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Re: The German Football Thread
« Reply #210 on: October 21, 2015, 05:45:22 PM »
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Wolfsburg 4-2 Hoffenheim
(Kruse 1', 62', 82', Dost 7' - Toljan 30', Schmid 54')

A Max Kruse hat-trick saw Wolfsburg come out on top in a topsy-turvy Bundesliga encounter with Hoffenheim at the Volkswagen Arena. Kruse, a summer signing from Borussia Mönchengladbach, had failed to score for his new club but opened his account in style as Wolfsburg ran out 4-2 winners.

Kruse started the scoring binge inside the first minute, and Bas Dost headed in a Julian Draxler crossonly a few ticks of the clock later. It looked as though Hoffenheim were in for a thrashing. But Jeremy Toljan handed Hoffenheim a lifeline, and nine minutes into the second half, Jonathan Schmid finished off a fine move involving Kevin Volland to level the scores.

But despite pegging Wolfsburg back, the visitors couldn't seal the deal. Instead, Luiz Gustavo broke from his normal midfield position and crossed for Kruse's second of the afternoon. And a few minutes after coming off the bench, Andre Schürrle turned creator, beating the offside trap and delivering for Kruse who cushioned home his third.

The Wolves are slowly beginning to find form following the departure of Kevin de Bruyne. Meanwhile, pressure will increase on Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol whose team remains mired at the bottom.

Sourced from Deutsche Welle.

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« Reply #211 on: October 21, 2015, 05:50:32 PM »
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Hamburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen's Bundesliga form this season is falling well short of expectations, and nowhere was this more apparent than in their goalless draw at Hamburg.

Hamburg keeper Rene Adler turned in a fine performance, making a number of crucial saves. The best chance for Leverkusen in the first half was through Javier Hernandez who claimed for a penalty kick after a tackle from Dennis Diekmeier. But the whsitle remained silent.

Adler saved later in the half against Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Karim Bellarabi to keep his clean sheet. And Bruno Labbadia's side could have scored themselves towards the end. But no dice for goals - the match ended scoreless. The Northern Germans have 11 points on the board, while Leverkusen have 14 - not bad, but a long way from great.

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« Reply #212 on: October 21, 2015, 05:55:39 PM »
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Eintracht Frankfurt 1-5 Borussia Mönchengladbach
(Meier 29' - Raffael 16', 57', Dahoud 47', Hahn 86, 90')

Raffael scored a double on his 200th appearance for Borussia Mönchengladbach as they secured their fourth win in successive league games under Andre Schubert.

The Brazilian forward opened the scoring on 16 minutes, but another spot kick would peg the away side back. For the 10th time this season, Gladbach conceded a penalty on the half hour mark and Alexander Meier converted.

After the restart, Gladbach came out all guns blazing, playing all-out attacking football. Man of the match Mahmoud Dahoud saw his shot deflected into the net from 25 yards, while the German-Syrian midfielder assisted Raffael for the third and won the penalty kick for the fourth. Andre Hahn then stepped up on 86 minutes and at the final whistle for the Foals who move into 11th position.

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« Reply #213 on: October 21, 2015, 06:03:29 PM »
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Cologne 0-1 Hannover
(Andreasen 38')

Blown calls help Hannover
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It's a truism in football that the better team doesn't always win, and that was certainly the leitmotif in Cologne, as the hosts lost 1-0 to Hannover on a goal that should have never been.

The Billy Goats set the tone in the first half but lacked the final punch to get on the scoreboard. Instead it was Hannover nicking the lead in minute 38 in a fashion that had fans in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion clenching their fists in rage.

Christian Schulz got a head to a corner, and the ball was deflected, drawing a fine palmed save by Cologne keeper Timo Horn. But Leon Andreasen swept it over the line with his right forearm - an obvious handball.

Obvious to everyone but referee Bastian Dankert and his team. The goal stood, and Hannover took an unjust 1-0 lead into the dressing rooms. On his way there, Cologne coach Peter Stöger demonstratively offered Dankert his glasses.

"It's irritating that we had a handball referee today," Cologne sports director Jörg Schmadtke fumed after the final whistle. "Give our regards to the German Football Association."

The Billy Goats attacked furiously after the break, maintaining 63 percent of possession and getting off twice as many shots on goal as the visitors. But Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler showed the form that has made him a German national, parrying a number of late efforts and sending the northern Germans home 1-0 winners.

