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Bundesliga Match Day 26 - The Round Up

Sunday 17th March 2013
Charlotte rounds up the action from this weekend's Bundesliga matches...

With a week of internationals coming up, this round of Bundesliga matches was vital in leaving a lasting impression on the table until the next league match day...

With both sides hanging perilously near to the bottom, Wolfsburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf needed the three points but had to settle with a point each. Bolly took the lead for Dusseldorf in the 37th minute before Wolfsburg hard work paid off in the second half thanks to an Olic goal to level the score in the Volkswagen Arena.

A goalless draw between Hoffenheim and Mainz on Saturday afternoon was about right on reflection. Despite there being an eighteen point gap between the sides, neither team really went for it and as such shared the points. Hoffenheim remained second from bottom and their chances of survival are dwindling by the week, if Saturday's performance was anything to go by.

Augsburg picked up a vital three points in their race for Bundesliga survival with a 1-0 away against Hamburg. Callsen-Bracker scored the only goal in the match in the 8th minute and Augsburg were able to contain Hamburg and any chances they may have had. Hamburg's afternoon got worse in the 80th minute after Beister was shown a straight red card for a poor foul.

Bottom of the table Greuther Fürth fought hard against Werder Bremen on Saturday and were unlucky not to take home all three points. Despite Bremen going one goal in front just after half time courtesy of an Aaron Hunt penalty, Fürth hit back in quick succession and were 2-1 in front in the 62nd minute thanks to goals from Furstner and Petsos. However a second penalty for Bremen in the 70th minute following a foul in the penalty area was converted once again by Hunt to rescue a point for Bremen who are falling down the table.

After being kicked out of the Champions League in the week after a last minute winner from Galatasaray, Schalke were beaten once again this time by Nurnberg and by three goals. Nurnberg capitalised on their few chances and were one goal in front just after the half hour mark before Esswein doubled their lead in the 69th minute. Schalke were just unable to reply and their poor afternoon was compounded three minutes from time when Frantz scored Nurnberg's third and the three points remained in Nurnberg.

After a 28th minute goal from Schmid put the visitors, Freiburg, in the lead, no one could have guessed the final score in Dortmund on Saturday afternoon. Two goals from Lewandowski and one from Nuri Sahin fired Dortmund into the break with a 3-1 lead. The second half did not get much better for Freiburg with Sahin scoring his second in the 72nd and Bittencourt making it five only minutes later to ensure Dortmund kept up their battle for second place in the Bundesliga.

Following a lacklustre performance in the week against Arsenal, Bayern Munich returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win away at Bayer Leverkusen. Gomez put the visitors in front in the first half but Leverkusen equalised in the 75th minute courtesy of Rolfes and it looked like the points were going to be shared in Leverkusen. However an unlucky own goal from Leverkusen's Wollscheid gave Munich the lead in the 87th minute and the three points in a largely unimpressive match.

Despite taking an early lead, Frankfurt fell to a 2-1 defeat at home against Stuttgart. Aigner put the hosts in front in the 17th minute but an Ibisevic penalty just after half time drew the score level. Niedermeier scored Stuttgart's second of the afternoon and took all three points from Frankfurt, who will be disappointed to have not taken advantage of Schalke's defeat on Saturday.

With an away form that ‘boasts' fifteen defeats out of eighteen matches, Hannover were not necessarily expected to get anything from their match away at Borussia Mönchengladbach. It only took a first half goal from Luuk de Jong to ensure Hannover slumped to another away defeat. In a game that saw Hannover receive five yellow cards, Sergio Pinto only compounded the defeat in the 86th minute after receiving a second yellow for dissent towards the referee; his first yellow was also for dissent!

After an action-packed weekend of Bundesliga football, the international break may come as a welcome relief to teams struggling at the moment (Schalke, I'm looking at you!!!).

Until then, have a good week!
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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