• Monday, 8 February 2010

    Bayern draw level as Leverkusen just draw: Bundesliga reviews

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

    Another draw for Leverkusen, their ninth of the season, allowed Bayern to draw level at the top of the table with their eighth straight win. Eren Derdiyok had put Leverkusen in front at Bochum just before the break, but Bochum are on a decent run of their own at the moment and Slovenian star Zlatko Dedic levelled it up with twenty minutes left. Bayern were impressive at Wolfsburg and the DFB must be proud of their intervention as Arjen Robben turned out in red leggings this week. Whatever the colour of his clothing, Robben is in fine form and Wolfsburg couldn't handle him. He stole in to snatch the first in the opening two minutes and was at the heart of the second and third as Bayern eased into a comfortable lead. Robben's corner eventually found Daniel van Buyten for his eighth of the season, equalling his best ever return, and his free-kick was converted by Franck Ribéry. The cue went in the rack, but Die Wolfe failed to get back into it when Grafite missed a penalty although the big Brazilian did get one back late on, heading in from about a foot. That was his sixth of the season. This time last year he was on 18.

    Schalke lost ground as they were held 0-0 by Freiburg and Hamburg also drew, Cologne coming back with a late equaliser in a six-goal thriller. Marcell Jansen put Hamburg in front in the second minute and, though Youssef Mohamed equalised, a double from Mladen Petric helped Hamburg into a comfort zone. Milivoje Novakovic got one back and, with two minutes left and Hamburg preparing to bring on Ruud van Nistelrooy for his debut, Adil Chihi squared it up. After losing their long unbeaten run last week, Dortmund lost their even longer unbeaten home run as Eintracht stunned the Westfalenstadion crowd. Benjamin Kohler put the Frankfurters in front, but mats Hummels and the in-form Lucas Barrios put Dortmund ahead. Sebastien Jung scrambled in an equaliser and a stunner from range from Alex Meier won it for Eintracht. Their neighbours Mainz are tough to beat at home and duly won there again, Bo Svensson with the crucial goal just before the break to see of Gladbach.

    Stuttgart's great run continues - it's five wins on the bounce now - as they condemned Nurnberg to yet another loss. Albert Bunjaku equalised Timo Gebhart's opener, but Roberto Hilbert won it with three minutes to go. Elsewhere, two long losing streaks came to an end. Hoffenheim saw off the increasingly hapless Hannover with Carlos Eduardo and a Sejad Salihovic penalty putting them two up with Arouna Koné making life difficult for the Villagers for the last quarter of the game. Bremen had been on a terrible run, but beat Hertha to leave them with nothing yet again. Marco Marin was a constant threat, but so often he failed to get in a killer ball, but he was left alone in the box just after the hour and finished with a curling shot past Jaroslav Drobny. Thefanis Gekas equalised within two minutes, but Claudio Pizarro, who had missed a number of chances throughout the game, won it with nine minutes remaining.

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