Freiburg v Werder Bremen
Friday night saw Bremen travel to Freiburg. As I mentioned in my preview of the match, to have any chance of the points Bremen had to keep the Freiburg front line quiet. Which they failed to do, as Freiburg ran out 3-1 winners.
Christian Streich’s men were a pleasure to watch, especially Admir Mehmedi. His movement behind Karim Guede caused the Bremen midfield and defence numerous problems. Another factor leading to Freiburg’s victory was the lacklustre performance of Werder, with only an error, from Matthias Ginter, providing Nils Petersen a consolation goal.
The three Freiburg goals were scored by Julian Schuster, Felix Kraus and Admir Mehmedi. My personal Man of the Match went to Mehmedi. The win lifts Freiburg out of the relegation zone, into 14th place.
Hannover v Dortmund
Injury stricken Dortmund ran out 3-0 winners as the two sides met on Saturday. Matts Hummels opened the scoring, just before half time. With Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, just back from injury, sealing the win for the away side. Lewandowski’s goal being a superb solo run.
The win allows Dortmund some breathing space in the race for the Champions League. It also see’s them head into Tuesday nights Ruhr Derby in good form.
Mainz v Bayern
Thomas Tuchel’s men put up a great display as Bayern edged his side thanks to two late goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze.
Mainz provided one of the best challenges Bayern have faced all season, both home and away, and that is something Tuchel can take great achievement from. Bayern only require one point on Tuesday night, as they travel to Hertha, to be confirmed Deutscher Meister 2013/14.
Wolsburg v Augsburg
This seasons surprise package, Augsburg, continued to shock everyone with a 1-1 draw at stuttering Wolfsburg, as the pressure mounts on Dieter Hecking.
A first half goal from Tobias Werner gave Augsburg a half time lead at the Volkswagen Arena. But midway through the second half, Ivica Olic levelled for the hosts. The draw leaves Augsburg just two points off the Europa League spots, as their dream continues for another week.
Stuttgart v Hamburg
Huub Stevens got off to the perfect start at the Mercedes Benz Arena with a 1-0 victory over relegation rivals, Hamburg.
Hamburg’s Turkish start-let, Hakan Calhanoglu saw red for two yellow cards. Thus giving Stuttgart the initiative. Five minutes after coming on, Substitute Alexandru Maxim scored the winner for the reds, providing them with three desperately needed points.
Schalke v Braunschweig
Schalke ran out comfortable 3-1 winners as the two teams met at the Veltins Arena.
Leon Goretzka and Klaas Jan Huntelaar gave Schalke a 2-0 lead before Benjamin Kessel pulled one back for the team from Lower Saxony. But, Adam Szalai made in safe with another in added time for the Royal Blues.
The win also see’s Schalke have some breathing space in the race for the Champions League, and some nice momentum heading into the Ruhr Derby away to Dortmund on Tuesday night.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Hertha Berlin
Champions League hopefuls, ‘Gladbach ran out 3-0 winners as the two sides met at Borussia Park.
The goals were scored by Juan Arango, Max Kruse and Raffael. The game also saw the two Brazilian brothers, Raffael of ‘Gladbach and Ronny of Hertha come up against each other. The win see’s ‘Gladbach up to 5th place, just two points of the Champions League places.
Nuremburg v Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht travelled to Nuremburg, in the weekends other big relegation battle. Frankfurt ran out huge winners, 5-2 with Joselu grabbing two, with Alexander Madlung, Tranquillo Barnetta and Vaclav Kadlec all scoring once. Swiss International striker, Josip Drmic and Spanish midfielder Jose Campana pulling goals back for the home side.
Until Argentinian defender, Javier Pinola, was sent off it looked like Nuremburg could complete and unlikely comeback with the score being 3-2. But after the sending off, the result was inevitable.
The win lifts Eintracht to 12th, but Nuremburg drop to 17th putting their somewhat good form to an end.
Leverkusen v Hoffenheim
Leverkusen’s bad form continues as Hoffenheim ran out 3-2 winners at the BayArena.
Hoffenheim took a 1-0 lead, when Bosnian, Sejad Salihovic coolly converted a penalty past Leverkusen stopper, Bernd Leno. But Leverkusen’s talisman Stefan Kießling equalised the game, however young German striker, Kevin Volland gave the away side the lead going into half time. Once again, Leverkusen equalised, this time Simon Rofles.
Just as the game looked to be ‘fizzling out’, Hoffenheim’s French striker, Anthony Modeste scored the winner. Ironically celebrating Stefan Kießling’s ghost goal.
The defeat for Leverkusen epitomises their awful form since just before the winter break, with them sitting just two points clear of the chasing pack in the race for the Champions League.
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