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VIDEO: Incredible long-range chip gives Freiburg lead on Dortmund

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If you’re going to fall a goal down to a bottom-half side, it might as well come on a Puskas Award contender.

Nils Petersen scored his second goal of the game in the 68th minute to put SC Freiburg 2-1 up on Borussia Dortmund, and he did so in stunning fashion, picking Nuri Sahin’s pocket on a back-pass and immediately turning to chip Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki from at least 45 yards out.

Burki was clearly put off by the goalpost as he tracked backwards, caught off guard by the sudden loss of possession and unable to reach the ball placed perfectly into the top corner from a stunning distance.

Absolutely stunning from the 29-year-old. The weight on the shot coupled with the split-second decision to shoot make this one for the highlight reel. The strike is Petersen’s second on the day and 10th on the league season, including his eighth in his last six matches.

Freiburg would go on to win, putting a damper on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to the Borussia Dortmund lineup after a pair of Bundesliga matches off amid rumors of his departure.

Bremen striker bags beautiful looping goal…in his own net

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Nils Petersen found himself all alone in the box. The corner had been taken well, looping away from the net and dropped to the isolated striker.

He lashed at the spinning ball, and as luck would have it the keeper was wrong-footed, allowing the ball to loop beautifully into the top right corner, a stunning strike that ended practically unstoppable.

Oh, I forgot to mention, he hit the ball into his own net. The goalie he beat was his own.

In shades of Kolo Toure against Fulham earlier this season, the poor German striker bagged an effort he could only dream of on the other end as Werder Bremen dropped 3-0 to FSV Mainz 05 3-0 on Saturday, with Petersen’s own-goal the opener after just five minutes.

Despite the joking earlier, it wasn’t on purpose. The corner did find Petersen all alone in the box, but instead of clearing the danger, he attempted to settle the ball, resulting in a miss-hit that sent the looping effort somehow into the top corner.

To make matters worse, Petersen was removed at halftime, the third time this season he’s been withdrawn on 45 minutes or earlier.¬† He’d taken no shots (on the opponent’s goal, that is), received the ball just seven times, was 2/8 dueling in the air, 0/2 tackling, and didn’t complete a single pass in the final third.

With just six goals in 25 appearances, it’s been a forgettable season for Bremen and Petersen as the club sits in 13th just six points from the drop.

Bundesliga Roundup: Bayern fall, twice in a row

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It took more than three years, but it’s finally happened: Bayern Munich have lost back-to-back Bundesliga games for the first time since March 2011. Of course, the German giants have already wrapped up the title and are focused on winning the Champions League once more, but the 3-0 victory was still quite a coop for Dortmund.

Little changed in the bottom half of the table, with Hamburg, Nurnberg and Braunschweig still occupying the last three slots, and Stuttgart sitting just above.

Friday Results

Schalke 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Schalke are looking more and more certain of an automatic Champions League place next season, holding an eight point lead in third place with six games left to go. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar failed to score again, missing a penalty in the 66th minute, but both Max Meyer and Jefferson Farfán stepped up, the latter grabbing a late goal after coming on to replace Julian Draxler in the 86th minute.

Saturday Results

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Stuttgart
Gladbach fought back to claim a draw, keeping the Foals within a point of fourth place and what’s certain to be a hard-earned¬†Champions League spot.¬†Daniel Didavi opened the scoring with a goal in the 12th minute, and it looked as though Stuttgart were set to hold on for a win. But Juan Arango got on the end of a cross from Max Kruse to equalize in the 89th minute. That leaves Stuttgart in the thick of the relegation battle, one point clear of the danger spots.

Freiburg 2-0 Braunschweig
Last week’s surprise 3-0 victory over rivals Hannover is now but a distant memory, with bottom-side Braunschweig losing once more and remaining three points clear of safety. The visitors even graciously gifted Freiburg the opener, with¬†Damir Vranńćińá putting the ball into the back of his own net, and Julian Schuster added a second shortly after the restart. With just one loss in their last six, Freiburg are now looking like they just might stay up.

Hannover 2-1 Hamburg
After beating Leverkusen last weekend, Hamburg are once again back in the danger zone. Hannover’s¬†Lars Stindl gave the hosts the lead before ten minutes were up, but¬†Hakan Calhanoglu found an equalizer just after the second half began. It looked as though Hamburg might manage a point, but a tap-in from¬†Didier Ya Konan secured the win for Hannover.

Mainz 3-0 Werder Bremen
It was all too easy for Mainz, who lost to Frankfurt last¬†weekend, to overcome Werder this week. Another own goal, from Nils Petersen, opened the scoring, with¬†Christoph Moritz and¬†Yunus Malli adding two more before the clock had reached forty minutes. The result keeps Mainz, currently seventh, in the hunt for a Europa League spot, but¬†they’ll be four points out if Leverkusen beat Hertha on Sunday.

Wolfsburg 4-1 Nurnberg
Their emphatic victory over Nurnberg lifted Wolfsburg into fourth, although they’ll remain wary of Gladbach and Leverkusen sneaking in – particularly with a potentially tiring Cup game against Dortmund midweek.¬†Markus Feulner opened the scoring for the visitors, but goals from¬†Ivica Olińá and¬†Ivan PeriŇ°ińá put Wolfsburg up 2-1 at the break.¬†Junior Malanda put in the hosts’ third and¬†PeriŇ°ińá ¬†grabbed a second to make it 4-1. Nurnberg remain second from bottom, having lost three in a row and with Leverkusen, then Mainz up next.