Hannover move up to seventh in the table, while Cologne stay seventh.
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« Reply #214 on: October 21, 2015, 06:09:42 PM »
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Stuttgart 1-0 Ingolstadt
(Didavi 59')

Stuttgart squeak by Ingolstadt
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Another refereeing blunder made the difference in Sunday's late match, a 1-0 home win for Stuttgart over Ingolstadt.

Ingolstadt have themselves to blame for not taking any points from this one. The newly-promoted upstarts were awarded a penalty after only four minutes, when Martin Harnik brought down Benjamin Hübner. But Mathew Leckie rolled a feeble penalty in the middle, and much-maligned Stuttgart keeper Przemyslaw Tyton saved easily.

That was pretty much all she wrote for highlights for almost sixty minutes, with the two sides cancelling one another out in midfield. Then on the hour mark Stuttgart were gifted the lead.

Defender Florian Klein put in a cross, and an onrushing Daniel Didavi froze Ingolstadt keeper Ramazan Özcan. Didavi was slightly offside, but the goal was allowed to count. It was a forgivable refereeing mistake in the absence of an instant replay.

Ingolstadt were unable to muster a response, and Stuttgart booked a 1-0 victory that took them from dead last up to fifteenth in the table. Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and Augsburg currently make up the bottom three.

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« Reply #215 on: October 21, 2015, 06:18:43 PM »
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Augsburg 0-2 Darmstadt
(Wagner 7', Niemeyer 29')

Dirk Schuster's men claimed another impressive scalp in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at Augsburg.

Set-piece situations were once again crucial. In minute 7, Sandro Wagner headed in Konstantin Rausch's excellent corener. It was redemption for the striker who missed a potentially game-tying penalty in Darmstadt's last outing.

Chances for the hosts were extremely limited and when Peter Niemeyer scored on 29 minutes, the home fans must have already known what was coming. Augsburg had 20 shots on goal throughout and more than 72% possession, but the visitors remained compact as a unit and ground out another fine away victory.

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« Reply #216 on: October 21, 2015, 06:29:48 PM »
The Bundesliga standings after 9 outings. Note the position of the promoted teams Ingolstadt and Darmstadt. Even Hamburg  ... which had to battle with Karlsruher (the 3rd placed finisher in the second flight) to maintain its place in the league ... is reasonably positioned.

Trivia question: which nation (aside from Germany) provides the highest number of captains (FOUR) in the Bundesliga?
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« Reply #217 on: October 24, 2015, 11:47:09 AM »
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Hoffenheim 0-1 Hamburg
(Lasogga 88')

Hamburg and Hoffenheim in role reversal
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Remarkable to think last season's relegation escape artists and European hopefuls have swapped roles just 10 games into the new Bundesliga season. A late winner for Hamburg on Friday night leaves them flying.

Change is afoot in the Bundesliga. Tipped for European success, Hoffenheim has floundered. Tipped for further relegation woe, Hamburg is stabilizing. It seems odd to suggest that these two clubs are swapping places, but after Pierre-Michel Lasogga's late winner against Hoffenheim at the start of matchday 10, the Bundesliga table shows that is very much the case.

Hamburg has calmed under the now not-so-new head coach Bruno Labbadia. Their form remains patchy - two wins, two defeats and a draw in their last five - but is certainly heading in the right direction. Labbadia has restored confidence in the defense, which once again kept a clean sheet. Under the maturing leadership of Johan Djourou and returning strength of goalkeeper Rene Adler, Hamburg is threatening to be nowhere near the relegation battle this season. Considering last year the club escaped second-division football by the skin of their teeth thanks to a remarkable relegation playoff turnaround, that is quite some achievement. The difference is, this season they are winning games they lost or drew last season and that has put them inside the top 10 with a healthy 14 points from the first 10 games of the season.

Final week for Gisdol?

Hamburg's Friday night visit to Sinsheim to play Hoffenheim was not a pretty spectacle. There was plenty of effort, but little end product as both sides exchanged periods of momentum. Across the game though, Hamburg was the better team and only ended the half level because Oliver Baumann made two strong saves. With 20 minutes to go, Hamburg was handed that final incentive when Ermin Bicakcic picked up a needless second yellow card to leave the home side a man down. And just in time, Lasogga was on hand at the back post to finish off into an empty net after good work by Michael Gregoritsch (Hamburg's outstanding performer on the night) and former Hoffenheim man Sven Schipplock.

