With Bayern Munich on the horizon, and on the back of a loss and a draw, BVB were in much need of a positive result this week when they visited Hannover. They themselves have been on an inconsistent run and needed three points to set things straight. Elsewhere in the Bundesliga Bayern were looking to continue their resurgence un Jupp Heynckes at home to Red Bull Leipzig, while at the other end of the table Cologne and Werder Bremen were hoping to be able to turn around their fortunes.
Mainz 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
These sides had varying success last time out, as Mainz were beaten 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen by Schalke while Frankfurt came back from 2-0 down to draw with Borussia Dortmund. It was the away side who took the lead here with Stefan Bell scoring an own goal in the 37th minute to give Frankfurt the lead. Mainz eventually equalised, although it took Suat Serdar until the 71st minute to nod in Yoshinori Muto’s corner to claim the point.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Cologne
Both these teams fared positively last week. Leverkusen thrashed Gladbach 5-1 in their own back yard, while lowly Cologne managed to get a point against relegation rivals Werder Bremen. Cologne took a surprise lead here through Sehrou Guirassy in the 23rd minute. A Leverkusen equaliser was inevitable though and eventually came through Leon Bailly in the 53rd minute. Cologne caved in the end and Sven Bender was th unlikely match winner in the 73rd minute to consign poor Cologne to another defeat.
Schalke 1-1 Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg were only able to claim a point last Sunday at home to Hoffenheim. Schalke had much better fortunes, beating Mainz 2-0 at home. Schalke took the lead in this game on the stroke of half-time through a Nabil Bentaleb penalty. It looked like they were on their way to another home win until Divock Origi equalised in the 93rd minute to snatch a point for Wolfsburg.
Hannover 4-2 Borussia Dortmund
Hannover started well this season but have recently lulled into inconsistency, characterised by their performance in their 2-1 win in Augsburg last week. Borussia Dortmund started the season on fire but have failed to their last two Bundesliga game, throwing away a 2-0 lead in Frankfurt last week to draw 2-2. Jonathas gave Hannover the lead in this game with a penalty but that lead lasted only seven minutes, when Dan-Axel Zagadou levelled the scores. Ihlas Bebou put Hannover back in the lead on 40 minutes though finishing off a swift counter attack. Seven minutes after half-time Andriy Yarmolenko equalised again for Dortmund. However the dismissal of Zagadou on 59 minutes changed the complexion of the game. On the hour mark Felix Klaus gave Hannover the lead again and Bebou scored his second of the game on 86 minutes to win the game for Hannover and prolong Dortmund’s winless streak.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Hamburg
Hamburg put in a good performance last week, narrowly losing 1-0 at home to Bayern Munich. Hertha Berlin had a marginally better time drawing 1-1 in Freiburg. Niklas Stark gave the home side the lead on 17 minutes and Kerim Rekik doubled that lead on 49 minutes. Jann-Fiete Arp pulled one back for Hamburg in the 73rd minute to ensure a nervy finish. However Hertha were able to hold out to claim an invaluable three points.
Hoffenheim 1-3 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Hoffenheim threw away three points last week by conceding a last minute equaliser at home against Wolfsburg. Gladbach were much more unsuccessful, going down 5-1 at home at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen. Hoffenheim went ahead again here through the same goalscorer as last week, Kerim Demirbay, in the 25th minute. Thorgan Hazard equalised just after the hour mark and Matthias Ginter put Gladbach ahead on 79 minutes. Jannik Vestergaard sealed the points for Gladbach a couple of minutes later to ruin the weekends of Hoffenheim fans for the second week in a row.
Bayern Munich 2-0 Red Bull Leipzig
Both these sides were 1-0 winners last week, Bayern away in Hamburg and Leipzig at home against Stuttgart. However Leipzig’s prospect of another win was dealt a severe blow early on when Willi Orban was sent off in the 13th minute. On 19 minutes James Rodriguez capitalised on his sides man advantage to give Bayern the lead. Bayern continued to dominate the game and Robert Lewandowski deservedly doubled their lead on 39 minutes, scoring what was ultimately the winner.
Werder Bremen 0-3 Augsburg
These sides will have been both unhappy with their performances last week. Bremen drew 0-0 with Cologne, doing nothing to ease their relegation worries, while Augsburg were beaten 2-1 at home by Hannover. Michael Gregoritsch put the away side ahead and Alfred Finnbogason doubled Augsburg’s lead on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot. Gregoritsch scored his second of the game and Augsburg’s third to deepen Bremen’s worries.
VfB Stuttgart 3-0 Freiburg
Stuttgart were beaten narrowly by Leipzig last week while Freiburg drew 1-1 with Hertha at home. Stuttgart took the lead here through Daniel Ginzcek 38 minutes. Benjamin Pavard made it 2-0 with the last kick of the first half and Simon Terrode rounded off a commanding win for Stuttgart on 86 minutes.
Game Week 11 Fixtures
Friday 3rd November
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Werder Bremen (19.30)
Saturday 4th November
Augsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen (14.30)
Hamburg vs. VfB Stuttgart
Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Mainz
Red Bull Leipzig vs. Hannover
Freiburg vs. Schalke
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich (17.30)
Sunday 5th November
Cologne vs. Hoffenheim (14.30)
Wolfsburg vs. Hertha Berlin (17.00)