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German Bundesliga, Week 14: Bayern Munich Fall To Mainz, BVB Win Revierderby

Borussia Dortmund are suddenly top of the Bundesliga, thanks to a Revierderby win and a Bayern Munich loss to Mainz.

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Mainz Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 Bundesliga: Mainz Pull Off Home Win; Drop Bayern To 3rd

Bayern Munich may have started the season in scintillating form but they've hit something of a rough patch of late, with the former Bundesliga leaders finding themselves tumbling into third place thanks to their second straight loss. After a 1-0 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern needed a strong response during their visit to Mainz. They didn't get it.

The hosts went 1-0 up early when Andreas Ivanschitz rounded Manuel Neuer and rolled the ball into the empty net in the tenth minute, and they managed to hold onto their lead for a full half before the inevitable happened and Bayern began to fight back. The visitors might not necessarily have deserved an equaliser, but they got one anyway when Daniel van Buyten's header from a Tani Kroos free kick caromed off a Mainz defender and beat a bemused Christian Wetklo to make it 1-1.

Mainz could easily have fallen apart after that, but they rallied and scored less than ten minutes later, with Marco Caliguiri making himself some space thirty yards out and squeezing in a low, curling shot at Neuer's far post. There was time for the hosts to make it 3-1 when Niko Bungert headed home a corner shortly thereafter. Bayern lacked the bite in the midfield usually provided by the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger, but were still strong enough to make things intheresting at the end, with van Buyten narrowing the deficit off another Kroos free kick with ten minutes to play before the big Belgian defender missed a chance to grab his hattrick - and a point for Bayern - when he missed an open goal with time expiring.

Bayern fall to third in the table behind Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach, a position that was unthinkable considering their hugely impressive start to the season. But since losing Schweinsteiger to a broken collarbone against Napoli, the former title favourites have earned just three points out of nine while a resurgent Dortmund crush more or less everyone in their domestic path. Someone has to step up for Bayern, and it should probably be quickly.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Schalke 04, 2011 Bundesliga: Full Time, Der BVB Win Easily

Borussia Dortmund are top of the Bundesliga, thanks to their 2-0 Revierderby victory over Schalke 04. Die Königsblauen looked very much like a struggling team dealing with injuries, playing on the road in a derby. There really wasn't any point in the match where Schalke did not look over their heads, and if it wasn't for the fantastic goalkeeping of Lars Unnerstall, Schalke would have lost by much more.

Dortmund's first goal came in the 16th minute, with Robert Lewandowski heading in a free kick delivered by Marcel Schmeltzer. Schalke's defense was nowhere to be found, leaving Lewandowski completely unmarked. A 6'1" striker with eight goals in the Bundesliga coming into this game. Completely unmarked. At that point, the game already felt over.

A second goal seemed inevitable throughout the first half and at the start of the second half, with Der BVB finally finding it in the 61st minute. Following a set piece situation and a very good save by Unnerstall on Lucas Barrios, defender Felipe Santana stepped up and pounced on the rebound, burying a right-footed shot from 15 yards out to seal the victory.

Schalke's young defense was poor, Lewis Holtby had a shocker, and strikers Raul and Klass-Jan Huntelaar were completely erased from the game. They'll want to move on and forget this ever happened. They were completely embarrassed in Germany's biggest derby, and it wasn't terribly surprising.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Schalke 04, 2011 Bundesliga: Halftime, Der BVB Dominating Revierderby

Borussia Dortmund lead Schalke 04 by a score of 1-0 at halftime in the Revierderby, but they've been much more dominant than that score suggests. Schalke have been poor and Dortmund have had no problem both keeping the ball and stifling Schalke's limited attacks, despite the injuries to Sven Bender and Neven Subotic. Schalke keeper Lars Unnerstall and defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones have been very good, and are the only reasons Dortmund don't have more goals.

The goal came on a set piece 16 minutes in, with Marcel Schmeltzer providing a fantastic assist to Robert Lewandowski. Jurgen Klopp's decision to start the Polish international behind Lucas Barrios ahead of Shinji Kagawa was justified immediately, though Kagawa could have scored it as well. Schalke's central defense consists of two defensive midfielder whose combined age is 39. This was painfully obvious watching their marking on the goal.

Mario Götze has been brilliant, while Raul and Klass-Jan Huntelaar might as well not be playing. Their teammates have done very little to help them make an impact on the game. This might be a different match with Benedikt Höwedes and Jefferson Farfan, but without their captain and their right winger, Schalke look lost and completely out-classed.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Schalke 04, 2011 Bundesliga: Lineups For The Revierderby

The first Revierderby of the Bundesliga season is here, and Jurgen Klopp has decided to throw everyone a nice little curveball. Both Kevin Grosskreutz and Shinji Kagawa will surprisingly start on the bench for Borussia Dortmund. 'Kuba' Jakub Blaszczykowski will start on the wing, while Robert Lewandowski will play as a withdrawn striker/attacking midfielder behind Lucas Barrios. Young Moritz Leitner starts in midfield in place of the injured Sven Bender. Schalke 04's team features no surprises. Here are the lineups.

Borussia Dortmund Lineup (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer; Kehl, Leitner; Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski, Götze; Barrios

Schalke 04 Lineup (4-4-1-1): Unnerstall; Uchida, Papadopoulos, Matip, Fuchs; Baumjohann, Draxler, Jones, Holtby; Raul; Huntelaar

The Revierderby kicks off at 9:30 am ET, 3:30 pm local time from Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. The game can be seen on GolTV in both the United States and Canada. We'll have live coverage of the game in our Bundesliga Week 14 StoryStream.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Schalke 04, 2011 Bundesliga: Königsblauen Underdogs In Revierderby

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 do battle at the Westfalenstadion in the first Revierderby of the season

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