As much as Markus Gisdol needed a win, Hoffenheim didn't deserve three points. One though, might just have been fair. The fact they lost is perhaps typical of their season so far, as is the manner in which they conceded. The problem was, for their few chances, they looked short of a plan. Understandably, Kevin Volland's individual quality couldn't shoulder the responsibility alone (he really is missing Roberto Firmino). Granted, new man Eduardo Vargas has been a good addition, but he has been just as hot and cold as his new team.

There was lots of talk before the game about an ultimatum being in place for Gisdol, a head coach who apparently lacks enough communication skills for Hoffenheim's chief financial source, millionaire-man Dietmar Hopp. If the picture was bad beforehand, it was bleak afterwards. Hoffenheim has just six points so far this season and is one point off the foot of the Bundesliga table. The squad good enough to finish in the top 10 is floundering. All eyes will be on what happens next at the unpopular Bundesliga club, but it is hard to imagine the man who brought so much stability might have reached his ceiling.
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« Reply #218 on: October 24, 2015, 12:35:55 PM »
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Leverkusen 4-3 Stuttgart
Leverkusen came from 3-1 down to beat Stuttgart 4-3 in the game of the matchday. Martin Harnik (50') and Daniel Didavi (54') scored to put the visitors ahead, before Karim Bellarabi (57') pulled one back in a frantic seven minutes. Lukas Rupp (60') restored Stuttgart's two-goal margin three minutes later, but then Leverkusen scored three straight goals as Sebastian Boenisch (70'), Chicharito (71'), and finally Admir Mehmedi (89') completed the sensational comeback.
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« Reply #219 on: October 24, 2015, 12:36:42 PM »
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Hannover 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
After a first half that saw the two teams hardly threaten each other's goals, Felix Klaus put the home side ahead in the 51st minute. Frankfurt, appearing in an all-gold away strip, though, struck back for the win with a brace from 19-year-old midfielder Marc Stendera (57', 65').
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« Reply #220 on: October 24, 2015, 12:37:43 PM »
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Mainz 1-3 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen easily beat Mainz thanks to a brace from Anthony Ujah (39',44'), followed up by a Fin Bartels goal just before the teams headed off for the break. Yoshinori Muto spoiled Bremen's clean sheet in the 90th minute.

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« Reply #221 on: October 24, 2015, 12:38:18 PM »
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Darmstadt 0-1 Wolfsburg
Coach Dirk Schuster's Lilies defended bravely throughout, but Dieter Hecking's far more expensive and talented side were not to be denied. Daniel Caligiuri (78') scored the only goal the Wolves would need to leave south-Hesse with three points.

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Bayern Munich 4-0 Cologne
Cologne put 10 men behind the ball, but Bayern attacked relentlessly and were full value for the 4-0 scoreline that gave Munich their 1,000 Bundeliga victory. Arjen Robben celebrated his comeback from injury by opening the scoring in the 35th minute. This was followed by goals from Arturo Vidal (40'), Robert Lewandowski (62'), and Thomas Müller from the spot (77').

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« Reply #223 on: October 28, 2015, 02:34:01 PM »
Hoffenheim name Nagelsmann as Stevens' successor
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In what must be a first for the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim have named two new head coaches in the space of 24 hours. Huub Stevens is to be followed by the league's youngest-ever Bundesliga coach.

When reporters learned of a press conference to unveil Hoffenheim's new head coach on Tuesday, they probably were only expecting to hear from the 61-year-old Stevens, who had been named as the successor to the sacked Markus Gisdol on Monday. Sporting director Alexander Rosen, though, had something of a rabbit up his sleeve.

Before introducing Stevens, whose contract runs through the end of the current season, Rosen announced that the Dutchman's successor had already been found. Steven is to be succeeded on July 1 by Julian Nagelsmann, the coach of Hoffenheim's under-19 team.

Not only is the decision unusual, coming just a day after Steven's appointment was announced, but many will see it as risky, as Nagelsmann will be just 28 years old when he takes the post, and he is still working on the coaching badges needed to take charge of a Bundesliga club. Assuming Stevens manages to keep Hoffenheim - who are currently in second-last place - in the Bundesliga, Nagelsmann would become the youngest head coach in the league's history.

'Courageous' decision

Speaking to reporters, Rosen described the club's decision to appoint Nagelsmann, whom he described as one of the brightest young coaching talents in German football, not as risky, but rather as "courageous."

