DFB-Pokal: Achtelfinale

Mar 3-4

The DFB-Cup was once again on, and it pretty much went as expected. The only upset was in Bielefeld.
The sensation was 3.Liga Arminia stunning Werder Bremen. And it wasn’t undeserved, as Bielefeld largely outplayed the Bundesliga side. It also means that Arminia is the only non-Bundesliga side in the quarterfinals.

Cupholders Bayern München had no problems with Braunschweig. The most interesting part was that the Allianz-Arena was sold out.

Gladbach didn’t have too many problems at Offenbach. The 4th division side held out well against the Bundesliga side, but the visitors weren’t too motivated. They did just enough to win.

Bundesliga runner-up Wolfsburg only did the necessary at Leipzig, as they easily brushed aside the Rasenbulls. The VWs were control throughout, leaving only a large crowd as the achievement for the RedBallsport.

Dortmund had a hard time breaking down Dresden’s wall, but the Neons eventually broke through for the win. The main story is however that Marco Reus had to be carted off after only 24 minutes, as he got wacked in the knee.

Freiburg met 1.FC Köln in the only clash of Bundesliga sides. But it was perhaps also the least interesting match. The Breisgauers had the match firmly in grip and coasted against a lame Köln side.

It took a while, but Leverkusen broke down Kaiserslautern in overtime to advance.

Aalen gave a good account of themselves, fighting hard. But Hoffenheim was clearly teh better side technically, and eventually was able to turn their advantage into a win.

Kickers Offenbach   - 	Bor. M'Gladbach       0:2 (0:0)   20,500 *

                   0:1  M. Kruse (52., Hand penalty)
                   0:2  Herrmann (83., Kramer)

FC Bayern München   - 	Eintr Braunschweig    2:0 (1:0)   75,000 *

                   1:0  Alaba (45. + 1, direct freekick)
                   2:0  M. Götze (57., Robben)
 
Arminia Bielefeld   - 	Werder Bremen 	      3:1 (1:0)   26,601 *

                   1:0  Junglas (32., Schütz)
                   2:0  Schuppan (57., Dick)
                   2:1  Fritz (76.)
                   3:1  Junglas (84., Ulm)

RasenB. Leipzig     - 	VfL Wolfsburg 	      0:2 (0:1)   43,348

                   0:1  D. Caligiuri (20., De Bruyne)
                   0:2  Klose (57., K. Schäfer)

Dynamo Dresden 	    - 	Bor. Dortmund         0:2 (0:0)   30,503 *

                   0:1  Immobile (50.)
                   0:2  Immobile (90., Blaszczykowski)

SC Freiburg         - 	1.FC Köln 	      2:1 (2:0)   18,800

                   1:0  Ujah (17., own goal, Schmid)
                   2:0  Darida (19., Philipp)
                   2:1  Deyverson (89.)

Bayer Leverkusen    - 	1.FC Kaiserslautern   2:0 aet     26,000

                   1:0  Calhanoglu (102.)
                   2:0  Kießling (114.)

VfR Aalen 	    - 	TSG Hoffenheim 	      0:2 (0:1)    8,252

                   0:1  Polanski (16., Volland)
                   0:2  Volland (56., Schipplock)

2.Liga, Round 23: Darmstadt on point

Round 23, Feb 27-Mar 2

Darmstadt was the big winner as the 98ers upended Braunschweig deep into injury time. It’s pretty amazing for a club that could have been in the 4th division. The match was hard fought and looked to peter out, but late sub Jan Rosenthal rifled a shot into the net at the closing whistle.

Kaiserslautern was in total control against Greuther Fürth, but had to unnecessarily sweat the closing minutes as the visitors tried to pull out a point.

A huge relegation battle in Hamburg, but St.Pauli can’t be too happy with the draw against Aue. It was a hard-fought match, with both sides wasting sitters. But the Paulistas desperately needed a win, so only Erzgebirge can be happy with the result.

Leaders Ingolstadt seemed to be running away, but they’ve been dicking around recently, and the field seems to be moving closer. It was a rare sellout as they faced 1860 in a Bavarian derby. The Schanzer were clearly the dominant club, but 1860 hung around and struck late to grab a point that is quite valuable, considering their relegation battle position.

Fortuna Düsseldorf had a hard fought win away to Heidenheim, which keeps their slim promotion hopes alive – at least they’re within striking distance.

1. FC Kaiserslautern -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:1 (1:0)   23,796

                    1:0  Zimmer (38., Karl)
                    2:0  Löwe (48., penalty, Zoller)
                    2:1  Gießelmann (85., direct freekick)

VfL Bochum	     -   FSV Frankfurt	        3:3 (1:0)   11,594

                    1:0  Terrazzino (16., Eisfeld)
                    2:0  Eisfeld (61., Losilla)
                    2:1  Dedic (79., Balitsch)
                    3:1  Latza (81.)
                    3:2  Kapllani (84., penalty, Grifo)
                    3:3  Kapllani (90. + 1, Grifo)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:0 (0:0)   13,600

                    1:0  Rosenthal (90. + 3)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   Karlsruher SC	        1:1 (1:1)   30,458

                    1:0  G. Burgstaller (4., Sylvestr)
                    1:1  Hennings (45., Torres)

SV Sandhausen	     -   VfR Aalen   	        2:0 (0:0)    5,112

                    1:0  Bouhaddouz (65., F. Hübner)
                    2:0  Mockenhaupt (83., own goal)
 	
FC St. Pauli	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        0:0 (0:0)   22,590

1. FC Heidenheim     -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:2 (1:1)   11,800
  
                    1:0  Leipertz (11., Titsch-Rivero)
                    1:1  O. Fink (23., Liendl)
                    1:2  Bellinghausen (61., Liendl)

RasenB. Leipzig	     -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:2 (3:2)   24,780

                    1:0  D. Kaiser (3., penalty, Damari)
                    2:0  Kimmich (7., Damari)
                    2:1  Skrzybski (8., Parensen)
                    3:1  Teigl (13., Forsberg)
                    3:2  Polter (29., Quiring)

FC Ingolstadt 04     -   1860 München	        1:1 (1:0)   15,000 *

                    1:0  Danilo (41.)
                    1:1  Bandowski (83., Rama)



