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Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Munich finally fall

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After 65 Bundesliga games in which they’ve managed to score a goal, Bayern Munich were unable to find the back of the net on Saturday, the fist time they’ve missed out since April 2012. But when the title is already in hand and they need to advance in the Champions League, it matters little, right?

The biggest change in the Bundesliga table is Gladbach rising up to snatch fourth place away from Bayer Leverkusen, thanks to yet another Leverkusen struggle combined with a comfortable win for the Foals. Down at the bottom, Stuttgart’s win takes them up over Hamburg, but their safety is by no means assured just yet.

Friday Results

Hamburg 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen really don’t want to play in the Champions League next season, do they? After spending the first half of the season in second place, they’ve slipped down to fifth, thanks to one win from nine games. This time they lost to lowly Hamburg, still in the relegation zone. Hakan Calhanoglu started off the scoring four minutes in, and although Julian Brandt managed to equalize in the second half, Heiko Westermann came through with the winner for the hosts in the 82nd minute.

Saturday Results

Augsburg 1-0 Bayern Munich
Yes, it’s Bayern’s first loss of the season, and it comes at the hands of Augsburg, currently eighth in the Bundesliga table. But, with Pep Guardiola thinking ahead to the must-win against Manchester United, many of Bayern’s regular starters didn’t get much time. Still, Mario Götze, David Alaba and Thomas Müller came on in the second half, and were unable to cancel out Sascha Mölders’ opener.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 Mainz
Mainz’s hopes of a European position may have died with this loss, their third in four games. Joselu opened the scoring with a header in the second half, while Alex Meier got on the end of a ball from Stefan Aigner to kill off Mainz’s hopes and give Eintracht the win.

Nurnberg 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Gladbach have slipped into Germany’s fourth and final Champions League spot, thanks to a better goal difference than the struggling Leverkusen. It was a simple enough contest for the Foals, with Juan Arango scoring before 20 minutes were up, and Max Kruse converting a penalty in the second half. Nurnberg, however, lost their chance to climb out of the relegation zone.

Stuttgart 2-0 Freiburg
Stuttgart lifted themselves into safety with their victory at home, but it’s only by virtue of a better goal difference – both sides still won’t be feeling too comfortable. Still, after three straight losses, Stuttgart will be thrilled to have found a late win. Freiburg held out until the 69th minute, when Alexandru Maxim scored, and Martin Harnik’s tap-in in the 89th doubled Stuttgart’s lead.

Werder Bremen 1-1 Schalke
Leon Goretzka’s equalizer may have canceled out Franco Di Santo’s opener, but after Sebastian Prodl provided a goalline clearance to stop Schalke from going ahead, the Royal Blues did little to threaten. The draw, combined with Dortmund’s win later in the day, means Schalke remain in third.

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Wolfsburg
It looked like Dortmund were going to miss out on an opportunity to take sole control of second place when Ivica Olić opened the scoring for the visitors. But shortly after the restart, Robert Lewandowski got on the end of a ball from Marco Reus to put in the equalizer. Reus himself became the hero in the 77th minute, slotting past Max Grün to score the winner.

Sunday Fixtures

Braunschweig vs. Hannover
The leadup to the Lower Saxony Derby has already resulted in a dead sheep being hung near Hannover’s training ground. With both sides struggling and neither safe just yet, this could very well result in a goalless draw, as the reverse fixture ended. But with the hosts currently sitting bottom, could their desperation make this a watchable match?

Hertha Berlin vs. Hoffenheim
The week wraps up with the match dubbed “least likely to cause any impact whatsoever.” Hoffenheim and Hertha are even on 36 points, which means they’re safe, but they’re also eleven points outside the European positions. Still, Hoffenheim’s 63 goals – second only to Bayern Munich – and their propensity to score on the road could make this one exciting regardless of either side’s need for points.

Bundesliga Report: Dortmund falls to Gladbach; Bayern held to a draw by Leverkusen

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The Bundesliga gave us plenty of surprises this weekend, the biggest of which was Dortmund losing to rivals Gladbach in the Revierderby. The loss is Dortmund’s first in the league this season, and it drops them from table toppers down into second place. There they sit even on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who drew against Bayern Munich in Saturday’s late match. The point earned by Bayern puts them on top, and Pep Guardiola’s squad remain the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga.

Here’s a closer look at the Bundesliga results through Saturday evening.

Friday

Hannover 1-1 Hertha Berlin

With these two sides sitting a point apart, in fifth and sixth place respectively, a draw comes as little surprise. Hannover held on to the lead through much of the match, but in the 81st minute, Christian Schultz’s goal was neutralized by Ronny’s equalizer. The Brazilian had been on the field for barely a minute when he scored from a free kick, sending his shot into the top corner of the net

Saturday

Wolfsburg 0-2 Braunschweig

Braunschweig’s victory may have been overshadowed by the big boys dropping points this weekend, but their first win of the season is certainly worthy of celebration. Wolfsburg may not be having the best of times, but they still weren’t expected to lose to bottom dwelling Braunschweig, who’d scored just three while letting in 18. Yet Karim Bellarabi and Domi Kumbela both found the back of the net, although Braunschweig remain in the relegation zone.

Mainz 2-2 Hoffeinheim

Hoffeinheim must’ve thought they were going to trot off home comfortable winners, a win that would’ve elevated them up into the European places. Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino had given the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute, but Thomas Tuchel made some intelligent changes to get Mainz back in the match. In the 82nd minute, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put one in, but it was Mainz’s corner in added time that broke Hoffeinheim’s back, with Yunus Malli grabbing the equalizer.

Schalke 4-1 Augsburg

There’s nothing like thrashing a team above you in the standings to make up for a poor start to the season. It could’ve been a much different match for the visitors, with Sascha Mölders scoring in the 10th minute. But Ragnar Klavan was sent off five minutes later, and Kevin-Prince Boateng converted the resulting penalty to give Schalke the equalizer. Adám Szalai then scored two and Max Meyer put in the fourth. Schalke’s victory lifts them up to ninth, even with Werder Bremen and Stuttgart.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Well, who saw this coming? Whoever did is probably buying rounds tonight after collecting a decent chunk of change off their betting slip. Gladbach are a decent side, sure, but Dortmund were coming off a 3-0 victory over Marseille and had yet to lose in the Bundesliga. Perhaps conscious of this point, Gladbach seemed determined to play for a point, while Dortmund sent shot after shot at Marc-André ter Stegen’s goal. But the match was turned on its head when Mats Hummels was sent off for a foul on Havard Nordtveit. Max Kruse converted the penalty, and Raffael put in a second five minutes later.

Stuttgart 1-1 Werder Bremen

Two sides even on points ending the night in a draw. This is perhaps the least surprising thing that happened in Germany this week.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern Munich

Guardiola’s men remain undefeated, but one can’t help but wonder if Bayern could’ve done a bit better, particularly after the thrashing they gave to Manchester City midweek. But after Sidney Sam equalized just two minutes after Toni Kroos’s opener, Bayer shut down their opponents completely. While the reigning champs tried again and again to break through the home side’s defense, Bayer weren’t about to give an inch, perfectly content to take a point from their meeting with the German giants.

Still to come

Nurnberg vs. Hamburg

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt