• Monday, 25 January 2010

    Dortmund the form horse: Bundesliga reviews

    Freiburg 0-1 Stuttgart
    Nurnberg 1-1 Eintracht
    Hertha 0-0 Monchengladbach
    Bochum 2-2 Schalke
    Bremen 2-3 Bayern
    Mainz 1-0 Hannover
    Dortmund 1-0 Hamburg
    Wolfsburg 2-3 Cologne
    Hoffenheim 0-3 Leverkusen

    BvB won their sixth straight game at the weekend and are unbeaten since the derby defeat to Schalke back in September. Hamburg were the victims this time, though it came around too early for new HSV signing Ruud van Nistelrooy to figure, Nelson Valdez punishing Hamburg for not clearing their lines. Without regular keeper Roman Weidenfeller, Marc Ziegler had a rare start for BvB and kept his side in front with a string of saves. The one time he was beaten, Mladen Petric headed over the top.

    Bayern went top, briefly, after beating Bremen at the Weserstadion. Aaron Hunt gave Bremen an early lead, but Bayern went into half-time in front thanks to Thomas Muller and Ivica Olic. Hugo Almeida brought it back level quarter of an hour from time, but Arjen Robben fired in a free-kick from wide out off the underside of the crossbar. Bremen should still have secured a point, Marko Marin wrongly ruled offside in the dying moments. They were top for little more than 24 hours, before Leverkusen went to Hoffenheim and put a disappointing TSG side away. Sami Hyypia has been a terrific acquisition for Leverkusen, an imposing figure at the back, completely rejuvenated after looking jaded in his final days at Liverpool. This time, he popped up at the other end to grab his first Leverkusen goal ten minutes into the contest. Second half goals followed from the outstanding midfield duo Toni Kroos and Tranquillo Barnetta as Hoffenheim once again fail to start the second half of the season in any kind of form. Schalke lost ground in the title race as they blew a two-goal lead over neighbours Bochum. Vicente Sanchez and the in-form Kevin Kuranyi gave Schalke a 2-0 half-time lead and they were looking good to hold onto that as time ticked down. Even when Vahid Hashemian pulled one back eight minutes from time, there looked little to worry about. But Stanislav Sestak popped up two minutes into stoppage time to head Hashemian's cross past Manuel Neuer for a late equaliser.

    Hertha picked up another point in a lacklustre game with Gladbach who saw Juan Arango's penalty saved late in the first half. They remain three adrift of Nurnberg who also drew, 1-1 with Eintracht. Christian Eigler put Nurnberg ahead twenty minutes in, but it was all square by half-time, Benjamin Kohler on target for Eintracht, and so it remained. Hannover lost, but remain seven clear of Hertha. Andre Schuerrle's fourth minute goal, picking off a loose pass in defence, was enough for Mainz to end a six-game winless streak. Freiburg are just a point above Hannover after defeat to Stuttgart who climb to eleventh thanks to Ciprian Marica's goal late in the first half. Freiburg had a goal chalked off due to a much-debated offside call and Marica had a second ruled out harshly for high feet as he stabbed a corner into the net.

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