 1  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	23   12  9  2 	  36:19  +17 	  	45 
 2  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	23   10  11 2 	  28:16  +12 	  	41
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	23   11  8  4 	  32:22  +10 	  	41
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 4  Karlsruher SC 	  	23   10  9  4 	  31:18  +13 	  	39 
 5  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	23    9  8  6 	  35:30  +5 	  	35 
 6  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	23   10  4  9 	  31:27  +4 	  	34 
 7  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	23   10  4  9 	  29:33  -4 	  	34 
 8  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	23    8  9  6 	  26:18  +8 	  	33 
 9  FSV Frankfurt 	  	23    9  4  10 	  32:37  -5 	  	31 
10  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	23    8  6  9 	  30:37  -7 	  	30 
11  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	23    7  7  9 	  32:27  +5 	  	28 
12  VfL Bochum 	  	        23    5  13 5 	  35:35   0 	  	28 
13  SV Sandhausen 	  	23    7  7  9 	  20:26  -6 	  	28 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	23    6  9  8 	  24:26  -2 	  	27 
15  1860 München 	  	23    5  7  11 	  29:36  -7 	  	22
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16  Erzgebirge Aue	  	23    5  6  12 	  21:32  -11 	  	21
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17  VfR Aalen 	  	        23    4  7  12 	  16:29  -13 	  	19 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	23    4  6  13 	  23:42  -19 	  	18



1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

BUNDESLIGA, Round 23

Round 23, Feb 27-Mar 1

Leaders Bayern had no trouble with Köln. The visiting coach Peter Stöger gave an pre-match interview where he stated that “Köln has a chance, why not?”. Apparently he thought he was a contestant on “Deutschland sucht den naechsten Komiker”. The match was over in 3 minutes, and it should have turned into another slaughter. But in fairness, Köln caught themselves and prevented a total disaster. Not really much to say from the Bayern standpoint. I guess Guardiola can be happy that Schweinsteiger looks to be back in top form, as if they needed more weapons.

Dortmund and Schalke met in the Revier-derby, probably Germany’s top clash. The Neons showed that they’re back on track, as they dominated and pressured the Blues back into desperately defending. How dominate? How bout 31-3 in shots. The Schalker were clearly hoping this would be the early Dortmund that would dominate and waste chances, then they could steal a goal and the points. Actually not a bad strategy, because BVB was wasting a lot of chances. But they finally broke through late and the dam broke, giving Dortmund a crushing victory over a helpless Schalke, it probably should have been about 6-0. So for Dortmund, they look to have recovered and should be a team to be feared for the rest of the season. Schalke is a strange side that seems to just want to do the bare minimum, despite the fact they’ve probably got some decent talent to play attractive football. But it looks like di Matteo is only concentrating on results, since he’s seen what happens when die Knappen underachieve.

Leverkusen resorted to boring football, as their last couple of wild shootouts hadn’t led to great results. And Freiburg was completely lame, so the Aspirins only needed the single goal to make this one stick.

A hard fought local derby between Hoffenheim and Mainz. The hosts came out as somewhat fortunate winners. Mainz was the better side early, but wasted some great chances. Instead the Hoppers collected themselves and played better after the restart, and ended up with the win.

Hannover and Stuttgart met in a scrappy relegation fight. Well, it’s definitely a fight for Stuttgart, but teh 96ers might get dragged in if they continue their winless 2015 run. Neither side showed much skill, but there was a lot of running around and kicking things. I guess it’s a good result for Stuttgart, since they’re dead last and anything is good, especially on the road. Hannover might consider themselves lucky they didn’t lose.

Hertha got a huge win late against Augsburg. The Berliners have fallen into the relegation battle and desperately needed a result. Augsburg just the type of team it’s hard to get the result against, and since both sides play similar scrappy rather than skill football, it was a hard match to watch. But a late goal by Kalou got Hertha critical points, and they should be thrilled.

Alex Meier was the news as Frankfurt defeated Hamburg. The veteran notched two goals (and even missed a 3rd by rocketing an injury time penalty off the crossbar). He had come under criticism from Frankfurt’s sport-director Bruno Hübner after the last loss in Mainz. Basically Hübner stated that Meier is lazy and doesn’t do anything but score goals, otherwise he’s not to be seen. Meier reacted by stating that Hübner is always criticizing him. As for his performance in Mainz, Meier was measured at having run 11 kilometers on the pitch, which is hardly lazy. Basically Hübner is just a wanker who should STFU. Meier has been Frankfurt’s best player for years and his 16 goals this season is only one behind Robben. Although apparently the two have made up, Hübner is still in hot water with the league for criticizing the refs. As for today’s match, HSV needed some points, but didn’t deserve anything.

Wolfsburg showed they are the no.2 in Germany as they downed Bremen in a pulsating match. The VWs were in a dogfight as Werder stood toe-to-toe, and even managed a lead at half-time. But Wolfsburg had too much firepower, and in form Bas Dost doubled to give the VWs a lead, and there was no way back for Bremen.

Gladbach had a ho-hum win over Paderborn to keep a solid hold on 3rd place.

Total attendance 427,427 (avg 47,942), sellouts in München and Dortmund


Bayern München	     -   1. FC Köln	  4:1 (2:1)   75,000 *

                    1:0  Schweinsteiger (3., Robben)
                    2:0  Ribery (10., Schweinsteiger)
                    2:1  Ujah (45. + 1, M. Lehmann)
                    3:1  Robben (67., Ribery)
                    4:1  Lewandowski (75., Robben)

Borussia Dortmund    -   FC Schalke 04	  3:0 (0:0)   79,500 *

                    1:0  Aubameyang (78., H. Mkhitaryan)
                    2:0  H. Mkhitaryan (79., Gündogan)
                    3:0  Reus (86.)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   SC Freiburg	  1:0 (1:0)   28,624

                    1:0  Rolfes (33., Bellarabi)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05  2:0 (0:0)   24,310

                    1:0  Volland (55., Roberto Firmino)
                    2:0  Polanski (76., Beck)

Hannover 96	     -   VfB Stuttgart	  1:1 (0:0)   40,200

                    0:1  Gentner (52.)
                    1:1  Stindl (70., Joselu)

Hertha BSC	     -   FC Augsburg	  1:0 (0:0)   36,015

                    1:0  Kalou (88., Hegeler)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Hamburger SV	  2:1 (1:1)   50,500

                    1:0  Meier (12., penalty, Piazon)
                    1:1  Stieber (45. + 2, N. Müller)
                    2:1  Meier (54.)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   SC Paderborn 07  2:0 (1:0)   53,152

                    1:0  F. Johnson (18., Korb)
                    2:0  Herrmann (81.)