"We are convinced about his quality and his authority," Rosen said.

Nagelsmann did not appear at the press conference, but issued a statement saying that he "was looking forward to this exciting task" and that was thankful to the club for entrusting him with this opportunity.

Meet Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann: the youngest coach in Bundesliga history
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Prodigious coach Julian Nagelsmann is more in line with Hoffenheim's strategic planning, writes DW's Ross Dunbar who interviewed the 28-year-old when he was last involved with the first-team as co-trainer in 2013.

 From his hotel in Portugal during Hoffenheim's winter training camp, Julian Nagelsmann spoke with enthusiasm about the task ahead. Hoffenheim were third-bottom of the Bundesliga in January 2013 when the club needed inspiration.

Nagelsmann, then just 25, was named co-trainer - largely the number two - with Franz Kramer. Culminating in a nail-biting final day win at Borussia Dortmund, the pair kept Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga by the very smallest of margins.

Naglesmann breezed through his coaching badges with aid of a glowing reference from Thomas Tuchel, the current boss of Borussia Dortmund, who he worked with briefly at FC Augsburg. His playing career with cut short when he sustained a knee injury during an U19 match against Eintracht Frankfurt that led to two years of injury hell.

After hanging up his boots, he went into the academic world. He managed just four semesters studying Business Administration before defecting to a Sport Science degree, in which he now holds a Bachelor's Degree. Nagelsmann has moved up the ladder, coaching from U16 to U19 level with the side from the southwest.

Backed by Tuchel

"Coaching is more enjoyable than playing,” he insisted robustly in an interview published on A Football Report in 2013. "As a player you just go and train – but as a coach or a trainer you think what you can do to improve the team, or specific parts of the game. You will do that on the field and after the training: you say that was the right or the wrong way.

“My philosophy is to attack the opponents near their own goal because your own way to the goal is not as along, if you get the ball higher up," he explained. “I like the way Villarreal play and they have a great way of coaching young players. I also like FC Barcelona and Arsenal, as well as, the work of Arsene Wenger.

"They play very good football. I think the Spanish way is the philosophy is similar to mines and in Spain they are very good at coaching young players for the team. I haven't seen it much with Villarreal but it is interesting to see how they train and it is very good for these young players."

With two more years of coaching the U19s under his belt, leading them to the German championship in 2013, the appointment of Nagelsmann shows more long-term thinking from sporting director Alexander Rosen. Having turned down a move to Bayern Munich this summer, his promotion to the first-team was a matter of when, not if.

Hoffenheim are moving towards a model of harnessing its own talents from the academy, and so promoting from within ahead of next season is economically sound management. Those in the current U19 side will be thrilled with the door as open as ever for a spot in the Bundesliga.

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« Reply #224 on: October 28, 2015, 02:54:15 PM »
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Dortmund 5-1 Augsburg
Aubameyang 18', 85', 91'; Reus 21', 33' - Bobadilla 49'

Dortmund demolish Augsburg, Gladbach win
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Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg both came into the match off Europa League wins on Thursday. But whereas visitors Augsburg looked as though they were wearing lead weights around their ankles, Thomas Tuchel's charges seemed elated to get back to Western Europe and strut their stuff for their home fans.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already poked a shot toward Augsburg's goal in the opening seconds of a half that would see Dortmund hog three-quarters of the ball. Ironically, BVB's first goal came as Augsburg seemed to have weathered the initial storm and settled into the match.

In minute 18, one-touch passes by Matthias Ginter, Gonzalo Castro and Ilkay Gündogan had Augsburg's defenders chasing their tails. Güngogan fed Aubameyang for a simple tap-in. Dortmund were off and running.

Only three minutes later, Shinji Kagawa dribbled his way past Jan-Ingwer Callsen Bracker and slid the ball over to Marco Reus, who fired it into the roof of the net. Kagawa and Reus were back at it in minute 33, with the Japanese midfielder back-heeling the ball for his teammate to score Dortmund's third.

The goals revived memories of BVB's championship-winning seasons, but listless and disoriented Augsburg also certainly had a hand in making Tuchel's men look so good. Even when Augsburg grabbed a lucky lifeline shortly after the break, with an off-side Raul Bobadilla heading in a Tobias Werner free kick, Augsburg never seriously threatened to rain on Dortmund's parade.

