Sunday, 24 November 2013

Bundesliga Matchday 13 Roundup: Bayern remains on top

Mario Goetze's return to Dortmund was perfected when he scored the opening volley for his new club FC Bayern in the 56th minute, Robben doubled Bayern's lead in the 85th and Thomas Mueller cemented the 3-0 victory in the 87th.  While the score looks one sided, Dortmund was an equal opponent, with plenty of opportunities, but lacked in the finishing department.  Manuel Neuer was tested several times by Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, demonstrating why he is one of the top two goalies in the world.

Bayer Leverkusen edged a narrow lead over Hertha BSC Berlin with Stephan Kiessling's goal in the 28th minute.  The win moved Leverkusen into second spot, four points behind Bayern and three ahead of Dortmund.

In Friday evening's league opener Borussia Moenchengladbach topped VFB Stuttgart 2-0 in the Daimler Benz Arena.  Goals from Raffael and Ocar Wendt extended Gladbach's winning streak to four.  Raffael's goal came in the 37th minute and Oscar Wendt extended the lead to two in the 73rd.  The win moved Gladbach into fourth spot three points ahead of Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg fought to a 1-1 draw against Nuernberg.  The point gain left Nuernberg at the bottom of the league, while Wolfsburg maintained its fifth spot.  Arnold put Wolfburg in the lead in the 39th minute, but Ginczek got the equalizer in the 72nd.  Augsburg defeated Hoffenheim 2-0, with goals from Altintop in the 17th and 23rd minute.  Hoffenheim continues to struggle in 13th spot, while Augsburg moved into tenth.  Freiburg edged a 1-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig, but continues to struggle in the final relegation spot,  while Brauschweig remains in 17th spot.

Frankfurt came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first half, to fight for a 3-3 draw with Schalke.  The Knappen moved into sixth spot, while Frankfurt remains in the 15th spot.   In Sunday's match Hamburg walked away with a 3-1 victory over Hanover 96.  Huszti scored the opener for Hanover in the 28th minute, but Badelj got the equalizer in the 31st.  The second half belonged to Hamburg,with two goals from Beister in the 46th and Calhanougli in the 84th.  The win moved Hamburg into 11th spot, while Hanover slipped to 13th.

Shinji Okazaki scored twice to lead Mainz over Werder Bremen 3-2 and moved into 7th spot. Nicolai Müller opened the scoring in the 7th minute, and Okazaki grabbed his first ten minutes later. Okazaki made it 3-0 for Mainz in the 70th minute.  With Bremen appearing down and out, the side fought back, and Eljero Elia pulled one back in the 85th minute. Then, showing signs of life, Franco Di Santo grabbed a goal in stoppage time and narrowed Mainz's lead to one. It was too little too late for Bremen and Mainz walked away with the three points.

As the league moves closer to the Christmas break, nothing has been decided.  Bayern has not been able to perfect a run away lead as during last year's season and the remaining field after the top three can still play a role. 

Friday 22 November

VfB Stuttgart vs Bor. Mönchengladbach   0-2

Saturday 23 November
1. FC Nürnberg vs VfL Wolfsburg       1-1
FC Augsburg vs 1899 Hoffenheim       2-0
Eintr. Braunschweig vs SC Freiburg    0-1   
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke 04       3-3
Hertha BSC vs Bayer Leverkusen       0-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern München 0-3

Sunday 24 November

Hamburger SV vs Hannover 96       
Werder Bremen vs FSV Mainz 05   


1--------FC Bayern Muenchen-------13---11----2-----0------30-7-------35
2--------Bayer Leverkusen------------13---10----1-----2-----28:14------31
3--------Borussia Dortmund----------13----9----1-----3------33:13------28
4--------Borussia M'gladbach---------13----8----1-----4-----30:16------25
5--------VFL Wolfsburg---------------13----7----1-----5-----19:15-------22
6--------FC Schalke 04----------------13----5----3-----5-----25:27-------21
7------- Hertha BSC Berlin-----------13----5----3-----5-----20:17-------18
8-------VFB Stuttgart------------------13----4----4-----5-----24:23-------16
9-------Mainz 05-----------------------12----5----1-----6-----17:23-------16
10----- FCAugsburg-------------------13----5----1-----7----15:23--------16
11------Werder Bremen----------------12----4----3-----5----12:19--------15
12------Hannover 96-------------------12----4----2-----5-----13:18-------14
13------1899 Hoffenheim--------------13----3----4-----6-----28:30-------13
15------Eintracht Frankfurt------------13----2----5-----6-----17:24--------11
16------SC Freiburg--------------------13----2----5-----6-----14:24---------11
17------Eintracht Braunschweig------13----2----2-----9------8:24----------8
18------1. FC Nürnberg----------------13----0----8-----5-----16:26----------8

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