Werder Bremen	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	  3:5 (3:2)   40,126

                    1:0  Junuzovic (9., Öztunali)
                    1:1  D. Caligiuri (10.)
                    2:1  di Santo (16., Öztunali)
                    2:2  Arnold (18., De Bruyne)
                    3:2  Vieirinha (28., own goal, F. Kroos)
                    3:3  Dost (48., De Bruyne)
                    3:4  Dost (51., De Bruyne)
                    3:5  D. Caligiuri (53., Dost)



 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	23   18  4  1 	  63:10  +53 	  58 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	23   15  5  3 	  53:27  +26 	  50 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	23   11  7  5 	  31:18  +13 	  40
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	23    9  9  5 	  37:29  +8 	  36
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 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	23   10  5  8 	  32:27  +5 	  35 
 6  FC Augsburg 	  	23   11  2  10 	  32:30  +2 	  35
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	23    9  6  8 	  36:35  +1 	  33 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt 	23    8  7  8 	  42:45  -3 	  31 
 9  Werder Bremen 	  	23    8  6  9 	  39:49  -10 	  30 
10  Borussia Dortmund 	  	23    8  4  11 	  31:31   0 	  28 
11  Hannover 96 	  	23    7  6  10 	  26:34  -8 	  27 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	23    5  10 8 	  30:33  -3 	  25 
13  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	23    6  7  10 	  21:29  -8 	  25 
14  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	23    7  3  13 	  28:42  -14 	  24 
15  Hamburger SV 	  	23    6  6  11 	  16:33  -17 	  24
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16  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	23    5  8  10 	  23:43  -20 	  23
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17  SC Freiburg 	  	23    4  10 9 	  24:32  -8 	  22 
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	23    4  7  12 	  24:41  -17 	  19


M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

3.Liga, Round 27: Here come the Storks!

Round 27, Feb 27-28

Schleswig-Holstein is mostly known for their cows, but another animal is getting recognition now. Holstein Kiel, known as die Störche (the storks), have silently climbed the table and suddenly siezed the spotlight. They thumped high-flying Erfurt to seize 2nd place, and with the best defense in the league (by far), they certainly have the capability to hang tight. As you can see, the fight for promotion is a dogfight, with 2-7 only a win away. Even a club like Dresden could sneak back into the hunt. Against Erfurt, Holstein dominated. Even though RWE tied the match briefly after the restart, Kiel wasn’t bothered at all, piled the pressure on, and the visitors cracked.

At the top sits Bielefeld, which has established themselves as the class of the league. Arminia thumped Unterhaching and sit 9 points above. That should be solid enough for a return to the 2.Liga. The visitors were without a chance and lucky that Arminia turned down the heat in the 2nd period. But the Mini-Münchenkins were probably still happy from their big 4-1 away win midweek at Großaspach in a makeup match, calming their relegation fears.

Stuttgarter Kickers were impressive at Fortuna Köln, getting a solid away win without ever being threatened.

Preußen Münster can’t be too happy with their draw at Wehen. They were the better team and had a chance to really take control, but missed a penalty that would have put them 2-0 up. Instead the hosts fought their way back and salvaged a point.

Cottbus blew a chance to join the leaders, as they were held at Großaspach. But actually, the Sonnenhofer were the better team, and only the woodwork saved Energie from an embarassing loss.

Rostock got a huge away win at Halle and more critical points in the relegation battle. Hansa isn’t out of the woods yet, but at least they have some breathing room.

Regensburg’s mini-revival may be over already. Jahn was beaten at home by Dresden, who desperately needed a result to stop their slide. They were off to a good start as Justin Eilers nailed a hat-trick and Dynamo could seemingly phone the rest in. Bad idea, as Jahn came back and pressed for a draw, but luckily Dresden held on.

Total attendance 59,872 (avg 5,987)

 	
Holstein Kiel	    -  	Rot-Weiß Erfurt	      4:1 (1:0)    8,006
1. FSV Mainz 05 II  -  	VfB Stuttgart II      0:2 (0:0)      453
Hallescher FC	    -  	Hansa Rostock	      1:2 (1:0)   11,324
Chemnitzer FC	    -  	Borussia Dortmund II  3:1 (1:1)    5,046
Arminia Bielefeld   -  	SpVgg Unterhaching    4:0 (3:0)   12,087
Fortuna Köln	    -  	Stuttgarter Kickers   0:2 (0:2)    1,568
VfL Osnabrück	    -  	MSV Duisburg	      1:1 (1:0)    8,300
SV Wehen Wiesbaden  -  	Preußen Münster       2:2 (0:1)    2,746
Jahn Regensburg	    -  	Dynamo Dresden	      2:3 (0:3)    8,742
SG S-hof Großaspach -  	Energie Cottbus	      2:2 (1:0)    1,600


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	27   17  4  6 	  56:28  +28 	  55 
 2  Holstein Kiel 	  	27   12  10 5 	  37:19  +18 	  46
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	27   12  10 5 	  40:27  +13 	  46
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 4  Preußen Münster 	  	27   13  7  7 	  40:31  +9 	  46 
 5  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	27   13  7  7 	  41:35  +6 	  46 
 6  Stuttgarter Kickers 	26   12  9  5 	  41:29  +12 	  45 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A) 	27   12  8  7 	  34:28  +6 	  44 
 8  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	27   11  8  8 	  34:31  +3 	  41 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	26   11  5  10 	  41:32  +9 	  38 
10  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	27   10  6  11 	  31:28  +3 	  36 
11  Chemnitzer FC 	  	27   10  6  11 	  27:26  +1 	  36 
12  VfL Osnabrück 	  	27   10  6  11 	  38:43  -5 	  36 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	26    9  6  11 	  32:36  -4 	  33 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	26    9  6  11 	  35:41  -6 	  33 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	26    8  6  12 	  38:48  -10 	  30 
16  Hansa Rostock 	  	27    7  7  13 	  37:52  -15 	  28 
17  Borussia Dortmund II 	26    4  12 10 	  26:35  -9 	  24
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18  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 26    5  8  13 	  27:50  -23 	  23 
19  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	26    5  7  14 	  27:41  -14 	  22 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	27    5  4  18 	  31:53  -22 	  19
	
