Friday, 20 September 2013

Bundesliga Matchday 6 Roundup: Dortmund ends winning streak

Dortmund ended its winning streak, settling for a draw in Nuernberg.  Bayern took advantage of the situation defeating Schalke 04 with four unanswered goals.  Leverkusen takes up the third spot, trailing the leaders by three points. 

For Schalke the defeat moves the club further away from being a viable contender, trailing fourth placed Hannover by five points.  After six matchdays a pattern is developing, although it is still too early to tell who will emerge from the middle pack  to combat over a spot for European play.  It seems clear that Bayern, Dortmund and Leverkusen will have a say in who will participate in Champions League play next season.

After European play this week, play continues with the DFB  Cup next week.  Dortmund travel to Munich to face 2. Bundesliga club 1860 Muenchen, while Bayern will host Hannover 96. 

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Eintracht Braunschweig  4-1

Friaday afternoon's matchday opener in Mönchengladbach saw strong combinations and picture book goals.  Despite two early misses by Raffael, Gladbach lead after 45 minutes 2-0. New acquisition Oscar Wendt put Gladbach on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute and Raffael after missing at least two scoring opportunities early in the match upped Gladbach's goal to 2-0 in the 31st minute. 
 Mirko Birland narrowed the score to 2-1 in the 58th minute.  Max Kruse converted a controversial penalty kick in the 72nd minute, and Raffael closed the scoring spree in the 75th mintue for a 4-1 Gladbach victory.  This was Gladbach's third home victory, while Braunschweig is still chasing its first Bundesliga win and trails the league with only one point to its credit.

Hannover 96 vs FC Augsburg  2-1

After a scoreless first half, Augsburg took the lead in the 51st minute with a goal by Verhaeg, Hannover equalized in the 60th minute, when Sobiech found the back of the net.  Augsburg held on and looked to be salvaging a point from this match, but Huszti got the go ahead goal for Hannover in the 89th minute.  Hannover moves into fourth place with the win, while Augsburg slips into  ninth.

VFL Wolfsburg vs 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1

Modeste got the early lead for Hoffenheim in the 15th minute, but Wolfsburg Olic equalized just prior to the half in the 44th minute.  Olic hit the jackpot again shortly after the start of the second half in the 48th minute, which was enough to secure Wolfsburg's win.  Hoffenheim played at par until Olic's equalizer, but the side seemed to have the steam out of it after Olic's second goal.  Wolfsburg fully dominated the second half.  Wolfsburg has moved sixth spot and Hoffenheim into tenth.

1. FC Nuernberg vs Borussia Dortmund  1-1

 After five wins in five starts, Dortmund gave up a point in Nuernberg. The Franken put on a great performance in front of their home crowd.  Schmelzer put Dortmund ahead in the 37th minute, but shortly after the half in the 51st minute, Nilssen got the equalizer for Nuernberg.  The teams were evenly matched until the last 15 minutes, when winning seemed to take on more urgency for Dortmund.  Nuernberg held on to the end, with a lot of help of their keeper Schaefer.  Dortmund remains in first place, tied for points with Munich, but ahead in goals. Nuernberg is in 15th spot, which is not reflective of the teams overall ability.

 Mainz 05 vs Bayer Leverkusen 1-4

 Bayer Leverkusen dominated this match throughout the 90 minutes and could have had a higher result.  Mainz disappointed throughout.  Kruse scored twice in the first half (19th and 45th minute) for a 3-0 halftime lead.  Stefan Kiessling put Leverkusen ahead to 4-0 in the 59th minute.  Mainz's Malli got the consolation goal for in the 82nd minute.  Leverkusen, with 12 points, holds on to third spot, while Mainz after the three wins at the beginning of the season has now dropped three and moves into 7th spot.  

 Hamburger SV vs Werder Bremen 0-2
 In the Northern derby, Bremen is the most effectie team.  Bremen was particularly dangerous in front of the Hamburg goal during the first half, permitting Petersen to get the 1-0 halftime lead in the 32nd minute.  Petersen then scored again in the 90th minute to assure the highly deserved victory.  Bremen moves ahead of Hamburg into 9th place.

FC Schalke 04 vs Bayern Muenchen 0-4 

Schalke had the upper hand for the first 15 minutes, but Bayern took the steam out of the Knappen when Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern ahead in the 21st minute.  This was followed by Mandzukic's goal one minute later.  Bayern dominated the remainder of the first half and took a 2-0 lead to the break.  Domination continued in the second half and paid off in the 75th minute with Ribery's goal.  Pizarro upped it to four in the 84th minute.  The win puts Bayern on even keel with Dortmund with 5 wins and a draw each, but Dortmund leads the table, but goal difference is 11 for each, with Dortmund having scored 16 compared to Bayern's 13.

