GERMANY: Bundesliga Matchday 11 review

Germany

Borussia Dortmund 6 VFB Stuttgart 1

Robert Lewandowski hit a treble as Dortmund hit Stuttgart for six on Friday night, making it nine wins and 31 goals in their 11 matches so far.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Klopp’s side, who fell behind after just 13 minutes, when Haggui headed in from a corner to make it nine straight games with a goal from a set-piece. The lead lasted a little over five minutes though, when summer acquisition Sokratis Papastathapoulos directed Sahin’s corner into the net.

The visitors then barely had time to lick their wounds before they were behind. The impressive Marco Reus smashed in from the edge of the box to make it 2-1 with only a quarter of the game gone.

BVB were well on top but couldn’t force through a third until the 55th minute. Reus again involved as he set up Lewandowski for his first of the evening. Then, directly from kick-off, the Reds surrendered possesion, and Mhkitaryan played a long-ball forward, leaving the Polish international to grab his second in as many minutes.

Just quarter of an hour passed before the hat-trick came, Ulreich saved Blaszczykowski’s effort onto the woodwork, but the ball fell to Lewandowski who slotted home with ease. There was to be a final hurrah for the striker as well, as his ball found Aubameyang, who lobbed the keeper, compounding the misery for Stuttgart.

Nurnburg 0 Freiburg 3

Christian Streich and his Freiburg team scored their first win in 11 games as they won 3-0 away at Nurnberg, despite going down to 10-men in the second half.

After a comedy of errors for Baumann last week, he more than made up for it this time around, saving no less than 14 efforts on target, leaving the hosts wondering how on earth they had lost the game.

Baumann saved from Hasebe onto the post early on, before turning over a powerful Pogatetz header before the half hour mark. Pogatetz even had the ball in the net shortly after, but the officials decided the former Middlesborough defender had fouled his man before scoring.

It seemed a matter of time before the hosts took the lead, but were then left in shock when Klaus ghosted into the area, flicking home a cross from Sebastian Freis before the hour mark.

The visiting fans must’ve thought it was going to be another week of heartache for their side minutes later, as Sorg was given his marching orders for a second yellow. Nurnberg were showing why they had managed just the eleven goals this season though, as they still struggled to break down the stern Freiburg defence, and as Verbeek’s side ploughed forward, more spaces were open on the break.

That was capitalised on in the last 10 minutes, as Darida – on for just four minutes – hit the net with an early goal of the month contender, a 30 yard screamer that left Schafer clawing at air.

The desolate home fans were to suffer more though, as they then saw an awful backpass picked up by Mehmedi, who was left with a simple finish, and secured a first maximum of the season for his side

Hoffenheim 1 Bayern Munich 2

European Champions Bayern Munich made hard work of Hoffenheim on Saturday, only a late winner from Thomas Müller saw them collect the points.

After falling behind in their previous two games, it was perhaps no surprise they did here, although the scorer surprised everyone in the stadium, as 18 year old Niklas Süle capitalised on a rare mistake from Manuel Neuer to fire home the opener.

It was perhaps against the run of play though, Lahm and Müller had already tested Casteels, while Mandzukic should’ve done better when in front of goal. The lead lasted a matter of minutes though, Ribery whipped his free-kick into Mandukic, who directed the ball home for his eighth of the season.

Many predicted a rout for Bayern pre-match, but the hosts were defending sternly, though Dante has two chances to take the lead into the half, but couldn’t convert.

Volland was most likely for the hosts, who were averaging over 2 goals a game at home, and he should’ve made it two, when he linked on to Sebastian Rudy’s pass, but his volley ended up in the crowd.

Gisdol’s team looked likely to take a point from Guardiola’s team, but when Andreas Beck fluffed a clearance in front of goal, Ribery teed up Müller who tucked the ball home with just 15 left.

It was clear the home sides heads had dropped after the goal, and failed to muster any kind of comeback, and should’ve fell further behind, but Müller headed wide from a Rafinha cross before the whistle blew.

Hamburg 0 Moenchengladbach 2

Max Kruse was the man of the hour for Moenchengladbach as he hit a brace to send his side into the top four, as his side collected their first away win of the campaign.

In truth, he could well have had more, as he failed to convert a cross early on for the Foals. Hamburg didn’t make them pay for this miss though, as they presented him with an easier chance minutes later. Sobiech under-hit his pass to the ‘keeper and Kruse made no mistake this time, rounding Adler to fire home, leaving HSV 1-0 down.

The hosts responded well though, van der Vaart had his hands on his head when he smashed a ball across the box, somehow evading everyone, and ensured the away side went into the break with their slender lead.

van der Vaart was at the centre of everything his side created, and he may have thought it wasnt to be his day, when he crashed a set-piece off the crossbar early on in the second period.

Just after the hour mark, Kruse sealed the win. Again, Sobiech was at fault, as he lost the ball to Raffael near his own goal, who in turn crossed for Kruse to smash home.

van Marwijk will take heart in his teams perseverance though, Lasogga hit the post with a powerful header, while Arango then had a goal disallowed late on.

Braunschweig 1 Leverkusen 0

With eight wins in nine matches, few expected Leverkusen to be humbled by Braunschweig on Saturday, but a spirited performance from the promoted side saw them steal the points at the Eintracht-Stadion.

