BUNDESLIGA, Round 25: Schalke makes a move

Several teams made big moves this round, but Schalke’s was perhaps the biggest: The Blues won at tough Augsburg, while Dortmund and Leverkusen were losing, so that was essentially a 6 pointer. Other significant results were Hamburg winning, and Freiburg getting a big away win, leaping out of auto-relegation.

Schalke got the win thanks to a double by Huntelaar, who is on fire since his injury return. Augsburg has been in form, and fought hard, but the Dutchman was the difference, letting the Knappen-fans begin to forget the Euro disaster against Madrid.

Dortmund laid an egg at home against struggling Gladbach. The Neons had some advanatge, but were stumbling around like louts, whereas Gladbach was crisp and clever. So the defeat is not out of bounds.

Bremen and Stuttgart battled to a draw, but the visitors should have had more in Huub Stevens coach debut. VfB was generally the better team, and Harnik missed a penalty that might have decided the match. But Stuttgart wasted too many chances and were eventually punished for crappy defense.

Hoffenheim seemed to have the match in hand in the regional derby with Mainz. They could even afford for Salihovic to blast a penalty over the goal. But then they fell apart to a fierce Mainz onslaught and got owned.

Hertha looked better and wasted lots of chances. So Hannover kicked them in the balls and took all the points.

In a critical relegation battle, Nürnberg tried to catenaccio away to a point. It worked for 80 minutes, but luckily they were punished and HSV broke through for a deserved victory. Anti-football should never be rewarded!

Frankfurt wasted enough chances to win two games. Freiburg on the other hand took theirs when on offer. Needeless to say, an embarassing defeat for the hot dogs.

Total attendance 416,006 (avg 46,223), sellouts in Augsburg, Dortmund, Braunscwheig and München

 	
FC Augsburg	       -   FC Schalke 04	1:2 (1:1)   30,660 *

                      1:0  To. Werner (5., Bobadilla)
                      1:1  Huntelaar (33., K.-P. Boateng)
                      1:2  Huntelaar (49., Kolasinac)

Borussia Dortmund      -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:2 (0:2)   80,645 *

                      0:1  Raffael (31., Herrmann)
                      0:2  M. Kruse (40., Arango)
                      1:2  Jojic (77.)

Werder Bremen	       -   VfB Stuttgart	1:1 (0:0)   41,500 *

                      0:1  Niedermeier (55., Rausch)
                      1:1  Hunt (79., direct freekick)

1899 Hoffenheim	       -   1. FSV Mainz 05	2:4 (0:0)   24,741

                      1:0  Polanski (49.)
                      2:0  Roberto Firmino (52., F. Johnson)
                      2:1  Choupo-Moting (67., Bell)
                      2:2  Saller (73.)
                      2:3  Okazaki (75., Choupo-Moting)
                      2:4  Okazaki (90. + 2, N. Müller)

Eintracht Braunschweig -   VfL Wolfsburg	1:1 (0:1)   23,150 *

                      0:1  Luiz Gustavo (36.)
                      1:1  Bellarabi (48., Kumbela)

Hertha BSC	       -   Hannover 96	        0:3 (0:0)   46,727

                      0:1  Stindl (49., Bittencourt)
                      0:2  Schlaudraff (57., Bittencourt)
                      0:3  Huszti (90. + 1, Ya Konan)

Bayern München	       -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	2:1 (1:0)   71,000 *

                      1:0  Mandzukic (44., Schweinsteiger)
                      2:0  Schweinsteiger (52., direct free kick)
                      2:1  Kießling (90. + 1, Hilbert)

Hamburger SV	       -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:1 (0:0)   52,183

                      1:0  Calhanoglu (80.)
                      2:0  Frantz (86., own goal, Jiracek)
                      2:1  Drmic (90. + 1, Feulner)

Eintracht Frankfurt    -   SC Freiburg	        1:4 (0:1)   45,400

                      0:1  Schuster (34., Krmas)
                      0:2  Guedé (54., Mehmedi)
                      1:2  Joselu (59., Rosenthal)
                      1:3  Klaus (70., Mehmedi)
                      1:4  Guedé (90. + 3, Darida)
 	



 1  Bayern München (M, P)	25   23  2  0 	  74:12  +62 	  71 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	25   15  3  7 	  56:29  +27 	  48 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	25   14  5  6 	  48:36  +12 	  47
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	25   14  2  9 	  41:29  +12 	  44
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 5  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	25   12  5  8 	  37:38  -1 	  41 
 6  VfL Wolfsburg	  	25   12  4  9 	  42:39  +3 	  40
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 7  Bor. Mönchengladbach	25   11  6  8 	  43:32  +11 	  39 
 8  FC Augsburg	  	        25   11  5  9 	  38:36  +2 	  38 
 9  Hertha BSC Berlin  (N)	25   10  6  9 	  35:31  +4 	  36 
10  1899 Hoffenheim	  	25    7  8  10 	  54:56  -2 	  29 
11  Hannover 96	  	        25    8  5  12 	  34:43  -9 	  29 
12  Werder Bremen	  	25    7  8  10 	  29:47  -18 	  29 
13  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	25    6  8  11 	  28:44  -16 	  26 
14  Hamburger SV	  	25    6  5  14 	  41:54  -13 	  23 
15  1. FC Nürnberg	  	25    4  11 10 	  28:44  -16 	  23
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16  SC Freiburg	  	        25    5  7  13 	  26:46  -20 	  22
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17  VfB Stuttgart	  	25    5  6  14 	  39:52  -13 	  21 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	25    4  6  15 	  20:45  -25 	  18


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

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