaign, making this game almost a must win for “Die Knappen” from Gelsenkirchen. Hannover had the better start of the two teams, prompting a couple of great saves from German international Manuel Neuer.

Out of the blue 17 year old Julian Drexler managed to go along his left side, putting a cross into the penalty area in the 33 minute. Spaniard Raul said “thanks very much”, and converted Drexler’s cross into his 10th goal of the season. Following Raul’s goal Hannover managed to create a number of chances, but “the reds” were always denied by a brilliant Manuel Neuer. Hannover coach Mirko Slomka remarked after the game that “Neuer saved every shot on goal a human could possibly safe, and a little more”.

Borussia Dortmund vs. VfB Stuttgart
In a game that was dominated by box to box actions, both teams managed to play offensive football. After failing to convert a number of chances, Dortmund finally managed to score the first goal of the game: After a beautiful pass from Großkreutz, youngster Mario Görtze found himself alone in front of the goal. The 18 year old made no mistake, and put the west-German’s into the lead in the 43 minute of the game.

After a number of chances at both ends of the pitch, Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the equalizer with a thunderbolt from 17 meters away from the goal. The Russian’s goal came in the 84 minute, and the black and yellows failed to create any further chances to take back the lead.

FC Bayern Munich vs. 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Arjen Robben made his comeback in front of Bayern’s home crowd, having been away for 188 days from the Allianz

Arjen Robben mesmerized the audience in the Allianz Arena.

Arena. The Dutchman made an immediate impact in the Bavarian capital, scoring Bayern’s first goal, just before half time. Kaiserslautern got another cold shower in the 46 minute, when Mario Gomez made it 2-0 for the Bavarians.

Jan Morávek managed to pull one back for Kaiserslautern in the 62 minute, but two more goals by Mario Gomez and a goal by Thomas Müller made it a whopping 5-1 victory for the Bavarians.

1.FC Cologne vs. Werder Bremen
Coming from a 2-1 victory Werder Bremen were looking to improve their position in the table, but Thomas Schaaf’s side put up a dismal display that reminded most viewers of Bremen’s 4-0 defeat against Schalke and the team’s 6-0 defeat against Stuttgart.

Lukas Podolski celebrating his second for the day.

Prinz Poldi scored the first goal of the match after 6 minutes, making it 1-0 for the side from the cathedral city. Adam Matuszczyk made it 2-0 for the billy goats in the 33 minute. Bremen’s defense displayed no willingness to fight back during both goals.

Cologne created a number of good chances, and Lukas Podolski crowned the evening for the Cologne fans when he scored his second for the game in 84 minute. Not to take anything away from a good Cologne side, but Werder Bremen looked yet again like a side heading for relegation. Thomas Schaaf’s job might be in danger in the coming weeks.

Sunday

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Another Groundhog day episode for the foals. Having dominated and played well for the first half hour, Gladbach went behind in the 37 minute after a masterfully executed free kick from defender Michal Kadlec. Adding to the misery to the Gladbach side was Gonzalo Castro, when he put home his first of the season right before half time.

Gladbach managed to come out with all guns blazing in the second half, and the foals managed to put one back. A beautiful volley from the edge of the box by Austrian defender Martin Stranzl made it 1-2 in the 65 minute.

Gladbach managed to create a number of chances after their equalizer, but failed to take them. In the 85 minute defender Gonzalo Castro scored his second for the day, bringing the final score to 3-1 for “Die Werkself” from Leverkusen.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. FC St. Pauli
In an entertaining match Hoffenheim got the better start of the two teams, scoring the first goal of the match in the 29 minute. After a brilliant free kick from Sebastian Rudy, defender Marvin Compper found himself alone in front of the goal making it 1-0 for “Die Hoffe”.

Max Kruse and Gerald Asamoah scored the goals for St. Pauli in the second half, making it surprisingly 2-1 for the club from Hamburg. David Alaba managed to equalize in the dying moments of the match, bringing the final result to 2-2.

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About Niklas

Niklas Wildhagen has been following the Bundesliga for over 20 years and he is the editor in chief of the Bundesliga fanatic.

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