German Bundesliga 2011, Week 13: Mario Götze Gives Der BVB A Vital Win

Borussia Dortmund have sealed a massive win in the Bundesliga title race, defeating Bayern Munich 1-0 away at the Allianz Arena.

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From Duds To Diamonds In Six Months - The Favre Effect

Gladbach have had a sensational rise from relegation battlers to title challengers within less than a year. Ross Dunbar looks at their revival under Lucien Favre.


Bayern Munich Vs. Borussia Dortmund Live, 2011 Bundesliga: Mario Goetze Puts Dortmund Ahead

Well a goal was coming, and it's Borussia Dortmund who've got it after a weird scramble at the edge of the box led to Jerome Boateng losing track of the ball and Mario Goetze sneaking in to slot past Manuel Neuer. There didn't look like there was going to be too much threat when Goetze was in possession outside the box with the entire Bayern Munich defence in his way, and the danger really did seem to be over when his attempted one-two with Shinji Kagawa was popped up in the air thanks to the intervention of Holger Badstuber.

However, it wasn't a proper clearance and Goetze had continued his run, twisting Boateng around as he burst into the penalty area. In a rather fortunate twist, Badstuber's interference caused the ball to land perfectly at Goetze's feet, and he was able to take a touch before sidefooting home past a helpless Neuer. So, it's 1-0 Dortmund and now this game is going to get even crazier. Fun times await.

PS: The announcer's response to that goal was priceless: 'Oh, they are soooo going to buy him'


Bayern Munich Vs. Borussia Dortmund Live, 2011 Bundesliga: 0-0 At Halftime

Although it's been an exciting match at the Allianz Arena, we're still scoreless between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. This isn't a case of either team sitting back - both sides are going for it here and have been attacking with real menace. Instead, it's the defences that are holding firm, with Dortmund's in particular having to stay very strong in stopping wave after wave of attacks from the hosts.

That's not to say that Dortmund have been completely on the back foot, though, since the visitors have looked very dangerous whenever they have the ball, but it's been Bayern putting on most of the pressure and they probably should be ahead after Arjen Robben set up Franck Ribery only for the French winger to shoot well over Roman Weidenfeller's goal.

The game could use someone scoring, but it's been pretty fun so far. One can't really imagine either side being particularly happy with a 0-0 draw, and they're certainly not playing like that's what we're going to see. Get ready for what should be an exciting second half.


Bayern Munich Vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2011 Bundesliga Week 12: (Maybe) The Best Game Of The Season!

The Bundesliga is a great league, this is their two best teams, and it includes Mario Gotze AND Tony Kroos. What's not to love?


Kaiserslautern Vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 2011 Bundesliga: 2-0 Win For Visitors

Kaiserslautern were undone by a pair of their old boys as Bayer Leverkusen dispatched them 2-0 at the Fritz Walter Stadium. Although the match was closely contested until the restart, Leverkusen scored quickly through Michael Ballack in the second half and then Sidney Sam - a key figure in their promotion chase in the 2009/10 season - finished the hosts off with a 70th minute strike.

In truth, it never looked particularly promising for Kaiserslautern, who are languishing unhappily in the wrong half of the table after finishing 7th last season - they didn't do much in the first half save hold off Leverkusen's potent attack, and their resolve was broken nine minutes after the break when Michael Ballack's long-range shot was spilled by Kevin Trapp and bounced slowly into the next.

With the goal, the defence crumbled. Sidney Sam's neat finish sealed things off fifteen minutes later, but the second-half scoreline probably flattered the hosts, who played fairly miserably. Bernd Leno was limited to a few easy saves, and Leverkusen ultimately cruised to all three points.

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