• Monday, 15 March 2010

    Riot in Berlin as Hertha lose again: Bundesliga reviews

    Schalke 2-1 Stuttgart
    Bochum 1-4 Dortmund
    Hannover 2-1 Eintracht
    Monchengladbach 0-4 Wolfsburg
    Hertha 1-2 Nurnberg
    Mainz 1-0 Cologne
    Bayern 2-1 Freiburg
    Hoffenheim 0-1 Bremen
    Leverkusen 4-2 Hamburg

    Nurnberg left Berlin with all three points as Greek international striker Angelos Charisteas swooped in stoppage time to win it. The Hertha defence looked on from their static positions as Ilkay Gundogan waltzed past them and squared to Charisteas for the simplest of tap-ins. Thoefanis Gekas had put Hertha in front in the first half, following in after the initial shot was saved, but Albert Bunjaku headed Nurnberg level before the late drama. Players and staff fled for the dressing rooms at full-time as fans stormed the pitch, many carrying improvised weapons, until police forced them back. The Hertha board say Friedheim Funkel's job is safe, unlike Hertha's Bundesliga future. This was a huge result and Nurnberg are nine points clear of the Berliners with eight games remaining. Hannover also won, leaving Hertha adrift, as Eintracht imploded, finishing with nine men. Leon Andreasen put Hannover in front, but Halil Altintop ensured it was level at the break. Selim Teber got himself sent off early in the second half and Sergio Pinto scored moments later to give Hannover the lead for the second time and Eintracht's Maik Franz became the second to be sent off in the last minute.

    Freiburg remain in deep trouble as well, but were unlucky to come off second best to Bayern who remain top. Cedric Makiadi put Freiburg ahead on the half hour with a fierce strike, but two late goals from Arjen Robben won it for Bayern, the second from the penalty spot. That saw them leapfrog Schalke who had gone to the top on Friday night by beating Stuttgart. Ten second half minutes saw Schalke go ahead through Goncalves, Serdar Tasci draw Stuttgart level and Kevin Kuranyi win it for the Royal Blues. But they're not title challengers. Oh dear me no. Well, not unless you think Felix Magath may be prone to the odd fib now and again. Leverkusen got over their loss last week quickly with a win over Hamburg in an error-strewn game. Stefan Kiessling got two, including the first of the game, but ever since Rene Adler got the nod as Germany's number one, he seems to have gone to pieces. A weak punch let Ze Roberto in for the equaliser. Kiessling's second and one from Eren Derdiyok put Leverkusen back in control before David Rozehnal out-muscled Adler for Hamburg's second. Gonzalo Castro struck on the counter as Hamburg went for broke late on to seal it.

    Dortmund pass Hamburg into fourth after thrashing Bochum. Milos Maric was sent off for Bochum and they were already 2-0 down by then. Lucas Barrios struck twice for BvB. Claudio Pizarro got the only goal of the game on his 100th appearance for Bremen, inflicting yet another home defeat on Hoffenheim and Mainz won despite Aristide Bancé's sending off. Andre Schurrle got the only goal as Cologne were beaten again. Edin Dzeko got another two for Wolfsburg as they stuck four past Gladbach. Zvjezdan Misimovic put the outgoing champions ahead just before the break before they cut loose in the second half. Dzeko struck from the penalty spot, Christian Gentner made it three and Dzeko's second wrapped it up ten minutes from time.

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