Bundesliga, Week 20: Köln Edge Kaiserslautern, Bremen Drop Two Points

Saturday was a perfect day for Borussia Dortmund. All of Bayern Munich, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach drew their matches.

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Bundesliga Saturday, Week 20: Bayern Munich, Three Other Big Teams Drop Points

Borussia Dortmund is alone at the top of the Bundesliga after Saturday's action, and they're a full 12 points clear of fifth place. All of the teams placed second through fifth in the Bundesliga table drew their Round 20 matches on Saturday after Der BVB recorded a win on Friday. One of the other teams in European places, Werder Bremen, plays on Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart have gotten off to a poor start in the second half of the Bundesliga season, but they'll be thrilled with earning a road point at the BayArena. Bayer held the lead deep into the second half, but Martin Harnik rescued a point for the visitors with an 89th minute goal. Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring with a bizarre scrambling set piece goal in the 11th minute, but Julian Schreiber equalized in the 23rd minute on a short set piece.

Simon Rolfes converted a penalty in the 47th minute to give his team the lead, but Harnik found an equalizer in a fashion similar to Kiessling's goal. This eventful game also featured one red card for each team, as Michal Kadlec and Christian Molinaro were both sent off.

Hertha Berlin 0-1 Hannover 96

With their second straight Bundesliga win, Hannover are back into the race for European places. They're just one point out of a Europa League spot. This game was light on chances, but Mohammed Abdellaoue converted one of them on a shot from outside the penalty area, assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

Schalke 1-1 Mainz

Thomas Tuchel's keeping his team well above the drop zone on a budget, and one of his late-window signings proved astute on Saturday. Mohamed Zidan netted early in his debut for Mainz, putting them up on a slow-starting Schalke team in the first half. Die Königsblauen played better in the second half and found one goal, scored by Chinedu Obasi, but they squandered numerous other chances and could only come away with one point.

Hoffenheim 2-2 Augsburg

Every point is a valuable point for Augsburg, and they'll feel like they've boosted their chances to stay up with a big road point. Sebastian Langkamp scored Augsburg's equalizer in the 72nd minute, heading in a corner.

Wolfsburg 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Perhaps Gladbach were enjoying a bit of a hangover from their brilliant victories against Bayern Munich and Stuttgart? They looked nothing like themselves on Saturday and were lucky to draw with the way that they played. Marco Reus was atrocious and this game, in general, was dire.

Hamburg SV 1-1 Bayern Munich

Bayern looked extremely poor in the opening minutes of this match, leading to a deserved goal for Jacopo Sala and Hamburg in the 23rd minute. From that point forward, Bayern were the much better side, but could only find one goal. Ivica Olic was the scorer, netting on a corner kick in the 71st minute after a scramble and some bad set piece defending. Both teams had more opportunities to score, but neither team brought their finishing boots to the game.


Nurnberg Vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2012 Bundesliga: Dortmund Survive Early Storm Before Cruising To Victory

Borussia Dortmund continued their run of fine form with an entertaining 2-0 win over Nurnberg at the EasyCredit-Stadion, but they didn't manage to make their victory totally comfortable. The first half of the match was a veritable blitz of goalscoring chances for both sides, with Nurnberg looking very much the better team in the early stages. The hosts might have gone ahead three or four times in the first fifteen minutes, with Tomas Pekhart losing a penalty apeal and then brushing the crossbar with a volley, opportunities that bracketed Shinji Kagawa clearing a goalbound Timmy Simons header off the line to keep the match scoreless.

After the inital storm, Dortmund began to settle, coming very close to scoring several times themselves. Perhaps their best chance of the first half came when Robert Lewandowski blasted straight at Rafael Schaefer when put clear through, and Schaefer made two more key saves to deny both Lewandowski against and then Kagawa before the break.

Unfortunately for Nurnberg, Schaefer's luck didn't hold. Sven Bender's halftime substitution should have been good news for the hosts, but the dynamic midfielder's replacement, Moritz Leitner, had other plans. With 48 minutes on the clock, the substitute played an inch-perfect pass to pick out Lukasz Piszczek, and the right back simply cut the ball back for Sebastian Kehl to blast home.

From then on it was all Dortmund, and Nurnberg were lucky not to fall further behind when Lewandowski was adjudged (correctly) fractionally offside when he deflected a Kehl drive into the back of the net for what looked for a second like a 2-0 lead, but the hosts' luck would only last so long, and Lucas Barrios was on hand to score his first goal of the season when Schaefer spilled an effort by Kagawa.

BvB would have another called back for offside before the game was done, but one has to imagine that they'd be pretty happy with the 2-0 scoreline anyway. The win takes them temporarily back to the top of the table, while Nurnberg's 11th loss of the season could see them fall as low as 15th by the end of the weekend.


Nürnberg Vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2012 Bundesliga Week 20: No Götze? No Problem.

Borussia Dortmund is without Mario Götze, but is still heavily favored to defeat a Nürnburg side who is still lacking a fully fit Timothy Chandler.

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