BUNDESLIGA, Round 27

(More Details to follow for Sunday’s matches)

Ouch. Bayern likes some Hamburgers, evidently with fries and a shake. I read somewhere that Bayern has kicked Hamburg’s ass more than any other side, but this biatch-slapping was ridiculous. “Tore am Fliessband“, a flood of goals, you might say.
Bayern was even resting some starters to prepare for Juventus in the Champions League, but some of their replacements got so tired of kicking HSV in the ass that eventually Thomas Müller and Franck Ribery came on anyway. Oldtimer Cluadio Pizarro got a rare start and figured he should pad his stats, so he banged in four goals and two assists. Yes, Bayern was in top-form and ruthless, but HSV should be ashamed that they played like this.

Stuttgart often stands up to Dortmund (last season’s memorable 4-4 fightback in Dortmund comes to mind), and this one was no exception. Both teams went strong for the win, with the Neons dominating the 1st half and grabbing gthe lead. However VfB fought back in the 2nd and squared the match. Things finally turned in Dortmund’s favor when Niedermeier ended with his 2nd yellow, and soon the Dortmund pressure became unbearable and Lewandowski decided the match. Additional happiness for Dortmund is that the win meant that Bayern wasn’t able to clinch the title in front of their home fans.

Schalke wasn’t overly impressive, and Hoffenheim was defending well. However the home side was clearly superior, and given the happless Hopper non-existant attack, it was only a matter of time. The Schalkers finally broke through and slapped the visitors silly.

Freiburg ended their mini slump with a solid win over Gladbach, moving ahead as both sides battle for Europe. Ironically, young-and-upcoming forward Max Kruse decided the match…and he’s rumoured to be signing with Gladbach. So it would be funny if his goals end up keeping him *out* of Europe next season. Overall, SCF were the better side, and Gladbach can’t have too many complaints.

Mainz got off to a dream start but then dicked around aimlessly too much. Bremen managed to get back into the match and deservedly get a point. For Werder, it may help stabilize their ship and keep them floating above potential relegation. Mainz missed a chance to strengthen their Euro credientials.

Fortuna Düsseldorf was a bit hard done by Leverkusen in the Rhein derby. The hosts were battling to an even level, despite the Aspirins technical and talent superiority. However at critical times they made mistakes, and Bayer ruthlessly exploited them, ending up with a rout. An unfair scoreline, but I think on the balance, it would be hard to argue that Fortuna deserved a point.

Augsburg missed a huge chance to gain ground against relegation. Hannover essentially let the Fuggers do whatever they wanted. The 96ers looked incompetent and relied on GK Zieler to keep them safe. However, FCA is pretty crap when it comes to the the “see ball, kick ball, kick ball into net” mantra. And they paid dearly for it as the 96ers countered and stole all the precious points.

 	
FC Schalke 04	       -   1899 Hoffenheim	   3:0 (0:0)   60,743

                      1:0  Höger (71., Farfan)
                      2:0  Raffael (79., Kolasinac)
                      3:0  Pukki (83., Raffael)

VfB Stuttgart	       -   Borussia Dortmund	   1:2 (0:1)   60,000 *

                      0:1  Piszczek (29., Reus)
                      1:1  Maxim (63., Gentner)
                      1:2  Lewandowski (82., Piszczek)

SC Freiburg	       -   Borussia M'gladbach	   2:0 (0:0)   24,000 *

                      1:0  M. Kruse (69., Terrazzino)
                      2:0  M. Kruse (90. + 2, Santini)

1. FSV Mainz 05	       -   Werder Bremen	   1:1 (1:0)   33,374

                      1:0  Szalai (1., Ivanschitz)
                      1:1  Hunt (69., Arnautovic)

FC Augsburg	       -   Hannover 96	           0:2 (0:0)   28,511

                      0:1  Rausch (61.)
                      0:2  Rausch (90. + 1, Pocognoli)

Fortuna Düsseldorf     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	   1:4 (1:1)   53,265

                      0:1  Kießling (22., penalty, Sam)
                      1:1  Schwaab (41., own goal, Kruse)
                      1:2  Schürrle (62., Sam)
                      1:3  Schürrle (84., Kießling)
                      1:4  Kießling (88., Carvajal)

Bayern München	       -   Hamburger SV	           9:2 (5:0)   71,000 *

                      1:0  Shaqiri (5., Kroos)
                      2:0  Schweinsteiger (19., Shaqiri)
                      3:0  Pizarro (30., Javi Martinez)
                      4:0  Robben (33., Pizarro)
                      5:0  Pizarro (45., Shaqiri)
                      6:0  Pizarro (52., Robben)
                      7:0  Robben (54., Pizarro)
                      8:0  Pizarro (68., T. Müller)
                      8:1  Bruma (75., van der Vaart)
                      9:1  Ribery (76., Schweinsteiger)
                      9:2  Westermann (86., van der Vaart)

Sunday:
VfL Wolfsburg	       -   1. FC Nürnberg	   2:2 (2:0)   25,524

                      1:0  Diego (2., direct freekick)
                      2:0  Olic (27., Medojevic)
                      2:1  Simons (61.)
                      2:2  Nilsson (66., Kiyotake)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -   Eintracht Frankfurt	   2:3 (1:1)   18,000 *

                      1:0  Djurdjic (2.)
                      1:1  Inui (12., Meier)
                      1:2  Aigner (58., Oczipka)
                      1:3  Meier (68.)
                      2:3  Sararer (72.)


 1  Bayern München	  	27    23   3 	1     78:13  +65     72 
 2  Borussia Dortmund (M, P)	27    15   7 	5     62:32  +30     52 
 3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	27    14   6    7     50:35  +15     48
 4  FC Schalke 04	  	27    12   6    9     46:43  +3      42
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 5  Eintracht Frankfurt (N)	27    12   6    9     42:39  +9      42
 6  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	27    10   9    8     34:30  +4      39 
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 7  SC Freiburg	  	        27    10   9    8     35:33  +2      39 
 8  Borussia M'gladbach	  	27     9   11   7     35:37  -2      38 
 9  Hamburger SV	  	27    11   5   11     32:43  -11     38 
10  Hannover 96	  	        27    11   4   12     49:46  +3      37 
11  1. FC Nürnberg	  	27     8   11   8     31:34  -3      35 
12  VfL Wolfsburg	  	27     8   8   11     32:42  -10     32 
13  VfB Stuttgart	  	27     9   5   13     29:46  -17     32 
14  Werder Bremen	  	27     8   7   12     43:52  -9      31 
15  Fortuna Düsseldorf (N)	27     7   8   12     33:40  -7      29
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16  FC Augsburg	  	        27     5   9   13     23:40  -17     24
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17  1899 Hoffenheim	  	27     5   5   17     30:52  -22     20 
18  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (N)	27     2   9   15     18:45  -27     15


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

One thought on “BUNDESLIGA, Round 27

  1. How does a game like Bayern Hamburg leave the second choice goalkeeper with any hope of breaking into the NT. Adler will have to work twice as hard to get a call up now.

    ON the positive, both HSV’s goals were set up by van der Vaart. He’s still got something to offer.

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