Instead they were lucky not to be down a man after Tobias Werner expressed Augsburg's frustration with a studs-up challenge that left its mark on Sokratis' thigh. Dortmund shifted down a gear or two, but still polished their opponents off. Aubameyang latched on to a shot by substitute Adrian Ramos five minutes from time. And he completed his hat-trick - and the slaughter - when Kagawa picked him out utterly unmarked in front of goal in injury time. The striker from Gabon also drew level with Bayern's Robert Lewandowski with 13 goals at the top of the scorers' list.

The 5-1 win will put smiles on faces in Dortmund not only because it saw BVB solidify their hold on second place. Man of the match Shinji Kagawa also showed a return to the sort of form he displayed before his ill-advised departure to Manchester United in 2012. After all, the Japanese playmaker was particularly influential the last time Dortmund won the Bundesliga title.

Augsburg, on the other hand, remain rock bottom, and it's hard to discount the idea that the small Bavarian side, which punched above its weight to finish fifth last season, simply cannot handle playing in European as well as domestic competitions. Against Dortmund, in any case, the Acorn Boys looked very much like relegation candidates.

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« Reply #225 on: October 28, 2015, 03:00:03 PM »
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Monchengladbach 3-1 Schalke
Stindl 32', Raffael 70', Korb 84' - Christensen 44' (o.g).

Gladbach beat Schalke, Geis with horrid foul
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Hosts Mönchengladbach were nearly as dominant as Dortmund in the first half of Sunday's late match against Schalke. But they weren't nearly as efficient.

The Foals drew a number of fine saves from Schalke keeper Ralf Fährmann, whose case for inclusion in the German national team is getting stronger every week. Gladbach needed some help from the referee to break the ice. On the half-hour mark, Dennis Aogo brought down Julian Korb in the box. Wolfgang Stark was in a strict mood and pointed to the spot.

Fährmann parried Lars Stindl's penalty, but Stindl got his head to the rebound to give the Foals a deserved lead. Less deserved was Schalke's equalizer one minute before the break. Max Meyer crossed a loose ball in front of goal, which Gladbach defender Andreas Christiansen turned in for an own goal.

That lucky leveler seemed to put wind in Schalke's sails, and the Royal Blues came out of the interval much improved. But this time Gladbach scored against the run of play. In minute 70, Raffael curled in a 16-meter free kick.

Schalke fought back, and the match grew more ill-tempered. In minute 80, Johannes Geis was sent off with a straight red for a late high foul on Gladbach's André Hahn. Hahn's leg was bent at an unnatural angle, and he was stretchered off. Geis can expect a lengthy ban for a more-than-rash challenge.

Four minutes later, Korb nailed down Gladbach's victory with a tightly angled shot to make the final score 3-1. The Foals have now won five straight after losing their first five matches of the season. André Schubert's record remains perfectly, which will have more and more fans calling for his interim-coach status to be made more permanent.

Schalke remain third but drop back four points behind arch-rivals Dortmund.

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Ingolstadt 0-1 Hertha Berlin 1
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Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Bayern Munich

Frankfurt stop Bayern express
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Before the start of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season, not many would have predicted that Eintracht Frankfurt would be the side to stop Bayern Munich's quest for a season full of wins.

A record was broken at the start of matchday 11, but it wasn't the one everyone was expecting. With all eyes on Bayern Munich and whether or not they would stretch their win-streak to 11 consecutive league games (leveling the record set by Tottenham in 1960/61), it was Frankfurt's Stefan Aigner who set the record of the night after picking up the fastest booking in Bundesliga history. Eighteen seconds into the game, Aigner clattered into Rafinha and so began Bayern's first 0-0 draw since matchday nine of the 2014/15 season.

This was all of the dominance of Bayern in recent weeks, just without the end product. Pep Guardiola's charges never really found a way through, although, as captain Philipp Lahm said afterwards, that is difficult against a defensively-focused side.

 To begin with Bayern had Frankfurt so cramped in it looked like Frankfurt (in black) were Bayern's (in white) very own shadows. Possession rocketed to 90 percent and at one point, there were even nine Bayern players in the Frankfurt box. Robert Lewandowski was caught offside more often than he threatened, but Javi Martinez was the man guilty of missing the first half's best chance when he failed to connect properly to a free header. Seconds after the restart, in-form Douglas Costa went one further and fired wide when Carlos Zambrano's slip presented him with a one-on-one chance.