Bayern Munich 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
A surprise win at the Allianz Arena keeps Dortmund in second, three points above Schalke. Marco Reus proved instrumental in the victory, setting up¬†Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the first goal and scoring the second himself.¬†Jonas Hofmann got the third, before the hour mark. The match ended with Bayern’s¬†Rafinha being shown a straight red for fighting. Oh, and if you’re worried about Manuel Neuer being subbed off at halftime, fret not – it was just a precautionary move to keep the goalkeeper healthy.

Sunday Fixtures

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin
The hosts have a chance to get themselves back into the Champions League spots, but you have to wonder – do they really want to reach such dizzying heights? In the twelve games played since the winter break, Leverkusen – who were second in January – have won just three times. Hertha, too, have fallen in the second half. They’ve won just twice and slid into tenth, but their excellent start to the season means they’ll spend another year in the top division.

Hoffenheim vs. Augsburg
The week finishes with a mid-table clash, so you might be tempted to tune it out. But Hoffeheim absolutely love high-scoring thrillers, routinely either netting four or allowing four. They have 64 goals scored, as many as Dortmund, but 63 conceded, which is the most in the Bundesliga. How can you not want to watch?

The weekend in Germany: Dortmund drop points in Bundesliga action

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It’s been a tough week for Borussia Dortmund. First, last year’s runners-up lost 2-1 to Napoli in the first round of Champions League action — but that loss also included the meltdown and sending off of Jurgen Klopp, a straight red card for starting goalkeeper Roman¬†Weidenfeller, and an injury to Mats Hummels.

Those hoping Dortmund would bounce right back ended up disappointed. BVB were playing away to one of the worst teams in the league, and it should’ve been simple to collect all three points. Sure enough, the visitors opened the scoring with a beautiful direct free kick from¬†Marcel Schmelzer — alas, both the fullback and Marco Reus came off at halftime with injury. Nurnburg deepened the pain shortly thereafter, equalizing through a goal from¬†Per Nilsson. Dortmund remain top, but are no longer perfect, and are forced to share the spotlight with Bayern Munich, who easily beat Schalke in the late Saturday match.

Now, the rest of this week’s Bundesliga action:

Friday

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Braunschweig

Braunschweig made a game of it for about 15 minutes, after Mirko Boland knocked in the newcomers’ only goal of the night. Oscar Wendt and Raffael had scored prior to the break, with Max Kruse putting in a penalty and Raffael adding another in the second half. Altogether it was an easy victory for the Foals, who moved up to fifth place and a Europa League position

Saturday

Hannover 2-1 Augsburg

The first half brought plenty of shots, but all goals came in the second. Paul Verhaegh opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty conversion, but Artur Sobiech equalized less than ten minutes later. Hannover finally got their winner in the 89th minute, through a penalty of their own, scored by Szabolcs Huszti. The win moves Hannover up to 4th and Augsburg down to 7th.

Wolfsburg 2-1 Hoffenheim

Anthony Modeste put Hoffenheim on the board after just fifteen minutes, but a brace from Ivica Olic, bagged on either side of the halftime whistle, saw Wolfsburg trot out the winners. Their third win puts them into sixth place, while Hoffenheim fall to 10th.

Nurnburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

See above.

Mainz 05 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Note to self: don’t bet against Leverkusen. With the two sides sitting so close in the table, it seemed the home side might squeeze out a win, but instead Bayer went wild. Robbie Kruse had scored two before the halftime whistle blew, bracketing a goal from Lars Bender. The visitors’ fourth came from¬†Stefan Kiessling, with Mainz only able to add a consolation from¬†Yunus Malli. Now Leverkusen are within a point of the league leaders, and Mainz have slipped down to 8th.

Hamburg 0-2 Werder Bremen

No surprises here, what with Hamburg lingering just above the relegation zone and all. Hamburg controlled the majority of the possession, both sides got in plenty of shots, but it was a brace from Nils Petersen that proved decisive. Werder is now solidly midtable, while Augsburg’s point means Hamburg are officially in the drop zone.

Schalke 0-4 Bayern Munich

Thought around the 20th minute: Hmmm, Bayern aren’t looking so great. 21st minute: Bastian Schweinsteiger scores. 22nd minute:¬†Mario Mandzukic scores. The visitors put together a few more attacks in the first half, then go back to hiding in the second. After spending much of the second sitting back, Franck Ribery scored the third for Bayern, and Claudio Pizarro, on for Mandzukic, put in a fourth shortly before the final whistle.¬†So much for a Schalke revival.

Still to come

Freiburg vs Hertha Berlin

Hertha BSC certainly aren’t behaving like a just-promoted side, having collected seven points thus far and sitting solidly midtable. Freiburg, meanwhile, have yet to win and sit only above¬†Braunschweig in the table.

Stuttgart vs Eintracht Frankfurt

A battle at the bottom as these two sides, each with six points, hope to make a big jump and end up closer to the European positions than the relegation zone.