A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

2.Liga, Round 22: Lautern stunned

Round 22, Feb 20-23

Kaiserslautern must realize they’re in a dogfight – you need your A game every match. The Devils showed up in Bornheim to face the mini-Frankfurters FSV…and deservedly lost. Although at the start of both halves FCK had some sustained pressure and looked like they wanted it, after that initial wave, the hosts seized control. FSV came close several times and a beauty of a free kick by Hoffenheim loanee Vicenzo Grifo gave the Bornheimers a deserved lead. They even could afford a silly double yellow by Aoudia. Even with 10 men. they looked determined, and indeed grabbed another goal for an impressive win. Lautern drops to 4th, and perhaps the realization that in the 2.Liga, the field is pretty balanced.

Leaders Ingolstadt had a rough time in Aalen. The hosts desperately need points and played like it. The Schanzer could never get going, as Aalen kept them off balance. A hard fought draw was the fair result.

Karlruhe had a tough time with Bochum. The visitors have improved under new coach Gert Verbeek, and wer ready to play. KSC never had the match under control, and in the end should be happy with the result..they jump into 2nd due to Lautern’s failure.

Darmstadt steals a win at Aue, keeping their promotion hopes alive. The 98ers were in a battle, as Erzgebirge has shown definite improvement in recent weeks. The visitors stole a goal, and then relied on GK Christiam Mathia to hold on for a good road win.

1860 won a huge relegation battle against St.Pauli. Both teams had expected to contend for promotion, but now are fighting for their lives. Torsten Fröhling was in charge for his first game as 1860 coach, and they get a huge win. It wasn’t easy, and especially down the stretch the Lions were barely holding on as the Paulistas tried a desperation comeback.

Two giants met in Düsseldorf, as Nürnberg travelled to meet Fortuna. At stake was the last chance to have any hope of promotion. Der Club is going to be happier with the result, as they efficiently grabbed a win. Fortuna had some advantage in possesion and field position, but FCN was far more clever. A good win for the visitors.

Union Berlin have established themselves in secure mid-table, as they upended Heidenheim. The Berliners had been sliding a bit towards the danger zone, but have recovered and should have no worries. FCH started quickly, but was then outplayed by their hosts.

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth -   SV Sandhausen	        0:0 (0:0)    9,135

VfR Aalen	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	1:1 (0:0)    5,048

                    1:0  J. Gjasula (56., penalty, Ademi)
                    1:1  Leckie (77., P. Groß)

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   SV Darmstadt 98	0:1 (0:0)    9,000

                    0:1  Gondorf (83., König)

Karlsruher SC	     -   VfL Bochum	        0:0 (0:0)   11,989

1860 München	     -   FC St. Pauli	        2:1 (1:0)   25,100

                    1:0  Gonther (10., own goal, Bandowski)
                    2:0  M. Wolf (72., Adlung)
                    2:1  Nöthe (77., Budimir)

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   1. FC Nürnberg	        1:3 (0:0)   30,213

                    1:0  Pohjanpalo (67., Bruno Soares)
                    1:1  Stark (71., Füllkrug)
                    1:2  D. Blum (77., Sylvestr)
                    1:3  Kerk (88., Füllkrug)

1. FC Union Berlin   -   1. FC Heidenheim	3:1 (2:1)   16,512

                    0:1  Schnatterer (5., Niederlechner)
                    1:1  Kreilach (7., Schönheim)
                    2:1  Brandy (28., Schönheim)
                    3:1  Quiring (56., Schönheim)

FSV Frankfurt	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	2:0 (0:0)   10,153

                    1:0  Grifo (71., direct freekick)
                    2:0  Dedic (88., Ballas)

Monday:
Eintr. Braunschweig  -   RasenB. Leipzig	1:1 (1:0)   20,650

                    1:0  Berggreen (45., Pfitzner)
                    1:1  D. Kaiser (84., Poulsen)
 


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	22   12  8  2 	  35:18  +17 	  44 
 2  Karlsruher SC 	  	22   10  8  4 	  30:17  +13 	  38
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	22    9  11 2 	  27:16  +11 	  38
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 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	22   10  8  4 	  30:21  +9 	  38 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	22   10  4  8 	  31:26  +5 	  34 
 6  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	22   10  3  9 	  28:32  -4 	  33 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	22    8  8  6 	  33:29  +4 	  32 
 8  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	22    7  9  6 	  23:16  +7 	  30 
 9  FSV Frankfurt 	  	22    9  3  10 	  29:34  -5 	  30 
10  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	22    8  6  8 	  28:34  -6 	  30 
11  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	22    7  7  8 	  31:25  +6 	  28 
12  VfL Bochum 	  	        22    5  12 5 	  32:32   0 	  27 
13  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	22    6  9  7 	  23:24  -1 	  27 
14  SV Sandhausen 	  	22    6  7  9 	  18:26  -8 	  25 
15  1860 München 	  	22    5  6  11 	  28:35  -7 	  21
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16  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	22    5  5  12 	  21:32  -11 	  20
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17  VfR Aalen 	  	        22    4  7  11 	  16:27  -11 	  19 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	22    4  5  13 	  23:42  -19 	  17



1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 26: Arminia in control

Round 26, Feb 20-21

Leaders Bielefeld took a huge step towards an immediate bounce-back to the 2.Liga. The Arminen put in a strongeffort at Kickers Stuttgart, and other results went their way. So now they sit on top with a nice cushion in the promotion race. The Kickers were able to hold with their guests for a half, but Bielefeld raised their level in the 2nd period, and the hosts couldn’t respond. A deserved victory for the leaders.

Erfurt essentially ended Osnabrück’s season, dropping the visitors for their 5th straight defeat. More important, RWE has moved into 2nd thanks to Münster’s collapse. The Erfurter are quite strong at home, which will be crucial in the dogfight for the promotion spots.

Duisburg is back in contention as they overpowered Fortuna Köln to claim 3rd place.

The big loser was Preußen Münster, who were well-beaten at home by Hostein Kiel. Not a great upset, as the “Storks” are a strong road team and were well prepared for Preußen. They looked faster and were well organized, and have quietly popped into contention.

Another big loser was Dresden, who disappointed a big crowd again and lost to Wehen. Looks like it’s over for Dresden, they might as well start preparing for next season. Wehen obviously isn’t going anywhere either, but they’ve probably known that for a while, along with all 22 of their fans (player wives and girlfriends).

Cottbus on the other hand is keeping their options open. They’d been crap recently, so the bottom dwellers showing up was just what the doctor ordered. Energie thumped Regensburg and remain within striking distance.

Dortmund-II was lucky to salvage a point, as Halle should have put away the latch earlier. This could be crucial in the relegation battle.

Huge relegation battle win for Rostock against Mainz-II. Hansa was the league’s worst home side, and struggled in this one too. However they managed to get the win, which was absolutely required.

Total attendance 72,733 (avg 7,273)

SpVgg Unterhaching    -   Chemnitzer FC	        0:0 (0:0)    1,750
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Hallescher FC	        1:1 (0:1)      631
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	      -   VfL Osnabrück	        3:1 (1:0)    5,952
Hansa Rostock	      -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	2:1 (0:0)    7,300
VfB Stuttgart II      -   SG S-hof Großaspach	4:1 (1:0)      950
Energie Cottbus	      -   Jahn Regensburg	4:1 (1:0)    6,390
Dynamo Dresden	      -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:1 (0:0)   20,797
Preußen Münster	      -   Holstein Kiel 	1:3 (1:2)    8,672
MSV Duisburg	      -   Fortuna Köln	        2:0 (1:0)   12,041
Stuttgarter Kickers  -    Arminia Bielefeld	0:2 (0:0)    8,250 	


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	26   16  4  6 	  52:28  +24 	  52 
 2  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	26   13  7  6 	  40:31  +9 	  46
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	26   12  9  5 	  39:26  +13 	  45
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 4  Preußen Münster 	  	26   13  6  7 	  38:29  +9 	  45 
 5  Holstein Kiel 	  	26   11  10 5 	  33:18  +15 	  43 
 6  Energie Cottbus (A) 	26   12  7  7 	  32:26  +6 	  43 
 7  Stuttgarter Kickers 	25   11  9  5 	  39:29  +10 	  42 
 8  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	26   10  8  8 	  31:29  +2 	  38 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	25   11  4  10 	  39:30  +9 	  37 
10  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	26   10  6  10 	  31:26  +5 	  36 
11  VfL Osnabrück 	  	26   10  5  11 	  37:42  -5 	  35 
12  Chemnitzer FC 	  	26    9  6  11 	  24:25  -1 	  33 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	25    9  6  10 	  31:34  -3 	  33 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	25    8  6  11 	  33:41  -8 	  30 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	24    7  6  11 	  34:43  -9 	  27 
16  Hansa Rostock 	  	26    6  7  13 	  35:51  -16 	  25 
17  Borussia Dortmund II 	25    4  12 9 	  25:32  -7 	  24
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18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	25    5  7  13 	  27:39  -12 	  22 
19  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 24    5  7  12 	  24:44  -20 	  22 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	26    5  4  17 	  29:50  -21 	  19



A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 22: Neons back on track?

Round 22, Feb 20-22

A huge relegation match in Stuttgart Friday night, would Dortmund continue their revival? The answer was a resounding yes. The Neons dominated and deservedly got the road win, albeit they made things more difficult than it should have been. They conceded a couple of stupid goals, otherwise they would have sailed easily. VfB showed some engagement, but were clearly inferior. The players apologized to their fans afterwards; in a similar situation Dortmund did just that three weeks ago, and they’ve won all matches since. Perhaps it will have a similar effect on Stuttgart, but it seems unlikely. Everybody knew Dortmund is a sleeping giant, capable of better things. Not so sure in the case of Stuttgart…they haven’t been good for a while.

Bayern München had a cakewalk in Paderborn, although it did take some effort. In the first half SCP defended well, but Bayern was able to break through with a couple of goals. The hosts were concentrated on the back, and had only a couple of chances going forward, but if they had luck, maybe they could have stolen something. Then in the 2nd period, things quickly fell apart and Bayern viciously ripped Paderborn to threads. An early penalty and red card meant that Bayern would basically score as many as they felt like doing before heading to the pub to celebrate.

Wolfsburg expected to win easily against Hertha, but the Berliners defended well despite being dominated. A Hertha counter got an equalizer, and the VWs couldn’t break through. In the end it was in-form Bas Dost who decided the match for the Wolfies, who remain untouchable 2nd behind Bayern. Good effort for Hertha, but they can’t really complain and remain in dire straits.

Werder Bremen worked hard and were rewarded with a late goal at Schalke. It was a deserved point, as the Bremen side arguably played better than the hosts, who were typically uninspired and boring.

Mainz decided the Rhein-Main derby against Frankfurt with a blitz out of the 2nd period. The first half had been pretty even, but FSV came out breathing fire, scored twice, and Eintracht was unable to recover.

Augsburg looked like they were going down due to a late goal by visiting Leverkusen. It would be somewhat bitter, since Bayer were by no means superior. But the Fuggers never give up, and in injury time GK Hitz tuned on a bouncing ball in the crowded Leverkusen box and rescued a point.

Freiburg was needing a win against Hoffenheim to jump from the drop zone. But SCF didn’t play very well, and should be happy they didn’t lose. Especially in the 2nd period the Hoppers had several chances to score, but seemed satisfied with an away point.

Boring match in Köln with Hannover. It started out brightly enough, but fizzled out. The hosts had somewhat of an edge, but they’re incapable of controlling a match and the 96ers couldn’t be bothered.

Hamburg showed massive improvement from last week’s embarassing 0-8 at Bayern. HSV showed some fight and had several chances to put the game away, as Gladbach was surprisingly lame. However, this is HSV, so they would figure out how to ruin it, as they wasted most of their chances, and then were punished in injury time. I suppose a point is always good, but they should have had all of them.

