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Bundesliga Match Day 25 - Round Up

Sunday 10th March 2013
Charlotte rounds up the action from the twenty fifth Bundesliga match day...

With the twenty fifth match day of the Bundesliga all done and dusted, the impact this weekend's results have had on the table are evident both at the top and at the bottom.

Friday night saw Augsburg slip to a 2-1 defeat at home against Nurnberg. Kiyotake opened the scoring for Nurnberg in the 21st minute before Werner equalised fifteen minutes later. However Nurnberg were able to regain the lead after half time with Esswein scoring in the 54th minute despite Augsburg dominating the game up until that point. This defeat leaves Augsburg seven points adrift in the bottom three of the table.

In a match that saw seven goals, Wolfsburg ran out 5-2 winners away at Freiburg. Freiburg took a very early lead with a second minute goal from Kruse with Makiadi inadvertently equalising through an own goal five minutes later. Wolfsburg scored twice more to go into the break 3-1 in front with Olic adding a fourth four minutes after half time. Flum pulled one back for Freiburg to make it 4-2 in the 65th minute but the game was far from salvageable and Diego made it five in injury time.

Bayer Leverkusen were unable to capitalise on Schalke's win over Dortmund following their 1-0 defeat away at Mainz. Following Friedrich's alleged handball in the area, Ivanschitz converted the penalty in the 61st minute and scored the only goal of the match.

Borussia Dortmund widened the gap between them and Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon after being beaten 2-1 by Schalke. Schalke stormed to a two goal lead in the first half courtesy of Drxler and Huntelaar netting in the twelfth and thirty fifth minutes. Lewandowski pulled one back in the second half for the visitors but was unable to prevent Schalke completing a league double over Dortmund this season.

Bayern Munich were made to fight for their three points on Saturday following a 3-2 win against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf took the lead after sixteen minutes but Muller equalised for Munich just before half time. Lambertz retook the lead for Dusseldorf in the 71st minute but Bayern Munich fought back with Ribery equalising and Boateng scoring a late goal to snatch three points and open up a twenty point gap on top of the table.

Hoffenheim were dominant in their 3-0 win away at Greuther Fürth. An early Firmino goal opened the scoring for the visitors with Joselu doubling the lead in the 17th minute. Fürth put up little fight and Hoffenheim rounded off their win just after half time to secure all three points.

In a sold out Borussia Park, Borussia Mönchengladbach were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Werder Bremen on Saturday evening. Both sides left it late to score in the match with Mönchengladbach taking the lead in the 73rd minute with a Mlapa goal. However Bremen reacted quickly with Ignjovski equalising for the visitors to share the points.

In a match that finished in a goalless draw, Hannover and Frankfurt were unable to convert any of their chances on Sunday afternoon. With neither sides able to create any type of form in the league, the result was largely unsurprising and the points were shared.

It took just one goal for Hamburg to take all three points from Stuttgart in a game that finished 1-0. Hamburg left it until just after half time to take the lead against Stuttgart courtesy of a 49th minute Rudnevs strike. Their defeat leaves Stuttgart dangerously close to the bottom three with Hamburg continuing their rise up the table.

So the Bundesliga is into single figures in terms of how many games remain. Two major questions remain:

Have Bayern Munich done enough to walk off with the Bundesliga title?

And

Will Greuther Fürth be able to pull themselves off the bottom of the table and into safety?

What is for certain though is that, I will be back next week with another weekend of top quality of Bundesliga to report on...

 
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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