Saturday, 29 March 2014

Bundesliga Matchday 28: Hoffenheim ends Bayern 19 game winning streak.

Bayern out to set more Bundesliga records was stopped from adding the 20th consecutive win this season.  Bayern, which rested Neuer, Mueller, Robben and others, in anticipation of its match next weekend against Manchester United at Old Trafford, went down 1-0 after 23 minutes when Modeste defeated Starke.  Bayern answered with three goals, Pizzaro (31, 40th) and Shaqiri in the 34th minute, before Hoffenheim closed the gap with Salihovic's goal in the 44th.  Hoffeheim scored again in the 75th with Firmino's shot, to take away one point from the Allianz Arena.  Bayern extended its undefeated streak to 52, and can still finish the season undefeated, while scoring a record amount of goals.

Shalke 04 defeated Berlin 2-0 with goals by Obasi (16th) and Huntelaar in the 46th.  Schalke moved within one point of second placed Dortmund and remains six points ahead of Leverkusen.  Berlin is currently in sixth spot.   Fourth placed Leverkusen and Bundesliga tail light Eintracht Braunschweig battled to a 1-1 draw, with Reichel putting the Berliners on the scoreboard in the 47th,  but Stefan Kiessling got the equalizer in the 53rd on a penalty shot.

VFL Wolfsburg upped Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 with Aigner getting the first counter  for the Eagles in the 11th minute.  Wolfsburg upped the ante in the second half with goals by Olic in the 69th and Naldo in the 89th for a 2-1 home win.  Wolfsburg remains a contender for a Champions League spot, trailing Leverkusen by just one point.  Frankfurt remains in 11ths spot with 32 points.

Borussia Dortmund walked away with three points at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Stuttgart. Stuttgart took an early 2-0 lead with goals by Gentner (9th) and Harnik in the 19th minute.  Marco Reus narrow the gap in the 30th minute, which left Stuttgart with  a 2-1 halftime lead.  In the second frame, Reus scored on a penalty in the 68th, before getting the winner in the 83rd.  Dortmund retains second spot by one point, while Stuttgart remains in 17th spot and in danger of relegation. FSV Mainz overwhelmed FC Augsburg 3-0, with  Bungerts goal in the 23rd minute and an own goal by Augsburg's Hitz in the 38th.  Geis had the final strike in the 83rd.  Mainz is currently in sixth spot and has a real shot at the Euro League and a chance for Champions League competition.  Augsburg is in eighth place.

Saturday's  late game saw Freiburg and Nuernber, both in a relegation fight in a tit for tat blow of attacking thrilling football.  Pogatetz put Nuernberg in the lead in the sixth minute, and Krmas got the draw for Freiburg in the 23rd.  Drmic's penalty shot in the 45th gave Nuernberg the 2-1 lead at the half.  Mehmedi's penalty equalized the match in the 53rd minute, while Klaus got the winner for Freiburg in the 65th minute.  While the win made a gap for Freiburg from the relegation zone, the club is only separated by five points.  Nuernberg is two points ahead of the play off releagation spot.

Gladbach moved into sixth spot after defeating Hamburg 3-1.  Hamburg took the lead with Zoua's goal in the 28th minute, and Daem got the equalizer in the 36th for a 1-1 after the first frame.  Raffael moved Gladbach ahead in the 75th minute and  Dominguez made it 3-1 in the 78th.  Hamburg continues its struggle against relegation in 24th spot, equal with troubled Stuttgart.

Hannover 96 and Werder Bremen went head to head, equal in points, prior to this important match.  While the game lacked  in skill, it wasn't short on enthusiasm. Both teams were aware what the stakes were.  A win would create some breathing space from the relegation zone.  Werder Bremen had the majority of possession during the first half, but it was Hannover's Huszti who scored in the 43rd minute for the lead.  Franco DiSanto got the equalizer for Bremen in the 57th minute.  The teams went tit for tat, with equal possession and goal opportunities for most of the second half.  In the end it was Proedl's last minute goal that earned the three points of Bremen, giving the side an eight point gap from the relegation zone.  Hannover must continue to sweat with just a five point gap. 

Friday 28 March
Schalke 04 vs Hertha BSC   2-0

Saturday 29 March
Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintr. Braunschweig       1-1
VfL Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt       2-1
VfB Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund       2-3
Bayern München vs 1899 Hoffenheim    3-3   
FSV Mainz 05 vs FC Augsburg       3-0
SC Freiburg vs 1. FC Nürnberg  3-2

Sunday 30 March
Bor. Mönchengladbach vs Hamburger SV       3-1
Hannover 96 vs Werder Bremen   1-2

Posn  Team             GP   W   D   L    GF/GA   Points

1      FC Bayern        28    25  3    0        82:16       78
2      Dortmund         28    17   4    7       62:31       55
3      Schalke             28    16   6    6       53:37       54
4      Leverkusen       28    15   3  10       47:34       48
5      Wolfsburg         28    14   5    9       48:42      47
6      M'gladbach       28    13   6    9       49:34       45 
7      Mainz               28    13   5   10       41:43       44 
8      Augsburg          28    11   6   11       40:43      39
9      Hoffenheim       28     9   9    10      63:62      36
10    Hertha BSC      28    10   6    12      36:39      36
11    Frankfurt           28     8   8    12      35:48       32
14    Bremen              28     8   8  12       33:54       32
12    Hannover           28     8   5  15       36:51       29
13    Freiburg            28      7   8  13       33:50       29
15    Nürnberg           28      5 11  12       34:52       26
17    Stuttgart            28      6   6  16       42:57       24
16    Hamburg           28      6   6  16       43:59       24
18    B'schweig         28      5    7  16      25:50       22

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