BUNDESLIGA, Round 21

” Bi-atch….SLAP!

If you were hoping that Dortmund might mount a miracle run and at least challenge Bayern, well, guess that’s an ix-nay. The Neons got slapped silly by Hamburg, and the “race” is over.

Things started brightly enough for the Neons, as they applied pressure and Lewandowski duly grabbed the lead. But then things just fell apart. HSV launched immediate counters and stunningly took the lead. Then Lewandowski went amok and got a straight red. The Neons basically totally fell apart, as HSV cleverly managed the match and kicked Dortmund in the balls on further counters.

Meanwhile, Bayern was having a walk in the park against hopeless Schalke. The leaders were expected to have an easy time against the Hühnerhaufen that is the Blues, and they weren’t disappointed. So they toyed around, scored a few goals and then went out and grabbed a few beers, secure in the notion that a now 15 point lead is really insurmountable.
Schalke is probably looking for someone to fire or hire, but probably nobody wants the job. Perhaps it’s time to bring in Michael Skibbe, hehehe…

A wild shootout in a Rheinderby between Gladbach and Leverkusen. Just when the Aspirins seemed to have finally beat down their hosts, a late run was rewarded, and Gladbach grabbed a deserved draw.

Nürnberg put in a solid performance, and actually had the edge in Frankfurt. The hosts had more possesion, but der Club had better chances, and their dangerous counters probably would have won the match, except Frankfurt GK Kevin Trapp (one of the relevations of the season, yet another outstanding young GK) was in top form. Good point actually for both sides, although obviously FCN needed it more.

Continuing the biatch-slapping theme, Stuttgart was the recipient against Bremen. VfB looked horrible, and Werder obliged by kicking them in the balls and running up the score. Good win for Werder, don’t be surprised if Labbadia gets his ass fired pretty soon.

Hoffenheim actually put in a suprisingly decent performance, and pushed host Hannover against the wall. But that wall was GK Ron-Robert Zieler, and he was sharp, preventing the Hoppers front getting anything. Somewhat of a surprise how the 96ers looked to be phoning it end, but perhaps they knew that a single goal would be enough.

Augsburg continues to show some improvement but you have to get the “W”. Mainz had taken the lead, but youngster Shawn Parker got a straight red just before half. FCA then attacked furiously in the 2nd half, getting an equalizer, but they wanted more. Unfortunately, the Fuggers are too crap, so they only get a point. Not enough to make a dent on the deficit. Still the relegation battle is all about the playoff spot, so they have snuck closer to Happlessheim…

On the other hand, Greuther Fürth still has a lot of work to do. After their great result at Schalke, the Cloverleafs needed to follow up with a win in a relegation battle. Instead they got kicked in the nuts. The Greuther ran around a lot, but the VWs had Diego pulling the strings, and a Dost goal was enough for Wolfsburg to grab the win.

Freiburg dominated in the 1st half against Düsseldorf, but was unable to breach Fortuna’s defense. In the 2nd half, the visitors opened up and actually created some good chances of their own. The game looked to peter out to a draw, but in the closing moments SCF grabbed an unexpected late win.

Total attendance this weekend 381,241 (avg 42,360), with sellouts in Dortmund and München.


 	
Borussia Dortmund      -   Hamburger SV	          1:4 (1:2)   80,645 *

                      1:0  Lewandowski (17., Hummels)
                      1:1  Rudnevs (18., Aogo)
                      1:2  Son (26., Bruma)
                      1:3  Rudnevs (62., van der Vaart)
                      1:4  Son (89., Jansen)

Borussia M'gladbach    -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  3:3 (1:0)   46,010

                      1:0  Stranzl (44., Nordtveit)
                      1:1  Sam (52., Kießling)
                      2:1  L. de Jong (58., Arango)
                      2:2  Kießling (60., Boenisch)
                      2:3  Schürrle (64., Castro)
                      3:3  Herrmann (86., Brouwers)