SC Freiburg vs Hertha BSC Berlin 1-1

The crisis for SC Freiburg continues after six matches in the new season.  Freiburg and Braunschweig are the only two clubs that have yet to register a victory.  With three wins and three losses the boys from South Baden have only collected 3 points, leaving them at the bottom of the league just ahead of the newly promoted Eintracht. 

Earlier in the week Freiburg had a disappointing 2-2 result against Slovan Liberec, after an early two goal lead.  This was Freiburg's first appearance in the Europa League in 12 years.  In their match against newly promoted Berlin Admir Mehmedi gave Freiburg the lead in the sixth minute, but the victory once again escaped Freiburg when Per Skjelbred equalized for Berlin in the 87th minute.  The draw places Berlin in the middle of the pack in the league, while Freiburg struggles to pick up its first three points.  
VFB Stuttgart vs Eintracht Frankfurt  1-1

The 120th anniversary of the Schwaben from Stuttgart and the festive mood of the spectators in the Daimler Benz arena did not provide the impetus for Stuttgart to gain a victory over the Hessen.  Both clubs had a difficult start to the season.  While Frankfurt qualified for Europa League play, Stuttgart was unable to qualify for the Group stage.  Frankfurt in an attempt to rid itself of a three game losing streak against Stuttgart, took the lead with Markus Russ's goal in the 14th minute.  In a direct answer to Frankfurt's goal, 17 year old Tobias Werner scored his first Bundesliga goal for the 1-1 tie.  Although Frankfurt had dominated the match to that point, Stuttgart, following the tie was able to keep Frankfurt in its own half for a large part of the remainder of the half.  The draw was justified at the halfway mark.  The second half was relatively even matched with opportunities for both sides.  Stuttgart's Ibisevic, after a controversial award of a penalty kick, missed the best chance to take away three points for the Schwaben, when he fired the ball, unbelievably over the target.  Both teams remain in the bottom half of the league with seven points.

14 of the 18 sides are on the pitch again on Tuesday and Wednesday to compete in the second round of the DFB Pokal.  Both Dortmund and Bayern will be appearing in Munich on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. 2nd Bundesliga 1860 Muenchen hosts Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday and FC Bayern hosts Hannover 96 on Wednesday, a real thrill for Munich's soccer fans. 

Friday September 20

M'gladbach vs Eintracht Braunschweig  4-1

Saturday September 21
Hannover 96 vs FC Augsburg     2-1
VfL Wolfsburg vs 1899 Hoffenheim   2-1
Nürnberg vs Borussia Dortmund   1-1
FSV Mainz 05 vs Bayer Leverkusen     1-4
Hamburger SV vs Werder Bremen     0-2
Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen 0-4

Sunday September 22

SC Freiburg vs Hertha BSC Berlin   1-1 
VfB Stuttgart vs Eintracht Frankfurt   1-1  

Place-----Team-----------------------GP---W---D----L---GF/GA ---Pts
1--------Borussia Dortmund-----------6----5----1-----0------16:5-------16
2--------FC Bayern Muenchen--------6----5----1-----0------13-2-------13
3--------Bayer Leverkusen-------------6----5----0-----1------15:7-------12
4--------Hannover 96--------------------6----4----0-----2-----10:8-------12
5--------Borussia M'gladbach----------6----3----0-----3-----15:11------- 9

6-------VFL Wolfsburg-----------------6----3----0-----3-------9:8---------9
7-------Werder Bremen-----------------6----3----0-----3-------5:4---------9
8--------Mainz 05------------------------6----3----0-----3------9:12--- ----9
10------ Hertha BSC Berlin-------------6----2----2-----2----10:7---------7
11------VFB Stuttgart--------------------6----2----1-----3-----11:9---------7
12------1899 Hoffenheim--------------- 6----2----2-----2----15:15--------7
13------Eintracht Frankfurt--------------6----2----1-----3------8:10--------7
14------FC Schalke 04-------------------6----1----1-----4------6:14---------7
15------1. FC Nürnberg------------------6-----0----4-----1-----6:9----------4
17------SC Freiburg----------------------6-----0----3-----3------8:12---------3
18------Eintracht Braunschweig--------6-----0----1-----5------3:15---------1

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