MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 03: Franck Ribery (L) and David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen celebrate Ribery's first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and SV Werder Bremen at Allianz Arena on December 3, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bundesliga 2011, Week 15: Bayern Munich Thump 10-Man Werder Bremen

Things looked dicey for Bayern Munich against Werder Bremen, but the hosts rallied to earn a 4-1 win, made much easier when Aaron Hunt was shown a straight red card. Elsewhere, Borussias Dortmund and Monchengladbach fought it out to a 1-1 draw.

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Babbel Taking The Berliners Back To Old Heights

Hertha have made an impressive return to the Bundesliga after a year's hiatus. Ross Dunbar explains the revivial under Markus Babbel.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach Vs. Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga Week 15: Full Time, Mike Hanke Rescues A Point

Borussia Mönchengladbach did not have Marco Reus in their team on Saturday, but they were able to save a point without them, as they performed well in an impressive 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund. Gladbach did well to get forward, keep possession and create shots while maintaining their shape after losing the ball, as Lucien Favre's men showed why they're the most improved side in the Bundesliga yet again.

Robert Lewandowski scored Dortmund's only goal, heading in a great corner kick by Mario Götze in the 40th minute. Gladbach were very good at denying Dortmund open play chances in the first half and were a bit unlucky to go into the locker room down a goal.

Dortmund looked like the stronger side for most of the second half, but were eventually burned on the counter. After failing to score for the first 13 games of the season, Gladbach striker Mike Hanke netted his second goal in as many games, equalizing for his team. On a 72nd minute counter-attack, Die Fohlen played a brilliant exchange of passes, capped off by a touch by Raul Bobadilla to Hanke, who finished low with a great shot from 20 yards.

The play was even from then on out, with both teams pushing for a winner, but not at the expense of keeping defensively sound. Dortmund had the best opportunity, with Götze putting a low shot on target in the 76th minute, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen made one of his four brilliant saves to deny Der BVB's wonderkid. 

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Bayern Munich Vs. Werder Bremen, Bundesliga Week 15: Full Time, Bavarians Cruise As Werder Loses The Plot

After a fantastic first 45 minutes for Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen were able to find an equalizer in the second half to put the game in doubt and possibly cause Bayern to drop more points in Bastian Schweinsteiger's absence. Instead, Bayern were able to find a second before their opponents lost the plot entirely, as the Bavarians poured it on late in a 4-1 win.

Franck Ribery scored the first half's only goal, a brilliant strike from just outside the penalty area after he split the Werder defense. Bayern looked the better side to begin the second half, but were ripped apart in the 52nd minute by a fantastic run and finish by Markus Rosenberg. Schweinsteiger's absence was felt as the midfield completely disappeared, allowing Rosenberg to make a 40-yard run before he slotted a finish past Manuel Neuer.

Werder looked capable of hanging on for a while, until Andreas Wolf took down Thomas Müller in the box in the 67th minute. From there, things went seriously downhill for the visitors. Arjen Robben converted the penalty, the first of many unfortunate events for Werder. Mario Gomez would have a seemingly good goal disallowed in the 75th minute, but assisted a Ribery goal in the 77th. In the 81st minute, Aaron Hunt was sent off for a shocking two-footed tackle on Toni Kroos before Werder gave away another penalty in the 82nd minute.

For 60-plus minutes, Werder looked like they had a chance to nick a draw, but at the end of the match, they completely lost their composure and the score reflects that.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach Vs. Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga Week 15: Halftime, Robert Lewandwoski Goal Has BVB Up

Borussia Mönchengladbach star Marco Reus couldn't get fit in time for the clash against his old side Borussia Dortmund, and they're likely ruing those issues at the moment. Gladbach have performed very well, keeping organized and denying BVB opportunities from open play, but they've scored on a corner kick and lead the hosts 1-0 at halftime.

Aside from their poor set piece defending, Gladbach have been perhaps the better side on the afternoon. Dortmund have not had a high volume of shooting chances and the possession has been about 50-50 so far. The Gladbach midfield has proven harder to get past for Dortmund, while Gladbach Marc-Andre ter Stegen has had fantastic command of his penalty area.

It felt like Gladbach were going to take a 0-0 tie into halftime, perhaps forcing Jurgen Klopp to consider personnel changes, but a 40th minute goal by the visitors will change the plans of both Klopp and Lucien Favre. Mario Götze provided the assist with a brilliant corner kick, swinging a ball onto the head of a poorly marked Robert Lewandowski, who hit a powerful and accurate header into the back of the net.

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Bayern Munich Vs. Werder Bremen, Bundesliga Week 15: Halftime, Franck Ribery Stellar As Bavarians Lead

No Bastian Schweinsteiger, no problem for Bayern Munich in the early going against Werder Bremen. Werder haven't been able to get the ball to the feet of their central attacking players at all, while Franck Ribery is having a stellar game for Bayern. He was the man who scored his team's goal, as they lead 1-0, but he's provided so much more for the Bavarians.

The goal came in the 22nd minute on the counter-attack, with David Alaba providing the assist. However, this was a goal much more about the individual effort of the goal-scorer than the man who provided the pass, as Ribery brilliantly turned both Werder central defenders inside-out, creating a massive shooting lane. Sebastian Mielitz didn't even move as the ball went low and into the corner to his right.

Werder's best play has come when they've gotten the ball wide, but they've done very little of that. Marko Marin's impact has been minimal and while Aaron Hunt has been solid, he looks frustrated at his lack of help on most forward moves.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach Vs. Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga Week 15: Marco Reus, Moritz Leitner Are Doubts

Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach are surprisingly both ahead of Bayern Munich and fighting a one-versus-two battle on top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday.

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Bayern Munich Vs. Werder Bremen, Bundesliga Week 15: Bavarians Without Top Midfielders, On Two-Game Skid

Bayern Munich are without their best midfielders, but they still present bad matchup problems for Werder Bremen.

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Bayer Leverkusen Vs. Hoffenheim, 2011 Bundesliga: Full Time, Home Side Take Three Points Easily

Bayer Leverkusen have another positive result to feel great about, thanks to their performance on Friday night in front of their home fans at the BayArena. Eren Derdiyok and Sidney Sam both netted goals, guiding Bayer to a 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim. Bayer won't move up the table and still sit in sixth place, but they're just four points off the top of the table and one point off of a Champions League place in the incredibly tight race at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Bayer battered Hoffenheim's goal early and found a goal just 10 minutes into the match. After Isaac Vorsah fouled Stefan Kiessling in the center of the pitch, 30 yards from goal, Andre Schürrle stepped up to take a free kick. He hit a great shot that dipped down and took a bounce in front of the goal. Tom Starke could only parry the ball away, but it fell right into the path of Derdiyok, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

The match was fairly even afterwards, though Bayer had the much better of the chances. Sidney Sam finally sealed the deal with a goal in the 79th minute, with Bayer hitting Hoffenheim on the counter as they were pressing forward for an equalizer. Kiessling played Sam into the box and he finished with a great chip over Starke from 12 yards out, locking up the three points for the hosts.

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The Werkself Already Have Eyes On The Future: Bayer Leverkusen On The Rise

Bayer Leverkusen are on the rise with a young squad and Robin Dutt at the helm.

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