Bundesliga, Week 28: Hannover Defeat Gladbach, Schalke Three Points Clear In Third

Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund slugged it out in an insane match at the Westfalenstadion that eventually ended 4-4.

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Bundesliga Week 28, Sunday Scores: Hannover Defeat Gladbach, Schalke Three Points Clear In Third

Hannover 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach had the opportunity to put pressure on Schalke before their late match, but Mame Diouf's second half goal proved to be the difference as Hannover held on for a 2-1 victory.

After a fairly entertaining first half, Jan Schlaudraff had the opportunity to put the hosts up one, but Dante was able to get back in time to make a goal-saving block.

Didier Ya Konan opened the scoring in the second half when he slid to deflect Konstantin Rausch's shot past Marc Andre ter Stegen. The Ivory Coast international celebrated his fourth goal of the season, knowing how huge it was in their race for a Europa League place.

In the 76th minute, Schlaudraff put another cross in and Mame Diouf's header found the back of the net to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Only minutes later, Havard Nordtveit found space up the middle and put a shot past Ron-Robert Zieler to put the visitors right back into the match.

Gladbach refused to die and continued to press. Zieler was forced into several brilliant saves at the end of the match on Marco Reus and Filip Daems to preserve the win.

The victory for Hannover sees them move into sole possession of fifth place in a Europa League spot. Gladbach stay in fourth place, but ten points ahead of Hannover.

Hoffenheim 1 -1 Schalke

Schalke entered the late match knowing that a victory would put five points between themselves and Gladbach for the third place spot in the table and pull them within four of Bayern Munich for second.

Well, that didn't work out like they hoped.

Hoffenheim converted a penalty in the 30th minute when Sven Schipplock was "fouled" by Lars Unnerstall. I say "fouled", because replays showed there was minimum to no contact at all between the two of them. Sejad Salihovic converted the penalty to give The Hoff a 1-0 lead.

The referee then took it upon himself to award Schalke a penalty in the 80th minute when Chinedu Obasi went down rather easily under the arm of Andreas Beck. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stepped forward and scored the penalty to rescue a point.

The point is enough to pull Hoffenheim to the top of the group fighting relegation, and put Schalke three points ahead of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Bundesliga Week 28, Saturday Scores: Bayern Pull Within Three Points Of Dortmund

Augsburg 2 - 1 Köln

Augsburg midfielder Daniel Baier went from goat to hero in less than three minutes at the end of the first half. He first fouled Lukas Podolski in what I can only describe as a high boot similar to what Hulk Hogan used to do to his opponents before finishing them off with a leg drop. Except this was to Podolski's back around his shoulders. Podolski calmly finished the penalty. Baier then drew a penalty in the Köln box that Nando Raphael finished to give the hosts the lead for good.

Ja-Cheol Koo scored the opener for Augsburg after some brilliant footwork in the penalty area by Axel Bellinghausen. This was quite the goal. Minutes before Koo's goal, Bellinghausen had forced a brilliant saved from Michael Rensing.

The win pulls Augsburg out of the relegation zone and passes Köln. Obviously, this is a huge result for the club. Perhaps they can carry this momentum into their next match. What's that? It's in Munich? Nevermind. That's not happening.

Nürnberg 0 - 1 Bayern Munich

Bayern plodded through the first 68 minutes of this Franconian-Bavarian derby, but an Arjen Robben strike in the 69th minute was all they needed to see their way to victory. The win puts Bayern only three points behind the leaders Borussia Dortmund who drew with Stuttgart on Friday.

Manuel Neuer almost had another embarrassing gaffe to cost his team points in the 88th minute. Almog Cohen put a shot on target from about 35 yards out, and Neuer tried to punch it away. He didn't make solid contact with the ball, and it bounced behind him and off of the post. Luckily for the goalkeeper, there were no players close enough to make him pay for his error. Bayern will face Augsburg next week before heading to Dortmund for what will be a massive encounter.

Kaiserslautern 0 - 1 Hamburg

Hamburg hadn't won a match since February 12 going into Saturday's match, and they had fallen down into the depths of the relegation zone. What could cure this ailing club? A visit to Kaiserslautern is what the doctor prescribed!

Hamburg needed a bit of heroics from goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny early when Pierre De Wit's shot deflected off of Michael Mancienne. Drobny's quick reaction by leaping to poke the ball away saved a sure goal.

Marcel Jansen found the winner for the visitors int he 28th minute. The ball fell to the midfielder's feet the box, and he took one touch to put him out of the defenders reach and blasted it past Tobias Sippel.

Hamburg's victory surely dooms Kaiserslautern to relegation. They're now 10 points behind 16th place Hamburg with only 6 matches remaining.

Werder Bremen 0 - 3 Mainz

Just a few weeks ago, Bremen seemed locked in to one of the Europa League places for the next season. Mainz brought a sword to Bremen and put them to it. The loss sent the hosts to their fourth defeat in their six previous matches.

