This weekend taught us that Manuel Neuer is one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in the world. Cologne and Stuttgart came back from being down 2-0 and won their games, let´s dive right into this weekend´s action.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04
The Ruhr valley derby is one of the classics of German football, and has produced some of the finest football throughout the years. This year’s derby was dominated by Dortmund throughout the entire 90 minutes, but a brilliant Manuel Neuer, and the goalposts in the Signal-Iduna Park denied Dortmund the goal they needed to win this game. One of the most entertaining 0-0 matches since football was invented.Manuel Neuer’s fantastic double save.
Hoffenheim vs. 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Die Hoppe dominated this game from the get go and scored two goals in the first half. Gylfi Sigurðsson got Hoffenheim off to a good start in the 27 minute, before Sebastian Rudy doubled the lead 12 minutes later. But, Kaiserslautern came back strongly in the second half. First Erwin Hoffer snatched a goal in the 57 minute, before Rodnei but the visitors level again 2 minutes later. Another 2 minutes later Vedad Ibišević put Hoffenheim in front again. A very entertaining match ended 3-2 for Hoffenheim.
Hannover 96 vs. VfL Wolfsburg
Sergio Pinto insulted the city of Wolfsburg and its club in a kicker interview earlier this week, and wouldn’t you know it, it was the same man who scored the only goal of the match after 5 minutes of play. Hannover dominated the rest of the game, but could have lost two of the three points when Diego was fouled in the box near the end of the game. But, the Brazilian decided to take the penalty himself and he only managed to hit the bar.
1. FC Nürnberg vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
“Der Club” is getting closer and closer to having gathered all the points they need to avoid the drop. Saturday’s anemic match had almost no highlights, if it wasn’t for Christian Eigler’s terrific shot in the 59. The former Arminia Bielefeld man thrashed the ball past a powerless Rene Adler with his first goal of the season.
1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. SV Werder Bremen
“If I would drink alcohol, tonight I would get hammered”, cried Mainz’s coach Thomas Tuchel after his team’s performance. Having dominated the entire game, Mainz was put in front by André Schürrle’s 10th of the season in the 19 minute. Werder keeper Sebastian Mielitz kept his team in the game after Schürrle’s goal. Mielitz’s efforts were to be rewarded, when the ball came to an unmarked Claudio Pizarro in the 92. From 8 yards out the Peruvian striker made no mistakes, and put Bremen level at 1-1.
1. FC Cologne vs. FC Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich were looking to get closer to run away leaders who had only drawn in their Friday night match. Things got off to a good start when Mario Gomez converted “The Reds” first chance in the 22 minute, and put Bayern in front. Hamit Altintop put the ball in the net with a shot from an difficult angle in the 43 minute, doubling Bayern’s lead. Take a look at Altintop’s beautiful goal.
“The billy goats” came out with all guns blazing in the second half, and were rewarded in the 55 minute when Christian Clemens grabbed Cologne’s first goal of the match. Seven minutes later Milivoje Novakovič put Cologne equal with a towering header. The same man got the goal that won Cologne the game in the 73 minute.
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. VfB Stuttgart
Michael Frontzeck’s side haven’t won at home so far this season, and were looking to finally get their first three pointer at home. Things got of to a good start for “The foals” when Dante put them in front with a header in the 29 minute. Two minutes later Igor de Carmargo doubled Gladbach’s lead. Stuttgart coach made two substitutions after the first half, bringing on Tamás Hanjal and Zdravko Kuzmanović. Labbadia’s gamble paid off: First Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak grabbed the first goal for Stuttgart in the 51 minute, before Martin Harnik equalized in the 56 minute.
When the game seemed to be ending with a draw referee Torsten Kinhöfer decided to add controversy into the mix, by giving a penalty to Stuttgart after Dante had brought down Pavel Pogrebnyak in Gladbach’s box. Timo Gebhardt converted Stuttgart’s penalty beautifully, and gave the Swabian guest a much need three points.
SC Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg were looking to get just one point behind Mainz on a Champions league place. The Breisgau Brazilians didn’t manage to live up to the expectations that were set to them in the first half. Frankfurt created a couple of half chances in the first half, while Freiburg didn’t manage to create anything. The second half saw both team stepping up the tempo. Cisse missed the goal by a whisker with a header in the 66 minute, before Gekas missed the goal from 12 yards out in the 84 minute. The game ended 0-0, giving Frankfurt their first point in 2011. “The Eagles” have yet to score in 2011.
Hamburger SV vs. FC St. Pauli
The “Stadtderby” between the two sides from Hamburg was called off due to heavy rainfall. A new date will be appointed next week.