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Bundesliga Wrap, Week 14: Top five teams all come away with wins

Schalke picked up an important win this week to keep only four points between the club and fourth place.

Lars Baron

Friday, November 29

Wolfsburg 1-1 Hamburg

Wolfsburg started well and probably should've scored first, but Ivica Olic was unable to find the back of the net with two chances. Hakan Calhanoglu would give Hamburg the surprise early lead with a free kick. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio misjudged it, and the ball struck the crossbar and went in after hitting Benaglio. A few minutes later, Heiko Westermann fouled Daniel Caligiuri. Ricardo Rodriguez dispatched the penalty to level the score. Hamburg had multiple attacks in the second half and had firm control of the match, but they were never able to beat Benaglio for the winner.

Saturday, November 30

Bayern Munich 2-0 Eintracht Braunschweig

Braunschweig put everyone behind the ball in an attempt to keep Bayern at bay, but the Bavarians snatched the first goal just two minutes into the match. Mario Götze played an easy ball over the top of the Braunschweig defense to a sprinting Arjen Robben. The Dutchman's shot went off the post, but he was first to the round and headed it into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. A little while later, Toni Kroos sent a long pass to Robben. He brought the ball down on his chest and curled a shot into the corner for the 2-0 lead. Braunschweig came out swinging after this and should've pulled on back. Manuel Neuer came out of the penalty area to block Domi Kumbela's attempt, but Kevin Kratz was there to send the rebound toward the empty net. Luckily for Bayern, David Alaba was on hand to block the ball out of the air to prevent the Braunschweig goal and help Bayern to the 2-0 victory.

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Nürnberg

Leverkusen suffered their worst home defeat ever midweek in the Champions League against Manchester United, but they rebounded nicely this weekend to beat Nürnberg 3-0. Der Club started strong, but Leverkusen wrestled control of the match once Heung-Min Son put them up 1-0. Stefan Kießling scored just after the break to double Leverkusen's lead, and Son made it 3-0 to finish off the match.

Hoffenheim 4-4 Werder Bremen

Hoffenheim jumped out to an early two goal lead thanks to two penalties from Sejad Salihovic after fouls from Santiago Garcia and Cedric Makiadi. Werder would pull back both goals before halftime with Aaron Hunt scoring one and turning provider on the other. The first was a penalty that he easily converted, and the second saw Eljero Elia score on his cross. The two teams gave us three goals in the next thirteen minutes. Hoffenheim jumped out to a 4-2 lead on goals from Kevin Volland and Kai Herdling. In the 58th minute, Nils Petersen scored to make it 4-3. Hoffenheim thought that they were going to walk away with the big three points, but Philipp Bargfrede scored in stoppage time to steal a point for Werder.

Mainz 1-3 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund continued their good play after their midweek Champions League win over Napoli with a big 3-1 victory in Mainz. BVB took the lead in the second half on a free kick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting quickly pulled one back on a penalty for Mainz to level the score, but then things went downhill. Robert Lewandowski then converted two penalties to give BVB the 3-1 win.

Hertha Berlin 0-0 Augsburg

Hertha and Augsburg played to a scoreless draw. Boo.

Schalke 3-0 Stuttgart

Jefferson Farfan scored the first brace of his Bundesliga career to lead Schalke to a big 3-0 victory over Stuttgart. Farfan's first goal came in the 34th minute when his shot was too powerful for Sven Ulreich to stop, and it found it's way into the back of the net. Just after halftime, Christian Gentner fouled Julian Draxler in the penalty area, and Farfan converted the penalty to make it 2-0. Jermaine Jones sealed the deal late in the second half with a bullet from distance to end any hopes of a late Stuttgart comeback.

Sunday, December 1

Hannover 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Mame Biram Diouf opened the scoring after beating Kevin Trapp from close range after receiving a pass from Edgar Prib. Frankfurt went down a man in the second half after Martin Lanig was sent off for his second yellow card. Later in the half, Szabolcs Huszti scored a brilliant free kick to secure the 2-0 victory for Hannover.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 Freiburg

Gladbach won their fifth straight game on Sunday when Raffael's goal gave them a 1-0 victory of hapless Freiburg. The Foals hold on to their fourth place with a four point lead over Schalke.