The relegation battle is heating up with victories for Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Stuttgart and a draw between Eintracht Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern. Bayern Munich find themselves in fifth place after an awful weekend for the Bavarians. Here is the wrap up for match day 25.
Borussia Dortmund vs. 1. FC Cologne: 1-0
Friday night Borussia Dortmund were up against a one man brick wall named Michael Rensing. The former Bayern keeper managed to keep out 7 shots by Dortmund, and was helped out by the bar twice. However, Robert Lewandowski’s strike in the 44th minute was too much for the man of the match. Nuri Sahin chipped the ball towards the penalty box and found Mario Götze, who sent the ball to Robert Lewandowski. The Pole didn’t hesitate and fired a half volley towards the Cologne goal. The ball flew past Rensing and into the net.
1. FC Nürnberg vs. FC St. Pauli: 5-0
“Der Club” started the scoring early with a clinical finish of Phillip Wollscheid in the 3rd minute. St. Pauli remained toothless throughout the entire game, and things only got worse for the buccaneers of the league. Christian Eigler made it 2-0 in the 14th minute and 3-0 in the 17th minute. The same man finished of the game with two more goals in the 86th and 88th minute.See all of the goals from this high scoring match.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. 1. FC Kaiserslautern: 0-0
Frankfurt continue their goalscoring drought. The eagles haven’t scored a single goal in all of 2011. The only chance worth mentioning came in the 89 minute, prolific Kaiserslautern striker Lakic was played free in front of the Frankfurt goal, but the unmarked Serb managed to put the ball wide from 11 meters. Frankfurt haven’t scored a goal in 723, and are closing in on Cologne’s record from the 01/02 of 1024 minutes without a goal scored.
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: 2-0
The foals have now taken back to back victories at home after their first home victory for the season two weeks ago. The game got off to a slow start in the first half, but the West-German’s managed to get their hands an important three points in the second half. First Hoffenheim goalkeeper fouled Igor de Carmargo in the penalty. Filip Daems converted the penalty clinically in the 64th minute. Six minutes later a corner of Marco Reus found de Carmargo who headed home Gladbach’s second for the game.
VfB Stuttgart vs. Schalke 04: 1-0
In a game that was described as “a stinker of a game” by Eurosport’s Angus Torode, Stuttgart got all the three points from a controversial penalty. A shot from Khalid Boulahrouz hit Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes who was laying on the ground. According to the referee the ball hit the Schalke defender’s hand, and led to a red card for Hoewedes and the penalty. Kuzmanovic made no mistakes from the spot, and made it 1-0 for Stuttgart in the 16th minute.See Magath’s cool shades, and judge for yourself: penalty, or no penalty?
Hannover 96 vs. Bayern Munich: 3-1
Eight days of horror is probably the best description for Bayern Munich’s last three games. After the losses against Dortmund and Schalke, Hannover piled on. First Hannover’s striker Moa Abdellaoue made it 1-0 for the reds after a cross from Konstantin Rausch. The same man turned from provider into scorer, with a goal in the 51st minute. Arjen Robben put Bayern back into the game four minutes later. However, Sergio Pinto restored the old balance with a shot from 25 meters. The ball was fired straight at goalie Thomas Kraft, but the young goalkeeper let the ball cross the line anyway.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. VfL Wolfsburg: 3-0
“Die Werkself” made a strong return from last week’s disappointing draw at Bremen. Lars Bender got the West-German’s ahead after 21 minute with a shot from outside the penalty area. Renato Augusto made it 2-0 eight minutes later, with a goal that looked like a copy of the first one. Stefan Kiessling made it 3-0 in the dying moments of the first half with a lob of Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benalgio. Leverkusen cruised for the last 45 minutes, and the score remained 3-0.
SC Freiburg vs. Werder Bremen: 1-3
Werder Bremen managed to get their first away victory of 2011. The green and whites dominated the first 20 minutes of the game. The team scored the only goal of the first half after a corner kick in the 12th minute, Sandro Wagner got his foot at the end of corner, and made it 1-0. Tim Borowski gave away an unnecessary penalty in the 49 minute, and Cisse had no problems converting the penalty. However, after a strong period for Freiburg, Marko Marin managed to snatch up a terrible pass by a Freiburg defender, and found Claudio Pizzaro 17 meters in front of the goal. The Peruvian striker fired a fantastic shot towards Oliver Baumann’s goal, and made it 2-1. Marko Marin put the icing on the cake in the 92nd minute, and made it 3-1 for Werder on a counter attack.See how Werder managed to get their first away victory in 2011.
Hamburger SV vs. 1 FSV Mainz: 2-4
The last game of the match day was arguably also the most entertaining match. The game got off to a controversial start when Marcel Jansen’s shot in the 17th minute hit the bar, and bounced ahead of the goal line. The referee’s assistant thought that he saw a goal, and the referee gave it. After this blatant mistake Mainz came out with all guns blazing. First a cross found Schürrle in front of the goal, who made it 1-1. Shortly afterwards Pablo Guerreo found Petric 8 meters in front of goal, and the Croat made it 2-1 for the red shorts. Two minutes later Kacar put a Mainz cross into his own goal and made it 2-2. Schürrle put the 05’ers ahead for the first time in the game with a clinical finish on a counter attack. Markus Heller scored the last game of the game in the 88th minute, and brought the game to a 4-2 result for Mainz.
Another high scoring weekend in the Bundesliga. Any thoughts or comments on this weekend’s action? Leave a comment below.