Bayern return to form with a 6-0 hammering of Hamburg, Cologne continue their good run at home, Dortmund slip against Hoffenheim, and Werder loses two points just before the whistle. Here are the talking points of match day 26.
1. FC Cologne vs. Hannover 96: 4-0
The weekend started with high flying Hannover visiting in-form Cologne. Hannover got off to the better start, and Jan Schlaudraff forced Michael Rensing to make a brilliant safe. After a period of stalemate, midfielder Petit slammed a free kick past Ron Robert Zieler in the Hannover goal to make it 1-0 for the billy goats. The second half was one way traffic, and Podolski, and two goals of Novakovic made it 4-0 for Cologne, who now have won 6 home matches in a row.
FC Bayern Munich vs. Hamburger SV: 6-0
Louis van Gaal has to leave Bayern at the end of the season. His players seem to want to give their coach a proper send off. Arjen Robben scored the first goal of the game just before half time with belter of a shot. The same man scored two more goals just after the half time break, before Franck Ribery finished off a brilliant run with a delicate lob of Frank Rost in the Hamburg goal. A nice combination set up Thomas Müller, who made it 5-0, before Heiko Westermann added insult to injury with an own goal. As a result of this game Hamburg coach Armin Veh is out of a job.See all the goals from Bayern’s impressive victory.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund: 1-0
A rather boring game in which Dortmund controlled most of the possession, but failed to create chances against the stone wall of the Hoffenheim defense. Ibisevic snatched the only goal of the game after a brilliant combination that started with right back Andreas Beck. All in all three deserved points for Hoffenheim.
VfL Wolfsburg vs. 1. FC Nürnberg: 1-2
The next coach that might loose his job is Wolfsburg caretaker Pierre Littbarski. All started well for the wolves when Mario Mandžukić gave them the lead with a header after 20 minutes. “Der Club” managed to snatch an equalizer just before half time, Philipp Wohlscheid scored the goal with a header. Another header that came deep down into injury time by Nürnberg’s Swedish defender Per Nilsson gave the Bavarians the victory. “Der Club” has won six, and drawn one in the last seven games.
1. FC Kaiserslautern vs. SC Freiburg: 2-1
The red devils snatched a massive three points against the Breisgau Brazilians. An own goal by the Czech loan-signing Nemec, and a goal by the same player made it 1-1 before half time. Erwin Hoffer snatched a important goal with a shot from short distance in the injury time of the second half.
Schalke 04 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: 2-1
The miners from Gelsenkirchen finished off their week with another victory. Jurado scored the first goal of the game with a penalty just before half time. A curious shot from 73 meters!!! slipped into Manuel Neuer’s goal in the second half. The German international made up for his mistake by setting up Angelos Charistaes, who scored the winning goal with his first touch of the ball. All of this might not be enough, and Felix Magath might still loose his job next week.Three weird goals in one game.
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach: 1-1
Another game that was influenced by what happened in injury time. Werder were pushing for the first 80 minutes of the game, and were only rewarded with one goal scored with a beautiful header by Sandro Wagner. Dante managed to get his head on the end of a free kick in the 92nd minute, and made it 1-1. A massive, and thoroughly undeserved point for the foals.See both goals.
1. FSV Mainz vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen: 0-1
“Away, sweet away” might as well be the new club song for Mainz. The 05’ers lost their 7th of their last nine home games. In a tame match that was dominated by both sides nervousness Renato Augusto’s goal came towards the end of the match. Mainz defender Bo Svensson lost the ball unnecessarily to the Brazilian, who then smashed it past Christian Wetklo with very hard shot.See Augusto’s hammer blow.
FC St. Pauli vs. VfB Stuttgart: 1-2
The buccaneers of the league are currently sliding back into the relegation zone after their bright start to their spring campaign. Fabian Boll scored the first goal in four games for the club from Hamburg after 18 minutes. Seven minutes later Kuzmanovic made it 1-1 with a long range effort. This was the Serbs third goal in the last four games. Just towards the end of the game substitute Schipplock managed to get the winner for the Swabians with a well placed shot from inside the penalty area. This result means that Stuttgart are leaving the relegation places for the first time since 2010.
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