Bundesliga, Round 25: BVB slowed down

Dortmund stubbed their toe, and Bayern made up for their poor performances. More updates on Sunday…

BUNDESLIGA - Round 25

VfB Stuttgart	      -    1. FC Kaiserslautern	  0:0 (0:0)    50,100

VfL Wolfsburg	      -    Bayer Leverkusen	  3:2 (2:1)    26,112

                     0:1  Kießling (3., Schürrle)
                     1:1  Helmes (32., Hasebe)
                     2:1  Dejagah (45., Mandzukic)
                     3:1  Kadlec (61., own goal, Dejagah)
                     3:2  Derdiyok (90. + 1, Castro)

1. FSV Mainz 05	      -    1. FC Nürnberg	  2:1 (2:0)    34,000

                     1:0  N. Müller (1., Choupo-Moting)
                     2:0  Zidan (22.)
                     2:1  Didavi (64., Maroh)

Borussia M'gladbach   -    SC Freiburg	          0:0 (0:0)    52,207

Bayern München	      -    1899 Hoffenheim	  7:1 (5:0)    69,000

                     1:0  Gomez (5., T. Müller)
                     2:0  Robben (12., penalty, Lahm)
                     3:0  Kroos (18., Ribery)
                     4:0  Robben (29., Ribery)
                     5:0  Gomez (35., Ribery)
                     6:0  Gomez (48., Robben)
                     7:0  Ribery (58., Robben)
                     7:1  Luiz Gustavo (85., own goal, Babel)

1. FC Köln	      -    Hertha BSC Berlin	  1:0 (1:0)    48,000

                     1:0  Clemens (36., Brecko)

FC Augsburg	      -    Borussia Dortmund	  0:0 (0:0)    30,660

Sunday:
Werder Bremen	      -    Hannover 96	          3:0 (1:0)    41,500

                     1:0  Pizarro (31., Ekici)
                     2:0  Prödl (49., Ekici)
                     3:0  Rosenberg (56., Pizarro)

FC Schalke 04	      -    Hamburger SV	          -:- (-:-)

 1  Borussia Dortmund (M)   25 	  17 	5     3     52:16  +36 	    56
 2  Bayern München	    25 	  16 	3     6     58:17  +41 	    51
 3  Borussia M'gladbach	    25 	  14 	6     5     37:15  +22 	    48
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 4  FC Schalke 04 (P)	    25 	  15 	2     8     54:33  +21 	    47
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 5  Bayer Leverkusen	    25 	  11 	7     7     38:32  +6 	    40
 6  Werder Bremen	    25 	  11 	6     8     40:38  +2 	    39
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 7  Hannover 96	  	    25 	  8 	11    6     30:35  -5 	    35
 8  VfB Stuttgart	    25 	  9 	6    10     41:33  +8 	    33
 9  1. FC Nürnberg	    25 	  9 	4    12     24:34  -10 	    31
10  VfL Wolfsburg	    25 	  9 	4    12     31:46  -15 	    31
11  1. FSV Mainz 05	    25 	  7 	9     9     37:39  -2 	    30
12  1899 Hoffenheim	    25 	  7 	9     9     28:35  -7 	    30
13  1. FC Köln              25 	  8 	4    13     32:46  -14 	    28
14  Hamburger SV            25 	  6 	9    10     29:45  -16 	    27
15  FC Augsburg (N)	    25 	  4 	11   10     25:39  -14 	    23
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16  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)   25 	  5 	8    12     26:41  -15 	    23
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17  SC Freiburg             25 	  5 	7    13     30:52  -22 	    22
18  1. FC Kaiserslautern    25 	  3 	11   11     16:32  -16 	    20

Things started slowly with a crappy match on Friday night. Stuttgart has been scoring recently, and Kaiserslautern has constipation, so you’d expect a rout. Instead, it was a boring match and evidently VfB decided to take the weekend off. FCK did little, but defended well and were happy with the point.

Bayern München was expected to put out against Hoffenheim, given all the recent poor outings. And the ass-kicking from Heynckes and the board must have had an effect, as Bayern attacked furiously and beat the crap out of the Hoppers. “Robbery” was in full force, as Ribery and Robben combined for 3 goals and 5 assists, and Mario Gomez must have taken some suppositories for his contstipation, as he banged in 3 goals. Hopelessheim was total crap, but they did manage a score a goal, Luiz Gustavo getting the consolation goal. Oh snap, they sold Gustavo to Bayern, but Luiz did an own goal probably from sympathy to his former club.

Dortmund was suprisingly lame at Augsburg. Whilst the Neons were cumbersome and slow, their passing game not working at all, the homeside Fuggers were engaged and fought for every inch. Naturally they don’t have the talent to compete with Dortmund, but held their own for a deserved draw.

Gladbach couldn’t break through against a packed Freiburg defense and a superb GK Oliver Baumann. As a result, another poor outing for the youngsters, but a huge point for SCF.

Wolfsburg for once actually put in a good performance. In the battle of company teams, VW fought hard and upended the Aspirins, still smarting from their disgraceful loss at Barcelona. The Alka-Seltzers did start sprightly, but were taken aback by an engaged Wolfsburg side that for once looked like they wanted to win.

Mainz has been playing well since winterbreak, when Mohamed Zidan returned to his old club after an unsuccessful stint at Dortmund. Well, certainly he’s had an impact, scoring in every game, now the streak is at 6. After a blitz start to go up 2-0, Mainz set back and allowed der Club to take over. FCN began to control the match and pressed hard for an equalizer, but lacked the skill to break through. Somewhat fortunate for Mainz to grab all the points.

1. FC Köln won an ugly relegation battle against Hertha. The homeside was dominant in the 1st half and deserved their lead, but the match degenerated into a niggling foulfest in the 2nd half, and in fact two Kölners (Jajalo and Podolski) got their asses red carded. The recipient of their friendly foul was veteran Georgian Levan Kobiashvili, who also managed to get ass tossed as well. Kobiashvili has played some 400 matches in Germany, well over 300 in the Bundesliga, grabbed Podolski by the neck, so Poldi retaliated by Bitch slapping him. OK, I might have taken some artistic license (he just shoved him away), but you get the drift, crap match, lame red, but big points for Köln.

The northern derby was expected to be close, as Bremen has sucked recently and Hannover has been playing pretty well, including their midweek match in Belgium for the Europa-Liga. But Werder dominated and kicked ass…well, not quite. The 96ers actually played well and looked the better team, but they couldn’t score. Werder showed a lot of the weakness they’ve demonstrated all season, but in one area, they came to play: cold blooded scoring goals. So Werder got the goals and 96ers wonder how they lost. The answer is simple: Claudio Pizarro makes things happen for Bremen and he did again…

Schalke put together a decent performance and essentially wrapped things up quickly. After Finnish international Teemu Pukki scored quickly in one of his rare starts, the Blues dicked around a bit, but then realized that HSV was lame and struck again to wrap things up after only about half and hour. The rest of the match was really just waiting for the final whistle and then head to the pub…

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