Bundesliga Round-up: Week 29

Posted on April 11, 2011

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Hamburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Jakub Blasczykowski netted an injury-time equaliser for BvB as they dropped two points at the Imtech Arena. In an even first-half, Ruud Van Nistelrooy fired home from the penalty spot after Petric was fouled by Hummels. Klopp’s side bombarded Frank Rost’s goal and they left it late to equalise but Kuba popped up at the back-post to slot home.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 St Pauli

Leverkusen took advantage of Dortmund’s slip-up with a 2-1 win over St Pauli on Sunday. The hosts went a goal down on 58 minutes when Charles Tayki finished off a neat attacking move involving Florian Bruns. Determined to cut the gap to five points, Leverkusen responded and turned the game around in 11 minutes through goals from Kiessling and Bender.

Hannover 96 2-0 Mainz

With Bayern losing in Nurnberg, Hannover stepped up to the plate and leapfrogged Van Gaal’s men into the third Champions League position with a comfortable win over Mainz. Didier Ya Konan scored from the penalty spot in injury time and Sergio Pinto fired home a fine effort just before the hour mark.

Nurnberg 1-1 FC Bayern

Bayern’s draw to rivals Nurnberg would prove to be Louis Van Gaal’s last match in charge at the Allianz Arena after the Dutchman was sacked on Sunday morning. The afternoon started well for Bayern when Thomas Muller put the visitors in front on five minutes, but after a number of missed chances, Nurnberg bounced back in the second-half and Eigler took advantage of a Thomas Kraft blunder. To make matters worse, Arjen Robben was sent-off just before full-time.

Schalke 04 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Felix Magath returned to his old stomping ground to face Ralf Rangnick in a tight match in Gelsenkirchen. Spaniard Jose Manuel Jurado’s goal on 78 minutes seperated the two sides and keeps Wolfsburg fighting for survivial in the bottom-three.

Frankfurt 1-1 Werder Bremen

Martin Fenin’s equaliser seven minutes from the end put a dampener on Bremen’s evening in a 1-1 draw on Friday night. Thomas Schaaf’s men took the lead on 58 minutes when Halil Altintop diverted the ball into his own net but Fenin popped up to deny Bremen a crucial victory in Frankfurt.

Gladbach 5-1 FC Koln

Not many punters would have had the bottom side in the Bundesliga thrashing one of the most impressive teams in the league this season – but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday. A defiant performance from Gladbach including goals from Arango, Daems, Nordtveit and two from Marco Reus closed the gap between them and safety to just four points.

Stuttgart 2-4 Kaiserslutern

Despite being 2-1 up at half-time, Stuttgart somehow managed to lose this one 4-2 at home to Kaiserslutern. Srdjan Lakic had put the away side in front but Kuzmanovic and Pogrebnyak put Stuttgart ahead at the interval. But a stunning last 25 minutes from Kaiserslutern, including three goals, was enough to turn the game on its head. Erwin Hoffer, Lakic and Stiven Rivic got on the scoresheet for Kaiserslutern.

Freiburg 3-2 Hoffenheim

Freiburg were another team who performed an impressive comeback in the second-half after being 2-1 down to Hoffenheim at the break. Vedad Ibisevic and Ryan Babel cancelled out an opener from Freiburg’s Julian Schuster but a fine display from SC Freiburg against 10-man Hoffenheim in the second-half gave the hosts the three points thanks to goals from Cisse and Butscher.

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