WSV: another escape

Another crappy result for WSV, this time at Duisburg’s B squad. Things started off horribly, as Tom Moosmayer’s “hospital pass” allowed Kastrato a freebie. WSV was still in shock and they were down 2-0. They did start the comeback, but despite dominating, were always in chaos on Duisburg counterattacks. It looked grim and another disgraceful defeat after the Zebras were again up two in an hour. But luckily Wuppertal stormed back, and once again, a late header by Christian Knappmann saved a point. Disappointing, because we needed the win, but I guess this one is a point saved.

So WSV slumps to 5th, 6 points behind leaders Viktoria Köln. Ironically, WSV’s next match is a firendly against…MSV Duisburg’s 2.Liga squad…

MSV Duisburg II	   -   Wuppertaler SV   3:3 (2:1)

1:0 Kastrati (4.) 	  
2:0 Taskin (10.) 	  
2:1 Landers (19.) 
3:1 Reinert (64.) 	 
3:2 Quotschalla (66.) 
3:3 Knappmann (80.) 

Attendance: 567,  Westender Strasse (Duisburg)

DUISBURG II:
Mar. Lenz - 
Reinert, M'Bengue, Hennen, Abdulla    - 
T. Öztürk, Taskin     - 
Mandiangu, Kunt, Jevtic     - 
Kastrati 
Subs:
Gjasula (71., Abdulla)
Somuah (77., Kastrati)
Kalski (81., Mandiangu)	      
Trainer: Wölpper

WUPPERTAL:
Semmler    - 
Neppe, Schlieter, Wiwerink, Moosmayer - 
Landers, Reichert, Fleßers, Boztepe - 
Quotschalla, Knappmann       
Subs:
Herzenbruch (46., Reichert)
Wassinger (67., Quotschalla)
Meier (67., Fleßers)	
Trainer: Bruns

Bundesliga, Round 7

Bayern disgraced themselves in the CL midweek, so obviously seeing Hoffenheim coming to visit allowed them to recover quickly. It was a pretty easy match, and Bayern really didn’t much more than necessary, with Franck Ribery grabbing a double, his first goals of the campaign. The hosts were probably happy things didn’t end badly, as Thomas Müller left with a bloodied head, and Toni Kroos apparently broke his finger. Hoffenheim has almost always sucked against Bayern, so no surprise here.

Schalke had no trouble with toothless Wolfsburg. Indeed, if it wasn’t the usual Schalke dick-around, they probably could have at least doubled the score and driven another mail in Felix Magath’s coffin. The VWs have been shockingly sucky, and the bad news has continued, as investigations have started on Volkswagen pressuring suppliers to “support” VfL. Not sure if it’s completely illegal, but it is a bit scummy.

Dortmund battled in Hannover to a draw. The Neons dominated the 1st half, had deservedly took the lead. However the 96ers came on strong, especially as Dortmunders began dropping like flies with injuries. In the end, a fair result.

Gladbach has been sucking, and Frankfurt has been the early sensation. So you’d expect another Eintracht wonder. However Gladbach got off to a quick start with Juan Arango’s long blast, and never really looked back. Frankfurt tried to run at the Borussia goal, but wasn’t really able to generate any chances.

Düsseldorf gave up their first goals last week, now they get their first loss. But Mainz had a very hard time making any headway against the disciplined Fortuna defense. It took a late goal after the visitors were reduced to 10 men. Overall though, Mainz deserved the win, which they needed.

Hamburg has shown vast improvement, and Greuther Fürth is crap. So no surprise that HSV gets the win. It wasn’t much of an effort, but the hosts were completely lame, so the visitors didn’t need to really fight for anything.

Freiburg loves playing Nürnberg, as they’ve run up 5 wins, 2 draws. Once again, SCF had the advantage, but it wasn’t easy. FCN pushed hard for the draw in the 2nd half, but lacked that final move. Then they were slapped in the face, conceding two in injury time. Der Club’s decent start has completely evaporated, and the grim struggle begins. Important point for Freiburg.

A hard fought match in Stuttgart, where Leverkusen has generally done well. Stefan Kiessling certainly likes it, as he’s scored in 7 straight matches against VfB, and added a double here. But VfB also got a pair from Vedad Ibisevic, and overall the match was even, so the draw is in order.

Augsburg got their first win with a strong effort against Bremen. Werder was technically superior, but lacked the FCA fight. The Fuggers took advantage of Bremen’s confused defense, and then in turn defended well as Werder tried to force the match.

FC Augsburg	       -    Werder Bremen	  3:1 (2:1)   28,133

                      1:0  Werner (2., Verhaegh)
                      1:1  de Bruyne (19.)
                      2:1  S. Hain (32., Musona)
                      3:1  Baier (72.)

Bayern München	       -    1899 Hoffenheim	  2:0 (1:0)   71,000

                      1:0  Ribery (19., T. Müller)
                      2:0  Ribery (47., Kroos)

FC Schalke 04	       -    VfL Wolfsburg	  3:0 (1:0)   60,671

                      1:0  Farfan (33., Fuchs)
                      2:0  Afellay (46., Holtby)
                      3:0  Neustädter (58., Huntelaar)

SC Freiburg	       -    1. FC Nürnberg	  3:0 (1:0)   22,800

                      1:0  Makiadi (36., Jendrisek)
                      2:0  D. Caligiuri (90. + 2, penalty, D. Caligiuri)
                      3:0  Terrazzino (90. + 3, Makiadi)

1. FSV Mainz 05	       -    Fortuna Düsseldorf	  1:0 (0:0)   31,577

                      1:0  Noveski (85., Ivanschitz)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -    Hamburger SV	  0:1 (0:1)   18,000

                      0:1  Son (17., Arslan)

Borussia M'gladbach    -    Eintracht Frankfurt	  2:0 (2:0)   51,193

                      1:0  Arango (8.)
                      2:0  L. de Jong (24., Nordtveit)

VfB Stuttgart	       -    Bayer Leverkusen	  2:2 (1:1)   47,400

                      0:1  Kießling (13., Bellarabi)
                      1:1  Ibisevic (19., penalty, Traoré)
                      2:1  Ibisevic (55., Holzhauser)
                      2:2  Kießling (59., Kadlec)

Hannover 96	       -    Borussia Dortmund	  1:1 (0:1)   49,000

                      0:1  Lewandowski (26., Piszczek)
                      1:1  M. Diouf (86., Ya Konan)


 1  Bayern München	  	7      7  0  0 	  21:2 	 +19 	21
 2  Eintracht Frankfurt (N)	7      5  1  1 	  16:10  +6 	16 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	7      4  2  1 	  15:7 	 +8  	14
 4  Borussia Dortmund (M, P)	7      3  3  1 	  17:9 	 +8  	12
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 5  Hannover 96	  	        7      3  2  2 	  15:10  +5  	11 
 6  Bayer Leverkusen	  	7      3  2  2 	  11:9 	 +2  	11
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 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf (N)	7      2  4  1 	   6:3 	 +3   	10 
 8  Hamburger SV	  	7      3  1  3 	   9:10  -1  	10 
 9  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	7      3  1  3 	   7:8 	 -1  	10 
10  Borussia M'gladbach	  	7      2  3  2 	   9:12  -3     9 
11  SC Freiburg	  	        7      2  2  3 	  11:10  +1     8 
12  Werder Bremen	  	7      2  1  4 	  10:13  -3     7 
13  1899 Hoffenheim	  	7      2  1  4 	  10:14  -4     7 
14  1. FC Nürnberg	  	7      2  1  4 	   7:14  -7     7 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	7      1  3  3 	   7:14  -7     6
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16  FC Augsburg	  	        7      1  2  4 	   5:11  -6     5
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17  VfL Wolfsburg	  	7      1  2  4 	   2:13  -11    5 
18  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (N)	7      1  1  5 	   2:11  -9     4

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

2.Liga, Round 9

The scoreline will show that leaders Braunschweig kicked Bochum’s ass, but the reality was different. Listless Bochum showed up ready to play, and dominated the stunned home crowd for the first 20 minutes. But the Lions got the lead through an incompetant ref. They scored off a corner, but only after the Bochum keeper was mugged by not one, but two Braunschweigers. In any case, that calmed down the leaders, and they proceeded with their usual strong effort. Meanwhile Bochum capitulated and bent over, getting kicked in the ass. So maybe the scoreline does reflect reality…

Hertha BSC took a nice step forward, as they smashed 1860 to move 2nd. Slow start for Berlin, but they’re back on pace for promotion. The match was fairly even in the 1st half, but Hertha raised their game after the restart and the Lions had nothing to fend them off. A deserved win for Berlin. 1860 can go back to their usual nonsense, such as their plan to build a new 35,000 seat stadium. (Of course, they had 50% of the Allianz until they screwed that up…)

It took Kaiserslautern a while to get rolling, but then they controlled the match at Ingolstadt. The hosts were somewhat lucky to get a point.

Paderborn looked to be getting all the points in a hard fought match at FSV Frankfurt. SCP looked the better side, but FSV wouldn’t give up, and were rewarded a somewhat dubious handball penalty deep into injury time. Former Albanian international Edmond Kapllani duly dispatched and saved a crucial point.

St.Pauli may be sucking, but they still have some of the most loyal fans. So the Millerntor was sold out for a relegation match against Union. (Before the season, you’d have thought this would have been about promotion.) Pauli had an edge in a pulsing match, but a double by Berlin captain Mattuschka allowed Union to get a point.

Duisburg is alive! Well, maybe. The Zebras got their first win, and ironically at Cottbus, one of the hardest places to win. (The Stadion der Freundschaft is anything but friendly). Energie had been flying high, but ran up against a disciplined MSV..who have been showing improvement. They’ve still got a long way, but at least they’re showing signs of life. Cottbus must be disappointed, as they expected the points.

Aue put in a good performance against Regensburg and deservedly gets the win. Erzbegirge showed some attacking skill they’ve been lacking. The relegation zone basically consists of half the league, as its really packed. 10th place Jahn only has one point of Aue, in a relegation spot.

Sandhausen beat high-flying Aalen in a match of 3.Liga promoted sides. No one really cares, as you can surmise from the gathered crowd…

Monday night is a huge match, as everyone is curious whether Köln is on track again. They face a very unpredictable Dresden side…

Hertha BSC	      -    1860 München	         3:0 (0:0)    32,547

                     1:0  Ramos (55., M. Ndjeng)
                     2:0  Ben-Hatira (57., Ramos)
                     3:0  Ben-Hatira (77., Kluge)

FC St. Pauli	      -    1. FC Union Berlin	 2:2 (0:1)    21,0145

                     0:1  Mattuschka (21., Terodde)
                     1:1  Mohr (48., Kringe)
                     2:1  Bartels (69., Ginczek)
                     2:2  Mattuschka (84.)

FSV Frankfurt	      -    SC Paderborn 07	 1:1 (0:0)     3,185

                     0:1  P. Hofmann (70., Rechtsschuss, Meha)
                     1:1  Kapllani (90. + 3, penalty)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -    VfL Bochum	         3:0 (1:0)    19,875

                     1:0  Bicakcic (21., Kratz)
                     2:0  Ademi (63., Kruppke)
                     3:0  Kruppke (85., Vrancic)

Energie Cottbus	      -    MSV Duisburg	         0:1 (0:1)     9,276

                     0:1  Sukalo (20., Hoffmann)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -    1. FC Kaiserslautern	 1:1 (0:0)     7,011

                     0:1  Bunjaku (68., Fortounis)
                     1:1  Schäffler (80., Schäfer)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -    Jahn Regensburg	 3:1 (1:0)     7,400

                     1:0  Hochscheidt (34.)
                     2:0  Sylvestr (58., Kocer)
                     2:1  C. Rahn (86., penalty, Sembolo)
                     3:1  König (89., Kocer)

SV Sandhausen	      -    VfR Aalen	         1:0 (1:0)     2,800

                     1:0  Onuegbu (19., Wooten)

Monday:
1. FC Köln	      -    Dynamo Dresden	-:- (-:-) 			 


 1  Eintracht Braunschweig	9    7 	2  0 	  16:3 	 +13 	  23 
 2  Hertha BSC Berlin (A)	9    5 	3  1 	  16:10  +6       18
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	9    4 	5  0 	  15:10  +5    	  17
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 4  Energie Cottbus	  	9    5 	2  2 	  14:9 	 +5 	  17 
 5  1860 München	  	9    4 	4  1 	  13:6 	 +7 	  16 
 6  VfR Aalen (N)	  	9    5 	0  4  	  12:9 	 +3 	  15 
 7  FSV Frankfurt	  	9    4 	3  2 	  13:11  +2 	  15 
 8  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	9    3 	4  2 	  11:11  +0 	  13 
 9  SC Paderborn 07	  	9    3 	2  4 	  15:12  +3 	  11 
10  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	9    3 	0  6 	   9:10  -1 	  9 
11  1. FC Union Berlin	  	9    2 	3  4 	  13:15  -2 	  9 
12  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	9    2 	3  4 	   8:14  -6 	  9 
13  VfL Bochum	  	        9    2 	3  4 	   5:12  -7 	  9 
14  Dynamo Dresden	  	8    2 	2  4 	  11:12  -1 	  8 
15  1. FC Köln (A)	  	8    2 	2  4 	   6:9 	 -3 	  8
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16  Erzgebirge Aue	  	9    2 	2  5 	   7:12  -5 	  8
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17  FC St. Pauli	  	9    1 	4  4 	   6:12  -6 	  7
18  MSV Duisburg	  	9    1 	2  6 	   6:19  -13 	  5

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

3.Liga, Round 13

The leaders had to be satisfied with a draw in Saarbrücken. Early on FCS was pretty equal with Münster, but as the match went on, Preussen seized the initiative. They assaulted the home side’s goal, but nothing came of it.

Wehen set a new record, but they must be kicking themseleves. The villagers have drawn 5 straight matches, and an amazing 10/13. In fact, only leaders Münster are harder to beat. In a hard match at Osnabrück, Wehen was taking it to the purples. They looked on the verge of a great victory, but Beermann scored 5 minutes into injury time to save a point for the home side.

Karlsruhe controlled most of the match against an unimpressive Unterhaching. However KSC wasted whatever chances they generated, and in teh end, it was GK Moritz that saved the draw, as with the hosts out of gas, Haching had some promising chances to steal the points.

Heidenheim stopped recent poor form with an easy win at Stuttgart II. The hosts looked completely crap, so the visitors only did what was necessary to bring home the bacon.

Rostock gets a huge away win at Bielefeld. Hansa jumped out to an early lead, and although Arminia fought hard and pushed the vistors back, they lacked creativity and discipline. Thus a somewhat embarassing home loss, but perhaps a sign that Rostock can get back in the race.

After a rather lame 1st half, both Burghausen and Halle played better in the 2nd. In general, Wacker looked the better side, pressed harder, and is the deserved winner. They’ve quietly moved into the promotion race.

Offenbach scored a lot against Babelsberg, but overall it wasn’t one of their better games. For one, KO looked pretty crap early, and the Potsdamers were actually getting the upper hand. It wasn’t until late that the Kickers woke up and slapped their guests. Offenbach is within striking distance of the promotion race, but they’ll have to wake up earlier against better teams.

Stuttgarter Kickers gave themselves some breathing room, plunging Erfurt into depression. RWE looked totally incompetant, especially going forward. After watching this for a half, SK decided that this match was winnable, and banged in a few, getting the easy win.

A potential relegation battle in Aachen, and the home side should be kicking themselves with the result. Aachen dominated Darmstadt from the begin, but wasted chances left and right. the 98ers were barely holding on, and when they gave up a goal after an hour, it looked over. However Alemannia was careless and was duly punished. So while Aachen cries over spilled milk, a good point for the visitors.

 	
VfL Osnabrück	     -    SV Wehen Wiesbaden	 2:2 (1:1)    9,700
Wacker Burghausen    -    Hallescher FC	         2:0 (0:0)    2,750
VfB Stuttgart II     -    1. FC Heidenheim	 0:2 (0:1)    1,150
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -    Stuttgarter Kickers	 0:3 (0:0)    3,887
Karlsruher SC	     -    SpVgg Unterhaching	 0:0 (0:0)    9,769
Kickers Offenbach    -    SV Babelsberg 03	 5:2 (1:2)    6,252
1. FC Saarbrücken    -    Preußen Münster	 0:0 (0:0)    4,227
Alemannia Aachen     -    SV Darmstadt 98	 1:1 (0:0)   13,700
Arminia Bielefeld    -    Hansa Rostock	         0:1 (0:1)    9,365
Sunday:
Borussia Dortmund II -    Chemnitzer FC	         1:2 (1:1)      890


 1  Preußen Münster	  	13    8   4   1    23:8   +15 	  28 
 2  VfL Osnabrück	  	13    8   2   3    18:9   +9 	  26
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 3  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	13    8   2   3    24:18  +6 	  26
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 4  1. FC Heidenheim	  	13    7   3   3    25:19  +6 	  24 
 5  Arminia Bielefeld	  	13    7   3   3    20:14  +6 	  24 
 6  Wacker Burghausen	  	13    7   1   5    19:14  +5 	  22 
 7  Kickers Offenbach	  	13    6   3   4    24:16  +8 	  21 
 8  Hansa Rostock (A)	  	13    6   3   4    17:18  -1 	  21 
 9  Chemnitzer FC	  	13    5   3   5    15:15   0 	  18 
10  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	13    5   2   6    16:19  -3 	  17 
11  Karlsruher SC (A)	  	12    3   6   3    14:9   +5 	  15 
12  Stuttgarter Kickers (N)	12    4   3   5    17:13  +4 	  15 
13  VfB Stuttgart II	  	13    4   3   6    13:16  -3 	  15 
14  Hallescher FC (N)	  	13    3   5   5    10:14  -4 	  14 
15  Alemannia Aachen (A)	13    3   5   5    15:20  -5 	  14 
16  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	13    1   10  2    15:16  -1 	  13 
17  SV Darmstadt 98	  	13    2   5   6    12:19  -7 	  11
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18  SV Babelsberg 03	  	13    3   2   8    11:21  -10 	  11 
19  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	13    2   3   8    11:25  -14 	  9 
20  Borussia Dortmund II (N)	13    1   4   8    10:26  -16 	  7

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

Euro play…disaster for Bayern

Midweek European play saw some uneven results for the Bundesliga. On the positive side, the German clubs looked superior and outplayed their opponents. The negative is that they don’t have much to show for it.

The shocker was Bayern München’s stunning loss against BATE Borisov. The match was played in the Belorussian capital Minsk. Bayern was generally the controlling team, but was stumbling and laid bare by the counterattacks. Bayern wasted a ton of chances, but the Belarussians didn’t miss theirs…This has to be one of Bayern’s most disgraceful defeats in European play.

Borussia Dortmund largely outplayed host Manchester City, but ended 1-1, largely due to the superb form of City GK Joe Hart. Still, Dortmund at least gets a decent result, altough they should have gotten all the points. City is way overrated from what they’ve shown in Europe.

Schalke dominated against Montpellier, but gave up a last second goal and drew 2-2. The Blues should be shooting themselves for not winning this, and to top off the crap news, Julian Draxler apparently broke his arm.

WSV: Top battle

OK, so midweek WSV had a disgraceful performance against a crap team and got owned.
I was thinking, this would have been a good time if the DFB had changed it to the ancient Aztec game of ollama, which was basically like soccer, except you had to kick the ball through a ring high up on a wall. Sounds lame, but it had one redeeming quality – the losing team was usually put to death. Such was my state of mind, and obviously most WSV fans, as less than 2,500 showed up for the top of table clash with Viktoria Köln…

I guess that’s too bad, because it turned out to be quite a fine match, worthy of a top clash. WSV was still half asleep when Viktoria gave them the rude awakening, when Müller caught Semmler on the wrong foot. However, WSV was only momentarily stunned, and started to assert control of the game. Viktoria was dangerous on the counterattacks, but was continually pushed back. In the 2nd half, the pressure continued, and WSV got more dominant. A long blast from Boztepe was knocked down, but Flessers put home the rebound for the long deserved equalizer after 60 minutes. Now WSV took complete control and pressed for the win. But as usual with Wuppertal, they then ruined everything and did something stupid, As Schleiter headed the ball in his own net after a lame cross. It looked like a deflating loss, but in the injury extension, WSV marksmann Christian Knappmann headed in from a corner to at least save WSV’s ass. It was his 8th, and he leads the Regionalliga once again.

Overall a fine game, especially by WSV. But Wuppertal lacks the killer instinct, as they should have won this one. Viktoria remains in 1st, WSV in 4th, 3 points down.

Wuppertaler SV     - 	FC Viktoria Köln    2:2 (0:1)
	
  	          0:1 D. Müller (7.) 
                  1:1 Fleßers (60.) 	 
  	          1:2 Schlieter (88., own goal) 
                  2:2 Knappmann (90. + 1) 

Attendance: 2,471 (Stadion Am Zoo, Wuppertal)

WUPPERTAL:
Semmler - 
Neppe, Schlieter , Wiwerink , Moosmayer - 
Reichert, Fleßers     - 
Landers, Boztepe, Quotschalla - 
Knappmann    

Subs:

El Hammouchi (68., Neppe)
Meier (78., Reichert)
Wassinger (81., Boztepe)

Trainer: Bruns

Viktoria Köln:
Poremba - 
Cozza, Propheter, Kukielka, Eichmeier    - 
Schultens, Voigt    - 
Schlösser, Wunderlich, D. Müller        - 
Bouhaddouz

Subs:

Glowacz (25., Eichmeier)
Candan (67., Schlösser)
Federico (78., D. Müller)

Trainer: Scholz