Chances for both, but no goals

In a game expected to go only one way, Frankfurt were still alive after the first 45 minutes thanks to just enough solidarity in defense. Ten minutes into the second half, and Frankfurt had created just as many chances on goal than their fearsome visitors. Alex Meier, perhaps all worn out from defending in the first 45 minutes, only half reacted to a flick on from a corner before promising youngster Marc Stendera mishit a free shot at goal after Manuel Neuer uncharacteristically fluffed a long ball. Stendera's was a glorious chance. The kind of chance a more ruthless, experience side would convert without hesitation.

 On this night though, not even Bayern were that side. Rafinha was sacrificed for the ever-reliable Thomas Müller, but not even he could find enough space to manipulate. Philipp Lahm tried to squeeze in an assist in attack, before he got booked for the first time in the Bundesliga since a trip to Nürnberg in the 2013/14 season. Lahm also scored on that day, but there was to be no repeat heroics in Frankfurt. Not even Lewandowski, a man who has raced to 13 goals this season, could take advantage when he broke free inside the last ten minutes. He later had the ball in the back of the net, but just to add further pain to a frustrating night for the Pole he was (correctly) ruled out for offside.

Arjen Robben was rightfully booked for a rather embarrassing dive late on as he sought a penalty to win the game in a desperate finale from both sides. In the end, popular or not, Frankfurt's defensive display earned them a point that many won't get near to this season. Thomas Müller said Bayern were not responsible for keeping the league competitive. In the same breath, Frankfurt are not committed to playing 90 minutes of attacking football every week and on this night, that was nearly enough for more than one special point.

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« Reply #228 on: November 04, 2015, 12:22:36 PM »
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Koln 0-0 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim's fans were hoping for a turnaround under new coach Huub Stevens. The Dutchman, who's becoming famous for saving teams from the drop, once described his philosophy as: 'the first and foremost thing is keeping a clean sheet.' And that's exactly what the Hoff got in his debut - a goalless draw against Cologne.

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« Reply #229 on: November 04, 2015, 12:31:05 PM »
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Augsburg - Mainz
(Verhaegh (p) 42', Koo 50', Bobadilla 81' - Muto 18', 30', 93')

Muto hits hat trick in Mainz draw
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On target in last week’s defeat to Werder Bremen, Muto opened the scoring with an easy finish in the 18th minute, tapping into an empty net after Pablo de Blasis had beaten Hong Jeong-ho to provide the assist.

The summer signing from FC Tokyo made it 2-0 with another close-range finish on the half-hour mark, but Paul Verhaegh’s penalty three minutes before the interval for Augsburg reduced the arrears.

Augsburg roared back early in the second half and South Korea international Koo Ja-cheol steered home Caiuby’s cross to make it 2-2 before Raul Bobadilla appeared to have completed a sensational comeback by drilling home to make it 3-2 with nine minutes remaining.

But Muto was to have the last word, lashing home his sixth goal of the season deep into stoppage time to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

“It would have been best if I had scored four goals and the team had won, but we were 3-2 down, so it’s good that we managed to draw,” Muto said.

“We were behind so and I’m delighted that I scored the goal that rescued my team. I think we got this result because we kept trying right until the very end. The team’s spirit was fantastic.”

Muto is only the second Japanese player after Naohiro Takahara to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. Takahara did it in December 2006 in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-2 win away to Alemania Aachen.

“Of course I am pleased about that — I didn’t know that I’m the second one,” said Muto. “I am really happy but I am not going to let it affect me one way or the other and hopefully I can keep scoring for the team.”
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« Reply #230 on: November 04, 2015, 12:38:39 PM »
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Schalke - Ingolstadt
(Sane 77' - Levels 39')

Schalke held at home by Ingolstadt
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Schalke incurred the wrath of their fans for a poor first-half showing as they were held 1-1 by promoted Ingolstadt at the Arena AufSchalke.

Tobias Levels gave Ingolstadt the lead five minutes before half-time, turning the ball in with the outside of his boots and ensuring the home team entered the dressing room to whistles from their supporters at the interval.

The Royal Blues were much improved in the second 45 minutes, but Ingolstadt packed men in behind the ball and defended resolutely.

Schalke nevertheless made the breakthrough with just over 10 minutes remaining, Leroy Sane heading in Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's cross to salvage a point for Andre Breitenreiter's men.

