Bundesliga, Round 29

	
VfL Wolfsburg	       -   Borussia Dortmund	1:3 (0:1)    30,000

                      0:1  Lewandowski (22., Perisic)
                      0:2  Gündogan (49., Blaszczykowski)
                      1:2  Mandzukic (61., Dejagah)
                      1:3  Lewandowski (90.)

1. FC Köln	       -   Werder Bremen	1:1 (1:1)    50,000

                      0:1  Rosenberg (24., Marin)
                      1:1  Jemal (39., Podolski)

VfB Stuttgart	       -   1. FSV Mainz 05	4:1 (1:1)    55,100

                      0:1  Ivanschitz (3., penalty, Baumgartlinger)
                      1:1  Hajnal (8., Kvist)
                      2:1  Ibisevic (49., Sakai)
                      3:1  Kuzmanovic (65., penalty, Harnik)
                      4:1  Ibisevic (85.)

SC Freiburg	       -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:2 (0:2)    24,000

                      0:1  Didavi (8.)
                      0:2  Pekhart (45. + 2, , Simons)
                      1:2  D. Caligiuri (53., penalty, D. Caligiuri)
                      2:2  Makiadi (79.)

1. FC Kaiserslautern   -   1899 Hoffenheim	1:2 (0:1)    40,296

                      0:1  Salihovic (26., penalty, Roberto Firmino)
                      0:2  Vukcevic (71.)
                      1:2  Bugera (86.

Bayern München	       -   FC Augsburg	        2:1 (1:1)    69,000

                      1:0  Gomez (1., Ribery)
                      1:1  Koo (23., Bellinghausen)
                      2:1  Gomez (60., Robben)
 
Borussia M'gladbach    -   Hertha BSC	        0:0 (0:0)    52,691

Sunday:

FC Schalke 04	       -   Hannover 96	        3:0 (1:0)    61,673

                      1:0  Raul (6., Farfan)
                      2:0  Raul (47., Farfan)
                      3:0  Huntelaar (63., Farfan)

Hamburger SV	       -   Bayer Leverkusen	1:1 (1:0)    48,000

                      1:0  Petric (40., penalty)
                      1:1  Schürrle (55.)
 



 1  Borussia Dortmund (M)	29    20    6 	 3    66:22  +44    66
 2  Bayern München	  	29    20    3 	 6    69:19  +50    63 
 3  FC Schalke 04 (P)	  	29    18    3 	 8    64:35  +29    57
 4  Borussia M'gladbach	  	29    15    7 	 7    41:20  +21    52
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 5  VfB Stuttgart	  	29    12    7 	10    52:39  +13    43
 6  Werder Bremen	  	29    11    8 	10    42:44  -2     41 
 7  Bayer Leverkusen	  	29    11    8 	10    40:39  +1     41 
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 8  Hannover 96	  	        29    10   11 	 8    37:42  -5     41
 9  VfL Wolfsburg	  	29    12    4 	13    41:52  -11    40 
10  1899 Hoffenheim	  	29     9   10 	10    34:40  -6     37 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	29     8    9 	12    43:48  -5     33 
12  1. FC Nürnberg	  	29     9    5 	15    27:41  -14    32 
13  SC Freiburg	  	        29     8    8 	13    39:55  -16    32 
14  Hamburger SV	  	29     7   10 	12    33:51  -18    31
15  FC Augsburg (N)	  	29     6   12 	11    31:44  -13    30 
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16  1. FC Köln	  	        29     8    5 	16    36:59  -23    29
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17  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	29     6    9 	14    30:52  -22    27 
18  1. FC Kaiserslautern	29     3    11 	15    18:41  -23    20

Leaders Dortmund visited a rebuilt VW and generally was impressive. After a shaky start, Perisic raided down the left flank and crossed for Lewandowski to knock in. Wolfsburg had one great chance when Weidenfeller made a great foot save against Mandzukic, and Helmes was pressured on the rebound to miss an open net. But from then on the Neons dominated and pressured the Wolfs back. When Gündogan nailed the second, it looked over, but surprisingly the VWs woke up and got back in. Dejagah’s prefect cross was headed in by Mandzukic, and homeside pressured Dortmund back into the defensive. A late breakaway by Lewandowski sealed the win for the Neons, who now face Bayern midweek for all the marbles.

Bayern scored in seconds against the promoted Fuggers, and obviously felt that Augusburg would just bend over and take it. However FCA stunned the Müncheners by not giving up, and were soon rewarded with an equalizer. Bayern was outraged, and launched heavy assaults on the visitors, but it was hard work. Eventually Mario Gomez put in the leader, but it was a tough match through the final whistle.

Gladbach didn’t help themselves with a crap draw against Hertha. The Berliners basically had a no-prisoners approach, kicking anything that moved. Gladbach’s star Marco Reus got whacked early and had to leave after 20 minutes from the effects of a Charley-Horse. The homeside basically decided it wasn’t worth it, and dumpeled around. Hertha didn’t realize or were perhaps just incompetant, so they didn’t seize the initiative, and the match petered out to a boring draw that helps neither.

Bremen gave minimal effort at Köln, but it was enough to split the points. Werder grabbed a lead on their first effective attack. Hosts Köln wasn’t too peturbed and soon equalized. But they’re basically crap, so they couldn’t mount anything against the disinterested Bremers. Off to the pubs to drink it off…

Kaiserslautern missed the last train back to Bundesligaville. The drab home defeat to Hoffenheim virtually makes it impossible to stay up. The Hoppers didn’t have too much trouble bringing home the bacon, as Lautern has an anemic attack. A late goal gave FCK some hope, but that was about it.

Stuttgart is one fire, and they burned Mainz. The visitors grabbed an early lead, but it didn’t really phase VfB. After equalizing, Stuttgart launched a long second half assault and ripped open the Mainzer defense. The rout was on and Mainz was lucky they didn’t take a few more. In this form, it will be pretty hard to deny Stuttgart a Europa-liga spot, as they not only have the most points, but by far the best goal differential. Mainz just needs to forget this one, as they don’t want their hard work against relegation to go without reward.

Freiburg and Nürnberg battled to an entertaining draw. SCF has really improved over the last few weeks, but it was FCN that was dominating in the 1st half. Der Club seemed to have things well under control for an excellent win, but the Breisgauers came storming back. They managed to get a deserved point, but Nürnberg will rue letting this one slip away.

The vanquished Europaleagers met in Gelsenkirchen, and it was pretty clear that Schalke has put it behind them. The Blues dominated against Hannover and easily kicked their ass. Raul confirmed his great form, as he notched another two, and Huntelaar got his obligatory goal as well. The 96ers have been pretty inconsistent, and need to be focused on slipping into Europe.

Hamburg had more of the play against Leverkusen, but had to be content with a draw. They had an edge in the 1st half and got the lead on a handball penalty. New Bayer coach Sami Hyyppia must have threatened to replace the Aspirins with ibuprofen, because the vistors came out strong after the restart and pressed hard. They got the equalizer and then pulled back to wait for the final whistle. HSV regained the initiative for the remaining 40 minutes, but were too incompetant to do anything, so the draw is in order.

One thought on “Bundesliga, Round 29

  1. Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern München on Wednesday is a 6 point game and very interesting. If Dortmund wins, they will win this season. And if its a draw or 3 points for Bayern everything is open again.

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