German Bundesliga 2011, Week 11: Bayern Wins In Augsburg; Schalke, Hannover Settle For Draw

The German Bundesliga returns on Friday at the beautiful Coface Arena in Mainz as they host Stuttgart. Saturday sees Borussia Dortmund host Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen host Köln and Hamburg traveling to Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich, Hannover, and Schalke are in action on Sunday.

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The Race For Relegation Heats Up In The Bundesliga

A number of teams are locked in a battle for survival in the German top-flight and Ross Dunbar puts his neck on the line to predict who will go down at the end of the season.


Augsburg Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 Bundesliga: Bayern Hang On In Augsburg

Bayern Munich held on in Augsburg for a 2-1 victory thanks to a late, brilliant save from Manuel Neuer

Edmond Kapllani broke into the Munich penalty area in the 86th minute, but his left footed effort was superbly saved by the Bayern and Germany number one. 

The first half was all Bayern, and the scoring was started by... who else?... Mario Gomez. The forward found himself on the end of a Franck Ribery corner kick, and his header found the back of the net in the 16th minute. Ribery doubled the lead 12 minutes later when he beat Mohamed Amsif with a left footed shot to the far post.

Augsburg pulled one back through Hajime Hosogai in the 59th minute when the Japanese international put a loose ball in front of the net across the line. The ball was cleared by David Alaba, but the ball had already crossed the goal line.

Jupp Heynckes chose to replace the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger with 19 year old Alaba. Schweinsteiger had surgery on his broken collarbone this week, and is expected to be out until the new year.


Hannover 96 Vs. Schalke 04, 2011 Bundesliga: Teemo Pukki's Brace Earns Schalke Draw

A clash between Hannover and Schalke ended in a draw after Teemu Pukki scored a late second half equalizer.

The draw moves Hannover into 6th place in the table ahead of Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen. Schalke remains in 5th place.

Pukki started the scoring in the 26th minute when he beat the Hannover backline before pushing the ball past Ron-Robert Zieler and finding the back the back of the net. Unfortunately for Schalke, the lead would last only a few minutes. Christian Pander sent a free kick in toward Didier Ya Konan. Defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos lept over the Ivorian, but his header found the back of his own net.

There was a bit of controversey in the 42nd minute when Mohammed Abdellaoue was nearly free on goal but was tugged to the ground by Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones. Abdellaoue demanded a red card, but referee Wolfgang Stark only produced a yellow.

Abdellaoue would scored after the break on a cross by Jan Schlaudraff to give Hannover the lead. Hannover continued to push their attack to put the victory out of reach, but it would be Schalke who leveled the score. Jefferson Farfan fed a pass into the box to Pukki, and the Finn put his shot just past Zieler to have the match finish even at 2.


German Bundesliga Saturday, Week 11: Borussia Dortmund Stomp Wolfsburg; Marco Reus Downs Hertha

The first five games of Week 11 of the German Bundesliga season have finished, and Borussia Dortmund have given Bayern Munich a little something to think about going into their game on Sunday. Der BVB kept the pressure on with a 5-1 thumping of Wolfsburg. Elsewhere, Marco Reus kept being Marco Reus with yet another brace, while Cologne and Bremen put on a show.

Borussia Dortmund 5-1 Wolfsburg

Ever since their title winning campaign of 2008-09, their defense has been absolutely shambolic under a variety of managers. Mario Götze made them look atrocious on Saturday, simultaneously making tabloid reports of his rumored €30 million transfer fee sound even more absurd. He scored twice in the rout, with Shinji Kagawa, Sven Bender and Robert Lewandowski adding the other goals.

Hertha BSC 1-2 Marco Re...Borussia Mönchengladbach

Marco Reus is the best player on a German team not playing in the UEFA Champions League. Hertha Berlin took an early lead, but his brace gave his team three points, taking him to seven league goals on the season. From the wing.

Nürnburg 1-2 Freiburg

The home side should have had a point, but completely threw this one away late. Mike Frantz put Nürnburg up 1-0 early in the 32nd minute, but Jan Rosenthal equalized quickly in the 34th minute. The Freiburg midfielder would confirm himself as the man of the match in stoppage time, as he drew a penalty on Nürnburg's backup goalkeeper Alexander Stephan, which Papiss Demba Cisse converted.

Hoffenheim 1-1 Kaiserslautern

With both Jochim Löw and Jurgen Klinsmann in attendance, the potential German and American internationals playing in the match didn't exactly impress their national managers. Vedad Ibesevic - a Bosnian international who could have played for the USA - scored the opener in the first half. Dorge Kouemaha found a deserved equalizer for Kaiserslautern, who probably should have won the game.

Werder Bremen 3-2 Köln

Oprah Winfrey was the referee in this one. YOU GET A CARD AND YOU GET A CARD AND YOU GET A CARD. Lukas Podolski continued his good form with a goal for Köln, but his defense didn't seem terribly interested in helping him out. Henrique Sereno Fonseca was sent off for Köln, while Claudio Pizarro scored a stunning hat trick to give the home side three points.


Neven Subotic Injury: Borussia Dortmund Defender Will Miss Arsenal Champions League Match

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