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« Reply #231 on: November 04, 2015, 12:49:14 PM »
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Hamburg - Hannover
(Gregoritsch 6' - Kiyotake (p) 59', Sane 67')

Hannover get lucky win in Hamburg
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If Stuttgart were slightly fortunate to get their three points, Hannover needed a full-on godsend to book their 2-1 victory in Hamburg.

The visitors looked as though they hadn't quite gotten up out of bed at the opening whistle and were duly punished for it. After just six minutes, Nicolai Müller skipped past Marcelo and slid the ball in front of goal, where Michael Gregoritsch only needed to hold out his foot to put Hamburg ahead.

The hosts couldn't add to their advantage in the first-half, but Hannover showed the lack of inspiration that had keep them at or near the bottom of the table all season. The visitors failed to create a single clear-cut chance in the first-half.

The situation remained unchanged after the break until the hour mark, when Emir Spahic lunged clumsily in the box. Uffe Bech took a tumble, and Hiroshi Kiyotake converted the soft penalty.

Eight minutes later, defensive midfielder Salif Sané pushed forward and passed the ball to Kiyotake, who returned it with a cross. Sané's header was inch perfect. Hamburg had put nine shots on goal to Hannover's three, but Hannover led 2-1.

"I can't explain how we managed to lose this match," Hamburg midfielder Ivo Ilicevic said afterward. "We had the game under control in the first half and could have been ahead by two or three goals. Hannover was almost dead. Then they turn the game around, and no one can say why."

That was the end of the story. Hannover ran out the winners despite Hamburg putting the ball on target more than three times as often. The result moves Hannover out of the relegation zone, currently occupied by Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and Augsburg.

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« Reply #232 on: November 04, 2015, 12:55:01 PM »
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Stuttgart 2-0 Darmstadt
(68' Garics (o.g.), 98' Werner)

Stuttgart were quicker out of the blocks in front of a noisy home crowd and very nearly went ahead within a minute. Daniel Didavi with a good look at goal, but the midfielder couldn't open the scoring.

As they have so often this campaign, the Bundesliga's smallest team weathered the initial pressure to make a game of it. By half-time, Darmstadt were Stuttgart's equals, although neither side had generated much in the way of goal chances.

The Lillies were the better side after the interval but were unable to take advantage of the mounting pressure they produced. Stuttgart benefited from a four-minute flurry of attacking activity with just over 20 minutes to play. Timo Werner first rattled the crossbar before a Christian Gentner cross forced Darmstadt defender György Garics to back-head the ball into his own net.

Werner could have extended Stuttgart's lead but dilly-dallied. After that, it was all Darmstadt, with speedster Marcel Heller putting his stamp on the match. On 83 minuts, Stuttgart keeper Przemyslaw Tyton blocked Heller in a one-on-one situation. And two minutes from time, the Pole produced a fine save from Luca Caldirola's near-post header.

"We deserved a point," a philosophical Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster told reporters. "We lost the game but it won't kill us."

Despite Darmstadt's pluck, in the final scene of the game, Werner rounded the keeper Christian Mathenia to secure a 2-0 win for Stuttgart.

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Wolfsburg 2-1 Leverkusen
(Bendtner 36', Draxler 77' - Chicharito 40')

Self-interest is rarely so transparent as when coaches are asked, in the wake of an officiating error, whether technology should play a greater role in football. Such was the case in Wolfsburg on Saturday evening when referee Manuel Gräfe allowed a goal for the hosts to stand despite the assist coming from a clear offside position.

"That's something for the powers that be to decide, not me," growled Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking. "In any case, we had a clear penalty not given in the second-half so things even out."

"If we have the capabilities, we shouldn't leave situations like this that decide games up to referees," said Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt. "Debatable situations are part of the sport, but not decisions that decide games. There's too much at stake."

You can bet the positions the two men took would have been reversed, had Gräfe's mistake benefited Leverkusen and not Wolfsburg. To his credit, the 42-year old official admitted that he'd dropped the ball and apologized, saying "There are better days as a referee, and then there are ones like these."

But as any coach on the losing end of a wrong call immediately acknowledges, there would be more such better days if officials had the chance to review key decisions. Critics claim video replays would destroy the flow of the game - something that has proven not to be the case in tennis, baseball, American football, rugby and basketball, just to name a few. But why simply make a no-brainer change when one can discuss it season after season after season?

