German Bundesliga, Week 6: Bayern Munich Dominate Schalke, Hannover Shock Borussia Dortmund

The Bundesliga continues this weekend with a spectacular Sunday doubleheader featuring Borussia Dortmund traveling to Hannover 96 and Schalke 04 playing host to the returning Manuel Neuer and Bayern Munich.

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German Bundesliga, Week 6: Bayern Munich Dominate Schalke, Hannover Shock Borussia Dortmund

Saturday, September 17

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs 1. FC Köln

Leverkusen looked excellent early in the first half as they seemingly attacked the Köln backline at will. They were unable to find the back of the net however, and this would come back to bite them. Milivoje Novakovic finished a Lukas Podolski pass to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at halftime. Novakovic and Podolski would combine again on a beautiful counterattack just after halftime, and this time Podolski was the goalscorer. Leverkusen began to press forward in attack, but Podolski would strike again on the counter when he smashed home a long ball out of the back past Bernd Leno. Simon Rolfes would grab a goal for Leverkusen in the 70th minute, but it would prove fruitless as Mato Jajalo would round Leno and score Köln's fourth of the day. Final: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1 - 4 1. FC Köln

Hamburger SV vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

After a first half that saw no real chances for either side, Gladbach finally struck in the second half when Igor De Camargo headed a free kick past Jarislov Drobny. Instead of Hamburg fighting back and creating chances themselves, Gladbach nearly added a second but Marco Reus and Juan Arango were denied by Drobny. Hamburg are sitting on only one point after six matches in what can only be described as one of the worst starts for a club of their stature. Ever. Final: Hamburger SV 0 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

1. FC Nürnberg vs SV Werder Bremen

Tim Wiese saw little action in the goal from Bremen in the match as he was shown a red card in only the 17th minute. Wiese had a poor giveaway recovered by Christian Eigler, and the only thing he could do was grab him to prevent the Nürnberg forward from scoring. The referee had no choice but to send him off. The red card seemed to energize Bremen, and they struck first on the boot of Mehment Ekici from a great pass by Claudio Pizarro. Nürnberg was finally able to pull level in the 62nd minute when Philipp Wollscheid headed in a corner kick. The lack of quality finishing cost both teams, and the match would end level. Final: 1. FC Nürnberg 1 - 1 SV Werder Bremen

1899 Hoffenheim vs VfL Wolfsburg

After a slow start, Ryan Babel's shot from outside the area deflected off of Marco Russ and found it's way into the back of the net to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead. Just three minutes later the Brazilian Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on a brilliant run that consisted of chipping Christian Träsch and then chipping goalkeeper Marwin Hitz. Wolfsburg struck back on the boot of Ashkan Dejagah, but Firmino would get his brace in the 88th minute to put the match out of reach. Final: 1899 Hoffenheim 3 - 1 VfL Wolfsburg

Hertha BSC Berlin vs FC Augsburg

Augsburg took the lead in the 20th minute when Hajime Hosogai finished a corner kick to stun the home crowd. Hertha came back strong and put in a solid period before the break. They continued into the second half and were rewarded for their solid play with goals from Christian Lell and Tunay Torun. Augsburg refused to surrender and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker scored to earn his club a hard earned point. Final: Hertha BSC Berlin 2 - 2 FC Augsburg

1. FC Kaiserslautern vs 1. FSV Mainz 05

Maxim Choupo-Moting put Mainz ahead after only 15 minutes finishing a header, but the goal was canceled out just 8 minutes later when Bo Svensson saw his defensive header go past his own keeper. They would go into the halftime interval level at one. Kaiserslautern came out on the attack in the second half, and Itay Schechter finished a scramble in the box on a corner kick to put the hosts on top. Captain Christian Tiffert would seal the victory for Kaiserslautern with a headed goal of his own. The victory is Kaiserslautern's first of the season. Final: 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3 - 1 1. FSV Mainz 05

Sunday, September 18

Hannover 96 vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund started this match on the attack, and Hannover sat back looking to catch them on the break as expected. Dortmund saw success early on through the middle with Ilkay Gündogan running the show. He combined well with Robert Lewandowski throughout the first half, sending the Polish international through on goal several times. The sides went into the break without seeing a goal. Dortmund came out of the interval looking to score. Jakub Blaszczykowski tried to lob Ron-Robert Zieler, but the Hannover goalkeeper anticipated it well and easily made the save. Moritz Stoppelkamp made a great run down the flank and cut inside before releasing a shot that forced Roman Weidenfeller to make a great save to prevent the home side from going out on front. Dortmund would strike in the 63rd minute when Shinji Kagawa took a pass from Lewandowski and chipped it over Zieler to put the visitors up early. Karim Haggui headed the ball off of the bar in the 84th minute. A few minutes later, Haggui pulled Hannover level heading home a cross from Christian Pander. Hannover weren't done there. Sergio Pinto sent in a cross to Didier Ya Konan. Dortmund defender Neven Subotic slipped, and Ya Konan shot the ball to the far post past Weidenfeller to give the hosts the victory. Final: Hannover 96 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund

FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Munich

Both sides made changes to their lineups before the match with Nils Petersen replacing an injured Mario Gomez for Bayern, while Peer Kluge and Astuto Uchida started in place of Marco Höger and Julian Draxler for Schalke. After a physical first twenty minutes, Bayern finally broke through in the 21st minute on the boot of Petersen. Jefferson Farfan lost the ball on the edge of the Bayern penalty area, and Franck Ribery made a 50 yard run through the midfield before laying the ball off to Petersen. The young f orward rushed his shot, and it was saved by Ralf Fährmann. Petersen gathered the rebound and managed to put it into the net for the first goal of the day. The goal awakened the Schalke attack. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar lead the charge on the Bayern goal, but they were never able to successfully challenge their former goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Bayern came out after the second half whistle determined to double their lead. Petersen struggled on several gifted chances from passes by Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bayern dominated the second half, and their second goal finally came in the 75th minute. Ribery and David Alaba put together some solid interplay down the length of the pitch and the resulting cross found it's way to Thomas Müller who smashed it into the back of the net. Final: FC Schalke 04 0 - 2 FC Bayern Munich


Freiburg Vs. Stuttgart, 2011 German Bundesliga: Full Time, Martin Harnik Guides Stuttgart To Three Points

Freiburg turned on their game and looked like the much better side than Stuttgart in the final 15 minutes of their match, but by that point, they were already in a two goal hole. Papiss Demba Cisse scored a late goal as part of a dominant end of the game, but he was completely invisible in the first half and failed to assert himself on the game until it was too late, as Stuttgart won 2-1 on Friday night on a brace by Martin Harnik.

The first goal came in the first half on a corner kick, sending the teams into halftime with Stuttgart 1-0 up. The second half started with Stuttgart looking to play a more defensive game, and the match became a very physical and borderline dirty affair at that point. Harnik eventually found his second goal in the 73rd minute, assisted by Cristian Molinaro, sealing the deal.

Cisse scored a very nice, tough-fought goal, assisted by substitute Erik Jendrisek, but it was much too little too late. Freiburg might find themselves in the bottom three when the week is finished, while Stuttgart have put another three points between them and the drop zone.

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