Saturday, 14 September 2013

Bundesliga Matchday 5 Roundup - Borussia Dortmund on top with five wins

Borussia Dortmund retained the top of the Bundesliga with five victories in as many starts.  Two goals each by  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandoswki helped thrash Hamburger SV 6-2 after Dortmund's early lead was erased for a 2-2 draw four minutes into the second half.
Mandzukic and Frank Ribery scored one each against Hannover to keep Bayern in second spot ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, which won its match against visiting Wolfsburg 3-1, with two goals by  Stefan Kiessling and one by Sam.
Mainz 05 dropped its match against Schalke 04, when Kevin Boateng scored in the 34th.  Frankfurt rolled over Bremen 3-0 and Augsburg defeated SC Freiburg 2-1.  In Friday's match VFB Stuttgart narrowly defeated Hertha BSC Berlin 1-0, holding off Hertha with a strong defence.

Hertha BSC Berlin vs VFB Stuttgart  0-1 

Although Hertha created more opportunities, Berlin was failed to convert those to goals, largely due to Stuttgart's Sven Ulreich.  Stuttgart played solid in the defence, led by Ulreich and converted one of two chances by Christian Gentner in the 49th minute.  This was enough to take home three points for the second win this season and a move into the top ten.  Berlin remains in seventh spot.

FC Bayern Muenchen vs Hannover 96  2-0

Pep Guardiola deployed a 4-2-4-2 formation for this match, taking Phillip Lahm out of his familiar right back position and filling in for the recovering Bastian Schweinsteiger.  Thomas Mueller took up the right fullback position.  While dominating the match from the outset, Bayern had difficulty to put the ball into the net.  Hannover put in a great performance in the first half, but was unable to maintain the momentum in the second go around.  Arjen Robben initiated both goals, one in the 51st with a pass to Mandzukic and the second to Franck Ribery in the 61st to give Bayern its fourth victory of the campaign.  Bayern remains undefeated with one draw and in second spot, while Hannover remains in fourth with nine points.  

Bayer Leverkusen vs VFL Wolfsburg 3-1. 
Stefan Kiessling's two goals ( 65th, 90th) and Sam's (24th)  brought home the fourth victory for Leverkusen this season and a tie by points with Bayern Munich.  Wolfsburg started the match with a slight advantage over Leverkusen, but the Leverkusen side fought back and takes the lead with Sam's goal in the 24th.  Olic got the equalizer for Wolfsburg in the 39th for the 1-1 halftime draw.  Stefan Kiessling scored his third and fourth of the campaign to convincingly defeat Wolfsburg 3-1.  Leverkusen remains in the top three with just one loss out of five.  Wolfsburg drops to 11th. 

Werder Bremen vs Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3

This was not Bremen's day.  The Hanseaten should have played on Friday the 13th. Di Santo saw the red card in the first 45, Aaron Hunt missed a penalty kick, while Proedl found the back of his own net in the 77th.  Frankfurt took charge of the match from the outset and Kadiec's goals in the 14th and 34th minute gave the Hessen a 2-0 halftime lead.  Proedl gave Frankfurt the 3-0 win over 90 minutes. This match should set the stage for Frankfurt's Champion's League debut against Bordeaux.

Mainz 05 vs Schalke 04   0-1

For a Bundesliga match, this can be considered as one of the weakest performances by both sides. Kevin Prince Boateng gave Schalke the lead and eventual victory with his goal in the 34th minute. Mainz put in a poor performance before a  home crowd and were unable to get their counter offensive going. Schalke will have to put in a better performance next week in Champions League play, especially the ability to convert good counters into goals

FC Augsburg vs SC Freiburg 2-1

After just missing relegation last season, Augsburg has now won three consecutive games.  Mehmedi scored for Freiburg just one minute into the second, but Altintop (62nd) and Werner (89th) ensured a well deserved 2-1 win over Freiburg.  Werner came in as a substitute in the 74th.  Augsburg with nine points is in sixth spot, while Freiburg with just two is in 17th spot.

Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburger SV  6-2

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Dortmund the go ahead goal in the 19th minute followed by the second by Mikhitaryan in the 22nd for an early 2-0 lead.  Hamburg fought back and equaled the match with goals by Lam(16th) and Westermann in the 49th.  After that it was all Dortmund with Robert Lewandowski scoring two and Aubameyang and Reus netting once.   The 6-2 victory was well deserved and keep Dortmund on top of the league with a two point lead, while Hamburg slips into 15th spot.  This was undoubtedly the top match and by far the best match of this matchday.  Dortmund took control of the match from the start and demonstrated that the side played as a well oiled machine. 

Hoffenheim narrowly defeated Moenchengladbach 2-1 on Sunday.  While Gladbach pushed hard for the equalizer, Hoffenheim's defence stood strong.  Braunschweig picked up its first point of the season against a mediocre Nuernberg side.  While Eintracht was more agressive it was unable to finish the job.  Nuernberg can chalk it up to winning a point away from home, a point that may prove valuable in the future.

Matchday 5 - 13 and 14 September

13 September 2013

Hertha BSC vs VfB Stuttgart  0-2

14 September 2013

Bayern München vs Hannover 96      2-0  
Bayer Leverkusen vs VfL Wolfsburg  3-1  
Werder Bremen vs Eintracht Frankfurt    0-3
FSV Mainz 05 vs Schalke 04        0-1
FC Augsburg vs SC Freiburg       2-1 
Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburger SV  6-2

15 September   

1899 Hoffenheim vs Bor. Mönchengladbach       2-1 
Eintr. Braunschweig vs 1. FC Nürnberg  1-1

Place-----Team-----------------------GP---W---D----L---GF/GA ---Pts
1--------Borussia Dortmund-----------5----5----0-----0------15:4-------15
2--------FC Bayern Muenchen--------5----4----1-----0--------9-2------13
3--------Bayer Leverkusen-------------5----4----0-----1------11:6--------9
4--------Hannover 96--------------------5----3----0-----2------8:7---------9
5--------Mainz 05------------------------5----3----0-----2------8:8---------9
7------- Hertha BSC Berlin-------------5----2----1-----2------9:6---------7
8-------1899 Hoffenheim----------------5----2----2-----1----14:13--------7
9--------FC Schalke 04------------------5----1----1-----3------6:10--------7
10------VFB Stuttgart--------------------5----2----0-----3-----10:8---------6
11------Borussia M'gladbach------------5----2----0-----3-----11:10--------6
12------VFL Wolfsburg------------------5----2----0-----3-------7:7---------6
13------Eintracht Frankfurt--------------5----2----0-----3-------7:9---------6
14------Werder Bremen------------------5----2----0-----3-------3:4---------6
16------1. FC Nürnberg------------------5-----0----3-----1------5:8----------3
17------SC Freiburg----------------------5-----0----2-----3------7:11---------2
18------Eintracht Braunschweig--------5-----0----1-----4------2:11---------1

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