Total attendance 349,252 (avg 38,806), sell-outs in Schalke, Stuttgart and Paderborn

 	
VfB Stuttgart	   -   Borussia Dortmund	2:3 (1:2)   60,000 *

                  0:1  Aubameyang (25., Kagawa)
                  1:1  Klein (32., penalty, Niedermeier)
                  1:2  Gündogan (39., Kagawa)
                  1:3  Reus (89.)
                  2:3  Niedermeier (90. + 1, Ibisevic)

FC Schalke 04	   -   Werder Bremen	        1:1 (0:0)   61,973 *

                  1:0  M. Meyer (61., Barnetta)
                  1:1  Prödl (90. + 2, Junuzovic)

1. FSV Mainz 05	   -   Eintracht Frankfurt	3:1 (1:1)   33,237

                  0:1  Aigner (35., Seferovic)
                  1:1  Clemens (38., Okazaki)
                  2:1  Geis (47., direct free kick)
                  3:1  Malli (50., de Blasis)

FC Augsburg	   -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	2:2 (0:1)   28,154
 
                  0:1  Drmic (8., Son)
                  1:1  Caiuby (59., Baier)
                  1:2  Reinartz (84., Hilbert)
                  2:2  Hitz (90. + 4)

SC Freiburg	   -   TSG Hoffenheim	        1:1 (1:1)   23,800

                  1:0  Höhn (25., Schmid)
                  1:1  Volland (39., Modeste)

SC Paderborn 07	   -   Bayern München	        0:6 (0:2)   15,000 *

                  0:1  Lewandowski (24., Robben)
                  0:2  Lewandowski (37., Ribery)
                  0:3  Robben (63., penalty, Robben)
                  0:4  Ribery (72., Robben)
                  0:5  Weiser (78., Rode)
                  0:6  Robben (86., Ribery)
 	 	
1. FC Köln	   -   Hannover 96	        1:1 (1:1)   47,300

                  0:1  Joselu (5., Albornoz)
                  1:1  Ujah (17.)
 
Hamburger SV	   -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:1 (0:0)   52,105

                  1:0  Stieber (73., Rudnevs)
                  1:1  Hrgota (90. + 2, M. Kruse)

VfL Wolfsburg	   -   Hertha BSC	        2:1 (1:1)   27,683

                  1:0  Dost (10., Schürrle)
                  1:1  Schieber (30., Stocker)
                  2:1  Dost (74., Luiz Gustavo)
 	


1  Bayern München (M, P) 	22   17  4  1 	  59:9 	 +50 	  55 
2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	22   14  5  3 	  48:24  +24 	  47 
3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	22   10  7  5 	  29:18  +11 	  37
4  FC Schalke 04	  	22   10  5  7 	  32:24  +8 	  35
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5  FC Augsburg 	  	        22   11  2  9 	  32:29  +3 	  35 
6  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	  	22    8  9  5 	  36:29  +7 	  33
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7  TSG Hoffenheim	  	22    8  6  8 	  34:35  -1 	  30 
8  Werder Bremen 	  	22    8  6  8 	  36:44  -8 	  30 
9  Eintracht Frankfurt 	  	22    7  7  8 	  40:44  -4 	  28 
10  Hannover 96 	  	22    7  5  10 	  25:33  -8 	  26 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	22    5  10 7 	  30:31  -1 	  25 
12  Borussia Dortmund 	  	22    7  4  11 	  28:31  -3 	  25 
13  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	22    6  7  9 	  20:25  -5 	  25 
14  Hamburger SV 	  	22    6  6  10 	  15:31  -16 	  24 
15  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	22    5  8  9 	  23:41  -18 	  23
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16  SC Freiburg 	  	22    4  10 8 	  24:31  -7 	  22
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17  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	22    6  3  13 	  27:42  -15 	  21 
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	22    4  6  12 	  23:40  -17 	  18


1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 21: Favorites stumble

Round 21, Feb 13-16

A few of the favored sides had bad outings this round. Leaders Ingolstadt lost for only teh 2nd time, shockingly at home to Sandhausen. But the win was fair, as SVS wante the points badly and played well throughout, whereas the Schanzer seemed listless.

Düsseldorf also found themselves on the wrong end of the stick, as they were stunned at home by relegation threatened Aue. It was the first away win for Erzgebirge, who jump out of the drop zone.

Bochum beat down Braunschweig to slow down Eintracht’s rise and give signs that new coach Gert Verbeek has them on the right path.

Leipzig was another favorite that bit the dust at home. The RedBallers were stunned at home by low budget FSV Frankfurt. The Bornheimers neutralized the hosts in midfield, but in fairness, the RasenBulls created enough chances to at least draw. Still, a fine away result for FSV.

Kaiserslautern won easily against Aalen, primarily because the visitors did squat. FCK should have pushed hard for a few more goals, but I guess they decided an early pub visit was in order.

Karslruhe was ab=nother favorite that helped themselves, a hard fought regional derby at unlucky Heidenheim. FCH pressed hard for a goal, but a combo of luck and poor finishing helped KSC to grab the points.

Total attendance 170,791 (avg 18,977)


Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   Erzgebirge Aue	        2:3 (1:3)   27,257

                    0:1  Wood (15., Mugosa)
                    1:1  Bellinghausen (26., )
                    1:2  Wood (31., Schönfeld)
                    1:3  Mugosa (34., Rankovic)
                    2:3  Liendl (83., penalty, Bellinghausen)

VfL Bochum	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	3:2 (2:1)   13,778

                    0:1  Boland (3., Kruppke)
                    1:1  Terodde (36., Fabian)
                    2:1  Terrazzino (41., Celozzi)
                    3:1  Terodde (47., penalty, Terrazzino)
                    3:2  Kessel (84., Vrancic)

1. FC Heidenheim     -   Karlsruher SC	        0:1 (0:1)   12,200

                    0:1  Hennings (32.)

1. FC Kaiserslautern -   VfR Aalen	        1:0 (1:0)   23,147

                    1:0  Zimmer (23., Zoller)

FC Ingolstadt 04     -   SV Sandhausen	        1:3 (0:2)    8,023

                    0:1  Wooten (12., Stiefler)
                    0:2  Wooten (19., penalty, Bouhaddouz)
                    1:2  Lex (69., P. Groß)
                    1:3  Adler (84., Paqarada)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:1 (1:1)   29,166

                    1:0  Mlapa (4.)
                    1:1  Polter (17., Parensen)
                    2:1  Sylvestr (54., Hand penalty, Rechtsschuss)
                    3:1  Sylvestr (87., Stark)

RasenBall Leipzig    -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:1 (0:0)   18,237

                    0:1  Roshi (58.)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   1860 München	        1:1 (0:1)   15,600

                    0:1  Bandowski (26., Vallori)
                    1:1  Balogun (83.)

