German Bundesliga, Week 5: Wolfsburg Upsets Schalke, Nürnberg Defeats Köln

Hamburg are sitting at the foot of the table and have looked absolutely terrible in every match this year. Will they get their first win under Michael Oenning on Matchday 5? Also, Bayern Munich host Freiburg, Dortmund host Berlin and other Bundesliga action.

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Mario Mandzukic Brace Leads Wolfsburg Over Schalke

Wolfsburg road a brace by Mario Mandzukic to a much needed 2-1 victory over Schalke 04. The win was also a major relief for manager Felix Magath picking up a win against the club that fired him in March of this year.

Schalke took the lead in the 13th minute on a beautiful piece of team passing. Raul played a ball through to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Huntelaar laid it out wide to the right to Jefferson Farfan. After turning to face the goal, Farfan lofted a little chip just between the Wolfsburg backline and goalkeeper Marvin Hitz. The ball was inch-perfect for an oncoming Raul to smash into the back of the net. The goal was the third of the season for the Spanish forward. 

Mandzukic would first strike against the run of play in the 33rd minute. Rasmus Jönsson dribbled into the box, and his cross found the head of diving Mandzukic. The goal was the first of the season for the Croatian international.

It would be another 50 minutes until the back of the net shook again. Marcel Schäfer took a free kick from about 30 yards out. Mandzukic expertly --- or accidentally --- deflected it past a diving Ralf Fährmann to give the home side the win.


German Bundesliga, Week 5: Simons Two Penalties Leads Nürnberg Over Köln

Belgian defender Timmy Simons is the hero today for Nürnberg as he converted two penalties within minutes of each other to lead his club to a victory in Köln. The win moves Der Club up to 7th in the table, and the defeat leaves Köln in 14th. 

Köln captain Pedro Geromel conceded both penalties in the 31st and 35th minutes with Markus Feulner and Thomas Pekhart drawing the penalties. Goalkeeper Michael Rensing guess correctly both times, but the penalties were well taken by Simons and out of reach.

The home side kept their heads up and came right back in the 39th minute. Sławomir Peszko broke down the left side and crossed the ball to Lukas Podolski. Alexander Stephan made an excellent save but Adil Chihi mashed home the rebound for his second goal of the season.

Thomas Pekhart picked up his second yellow card in the 42nd minute and was sent off. Neither side managed a goal in the second half, and Köln saw defender Mišo Brečko sent off in the 75th minute.

The result keeps Köln just north of the relegation zone, as the three teams at the bottom lost on Saturday.


Werder Bremen Vs. Hamburg SV: Full Time, Claudio Pizzaro Guides Werder To Derby Victory

It's shaping up to be a long season for Hamburg SV. Many wondered how the club would get on without the experience of Ruud van Nistelrooy and the creativity of Eljerio Elia, but the answer is now a little clearer. The answer appears to be 'not very well.' HSV fell 2-0 to rivals Werder Bremen in a Northern Derby on Saturday, with Claudio Pizarro firing Bremen to victory with a brace. 

The match was a very physical one and the referee responded accordingly, handing out eight cards. That's par for the course for this fixture, but what was a bit out of the ordinary was the lack of attacking flair and the respectable defenses. This match is usually a wide open one, and with Per Mertesacker gone to Arsenal, one might have expected even a depleted HSV side to nick a goal or two.

After a first half that ended 0-0, Werder came alive after halftime with Claudio Pizarro scoring in the 52nd minute, assisted by Aaron Hunt. Werder continued to be the more ambitious side throughout the period and eventually sealed the deal in the 78th minute with another Pizarro goal, grabbing a much deserved win.


Bundesliga, Matchday 5: Morning Wrap, Bayern Munich Throttle Freiburg,

Saturday Morning Full Time Wrap

Bayern Munich 7 - 0 Freiburg

That's not a typo. Not content with their 3 goal lead at halftime, Bayern punished their opponents even more in the second half. Mario Gomez scored a hattrick in the second half alone adding to his tally in the first. Nils Petersen finished off the scoring in the match top-netting a cross from Bastian Schweinsteiger. It was the fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league for Bayern in another stellar defensive performance. In their last three league matches, Bayern have outscored their opponents 15-0. Heynckes was able to give Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez some rest before they travel to Spain to face Villarreal midweek in the Champions League. 

Borussia Dortmund 1 - 2 Hertha Berlin

Whoa. Last season's Bundesliga champions could not beat last season's 2.Bundesliga champions at home. An unbelievable team effort from Berlin saw them take the lead in the 50th minute through Raffael. Dortmund's inability to create scoring chances without Mario Götze was apparent throughout the match. Raffael nearly doubled the lead just six minutes later, but he hit the post. Sven Bender tried to bring his side back into the match, but his long range effort smacked the crossbar. Peter Niemeyer scored a simple goal in the 81st minute to give his side the 2-0 lead. Robert Lewandowski grabbed a goal in stoppage time to bring Dortmund within one, but it wasn't enough. 

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 0 Kaiserslautern

Juan Arango scored the winner in the 58th minute to give the hosts the victory in a match they dominated. Marc-André ter Stegen collected his second clean sheet of the season in goal for Gladbach. This is the third victory for Gladbach this season after only getting ten all of last year. It's a fantastic start to the season.

Mainz 05 0 - 4 Hoffenheim

Holger Stanlislawski's team put on an impressive performance in the second half to finish off Mainz 4-0. Ryan Babel would get another goal and Nikolce Noveski would put it into his own net. the last goal typified the match for Mainz. Their carelessness in the final third made their dominate possession meaningless. It's a big win for Hoffenheim without Sejad Salihovic who was missing due to a leg injury. Fabian Johnson put in another solid performance for the visitors and has looked really good since moving to the midfield. Hoffenheim's ability to win these early matches will pay dividends in October when Vedad Ibisevic returns from injury to add to their attack.

Stuttgart 3 - 0 Hannover 96

Stuttgart punished a poor performance from Hannover today and picked up a much needed three points. Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Serdar Tasci added to Shinji Okazaki's first half score to get Stuttgart a win after two dour 1-0 defeats to Leverkusen and Berlin. Hannover was simply not good enough today, and they'll have to improve in a hurry as Standard Liege comes to AWD-Arena this week for the first match in the Europa League group stage. 


Bayer Leverkusen Vs. Augsburg: Full Time, Bayer Win 4-1

Augsburg got off to a fantastic start in their Bundesliga fixture against Bayer Leverkusen with a great opening goal, but it was all downhill from there. The heavy favorites scored twice in the first half to re-gain control, then completely dominated the second half to turn a terrible first five minutes into a very comfortable win, as they coasted to a 4-1 victory.

The opening goal of the game came from Hajime Hosogai after five minutes of sustained pressure by Augsburg, an absolute dream start. However, Sidney Sam scored an equalizer less than a minute later, and at that point. Augsburg's chances at getting a result already seemed all but over. Stefan Kiessling scored the second in the 23rd minute, assisted by Renato Augusto.

Augsburg created a few shots, but no real clear-cut chances in the second half as Bayer dominated possession for the duration of the half. Michael Ballack, who was poor on the night, was substituted off for Andre Schürrle in the 60th minute. That substitution changed the game significantly, as Bayer was much more effective going forward for the final 30 minutes, resulting in Sam completing his brace and and Eren Dierdyok adding a goal of his own.

Bayer are at least temporarily top of the table with this result, while Augsburg stay down in the drop zone.

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