“Der Club” from Nürnberg and the 96’ers from Hannover continue their fairytale seasons. Dortmund and Bayern win their matches, before their clash next weekend. Leverkusen is still 10 points behind Dortmund, and Gladbach snatched their first home victory of the 10/11 season. Here is the Bundesliga wrap up for match day 23.
1. FC Nürnberg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0
Frankfurt are still looking for their first goal of 2011. The eagles have now gone more then 9 hours without scoring a single goal. Friday’s match saw the club from Germany’s financial capital put up a fight for more then an hour. After 67 minutes Julian Schieber took a free kick, and went for power. The ball flashed past Oka Nikolov in the Frankfurt goal. Substitute Robert Mak gave Nürnberg coach Dieter Hecking another reason to cheer, his lob over the goalkeeper may be the most beautiful goal scored in match day 23. Almog Cohen put the last nail in Frankfurt’s coffin, with a beautifully placed shot from distance in the 90 minute.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. 1. FC Cologne 1-1
“The billy goats” have so far this season struggled to take points away from home. This Saturday saw them take their sixth away point for the season, giving them another point in the fight against relegation. The scoring started in the second, in the 47 minute Milivoje Novakovič was the last player to touch the ball after a Hoffenheim free kick, putting the ball in his own goal. Former Cologne captain Mohamed brought the teams back on equal terms with a header in the 67 minute, securing Cologne another important point.
Hannover 96 vs. 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3-0
The reds continue their fairytale season with an impressive 3-0 victory over Kaiserslautern. Man of the match was the Ivorian striker Didier Ya Konan who was involved in all three goals. In the 17 minute Hannover’s striker found Jan Schlaudraff, who made it 1-0. Just before half time Ya Konan put through his Norwegian strike partner Mohammed Abdellaoue, who scored from short distance. Hannover controlled the match for the most part of the second, but managed to score another one after 57 minute. Ya Konan found himself with the ball in the penalty box after a corner kick, but his shot was stopped by Kaiserslautern defender Martin Amedick. The ball fell to Jan Schlaudraff, who made his second for the day, bringing the final score to 3-0 for Hannover.
SC Freiburg vs. VfL Wolfsburg 2-1
“The wolves” are sliding further and further into trouble. The firing of coach Steve McClaren seems not to have had an effect on the side. Wofsburg got of to a good start, Patrick Helmes gave the team from Lower Saxony the lead after 28 minute. This was the first goal before the 75 minute since Wolfsburg encounter against St. Pauli before the winter break. However, Freiburg managed to turn the game around. First Stefan Reisinger equalized in the 43 minute, and then Papiss Cissé made it 2-1 for the “Breisgau Brazilians”.
Borussia Dortmund vs. FC St. Pauli 2-0
“The buccaneers of the league” came from a high of their first “Stadtderby” victory in 34 years. However, the team stood no chance against run away leader Borussia Dortmund. First Lucas Barrios made it 1-0 for the blacks and yellows in the 39 minute. After the break Ralph Gunesch put the goal into his own goal, bringing the final score to 2-0.
Hamburger SV vs. Werder Bremen 4-0
If Thomas Schaaf would make a movie about this Bundesliga season, he would probably call it “A season to forget”. His team got off to a slow start, but managed to defend for 42 minutes. In the 42 minute Per Mertesacker failed to clear the ball out of the box, and Mladen Petric scored the first goal of the match with a beautiful volley. The second half saw Werder Bremen collapse. Paolo Guerrero used another two mistakes made by Mertesacker, scoring his third and fourth for the season in the 64 and 79 minute. Another Mertesacker mistake gave Hamburg the ball just outside the Bremen box, and substitute Änis Ben-Hatira brought the final tally to 4-0 for the red shorts.
1. FSV Mainz vs. Bayern Munich 1-3
Bayern Munich are making big strides towards qualifying for the Champions League. Before their clash against Inter Milan the reds managed to win their away match against surprise package Mainz. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the first goal of the match after 8 minutes. Both teams continued to attack throughout the first half, and were unlucky not to score. Thomas Müller made it 2-0 for Bayern in the 50 minute, after Mainz failed to get the ball out of their penalty area. Mario Gomez got his first of the match in 77 minute. Sami Allagui managed to snatch Mainz first goal in the 87 minute.All the goals from the entertaining clash between Mainz and Bayern.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. VfB Stuttgart 4-2
Stuttgart and Bruno Labbadia continue to play well, but getting nothing in return. Stuttgart got behind in the 6 minute, after a Stefan Kießling strike from short distance. Gonzalo Castro after 41 minutes. Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich had failed to get the ball away from his goal after Castro’s first shot on goal. The second half got off to a furious start, when Kuzmanovic hammered the ball past Rene Adler with a stunning shot from 30 meters in the 52 minute, bringing the score to a 2-2. After this beautiful goal, Stuttgart took charge of the game. Cacau hit the post, and had one goal correctly blown off for offside. But, as so often this season, Stuttgart fell victim to their poor defending. Stefan Reinartz was unmarked after Castro had taken a corner in the 81 minute. The defender put the ball behind the line with a towering header. Leverkusen killed off the game in the 90 minute. Midfielder Sidney Sam ran alone with the ball for 60 meters, finding Stefan Kießling in Stuttgart’s penalty box, who stroke the ball past Sven Ulreich.Watch Martin Harnik’s clinical finish.
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Schalke 04 2-1
The game got off to a fantastic start. Schalke midfielder Peer Kluge took advantage of a mistake by defender Dante, and put the ball past keeper Bailly after just 80 seconds. Lucien Favre’s coaching career for “the foals” couldn’t have gotten off to a poorer start, but Gladbach didn’t let their heads down in the following minutes. Marco Reus and Mo Idrissou both hit the bar in the following 7 minutes. Levels pumped a long ball upfield in the 12 minute, Hermann won the header in the air, putting Marco Reus right through. The young attacker thrashed the ball past a befuddled Manuel Neuer. 11 minutes later Arango found Idrissou in the box, and the striker did everything right and headed the ball into the net. “The Foals” have so far this season dropped 22 points from winning positions so far this season. In the first match under the leadership of Lucien Favre Gladbach didn’t fall back on this old habit. The second half brought a couple of half chances for both teams, but Schalke didn’t manage to create anything that threatened the victory of Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Another high scoring match day in the Bundesliga. What do you think of this match day? Leave a comment below.