FC St. Pauli	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:1 (0:1)   23,383

                    0:1  K. Przybylko (27., Thesker)


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	21   12  7  2 	  34:17  +17 	  43 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	21   10  8  3 	  30:19  +11 	  38
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 3  Karlsruher SC 	  	21   10  7  4 	  30:17  +13 	  37
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 4  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	21    8  11 2 	  26:16  +10 	  35 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	21   10  3  8 	  30:25  +5 	  33 
 6  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	21    8  8  5 	  32:26  +6 	  32 
 7  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	21    9  3  9 	  25:31  -6 	  30 
 8  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	21    7  8  6 	  22:15  +7 	  29 
 9  1. FC Heidenheim (N)	21    7  7  7 	  30:22  +8 	  28 
10  FSV Frankfurt	  	21    8  3  10 	  27:34  -7 	  27 
11  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	21    7  6  8 	  25:33  -8 	  27 
12  VfL Bochum 	  	        21    5  11 5 	  32:32   0 	  26 
13  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	21    6  8  7 	  23:24  -1 	  26 
14  SV Sandhausen 	  	21    6  6  9 	  18:26  -8 	  24 
15  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	21    5  5  11 	  21:31  -10 	  20
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16  1860 München 	  	21    4  6  11 	  26:34  -8 	  18
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17  VfR Aalen 	  	        21    4  6  11 	  15:26  -11 	  18 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	21    4  5  12 	  22:40  -18 	  17

1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 25: Bielefeld back

Round 25, Feb 13-15

Bielefeld reclaimed the top spot with an exciting win over Duisburg. The hero was Fabian Klos, who headed in three straight for the Arminia win.

Erfurt has quietly become a major challenger. The Red-Whites upset leaders Münster to climb into serious contention
Osnabrück laid an egg against Fortuna Köln and has dropped out of the promotion race, at least for now.

Regensburg continues their fightback as they thumped STuttgart-II and are almost within striking distance of the non-relegation spots.


1. FSV Mainz 05 II  -  	Borussia Dortmund II   0:0 (0:0)      460
VfL Osnabrück	    -  	Fortuna Köln	       0:1 (0:1)    8,800
Jahn Regensburg	    -  	VfB Stuttgart II       4:1 (1:1)    2,789
SG S.hof Großaspach -  	Hansa Rostock	       1:1 (0:1)    2,259
Hallescher FC	    -  	SpVgg Unterhaching     2:1 (1:0)    5,208
Chemnitzer FC	    -  	Stuttgarter Kickers    1:1 (0:0)    5,095
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	    -  	Preußen Münster	       1:0 (1:0)    6,451
Holstein Kiel	    -  	Dynamo Dresden	       1:0 (0:0)    7,008
SV Wehen Wiesbaden  -  	Energie Cottbus	       1:2 (1:0)    2,576
Arminia Bielefeld   -  	MSV Duisburg	       4:2 (1:2)   18,430 


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	24   14  4  6 	  46:28  +18 	  46 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	25   13  6  6 	  37:26  +11 	  45 
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 3  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	25   12  7  6 	  37:30  +7 	  43
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 4  Stuttgarter Kickers 	24   11  9  4 	  39:27  +12 	  42 
 5  MSV Duisburg 	  	25   11  9  5 	  37:26  +11 	  42 
 6  Holstein Kiel 	  	25   10  10 5 	  30:17  +13 	  40 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A) 	25   11  7  7 	  28:25  +3 	  40 
 8  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	25   10  8  7 	  31:28  +3 	  38 
 9  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	25   10  6  9 	  31:24  +7 	  36 
10  VfL Osnabrück 	  	24   10  5  9 	  36:35  +1 	  35 
11  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	24   10  4  10 	  38:30  +8 	  34 
12  Chemnitzer FC	  	25    9  5  11 	  24:25  -1 	  32 
13  Hallescher FC 	  	24    9  5  10 	  30:33  -3 	  32 
14  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	24    7  6  11 	  29:40  -11 	  27 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	23    7  5  11 	  34:43  -9 	  26 
16  Borussia Dortmund II 	24    4  11 9 	  24:31  -7 	  23 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N)      24    5  7  12 	  26:37  -11 	  22
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18  Hansa Rostock 	  	25    5  7  13 	  33:50  -17 	  22 
19  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 23    5  7  11 	  23:40  -17 	  22 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	25    5  4  16 	  28:46  -18 	  19

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 21

Round 21, Feb 13-15

This started off horiibly for Dortmund against Mainz, as they fell behind in 50 seconds. The Neons reacted with furious attacks, but Mainz sub-GK Stefanos Kapino (filling in for banned Karius) was outstanding. But unlike other games, the Neons didn’t fall apart, they kept coming. n the 2nd half tey quickly grabbed a lead, but even when Mainz equalized, they simply turned on the jets again and finished off the game with a string end spurt. This certainly gives some indication that things might finally be moving in the right direction for BVB. Good news for Dortmund fans was that Marco Reus extended his contract, which although doesn’t guarantee he won’t move, it will certainly raise the price if he does.

Ouch. HSV has been kinda sucky, but shown signs of life. And Bayern München had been phoning it in a bit since the re-start. Pep Guardiola apparently had seen enough and unleashed the wolves and Bayern ripped Hamburg to shreds. Arjen Robben has been in superb form and continued his great run by blasting in another pair. It was total slaughter after the first host goal, Hamburg should be embarassed (although they’ve had a lot to be embarassed about the last couple of years)

A crazy match in Leverkusen against Wolfsburg. The two corporation sides delivered a slug fest and lots of goals. The VWs got off to a fast start and looked to have things wrapped up by half-time. But the Aspririns came back, driven by Korean Heung-min Son, who picked up a hatt-trick. The first goal he tapped through the GKs legs, who couldn’t find the ball. Rather than concentrating on good goal-keeping, Benaglio acted like a wanker in protesting a “foul”, and that seemed to hurt him on the next two Son strikes, when he looked crap. The Asprins amazingly fought back to a draw, but then in injury time Bas Dost stunned the crowd by grabbing the winner. With four goals, this was Dost’ best ever match for the Wolfies, and helps firmly establish them as the Bundesliga’s no.2.

