Uberprufung der Bundesliga: Bayern win Der Klasiker, Bremen form concerning, thriller in Wolfsburg ends even
Last week’s results certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons. A loss for Borussia Dortmund in Hannover and a win for Bayern at home to Red Bull Leipzig saw the latter’s revival under Jupp Heynckes continue as they retook top spot in the Bundesliga. This week they met in Westphalia with BVB looking to finally get back to winning ways and Bayern looking to prolong their good form. Elsewhere Cologne met Hoffenheim on Sunday in the hope that they could finally get a win to their name. Hoffenheim themselves will have been wanting to redeem themselves after being well beaten at home last week by Gladbach.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Werder Bremen
Eintracht Frankfurt played their second Friday night game in a row, although they were looking to go one better than the 1-1 draw with Mainz last week. Werder Bremen seem to be in trouble, confirmation of that coming in the 3-0 home defeat to Augsburg on Sunday. The home side deepened Bremen’s worries when Ante Rebic put them ahead on 17 minutes. However, Niklas Moisander equalised seven minutes later to give Bremen hope. It looked like the game would end even until Sebastien Haller scored a late winner in the 89th to snatch all the points for Frankfurt.
Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-1 Mainz
As mentioned above Mainz were only able to claim a point last Friday in Frankfurt. Gladbach, on the other hand, pulled off an impressive 3-1 win in Hoffenheim. They would go behind here though when Abdou Diallo put Mainz ahead within 19 minutes. However, Jannik Vestergaard salvaged a point for Gladbach, even though it took him until the 67th minute to do so.
Augsburg 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg were able to claim another win last week at the expense of lowly Werder Bremen. Bayer Leverkusen were also victorious against a side in the relegation zone, beating Cologne 2-1 at the BayArena. It took until the second-half for the deadlock to be broken here and it come from Kevin Volland, who put Leverkusen one up in the 47th minute. The away side weren’t ahead for long though as Kevin Danso equalised two minutes later. And that’s now this one stayed as both sides took a share of the spoils.
Hamburg 3-1 VfB Stuttgart
Hamburg travelled to the capital last week and were unfortunate to come away having lost 2-1 to Hertha Berlin. Stuttgart were a little more fortunate, being able to overcome Freiburg 3-0 at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Things didn’t start well for Stuttgart though when Dzenis Burnic was sent off in the 13th minute after two quick bookings. Hamburg quickly assumed dominance over the 10 men and Aaron Hunt put them ahead seven minutes after Burnic’s dismissal. Daniel Ginzcek was able to equalise from the penalty spot on 55 minutes but Hamburg began to overrun them again and Filip Kostic put them back in the lead 10 minutes later. Jann-Fiete Arp sealed the home victory on 69 minutes.
Red Bull Leipzig 2-1 Hannover 96
Both these sides came up against the top two last week. Leipzig were beaten 2-0 in Munich by Bayern in a game that was changed by Willi Orban’s sending off. Hannover fared much better against Borussia Dortmund, beating them 4-2 at home. Jonathas finally opened the scoring for Hannover on 56 minutes before Yussuf Poulsen equalised on 75. It looked like the game might end in a draw until Timo Werner won it for Leipzig on 86 minutes.
Freiburg 0-1 Schalke
Schalke were not able to pick a win against Wolfsburg last week, drawing 1-1 at home. Freiburg were also unsuccessful in their quest for three points, going down 3-0 in Stuttgart. One goal was enough to win this game and it came from Schalke, with Daniel Calligiuri scoring the winner in the 67th minute.
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich
Dortmund’s recent poor form continued last week when they were surprisingly beaten 4-2 in Hannover. Bayern’s resurgence continued with a 2-0 win over ten-man Red Bull Leipzig at the Allianz Arena. It was they who took the lead in this one when Arjen Robben put them ahead after just 16 minutes, making himself Bayern’s all-time leading Bundesliga scorer in the process. Robert Lewandowski doubled the away sides lead on 37 minutes before David Alaba effectively ended the game as a contest on 67 minutes. Marc Bartra scored for Dortmund in the 87th minute but it proved no more than a consolation as their woes were deepened and their winless streak now reaches 5 in all competitions.
Cologne 0-3 Hoffenheim
Cologne were unfortunate in Leverkusen last week, eventually succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bayer. Hoffenheim were also beaten, suffering a surprising 3-1 defeat at home to Gladbach. They would fare much better here though and were propelled on their way to victory early on when Dennis Geiger put them ahead in the 9th minute. It took until the 56th minute for them to double their lead. Mark Uth was brought down in the area by Pawel Olkowski and Sandro Wagner stepped up to convert from the spot after the video referee confirmed a penalty was necessary. It was Wagner who sealed the win on 80 minutes, converting an Andrej Kramaric cross and condemning Cologne to yet another defeat in what is turning out to be a sorry season.
Wolfsburg 3-3 Hertha Berlin
The final game of the weekend came from Wolfsburg, where the home side were hoping to go one better than the 1-1 against Schalke last week. Hertha, however, were looking to build on the 2-1 win over Hamburg at home last time out. It started well for the visitors when Vedad Ibisevic put them ahead in the 1st minute. The lead lasted for most of the half but Yunus Malli made sure that Hertha would go in ahead when he equalised on 41 minutes. Things got even better for Wolfsburg before the break when Mario Gomez put them ahead on the stroke of half-time. On 53 minutes Hertha were level again when Kerim Rekik scored. Divock Origi scored on the hour mark and it looked as if Wolfsburg would pull through for the win. That was until David Selke scored again for Hertha in the 83rd minute to ensure Pal Dardai’s men would take at least a point back to Berlin.
Game Week 12 Fixtures
Friday 17th November
VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund (19.30)
Saturday 18th November
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Red Bull Leipzig (14.30)
Bayern Munich vs. Augsburg
Hoffenheim vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz vs. Cologne
Wolfsburg vs. Freiburg
Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach (17.30)
Sunday 19th November
Schalke vs. Hamburg (14.30)
Werder Bremen vs. Hannover 96