Mainz stayed compact early in the match, but Bremen still found a few holes. Bremen nearly opened the scoring early, but Philipp Bargfrede's header struck the far post. Shortly after the miss, Mainz took their chance on a counter. Andreas Ivanschitz fed Adam Szalai down the right side. Szalai cut onto his left foot and beat Tim Wiese to give the visitors a 0-1 lead.

Maxim Choupo-Moting picked up a brace in the second half. His first came just after the halftime break, when he finished a cross from Radoslav Zabavnik. The second came in the 74th minute when Wiese and Clemens Fritz tripped each other allowing the easy tap-in for Choupo-Moting.

Bayer Leverkusen 0 - 2 Freiburg

Okay. So you have lost three in a row to Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Schalke. That's not too bad. Come on. Freiburg is coming to town. They're twelve points behind you in the table. This won't be that difficult. See last sentence in this section.

Freiburg pressed Leverkusen from the opening whistle, and the struck first in the 8th minute. Gonzalo Castro attempted to clear a ball played in by Mensur Mujdza, but he only flicked it up perfectly on to the head of the sprinting Julian Schuster. Schuster's "right place at the right time" header found the back of the net, and the visitors were on top.

Leverkusen found their way into the match, but they were never able to successfully challenge Oliver Baumann in the Freiburg goal. Daniel Caligiuri made it 0-2 in the second half with a rocket shot past Bernd Leno.

Robin Dutt, it might be time to pack your things and go.

Hertha Berlin 1 - 4 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg pulled themselves right into the thick of the Europa League race with a 4-1 victory in Berlin led by a brace from Patrick Helmes.

Hertha struck first in the 9th minute when Diego Benaglio deflected a shot right into the path of Levan Kobiashvili. The ball only needed to be touched by the midfielder to find the back of the net.

Ashkan Dejagah started to push forward for Wolfsburg. After half an hour, he created the first goal when Hertha defender Christoph Janker could only get a foot on his shot. The ball deflected off the post and into his own net to bring the score level.

Dejagah struck again minutes later with a brilliant ball that found Helmes at the near post for the goal. Helmes grabbed a second at the end of the half but not before Mario Mandzukic was able to find his way onto the score sheet.

The loss keeps Hertha second from bottom on 26 points and 4 points from safety. Unless things turn around quickly for them, the Bundesliga could be in for another season without the capital club.

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Borussia Dortmund Vs. Stuttgart, 2012 Bundesliga: Final Score 4-4 After Thriller

Well, that was a thing that happened. Bundelisga leaders Borussia Dortmund would have been expecting a tough game at home against VFB Stuttgart, but neither side would have been expecting what ended up transpiring at the Wastfalenstadion on Friday - an insane 4-4 draw that featured both sides coming from behind twice and six goals in the final twenty minutes.

For a long time it actually looked like a pretty standard Dortmund home game in that they were winning pretty comfortably. Shinji Kagawa opened up the scoring just after the half-hour mark, finishing off a move he'd started after Sebastian Kehl knocked down a left-sided cross for him to sweep home from close range. Jacob Blaszczykowski made it 2-0 just after the break, finishing easily past Sven Ulreich when put free on goal by Mats Hummels' clever cross.

From there, Dortmund should have cruised. They didn't.

Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back for the visitors with twenty minutes left after a well-worked free kick enabled Zdravko Kuzmanovic to flick the ball back to him ten yards from goal, and it was no consolation - Stuttgart would score twice more in the next ten minutes to take a 3-2 lead. It was Julien Scheiber who notched both goals, dancing past Roman Weidenfeller for his first before a sweet left-footed finish from 16 yards saw Stuttgart take the lead.

Dortmund had suddenly gone from a comfortable lead to a one-goal deficit, and they were pretty unhappy about it. Yellow shirts surged forwards and before long Hummels had the equaliser thanks to some odd defending by Stuttgart, who simply stood off the centre back and allowed him to rifle a shot into Ulreich's bottom corner from just outside the area.

And they weren't done there - although injury time was looming the hosts knew they'd be able to snatch another goal, and a series of corner ended up with Ivan Perisic burying a stunning volley right into the top corner from ten yards out to make it 4-3. The home fans went mental, and so too did Jurgen Klopp on the sideline - three points were seemingly secure.

Except they weren't. The second and third minutes of injury time saw some absolutely shocking defending by Dortmund, and ultimately that meant that substitute Christian Gentner was allowed to waltz into the box, cut back past a desperate tackle, and bring the Westfalenstadion crashing back down to earth with a cool finish to make it 4-4.

It was a thrilling match, but Dortmund would have far preferred the boring three points. They've lost yet more ground to the onrushing Bayern Munich in the title race, and they would have won here if not for a pair of pretty awful defensive collapses. Yike.

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