Sami Hyypia may well be blamed for the result, Keissling, and Sam were left on the bench ahead of the important Shakhtar tie on Wednesday, but in fairness, they still had enough to win the close encounter, with Derdiyok and Rolfes going close for the visitors.

Leverkusen’s troublesome pair came on just after the hour mark, but Arnold’s side stood strong and limited any effect they had on proceedings. After a troublesome start to the season, Braunschweig deserved a bit of fortune, and got it when Theuerkauf scuffed a shot straight towards the backpost, when Kumbela reacted quickest to poke home.

The Lions retreated into their own box for the final 10, and some dogged defending secureed the three points, not before Bender picked up a second booking in injury time, something that is bound to infuriate boss Hyypia ahead of a crucial few games.

Hertha Berlin 0 Schalke 2

Schalke scored their third victory on the road on Saturday, as they moved above Hertha into 6th place in the Bundesliga table.

The scoreline didnt reflect the outlook of the game though, Hertha impressive in front of a capacity crowd, and Hildebrand was the first ‘keeper in action, tipping over an impressive strike from Ben-Hatira early on.

Szalai put the visitors in front though, rising highest to head home Aogo’s corner after 26 minutes. The game opened up after the goal, Hertha made several attempts to beat Hildebrand, but Max Meyer nearly doubled the away sides lead, when his effort cannoned back off the woodwork.

Ronny and Ben Hatira both looked sprightly, but Hildebrand was in top form, and despite 11 attempts on target, the Blue-Whites couldn’t find the equaliser, giving the visiting ‘keeper his 100th clean sheet.

There was to be a late goal though, Julian Draxler hit his first of the season, with a 20 yard effort that left Kraft well beaten.

Frankfurt 1 Wolfsburg 2

A late Arnold goal gave Wolfsburg a third consecutive league win, and left them just one point outside the Champions League spots after round 11.

The Wolves got off to a flying start, Patrick Ochs’ cross didnt quite reach Ivica Olic in the centre, but it was steered into his own net by Anderson, with just two minutes on the clock.

Perisic should’ve doubled the lead too, going through on goal, but dragging the ball wide of the post, much to the relief of the home fans.

There was more relief to come shortly after too, when Meier hit a free-kick to Benaglio’s side of the goal, but the direction and power ensured that he was well beaten.

Meier was the main cog in a buoyant Frankfurt forward line, and although he managed to hit a further three shots on target, Benaglio was keen on keeping his team level.

When both sides looked to be contemplating the draw, Max Arnold had different ideas. Ochs was again the provider, whipping in a ball which only needed a touch from Arnold, who earnt the Wolves the three points, and himself a third goal in as many games.

Augsburg 2 Mainz 1

An Andrew Hahn double sunk Mainz 05 on Sunday, giving Weinizerl’s team their first win since mid-September, leaving them one of five teams on 13 points after this round of fixtures.

They had to survive a first-half barrage of attempts though, Okazaki looked to build on his brace last week, but couldn’t score despite the hosts giving him two attempts to get a shot away.

The visitors were made to pay for their missed opportunities though, Daniel Baier’s hopeful ball forward was collected well by Hahn, who controlled his shot past Wetklo to open to scoring midway through the first half.

It was the same story in the second half too, Hahn again beating a poor defensive line, and although Wetklo saved his first attempt, he made no mistake in doubling the lead impressively from a tight angle.

The 0-Fives brought Choupo-Moting on, and it was just 120 seconds before he got his chance to shine, as the referee awarded a spot-kick for a tug on Polter. He duly stepped up, and rattled home to give the away side hope with half an hour remaining.

It was to be a bout of false hope though, Augsburg looked the more likely to get the fourth goal, and Wetklo had to be at his best to save from Milik. However, he wasn’t at his best two minutes from time, rushing out of his area to reach a ball forward, he missed the ball and clattered into Milik, giving the referee no choice but to send him off.

Striker Polter then went in goal, and saved well from the set-piece, but there was no final hurrah for Mainz, who are now ahead of Augsburg only on goals scored.

Werder Bremen 3 Hannover 2

Mirko Slomka’s side suffered their fourth defeat in five games on Sunday afternoon as they cruelly fell to an 86th minute goal from Santiago Garcia.

The visitors were looking to gain their first points on the road this season, and looked more likely to do that after 20 minutes when Huszti was taken down in the box, before stepping up and converting the penalty himself.

That lead was to last just five minutes though, as Bremen got a penalty of their own, Sane with the foul on Elia, and Aaron Hunt cooly sent Zieler the wrong way to make it one-each.

Bremen’s second goal summed up Slomka’s luck on the road though, Junuzovic’s attempted shot bounced into the ground, across the goal, and somehow Makiadi was left alone just a yard out to nod home.

That wasn’t the last action of a thrilling half though, Bremen would’ve felt safe when Sakai picked the ball up 35 yards out, until he released a shot which beat the keeper, and somehow dipped under the bar to make the scores two each before the break.

Both sides played a more cautious second half, several half-chances came and went, though Deniz Kadah missed the best chance for the visiotrs, heading over under little pressure with 20 to go.

It got to the stage where anything other than a draw would be harsh for any side, and the Reds were to be the victims, Zieler doing fantastically to save Garcia’s first effort, but was helpless as he prodded home the rebound, and give his side the three points.

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