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Hertha Berlin 1-4 Borussia Monchengladbach
(82' (p) Baumjohann - Wendt 26', Raffael 28', Xhaka (p) 54', Nordveit 91')

When André Schubert was promoted from Borussia Mönchengladbach's youth ranks to coach of the first team earlier this fall, he would hardly have imagined himself equalling one of the Bundesliga's longest standing records. But with the Foals' 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Schubert's sixth straight victory, he matched Willi Entenmann's best-ever coaching debut with Stuttgart from 1985.

The most amazing thing is that the streak came after Gladbach had lost their first five matches of the season.

The Foals had a relatively easy time of it in the German capital against a passive Hertha side, who themselves have been strong so far this season. Oscar Wendt and Raffael took the visitors to a first half-lead, exploiting their opponents' defensive lapses. Granit Xhaka added a penalty and Harvard Nordveit a late strike after the interval. Alexander Baumjohann's penalty for Hertha was a mere blip on the capital club's otherwise flat-lining EKG.

Despite the one-sidedness of the match, some of the main factors in Gladbach's unique recovery were on clear display. The Foals' defense has benefited from greater playing time given to experienced individuals, like Alvaro Dominguez. Schubert is also wise to put his trust in speedster Ibrihima Traoré, who drew Gladbach's penalty.

With nearly everything going right, the Foals now have the sort of self-perpetuating momentum that allows them to brush aside teams like Hertha. The capital-club had yet to lose a home match prior to Saturday and had the Bundesliga's third best defense. But they had no chance against a streaking Gladbach side that has now risen all the way to the top third of the table.

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« Reply #235 on: November 04, 2015, 01:24:38 PM »
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Bremen 1-3 Dortmund
(Ujah 32' - Reus 9' + 72' Mkhitaryan 44')

If you close your eyes and wish really, really hard, you might almost be able to convince yourself that the title race is back on. At least the gap in the table between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is back down to five points, after Thomas Tuchel's men cruised past Werder Bremen 3-1.

Marco Reus, who finally seems to have recovered from his numerous knocks and niggles, was the man of the match, finishing off passes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in minutes 9 and 72. Mkhitaryan himself headed in a marvelous cross from Mats Hummels just before the break, after Anthony Ujah had equalized. Werder looked more switched on than in recent weeks, but they were no match for Dortmund and will look forward to facing easier opposition next week.

Completing a pleasant afternoon for Dortmund fans was the fact that arch-rivals Schalke could only manage a 1-1 draw at home against newly promoted Ingolstadt. The visitors took the lead through journeyman defender Tobias Levels - only his third strike ever in the top flight - just before half-time.

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« Reply #236 on: November 07, 2015, 04:19:04 AM »
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Hannover 1-3 Hertha
(Kiyotake 72' - Kalou 32', 64', 88' pen.)

Kalou finally the right man in blue
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Hertha Berlin were tipped for a lot worse than a top four spot, but thanks to a stronger team ethic and a striker from the Ivory Coast, they are currently one of the best four teams in the Bundesliga.

It's hard to believe that Salomon Kalou made 254 appearances for Chelsea. The Ivorian had flashes of brilliance for the Premier League club and even started that Champions League final against Bayern Munich, but fell short of the heroic status that countryman Didier Drogba achieved. Three years on and still wearing blue and still playing in a capital, Kalou has finally become the number one striker, and in Friday's win against Hannover, the 30-year-old showed why.

In the first half, Hertha were good, but Kalou was better. Both Hertha's fluidity in attack and their ability to control the game was credit to the work Pal Dardai has done, but the game still needed Kalou. Great poise from Genki Haraguichi left Kalou with the chance at the end of a counterattack shortly after the half-hour mark. The Champions League winner's close control and instinctive finish went through the legs of the defender and past Ron-Robert Zieler.

The second half meant the second goal for Kalou. With Hannover daring to seize on the usual momentum swing and use the noise of the home crowd, Kalou suddenly found himself bearing down on goal. Without hesitation he angled his run and finished into the far corner.

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Re: The German Football Thread
« Reply #237 on: April 10, 2016, 09:39:14 AM »
Watched, Schalke vs Dortmund. 2-2. The second half was absolutely fantastic.

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« Reply #238 on: September 09, 2016, 01:39:23 PM »
http://rivosportt.info/ch17.html

Schalke v. Bayern Munich. 0-0 Second half just kicked off. English commentary.
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« Reply #239 on: September 09, 2016, 02:32:56 PM »
Will Lewandowski ever play in the Barclays Premier League? Once again, Bayern solved the puzzle of overcoming the deadlock.

 

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