Frankfurt got a win against Schalke that makes sense. Eintracht wanted the win, whereas the Blues were basically relying on their negative anti-football to grind out a result, and perhaps steal all the points. So justice was served as they lost. Frankfurt might be the most entertaining match in the Bundesliga schedule: 80 goals have been scored when they are on the field. (Bayern scores more, but they don’t let their opponent in on the fun. Bremen is next with 78
Gladbach won the Rhein-derby with Köln in injury time. Overall, it was deserved, as the guests basically just hunkered down for the whole match. If Frankfurt is the most exciting team to watch, then Köln is the most boring, as only 43 goals scored in their matches. Only HSV at 44 is equally boring, albeit they got a shot of “excitement” this round by having Bayern rip their ass.)

Bremen continues their great recovery, another win, this time over Augsburg, has them dreaming of Europe. Both teams relied a lot on standards and floating crosses with headers. Werder was a bit better and get the important win.

Hoffenheim and Stuttgart were basicaly in a snoozer. The Hoppers were a bit more adventurous and stole the win in injury-time. They probably deserve it on balance, since Stuttgart was basically crap.

Sunday had huge relegation matches. Berlin hosted Freiburg, but looked crap. The visitors relied on a stout defense and counters. It paid off big time, as Hertha were without ideas, so the Breisgauers grabbed all points.

Paderborn has been in trouble, and you’d figure that Hannover was looking at this home match as a way to improve things in their listless season. Instead the 96ers threw away the match as they simply didn’t do enough. They had a clear edge, but dicked around aimlessly, even after taking the lead. Paderborn realized that a huge result was possible, and went for the win, getting the reward. Whereas the 96ers position hasn’t changed too much, for SCP it’s a massive win, as it stops their free fall and pulls them out of the drop zone.

Total attendance 432,809 (avg 48,090), sellouts in München and Gladbach

 	
Borussia Dortmund     -   1. FSV Mainz 05   4:2 (0:1)   80,200

                     0:1  Soto (1.)
                     1:1  Subotic (50., Schmelzer)
                     2:1  Reus (55., Kampl)
                     2:2  Malli (57., Soto)
                     3:2  Aubameyang (71., Reus)
                     4:2  Sahin (78., Aubameyang)
 
Bayern München	      -   Hamburger SV	    8:0 (3:0)   75,000 *

                     1:0  T. Müller (21., penalty)
                     2:0  M. Götze (23., T. Müller)
                     3:0  Robben (36., T. Müller)
                     4:0  Robben (47., M. Götze)
                     5:0  T. Müller (55., Schweinsteiger)
                     6:0  Lewandowski (56., T. Müller)
                     7:0  Ribery (69., Lewandowski)
                     8:0  M. Götze (88., Pizarro)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen   -   VfL Wolfsburg	    4:5 (0:3)   29,227

                     0:1  Dost (6., Vieirinha)
                     0:2  Naldo (17., direct freekick)
                     0:3  Dost (29., De Bruyne)
                     1:3  Son (57., Bellarabi)
                     2:3  Son (62., K. Papadopoulos)
                     2:4  Dost (63., Rodriguez)
                     3:4  Son (67., Castro)
                     4:4  Bellarabi (72.)
                     4:5  Dost (90. + 3, Vieirinha)
 
Bor. Mönchengladbach  -   1. FC Köln	    1:0 (0:0)   54,010 *

                     1:0  G. Xhaka (90. + 1, Hazard)

TSG Hoffenheim	      -   VfB Stuttgart	    2:1 (1:1)   29,309

                     1:0  Roberto Firmino (30., Abraham)
                     1:1  G. Sakai (39.
                     2:1  Rudy (90. + 3, Volland)

Werder Bremen	      -   FC Augsburg	    3:2 (3:1)   39,746

                     1:0  Lukimya (16., Junuzovic)
                     1:1  Klavan (21., Bobadilla)
                     2:1  di Santo (23., penalty, Selke)
                     3:1  Gebre Selassie (45., Junuzovic)
                     3:2  To. Werner (79., Callsen-Bracker)

Eintracht Frankfurt   -   FC Schalke 04	    1:0 (0:0)   50,400

                     1:0  Piazon (65., Chandler)

Hertha BSC	      -   SC Freiburg	    0:2 (0:1)   36,617

                     0:1  Klaus (14., Guedé)
                     0:2  Philipp (52., Schmid)

Hannover 96	      -   SC Paderborn 07   1:2 (0:0)   38,300

                     1:0  Marcelo (66., Joselu)
                     1:1  Lakic (72., Hartherz)
                     1:2  Meha (79., direct freekick)
 	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	21   16  4  1 	  53:9 	 +44 	  52 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	21   13  5  3 	  46:23  +23 	  44 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	21   10  6  5 	  28:17  +11 	  36
 4  FC Schalke 04 	  	21   10  4  7 	  31:23  +8 	  34
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 5  FC Augsburg 	  	21   11  1  9 	  30:27  +3 	  34 
 6  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	21    8  8  5 	  34:27  +7 	  32
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	21    8  5  8 	  33:34  -1 	  29 
 8  Werder Bremen 	  	21    8  5  8 	  35:43  -8 	  29 
 9  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	21    7  7  7 	  39:41  -2 	  28 
10  Hannover 96 	  	21    7  4  10 	  24:32  -8 	  25 
11  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	21    6  6  9 	  19:24  -5 	  24 
12  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	21    5  8  8 	  23:35  -12 	  23
13  Hamburger SV 	  	21    6  5  10 	  14:30  -16 	  23 
14  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	21    4  10 7 	  27:30  -3 	  22 
15  Borussia Dortmund 	  	21    6  4  11 	  25:29  -4 	  22 
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16  SC Freiburg 	  	21    4  9  8 	  23:30  -7 	  21 
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17  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	21    6  3  12 	  26:40  -14 	  21
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	21    4  6  11 	  21:37  -16 	  18

1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted