BUNDESLIGA, Round 12

Leaders Bayern dropped a point, but as usual, it doesn’t matter. However hosts Nürnberg played perhaps their best match of the season, and gave the leaders all they could handle. Bayern controlled early and took the lead, but FCN raised their game and fought their way back in.

Schalke was totally dominated by Leverkusen and were perhaps lucky they didn’t get their ass kicked even worse. The Aspirins controlled the match from the start, and it only seemed a matter of time before they’d get the win.

Dortmund dominated against Greuther Fürth, but seemingly took their foot off the gas after a furious start. This one was never really in doubt.

Frankfurt essentially did the same against Augsburg, but they lacked 100% concentration, so teh Fuggers were able to sneak a couple of strikes to keep it interesting.

Freiburg won for the first time in 8 tries in Hannover, and it was deserved, as they totally outplayed the 96ers. It was only because they wasted chances that they had to survive late Hannover pressure. The 96ers seemed lethargic and uninterested for most of the match, so they can’t really complain.

Gladbach and Stuttgart played a largely ho-hum match that somewhat fortunately goes to the visitors. mainly because they didn’t fall asleep late and were rewarded with an own goal winner.

Hamburg had a tough time with Mainz, but the visitors have a history of constipation against HSV, something like five straight without scoring. So HSV picked up a win by banging in one goal.

Bremen fell behind early against Düsseldorf, but kept sustained pressure against Fortuna and were rewarded with a deserved win. The guests are now something like seven without a win and are sinking like a stone. Bremen defender Assani Lukimya tried to help his old club out (he was one of Fortuna’s outstanding players last season): he got his ass tossed late in the match, but it didn’t help. Instead it was Werder that scored the late winner.

Easy win for Wolfsburg, continuing to show morale improvement after the end of coach Felix Magath’s “Reign of (T)Error”. The VWs actually didn’t show much, as Hoffenheim was sleeping the whole match. It’s what the Germans like to call Arbeitsverweigerung (“refusal to work”). They were certainly sleeping early when the Wolfs struck, and didn’t really try much to get back in. Anyway, with the win, the VWs climb out of the relegation zone, but Hoffenheim might be joining soon…having the worst defense in the Bundesliga certainly doesn’t help their cause.

Weekend attendance was 418,018 (avg 46,446), with two sellouts.

 	
Borussia Dortmund     -    SpVgg Greuther Fürth	  3:1 (3:1)   80,645 *

                     1:0  Lewandowski (3., M. Götze)
                     1:1  Stieber (5., Zillner)
                     2:1  Lewandowski (15., penalty, Blaszczykowski)
                     3:1  M. Götze (42., Blaszczykowski)

Borussia M'gladbach   -    VfB Stuttgart	  1:2 (1:1)   52,120

                     1:0  Stranzl (7.)
                     1:1  Harnik (8., Molinaro)
                     1:2  Brouwers (72., own goal, Kuzmanovic)

Hannover 96	      -    SC Freiburg	          1:2 (1:1)   43,800

                     0:1  Schmid (11., D. Caligiuri)
                     1:1  Abdellaoue (33., penalty)
                     1:2  Rosenthal (56., M. Kruse)

1. FC Nürnberg	      -    Bayern München	  1:1 (0:1)   50,000 *

                     0:1  Mandzukic (3., Kroos)
                     1:1  Feulner (46.)

Hamburger SV	      -    1. FSV Mainz 05	  1:0 (0:0)   51,345

                     1:0  Son (63., Beister)

Eintracht Frankfurt   -    FC Augsburg	          4:2 (2:1)   47,700

                     1:0  Mölders (7., own goal, Schwegler)
                     2:0  Aigner (32., Inui)
                     2:1  Koo (45.)
                     3:1  Meier (52., Aigner)
                     3:2  Mölders (64., Oehrl)
                     4:2  Meier (75., penalty)
 
Bayer Leverkusen      -    FC Schalke 04	  2:0 (1:0)   29,808

                     1:0  Schürrle (45.)
                     2:0  Kießling (67., Castro)

Sunday:
Werder Bremen	      -    Fortuna Düsseldorf	  2:1 (0:1)   42,100 *

                     0:1  Langeneke (10., penalty, Kruse)
                     1:1  Petersen (51., Schmitz)
                     2:1  de Bruyne (82., Hunt)

1899 Hoffenheim	      -    VfL Wolfsburg          1:3 (0:2)   20,500

                     0:1  Hasebe (7., Olic)
                     0:2  Dost (24., Josué)
                     0:3  Naldo (78., )
                     1:3  Derdiyok (88., Volland)
	

 1  Bayern München	  	12   10   1   1    33:5   +28 	  31 
 2  FC Schalke 04	  	12    7   2   3    22:14  +8 	  23 
 3  Eintracht Frankfurt (N)	12    7   2   3    25:18  +7 	  23
 4  Borussia Dortmund (M, P)	12    6   4   2    26:13  +13 	  22
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 5  Bayer Leverkusen	  	12    6   3   3    21:17  +4 	  21 
 6  Hannover 96	  	        12    5   2   5    25:20  +5 	  17
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 7  Werder Bremen	  	12    5   2   5    20:18  +2 	  17 
 8  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	12    5   2   5    15:14  +1 	  17 
 9  Hamburger SV	  	12    5   2   5    12:14  -2 	  17 
10  SC Freiburg	  	        12    4   4   4    16:14  +2 	  16
11  Borussia M'gladbach	  	12    4   4   4    18:23  -5 	  16 
12  VfB Stuttgart	  	12    4   4   4    14:20  -6 	  16 
13  VfL Wolfsburg	  	12    4   2   6    12:19  -7 	  14
14  1899 Hoffenheim	  	12    3   3   6    18:26  -8 	  12 
15  1. FC Nürnberg	  	12    3   3   6    10:18  -8 	  12 
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16  Fortuna Düsseldorf (N)	12    2   5   5    11:18  -7 	  11
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17  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (N)	12    1   4   7    10:23  -13 	  7 
18  FC Augsburg	  	        12    1   3   8     8:22  -14 	  6


M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokal, defending Cup winner
N = Neuling, newly promoted

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

4 thoughts on “BUNDESLIGA, Round 12

  1. So glad that Dortmund are making a comeback and avoiding champion-trippin’-post-season-trap.
    Leverkusen resurgence after years of Voller’s great work.
    Werder also fighting good after team overhaul.
    Schalke MUST keep Draxler and Holtby on long-term basis!

    Wir sind Der Club.

    • Not only that, Hannover and Mainz seem to be establishing themselves as at least stable Bundesliga clubs. Perhaps even Freiburg. Although the latter two have very finite resources, so they need to be careful.
      If Frankfurt can build upon their fine start, they will be a fixture for years to come, given their big fanbase and apparently solid plan. There are those clubs that look to be “elevators” at best.
      Obviously Düsseldorf, Fürth and Augsburg are likely to struggle. Hoffenheim is on the verge of falling into this category as well. Nürnberg always seems on the cusp…

      • Not a shred of doubt about the amazing work done by the teams Schmadtke+Slomka, Heidel+Tuchel, and Dufner+Streich at 96, Mainz, and Freiburg, respectively.

        Frankfurt won’t keep hold of Rode and Jung for long. But they are impressive indeed!

        Der Club need a striker/center-forward.

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