Dortmund thrashed Bayern in this week’s top match, and some of the teams in the relegation zone break their recent patterns and make the fight for survival more interesting. Here is the Bundesliga wrap up for match day 24.
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach: 2-1
This week’s first match was a six pointer for both teams. Gladbach had the chance to go past Stuttgart in the table, and Wolfsburg could get some points between them and the teams in the bottom three. The game got off to a good start, with Wolfsburg creating most of the chances. After a foul on Sascha Riether the referee pointed to the penalty spot in the 29 minute. Diego took it upon to take the penalty, but missed his second penalty for the season. Wolfsburg have missed a total of 4 penalties this season. However, 7 minutes later a pass into the box by Riether found Diego unmarked, and the Brazilian slotted it past Logan Bailly in the Gladbach goal. Just before half time Diego made his second goal for the game with a beautifully executed free kick. Filip Daems managed to pull one back for Gladbach with a penalty kick in the 76 minute, but Gladbach couldn’t create the goal that could have saved them a point afterwards.
Schalke 04 vs. 1. FC Nürnberg: 1-1
“Der Club” had to play against Schalke without Gündogan and Julian Schieber. Arguably two of their most important players. So nobody was really surprised when the first half didn’t bring a lot of goalmouth action. Jens Hegeler got the only goal of the first after Manuel Neuer couldn’t hold on to a shot from outside the penalty box. The second half saw Schalke surging. First Raul made it 1-1 in the 49 minute, and then substitute Julian Draxler caused a lot of trouble for the Nürnberg defense. The Bavarians could however count on their goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer who kept it 1-1.
FC St. Pauli vs. Hannover 96: 0-1
Hannover had to take the trip to Hamburg without their star striker Didier Ya Konan, while St. Pauli had some many injuries that they called up their media officer to sit on the bench for the club. The pitch at the Millerntor was in awful condition, and to little surprise both teams concentrated on defending well. The highlight of the first half was Lars Stindl’s shot that hit the post after 10 minutes. The audience had to wait until the 89 minute to see the first and only goal of the game. After a good corner from Sergio Pinto, Christian Schulz headed the ball past Thomas Kessler in the St. Pauli goal. Schulz’s header secured Hannover their first victory without Didier Ya Konan on the pitch.
1. FC Cologne vs. SC Freiburg: 1-0
“The billy goats” continue their impressive run at home, and have won their 5th game in a row at the RheinEnergieStadion. Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game after 89 minute, with a beautiful lob over Oliver Baumann in the Freiburg goal. Cologne controlled the entire game, but wasn’t able to snatch the lead before the end of the second half due to their ineffectiveness.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05: 1-2
Mainz got back to form and took an important three pointer against one of their opponents in the fight for a place in the Europa League. Austrian Andreas Ivanschitz got the 05’ers of to a good start in the 23 minute and gave them the lead. After the break Hoffenheim managed to equalize. David Alaba made it 1-1 in the 83 minute. But, just three minutes later Elikn Soto brought the final tally to 1-2 for Mainz.The highlights from the match.
1. FC Kaiserslautern vs. Hamburger SV: 1-1
“The red devils” took an important point in their fight against the drop. The game started well for Kaiserslautern, with Adam Hloušek goal in the 18 minute. Hamburg managed to equalize in the 54 minute. After Marcell Jansen’s goal the game didn’t produce any chances worth mentioning. All in all a boring match that gave Kaiserslautern an important point.
FC Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund: 1-3
Borussia Dortmund took a massive step towards securing the championship by beating current champions Bayern Munich. The first goal came after Bastian Schweinsteiger lost the ball in the midfield to Kevin Großkreutz, who ran with the ball and found Lucas Barrios, who put his clinical finish past Thomas Kraft. Luiz Gustavo made it 1-1 with a volley in the 15 minute. Nuri Sahin gave Dortmund the lead, yet again, three minutes later. From 25 meters Sahin slotted the ball past Thomas Kraft. After a breathless first half, Bayern didn’t manage to get back into the game. Former Bayern man Mats Hummels made it 3-1 for Dortmund with a header from a corner. Bayern are now 16 points behind Dortmund, and don’t seem to stand a chance in the race for the title.Watch the goals from this week´s top match.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. VfB Stuttgart: 0-2
The first Sunday match was another relegation 6 pointer. Stuttgart lost to Benfica in the Europa League in mid-week. Benfica have met three German teams in UEFA-cup/Europa League, won against all of them and the clincher. The other two before Stuttgart were relegated in the same season they lost to Benfica. With this hanging over Stuttgart heads, while Frankfurt tried to end their run of not scoring. The first half got of to a bumpy start. Stuttgart captain Delpierre got sent of for a hit to Maik Franz’s throat in the 18 minute. However, Frankfurt didn’t take advantage of the red card in the first half.Hanjal making it 2-0 for Stuttgart.
Werder Bremen vs. Leverkusen: 2-2
Bremen had were under pressure, after Wolfsburg’s victory and Kaiserslautern’s draw against Hamburg. The game got off to a dim start, with very few chances created. Tim Wiese had to pull off an impressive safe from a shot by Derdiyok in the 41 minute. The Swiss international got a second chance from the following corner and headed the ball in past Tim Wiese who had come out of his goal. The Werder keeper didn´t make a good figure when he stormed out of his goal during this corner. The second half didn´t bring a change to the game. Werder tried their best, but didn´t fester up the creativity to create goal scoring chances. When Simon Rolfes made 2-0 for Die Werkself after a pass from Derdiyok. However, Bremen managed to make it 1-2 in the 82 minute after a cross from Florian Trinks. Leverkusen´s Stefan Kiessling put the ball into his own net. One minute into extra time a long ball found the head of Sebastian Prödl, who headed the ball past Rene Adler, bringing the final tally to 2-2.
What do you think of match day 24? Can Leverkusen stop Dortmund from winning the championship? Will Bremen manage to stay up? Leave a comment below.