• Monday, 19 April 2010

    Bayern hit seven to remain in charge: Bundesliga review

    Cologne 2-0 Bochum
    Freiburg 2-1 Nurnberg
    Hamburg 0-1 Mainz
    Wolfsburg 2-4 Bremen
    Schalke 3-1 Monchengladbach
    Stuttgart 2-1 Leverkusen
    Bayern 7-0 Hannover
    Dortmund 1-1 Hoffenheim
    Eintracht 2-2 Hertha

    Bayern produced a virtuoso performance to crush lowly Hamburg and stay in control of the Bundesliga. The highlight was a hat-trick from Arjen Robben who was in sparkling form throughout, the Dutchman combining pace, vision and a deft touch in front of goal to finish with a treble. Ivica Olic headed in the opener and ended with two while wunderkind Thomas Muller also helped himself to a brace. Schalke remain on their heels after beating Gladbach, Ivan Rakitic getting two including a late penalty. A loss for Leverkusen and a win for Bremen mean they both retain mathematical chances of the title, but it will take a minor miracle for the other results they require to go for them to materialise. Bremen had the veteran international midfielder Torsten Frings at the top of his form as they twice came from behind to Wolfsburg. Edin Dzeko's opener was pegged back by a Frings penalty before Grafite restored the lead. Claudio Pizarro squared it up for a second and Frings' second and a fourth from Hugo Almeida won it. Leverkusen went ahead through Stefan Kiessling early on, but lost Tranquilo Barnetta to a red card shortly afterwards. They couldn't hang on and Cacau got both of Stuttgart's goals as they turned it round.

    It's at the bottom where the real intrigue lies. Results this week see one point cover 14th to 17th place. Hertha remain adrift despite a draw with Eintracht. Gojko Kacar put them in front and, though Umit Korkmaz equalised for the Frankfurters, they took heart from Pirmin Schwegler's missed penalty late in the first half. Following that, Hertha were straight on the attack and Raffael finished a sweeping move. Marco Russ secured a point for Eintracht on the hour. Hannover's defeat sees them in the second relegation place with three clubs just a point above them. Two of those are Freiburg and Nurnberg who faced each other on Saturday, Freiburg getting the win thanks to Dominic Maroh's early own goal and Demba Cisse's strike on the hour. Maroh atoned in part for his early error with a late goal, but it wasn't enough to prevent Freiburg's win. Bochum went down to two Zoran Tosic goals on Friday night in Cologne and remain deep in trouble.

    A late equaliser from Vedad Ibisevic denied Dortmund all three points against Hoffenheim which means BvB couldn't take advantage of losses elsewhere to move into the Champions League places and their title push is over. Nelson Valdez had put them in front before the Bosnian Ibisevic nicked a point. Hamburg also lost ground, going down to Aristide Bancé's 20th minute strike which won it for Mainz.

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