Bayer Leverkusen shortened the gap between them and Borussia Dortmund down to 10 points, Bayern Munich continued their good run at home, while the troubles continue for Mönchengladbach and Stuttgart.
FC St. Pauli vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1
A turbulent week ended on a high note for St. Pauli. The week began with the German media disclosing the names of
three St. Pauli involved in the German match-fixing scandal. Holger Stanislawski and the club’s president had to clarify these media reports, by pointing out that the three players in question only were asked questions by the police as witnesses, and not as suspects.
“The buccaneers of the league” got of to a lousy start against Gladbach, by going 1-0 down after a goal by Igor de Carmargo in the 8 minute. After the same man was sent off for kicking an opponent, St. Pauli managed to turn the game around. Max Kruse put the teams on level terms before half time. After the break form striker Asamoah and midfielder Lehmann put St. Pauli 3-1 ahead. This vital victory has left St. Pauli some breathing space in the battle against relegation.
Gladbach coach Michael Frontzeck was fired due to this result.
VfB Stuttgart vs. 1. FC Nürnberg 1-4
Stuttgart were looking to build on their away victory from last week, but “Der Club” had other plans. First captain Timmy Simons put Nürnberg ahead in the 11 minute, then loan soldier Julian Schieber made it 2-0 against the club that owns him. Right back Patrick Funk got in a goal just before the half time whistle, to make 2-1 for Nürnberg at the half way stage. Timothy Chandler and Mehmet Ekici scored the goals after the break for Nürnberg. Dieter Hecking’s men are continuing their good run, and are certainly not out of the running for a Europa League spot.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-3
Eintracht Frankfurt haven’t scored after the winter break, and will have to look for their first goal of 2011 in next week’s match. “Die Werkself” got of to a good start, Simon Rolfes put them ahead after just 8 minutes, following a set piece. Brazilian Renato Augusto made 2-0 for the West-Germans before the half time break. Substitute Hanno Balitsch scored the last goal of the game in the 84 minute. Leverkusen are now only 10 points behind Dortmund.
Schalke 04 vs. SC Freiburg 1-0
Schalke coach Felix Magath calmed the mind of the fans by launching a charm offensive on Facebook. However, Magath’s new found understanding of the social media wouldn’t have kept the fans quiet if Freiburg top score Cisse had scored in the 3 minute. Schalke defender Benedikt Höwedes rescued in front of the Senegalese striker. After the shock of the opening minutes, Schalke started to dominate the game, but failed to score before half time. Jefferson Farfan broke the deadlock in the 49 minute, with a beautiful. Schalke had several chances to increase their lead, but failed to take them. All in all a well deserved victory for “Die Knappen” from Gelsenkirchen. Farfan was on his way to Wolfsburg, but after his first goal of 2011 Schalke fans might be happy about him staying with the club(The goal comes after three minutes).
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV 0-1
After last week’s debacle at Hannover the management of Wolfsburg had enough, and fired Steven McClaren. This move
hasn’t paid off in the short term. Wolfsburg delivered another dreadful performance, with striker Patrick Helmes seemingly not finding his way, and a defense as unstable as ever. Danish international Simen Kjær brought down Mladen Petric in the penalty box after 32 minutes. A clear penalty, which Petric took himself, and put in the back off net. In a match with few chances the HSV remained the better team, and was closer to a second goal then Wolfsburg were to their first goal. The club from the Volkswagen city has a lot of work ahead in the coming weeks.
FC Bayern Munich vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-0
Bayern Munich had scored 22 goals in their last 6 home matches, and the Bavarians continued their good home form against Hoffenheim. Mario Gomez put the record champions ahead after just two minutes, with an icy cold finish after a delivery from Arjen Robben. Thomas Müller made it 2-0 in the 15 minute, after Hoffenheim failed to get the ball out of their own penalty area. The second half saw Arjen Robben mesmerizing the Allianz Arena. First the Dutchman scored the third goal of the match in the 63 minute, leaving no doubt about who was going to win this match. Afterwards he put the icing on the cake, by curling a ball in the far side corner behind Hoffenheim goalie Tom Starke.The highlights from the match, watch out for the last goal of the match.
1. FC Kaiserslautern vs. Borussia Dortmund 1-1
For the second week in a row Dortmund only managed a draw against an opponent thought to be weaker then them. The game got of to a good start for neutral viewers, Lucas Barrios hit the post from inside the penalty box, before Christian Tiffert hit the crossbar with a thrashing shot from distance. The second half produced a number of good chances, but neither team managed to score the first goal before the 81 minute. Sven Bender produced a world class finish 12 meters from goal to make it 1-0 for “the blacks and yellows”. However, more drama was to come. First Dortmund defender Subotic saw his second yellow card for the game, and then Jan Moravek equalized in the last minute of regular time. Sven Bender getting the first goal of the match.
1. FC Cologne vs. 1. FSV Mainz 4-2
Mainz are continuing their poor run and are on their way down the table, while Cologne have taken an important step towards keeping their place in the Bundesliga. Lukas Podolski scored the first goal of the match from a free kick in the 4 minute. Sammy Allagui made it 1-1 after a mistake by the defense of the billy goats after 31 minutes. However, another set piece saw Cologne striker Novakovic get the ball over the line just before half time. The second half saw Cologne thrashing Mainz. Both Podolski and Novakovic brought the score to a lovely 4-1 for Cologne. Mainz substitute Sliskovic finished a counter attack for Mainz, and brought the final score to 4-2. This is the first time in this season that Cologne managed to get back to back wins.
Werder Bremen vs. Hannover 96 1-1
Hannover haven’t lost so far this season after they have taken the lead. Werder on their hand haven’t only taken two
points after they have gone behind. Didier Ya Konan put Hannover in front after he wrestled himself through the defense and put the goal behind goalkeeper Mielitz. Surprisingly Werder took charge of the action in the second half. Werder defender Per Mertesacker made scored the second goal of his season after a set piece in the 50 minute. After Mertesacker got the equalizer Werder tried to get the winning goal, but failed to do so. With this draw Werder managed to get themselves into 14th place, just a point above the relegation zone. Thomas Schaaf had surely hoped for a better outcome in his 400th game on the bench for Werder Bremen.