GERMANY: BUNDESLIGA WEEK FIVE – ROUND-UP

Bayern Munich 3 Wolfsburg 0

Munich continued their superb early season form with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a Wolfsburg side that lacked a certain amount of fight once they went behind. Bastian Schweinsteiger gave the home side a deserved lead midway through the first half, although this was after he had hit both posts at different points earlier in the half. The second half saw Munich continue to dominate and eventually that domination turned into goals when Mario Mandzukic scored on 57minutes and 65 minutes to give the score line a more realistic feel to it.

Schalke 3 Mainz 0

Schalke put behind them the home loss to Bayern Munich at the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mainz. The home side had missed several good opportunities before Jefferson Farfan was given the opportunity to score from the penalty spot on 21 minutes after Benedikt Höwedes had been fouled by Junior Diaz. Schalke dominated the second half without creating any clear cut chances although in the last 10 minutes they were able to extend the lead. First Lewis Holtby scored on 81 minutes and then on 89 minutes Teemu Pukki rounded off a comfortable evening for the home side.

Greuther Furth 0 Fortuna Dusseldorf 2

Dusseldorf continued their remarkable start to the season as they remain unbeaten and not having conceded a goal following a 2-0 win away to Furth. Dusseldorf started brightly and controlled the play in the first half and it was no surprise to see them take the lead on 26 minutes when Oliver Fink scored. The lead was doubled on 33 minutes through a Ken Ilsö goal. A 2-0 lead looked good for Dusseldorf, especially with their superb defensive form so far this season and it was to be the case as Furth got more and more frustrated as they dominated possession without creating any clear cut chances to get back into the game.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3 Borussia Dortmund 3

Frankfurt remained second in the early season table after an entertaining three all draw with Borussia Dortmund. The visitors looked to be cruising at half time when they went in 2-0 up after goals on 24 minutes from Lukasz Piszczek and then 28 minutes from Marco Reus. However Frankfurt came out and got back on level terms with 2 goals in as many minutes early in the second half. First Stefan Aigner got the hosts back in the game and then Takashi Inui levelled things up. The sides weren’t level for long when Mario Gotze gave Dortmund the lead on 53 minutes. Frankfurt were not to be denied a deserved point and it was Bamba Anderson who tied things up a three apiece on 73 minutes and that was the way the score would remain.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2 Hamburg 2

Gladbach and Hamburg shared four goals in an exciting game on Wednesday night. Rafael van der Vaart got his first goal since returning to the Bundesliga on 23 minutes to give the hosts the lead. Then on 39 minutes Martin Stranzl levelled for the hosts but Hamburg were still to go in at the break with the lead as Artjoms Rudnevs scored right on half time to restore the lead. Hamburg had the chance to extend their lead on 54 minutes when Stranzl was sent off for a foul in the penalty area however van der Vaart struck his penalty against the post. They regretted that in injury time when Alvaro Dominguez equalised for Gladbach.

Stuttgart 0 Hoffenheim 3

Stuttgart’s poor start to the season continued with this 3-0 defeat at home to Hoffenheim. An early goal from Takashi Usami gave the visitors the lead and set the tone for the evening. The second half started in much the same way for Hoffenheim when Joselu doubled their lead on 47 minutes. The match was over as a contest on 58 minutes when Fabian Johnson got the third for the visitors.  Stuttgart pressed to get back in the game however Hoffenheim were able to take their foot of the gas and cost for the last half an hour.

Hannover 4 Nuremburg 1

Hannover’s steady start to the season continued with a comfortable 4-1 win over Nuremburg. They went in at the break 2-0 up after goals from Lars Stindl and Szabolcs Huszti and from that moment onwards the result was never in doubt. They extended their lead on 52 minutes when Didier Ya Konan scored and then Konan doubled his tally for the day and gave Hannover a four goal lead on 64 minutes. Timothy Chandler was able to get a consolation for the visitors after 74 minutes but it was to prove no more than that.

Freiburg 1 Werder Bremen 2

Bremen won their second game of the season with a 2-1 victory away to Freiburg. The hosts led at the break after Jonathan Schmid gave them the lead on 36 minutes. However the hosts levelled immediately after the break through Joseph Akpala and the turnaround was complete on 59 minutes when Aaron Hunt gave Bremen the lead. The visitors were able to hold on to that lead and go away with an excellent victory.

Augsburg 1 Bayer Leverkusen 3

Augsburg remains routed to the bottom of the table after a 3-1 defeat at home to Leverkusen. The game was over at half time as goals from Stefan Kießling, Philipp Wollscheid and Andre Schürrle gave the visitors an extremely comfortable 3-0 lead at half time. Tobias Werner pulled a goal back on 51 minutes however they were unable to make any more inroads into the Leverkusen lead and remain winless so far this season.

ANDREW WAITE

@TerryWaite

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