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Bundesliga Match Day 24 - Round Up

Sunday 3rd March 2013
With only ten games of the season remaining, each match day is becoming more and more important. Charlotte rounds up the latest action from the Bundesliga this weekend...

With only ten games remaining of the season, the race for the remaining European and relegation places is gathering pace and shows no signs of slowing down.

Borussia Mönchengladbach became only one of a very small number of teams who have beaten Eintracht Frankfurt this season following their 1-0 win on Friday evening. A 22nd minute Luuk de Jong goal was enough to ensure Frankfurt fell further behind the top three in the league.

Werder Bremen were simply unable to convert any of their chances on Saturday against Augsburg and paid for it with a 1-0 defeat. Werner scored the only goal of the game in 29th minute and ensured Augsburg continued their climb up from the relegation places.

Whilst his future at the club may be uncertain, Lewandowski was purely focused on the game this weekend and scored twice within the first twenty one minutes to put Dortmund two goals in front against Hannover. Abdellaoue pulled one back for the visitors just before half time but Schieber scored Dortmund's third goal in the second half to secure all three points.

Following their 5-1 defeat at Hannover last week, Hamburg were on the hunt for three points in their match against Greuther Fürth. Despite Djurdjic putting Fürth in front after just fourteen minutes, Hamburg reacted quickly and equalised five minutes later. With Hamburg squandering chances all over the park, Greuther Fürth were able to hold out for the point.

A thirty third penalty conceded after Makiadi handled in the area and converted by Simons ensured Nurnberg went into the break in front at home against Freiburg. Nurnberg looked to be walking away with all three points before Freiburg equalised in the 84th minute to rescue a point on Saturday.

Schalke looked to be returning to some kind of form with a 4-1 win away at Wolfsburg this weekend. Julian Draxler opened the scoring in the first half for the visitors and they went into the break one goal in front. Olic headed an equaliser for Wolfsburg after half time and looked to be starting a comeback for Wolfsburg before Draxler scored his second and retook the lead in the 63rd minute. Goals from Farfan and Huntelaar followed and secured an important three points for the visitors.

Bayer Leverkusen left it late to snatch victory from Stuttgart on Saturday evening. Ibisevic's twelfth minute penalty appeared to be the only goal in the match until Kiessling equalised through a penalty in the 82nd minute after Molinaro handled in the area. Lars Bender scored a late 86th minute goal to take all three points from Stuttgart in a match that finished 2-1.

Hoffenheim made league leaders Bayern Munich work for their 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The home side pushed Munich in the first half but a 38th minute Mario Gomez goal was enough to secure all three points.

A sixth minute own goal from Bo Svensson gave Fortuna Dusseldorf an early lead against Mainz on Sunday evening. However, Mainz fought back to equalise four minutes before half time and ensured that the points were shared.

A gap now appears to be opening up between the top three and fourth place Eintracht Frankfurt following their 1-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. However there is now a group of seven teams all fighting for the three remaining European places which are constantly changing in their form. With another week of European football in front of us, it will be interesting to see the effect it will have on those sides hoping for another season in the competitions!
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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