GERMANY: Bundesliga Week 26 round-up

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Wolfsburg 1 Fortuna Dusseldorf 1

Dusseldorf picked up what could be an important point come the end of the season in this visit to Wolfsburg.

The hosts dominated the early stages of the game without making the breakthrough but it was Dusseldorf who took the lead on 37 minutes when Norwegian Mathis Bolly scored against the run of play.

The hosts were level 6 minutes into the second half when Ivica Olic scored his sixth goal of the season after some neat play from Yohandry Orozco. Wolfsburg had the better of the remainder of the game but were unable to get the winning goal and had to settle for a point.

Nuremberg 3 Schalke 0

Schalke suffered a blow to their Champions League hopes with a heavy defeat away to Nuremberg.  The visitors dominated the opening 30 minutes of the game with Julian Draxler coming closest to opening the scoring when he hit the post but it was the hosts who took the lead on 31 minutes through Markus Feulner.

The second half went the same way as the first with Schalke pressing and controlling the game but continuing to miss chances with Benedikt Höwedes this time hitting the post. The hosts doubled the lead on 69 minutes when Alexander Esswein scored after being played in by Hiroshi Kiyotake. The win was rounded off with a third goal from Mike Frantz with three minutes remaining.

Borussia Dortmund 5 Freiburg 1

Dortmund hammered Freiburg to cement their place in 2nd place in the Bundesliga. Freiburg took the lead on 28 minutes with Jonathan Schmid grabbing the goal but 3 goals in the final four minute of the first half put the game to bed for Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski scored on 41 minutes to level things up and also got the third in injury time, in between a goal from Nuri Sahin, had put Dortmund ahead.

The second half saw Dortmund control the play without creating many chances but on 72 minutes they got the fourth goal and Sahin his second. The afternoon was rounded off nicely for the hosts when Leonardo Bittencourt scored the fifth after 78 minutes.

Hoffenheim 0 Mainz 0

Neither Mainz or Hoffenheim benefitted from this goalless draw with the home side remaining deep in relegation trouble in 17th position in the table. Nikolce Noveski cme closest to breaking the deadlock, in the first half when he hit the post for Mainz.

In the second half both sides missed good chances to claim the victory but neither side were able to grab the goal which would have resulted in victory.

Hamburg 0 Augsburg 1

Augsburg moved slightly closer to safety with an excellent win away at Hamburg on Saturday afternoon.

Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker got the only goal of the game after 8 minutes when he headed home a corner from Tobias Werner. Before and after the break Hamburg dominated for long periods and wasted some excellent chances with Artjoms Rudnevs guilty of misses in both halves.

Maximilian Beister was sent off for the home side on 80 minutes for a poor tackle on Daniel Baier although any sign of a comeback had already begun to fade at that point in the afternoon.

Werder Bremen 2 Greuther Furth 2

Furth remains deep in relegation danger after letting a lead slip away to Bremen. After a goalless first half things livened up in the second period.

Aaron Hunt put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 47 minutes but 15 minutes later Furth were ahead as Stephan Fürstner levelled things up on 56 minutes and then Thanos Petsos put them ahead. However Hunt’s second penalty of the afternoon, on 70 minutes, levelled things up and left neither side happy with a draw.

Bayer Leverkusen 1 Bayern Munich 2

Munich continued their march to the league title with a victory away to Leverkusen. The visitors controlled the first half at the BayArena but it took until the 37th minute for the dead locked to be broken by Mario Gomez.

The second half saw Leverkusen push hard for an equaliser and it duly came in the 75th minute when Simon Rolfes tapped home from a Sidney Sam inswinging set piece. The champions elect were not to be held however and with 3 minutes remaining a Bastian Schweinsteiger free kick was deflected into his own goal by Philipp Wollscheid.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Stuttgart 2

Stuttgart’s second win of 2013 eased the relegation fears for the club. Frankfurt took the lead in the 17th minute when Stefan Aigner finished in a neat fashion. The hosts controlled the play for the remainder of the half but were unable to extend the lead.

Stuttgart were level four minutes into the second half when Vedad Ibisevic equalised from the penalty spot. The visitors then grabbed the winner after 71 minutes when Georg Niedermeier headed home.

The defeat leaves Frankfurt with a fight on to qualify for Europe with several teams now breathing down their necks.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Hannover 0

Gladbach kept up the push for a European spot next season with a victory over Hannover. The hosts controlled and dominated the first half but only had a Luuk de Jong goal to show for their dominance at half time.

The second half saw Hannover come out and push for an equaliser and they controlled the game without creating any opportunities and their case was not helped when Sergio da Silva Pinto was sent off for a second booking with five minutes remaining.

Andrew Waite

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