VfB Stuttgart	       -   Werder Bremen	  1:4 (0:1)   41,200

                      0:1  Ekici (34., de Bruyne)
                      1:1  Traoré (50., Gentner)
                      1:2  Hunt (60., Petersen)
                      1:3  Ekici (74.)
                      1:4  de Bruyne (90. + 2, Gebre Selassie)

Hannover 96	       -   1899 Hoffenheim	  1:0 (1:0)   35,200

                      1:0  M. Diouf (8., Huszti)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -   VfL Wolfsburg	  0:1 (0:1)   15,045

                      0:1  Dost (23., Vieirinha)

Eintracht Frankfurt    -   1. FC Nürnberg	  0:0 (0:0)   45,400

Bayern München	       -   FC Schalke 04	  4:0 (2:0)   71,000 *

                      1:0  Alaba (19., penalty, Ribery)
                      2:0  Schweinsteiger (32.)
                      3:0  Alaba (51., Gomez)
                      4:0  Gomez (63., Robben)


Sunday:
FC Augsburg	       -   1. FSV Mainz 05	  1:1 (0:1)   25,541

                      0:1  Szalai (43., Junior Diaz)
                      1:1  Mölders (57., de Jong)

SC Freiburg	       -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	  1:0 (0:0)   21,200

                      1:0  Krmas (87., M. Kruse)



 1  Bayern München	  	21    17   3 	1      55:7   +48     54 
 2  Borussia Dortmund (M, P)	21    11   6 	4      47:26  +21     39 
 3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	21    11   5 	5      41:29  +12     38
 4  Eintracht Frankfurt (N)	21    11   4 	6      38:31  +7      37
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 5  SC Freiburg	  	        21     8   7 	6      26:20  +6      31 
 6  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	21     9   4 	8      28:25  +3      31
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 7  Hamburger SV	  	21     9   4 	8      26:27  -1      31 
 8  Borussia M'gladbach	  	21     7   9 	5      31:32  -1      30 
 9  Hannover 96	  	        21     9   2 	10     39:39   0      29 
10  FC Schalke 04	  	21     8   5 	8      33:35  -2      29 
11  Werder Bremen	  	21     8   4 	9      36:38  -2      28 
12  VfL Wolfsburg	  	21     7   5 	9      22:30  -8      26 
13  1. FC Nürnberg	  	21     6   7 	8      20:27  -7      25 
14  VfB Stuttgart	  	21     7   4 	10     23:39  -16     25 
15  Fortuna Düsseldorf (N)	21     6   6 	9      26:29  -3      24
------------------------------------------------------------------------
16  1899 Hoffenheim	  	21     4   4 	13     26:45  -19     16
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17  FC Augsburg	  	        21     2   9 	10     17:33  -16     15 
18  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (N)	21     2   6 	13     13:35  -22     12

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

3 thoughts on “BUNDESLIGA, Round 21

  1. Hi there folks,

    That’s what Fredi Bobic was dying to get Bruno Labbadia extend his contract with the Swabians for!? Okay Bobic is relatively *new* to the managerial world but how about a seasoned decision-maker and championship-winning manager like Horst Heldt chosing Jens Keller and then stating to stick with him until season end!

    Kloppo, Schaaf, Tuchel, Favre, and Slomka, all losing on consistency!

    With Christian Streich sending shockwaves around, (Norbert Meier is interesting too)

    (Sorry, I just don’t believe in Armin Veh, Thorsten Fink and Lewandowski+Hyppia)

    Who cares about Bayern having a 15 point lead at the top? They are just too late and boring to be finally bagging the Championship after losing it to the likes of Stuttgart and Wolfsburg over the years, and keeping proudly abrest of vizekusen and vizeBremen!

    Ich liebe Bundesliga und abseits-soccer blog :)

    • Bayern will be great if they win their next UEFA Champions league final.

      What’s exciting is the fact that the 4th Champions league spot and all Europa league slots are open to half the league!

      • Yeah, the interesting part this season is clearly who’ll qualify for Euro league. BL title is set, also the last three. I mean – after 22 games there are 10 (!) points difference between #15 and #16, come on! Early clearance.

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