Nobody would be surprised if Tim Wiese’s favorite movie is “The Karate Kid”, or if anybody died during the game in the Veltins Arena of sheer boredom. Here is what happened in Bundesliga round 20.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Hannover 96
Second place Leverkusen faced third place Hannover in Friday night’s top match. The media and blogs had gone viral in the days before the game, because Micheal Ballack returned. Many experts uttered the opinion that Ballack would slow down Leverkusen’s game. As it turned out, he didn’t. Leverkusen cruised through the game, winning handily 2-0 over the side from Lower Saxony. The goals for “Die Werkself” were scored by Vidal and Rolfes.
Schalke 04 vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim took an early lead after four minutes had passed. Isaac Vorsah was the goal scorer for “Die Hoppe”. Schalke didn’t manage to get back into the game after Hoffenheim’s goal, and the guest from southern-Germany took a well deserved three points back home.
SV Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen planned on coming back after the team’s hopeless 0-3 defeat last Saturday. The classic “Nord-Süd” derby got off to a slow start in the first half, with both sides trying to keep their sheet clean. However, the game opened up after Per Mertesacker scored the first goal of the game for Werder from a header in the 49 minute. After Bremen’s lead Bayern took charge of the game and goals of Arjen Robben, an own goal of Per Mertesacker and the 86 minute clincher of German international Miroslav Klose secured the Bavarians their second win after the winter break. The last highlight of the game came in the 88 minute, when Tim Wiese decided to commit a nasty challenge on Thomas Müller. Have a look yourself.
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
Wolfsburg tried to get their second win in a row against run away leaders Borussia Dortmund. The tone of the match was set early on when Paraguayan striker Lucas Barrios scored the first goal of the match for Dortmund after 2 minutes. Following Dortmund’s early lead Wolfsburg failed to create the chances that they needed. In the 40 minute Nuri Sahin clinched the game for Dortmund with excellent participation and a bit of luck. Take a look yourself.
Mats Hummels proved in the second half that he is one of the most dangerous defenders upfront, and scored the last goal of the match in the 70 minute. Dortmund’s 3-0 victory took them back to their 11 point lead in the table.
FC Nürnberg vs. Hamburger SV
Nürnberg have surprised many experts by staying far away from relegation so far this season. “Die Club” took another step in the right direction by winning 2-0 against the HSV. The goals were scored by Timmy Simmons and Almog Cohen in the second half.
FC St. Pauli vs. 1. FC Cologne
Cologne was crushed by the “The Buccaneers of the League”, St. Pauli. The team from Hamburg dominated the game from the get go and crushed “The billy goats” with a convincing 3-0 victory. Charles Takyi scored the first two goals for St. Pauli, before Florian Bruns finished the job from the penalty spot in the 76 minute. Takyi’s first goal of the match was one of the best goals St. Pauli have scored so far this season, and you may as well have a look yourself.
1. FC Kaiserslautern vs. 1. FSV Mainz
Mainz have shown relegation form after the 7 victories in a row at the beginning of the season. Having lost both their matches after the winter break the Bruchweg boys had to do well to hold on to their place at the top of the table. Lewis Holtby scored the first and only goal of the match after 23 minutes, giving “The carnival club” the lead. ‘Lautern attacker Lakic was unlucky five minutes before the end of the game when is well placed shot only hit the post.
VfB Stuttgart vs. SC Freiburg
Freiburg got the better start of the two sides. Johannes Flum put “Die Breisgauer” in front with his second goal in two weeks after 24 minutes had passed. Stuttgart were pushing for the equalizer in the second half, but were often denied by a brilliant Freiburg defense and especially the defensive midfielder Cedric Makiadi. However, Stuttgart managed to miss two chances they should have taken: in the Schipplock was denied by an excellent save of Oliver Baumann in the 75 minute, and Martin Harnik managed to miss an open goal from three yards out in the 89 minute. Have a look yourself at Harnik’s missed chance.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Both Frankfurt and Mönchengladbach are notorious for scoring most of their goals in the second half of the game. Well, you might as well have guessed it, the teams went to half time with a goalless draw. The best chances in the first half were the Brazilian midfielder Caio’s shot against the post, and Gladbach’s Igor de Camargo missing the goal from three yards out. The second half saw a surging Gladbach side. In the 70 minute Oka Nikolov stopped the ball on the line after De Camargo had headed the ball goal wards. Gladbach’s players were up in arms about that decision, claiming that the ball had passed the line. The replay was inconclusive. However, the 84 minute saw a bit of poetic justice, when de Carmago managed to shoot the ball between the legs of Oka Nikolov after a brilliant pass from the right hand side by Matmour. Gladbach did in the end grab all three points, moving them just six points behind 15th place Werder Bremen.
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