GERMANY: BUNDESLIGA WEEK FOUR – ROUND-UP

Nuremburg 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 2

Frankfurt kept up their 100% record with an excellent away win at Nuremburg on Friday night. Erwin Hoffer gave the visitors the lead after 25 minutes and they went in with a narrow one goal margin. The second half saw them extend the lead when Takashi Inui scored after an hour, however Sebastian Polter set up a nervy last 15 minutes when he pulled a goal back for the hosts. However Frankfurt were able to hold on and extend their winning start to 4 games.

Schalke 0 Bayern Munich 2

Munich were able to continue their good early season form with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Schalke. The sides went in at half time goalless however 10 minutes after the restart it was Bayern who took the lead through Toni Kroos and then Thomas Muller quickly added a second and from that moment onwards there only looked like being one winner. Although Schalke pressed they didn’t look likely to get back into the game and Bayern held on for a fourth successive victory in the campaign.

Wolfsburg 1 Greuther Furth 1

It’s now 2 home games this season without a win for Wolfsburg as they were held to a one all draw with Furth. The away side took the lead when Emanuel Pogatetz put through his own net on 27 minutes. Ivica Olic levelled things up for the home side 4 minutes before the break. The equaliser gave hope that Wolfsburg would go on and win the game in the second half however it was not to be and it was Furth who came closest to finding a winner when Sercan Sararer hit the post late on.

Mainz 2 Augsburg 0

Mainz picked up their first win of the campaign at the expense of Augsburg who remains bottom after 4 games. The result was decided in the first half an hour when Andreas Ivanschitz scored for Mainz after 10 minutes and then Adam Szalai doubled the lead after 25 minutes. The second half saw Augsburg pushing for a goal that would have seen them get back into the game however it was not to be and Mainz held on comfortably.

Hamburg 3 Borussia Dortmund 2

Hamburg picked up their first points of the season and in doing so ended Dortmund’s 31 game unbeaten Bundesliga sequence. An early goal from Heung Min Son saw the home side take the lead and they were able to hold this until 25 seconds into the second half when Ivan Perisic levelled things up for the Champions. The parity didn’t last for long as Hamburg scored twice in 4 minutes, after 55 and 59 minutes, first through Ivo Ilicevic and then Heung Min Son adding his second of the game. The Champions didn’t lie down and Perisic got his second of the game on the hour mark. However although they pushed hard in the final 30 minutes they were not able to secure an equaliser and extend the unbeaten run.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 0 Freiburg 0

Dusseldorf continued their remarkable start to the season by keeping a fourth successive clean sheet in the draw at home to Freiburg. Both teams went for a win however in a game of few chances for either side a draw was probably a fair result and saw Dusseldorf remain in the top half where they will be more than happy to remain for the rest of the season.

Bayer Leverkusen 1 Borussia Monchengladbach 1

The two sides made several changes from the sides that took part in Europa League fixtures in midweek and they also shared the spoils. Galdbach took the lead in the 3rd minute when Patrick Herrmann scored. However the lead was to be short lived and Leverkusen equalised through Michal Kadlec on 12 minutes. From that moment on Leverkusen dominated the Rhine rivals without being able to make the breakthrough which was largely thanks to a fine display from Galdbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Werder Bremen 2 Stuttgart 2

Stuttgart fought back from two goals down to claim a point away to Bremen. Kevin De Bruyne gave the home side the lead on 23 minutes which was then doubled on 34 minutes by Zlatko Junuzovic. With Stuttgart struggling for early season form and confidence it looked likely that Bremen would go on and claim the win in the second period. However on 50 minutes Martin Harnik gave Stuttgart a lifeline when he pulled a goal back for the visitors. Cacau equalised for the visitors from close range on 81 minutes. Although that was the end to the scoring it wasn’t the end to the excitement as first Harnik for the visitors and then Assani Lukimya for Bremen were sent off in the final few moments of the game.

Hoffenheim 3 Hannover 1

Hoffenheim came from behind to pick up their first points of the season with victory over Hannover. An own goal from Matthieu Delpierre gave Hannover a lead on 26 minutes but this was cancelled out by Fabian Johnson less than a minute later. The score remained one all until the last 10 minutes when Sejad Salihovic on 82 minutes and Daniel Williams in injury time gave the home side a much needed victory.

ANDREW WAITE

@TerryWaite

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