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Bundesliga Match Day 22 - Round Up

Sunday 17th February 2013
Charlotte rounds up the Bundesliga action from the weekend.

Twenty two games in and the title and relegation sides appear to be decided with a healthy gap extending between the two. However, will this be true at the end of the season though?

Bayern Munich eased to a 2-0 win against Wolfsburg on Friday night going into their Champions League tie against Arsenal on Tuesday evening. Mandzukic scored in the 36th minute to create an early lead but left it late to score their second in the 92nd minute courtesy of Robben. Munich now sit fifteen points clear of the rest of the league and look to be on the way to the title.

Fortuna Dusseldorf took the lead in the 18th minute thanks to a Bellinghausen goal and ran out 1-0 winners against bottom side Greuther Fürth. His goal made up for their 3rd minute penalty which was saved by the Fürth goal keeper and was, in the end, enough to come away with all three points.

Hamburg continued their gradual rise up the table with a 1-0 win at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Van der Vaart scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute and ensured that all three points stayed in Hamburg despite Mönchengladbach trying to pull one back for the rest of the match.

Bayer Leverkusen secured three vital points on Saturday with a 2-1 win against Augsburg. Despite dropping to third place last week following a poor run of form, Leverkusen battled hard and went into the break 1-0 in front thanks to a Kiessling goal in the 26th minute. Lars Bender doubled their lead in the 75th minute and although Augsburg scored a late goal one minute from time, Leverkusen did enough to get the win.

Schalke fought hard to rescue a point on Saturday away at Mainz in a 2-2 draw. Despite going behind twice, courtesy of Ivanschitz in the 27th minute and Pospech in the 63rd, Schalke's January signing Michael Bastos scored twice to equalise in both halves. Schalke now sit ninth in the table and need to push on in the final section of the season to fufil their hopes of Champions League football next season.

Despite coming back twice to equalise from losing positions, Werder Bremen were eventually beaten 3-2 by Freiburg. Kruse opened the scoring in the 36th minute for Freiburg but Petersen quickly equalised three minutes later for Bremen. Coligiuri converted a penalty in the second half to retake the lead before Petersen scored his second of the game to bring the game level. Both sides fought for the decisive winner but it was Ginter who secured all three points for the visitors in the 71st minute.

A hat trick and two red cards was the story of Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win over rivals Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening. Marco Reus scored twice in the first ten minutes to open up a two goal advantage in the first half. However the home side were reduced to ten men in the 31st minute following Schieber's second yellow card. Dortmund extended their lead in the second half with Reus' third goal but the match was not finished there. Frankfurt's Inui was sent off late on in the second half following a second yellow putting paid Frankfurt's chances of getting anything from the match.

Hannover looked to be heading back home with all three points on Sunday but Polter's injury time equaliser meant that the points were shared in the 2-2 draw between Nurnberg and Hannover. Huszti's first half goal meant that Hannover went into half time in front but Klose equalised just after half time to level things up. Didier Ya Konan scored what appeared to be the winner in the sixty eighth minute but Polter snatched a point in injury time.

Hoffenheim remain ten points adrift of safety in the table following a 1-0 defeat at home against Stuttgart with Harnik scoring the only goal in the game in the third minute. Despite only being a goal behind, Hoffenheim were unable to create any real chances and seemed destined to remain in the bottom three following their performance.

Following an electric weekend of Bundesliga football last weekend, this weekend appeared a bit tamer in comparison. However with a week of European football both sides, and some Bundesliga sides having to travel to Russia and Ukraine, it was evident to see the reason why.
Charlotte Rimmington
Charlotte supports Borussia Mönchengladbach, Northampton Town and Arsenal. She’s been through the many ups and downs with them, mostly down with Northampton Town! She currently lives in Surrey but lived in Germany for eleven years, moving back to England last year. She tries to make it to as many football matches as possible regardless of the team. Her favourite match of last season was going to see Mönchengladbach play Mainz 05 on a bitterly cold December evening! Her favourite players are Juan Arango, Tony Adams and the Cobblers legend Ian Sampson! Outside of football, she enjoys swimming and is just about to start a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @Charlington6

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