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Goals Galore in the Bundesliga - Gameweek 23 wrap up

Monday 6th March 2017
Another goal festival in the Bundesliga this weekend, some big results at the top and bottom of the table too. Mark Dannell has the wrap-up.

FC Augsburg vs RB Leipzig – 2:2

A thoroughly entertaining draw was the right result on Friday night but Augsburg will be much the happier of the two sides. A goal apiece for the sides in the first half, Stafylidis hammering in from 30 yards for Augsburg before Timo Werner notched yet again shortly afterwards.

Leipzig flew out of the blocks in the 2nd half, realising the need to keep up the pressure on Bayern, after a corner, Marvin Compper was able to head home to give the Bulls the lead. This time however it was Augsburg who were able to hit straight back, Martin Hinteregger with the equaliser. Both sides could have won it, Werner for Leipzig and Stafylidis for Augsburg both had presentable chances but a draw was the right result.

Prediction – Away Win. Wrong!

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen 6:2

I guess you could call this a double correct prediction. Leverkusen were abject and Roger Schmidt was duly let go on Sunday. Goals for Dembele, a double for Aubameyang, Pulisic, Schurrle and Guerreiro meant BVB were able to romp to victory, only consolations for Volland and Wendell prevented a complete humiliation.

Prediction – Home Win. Spot On!

1.FSV Mainz 05 vs VfL Wolfsburg – 1:1

Neither side will be particularly happy with a point especially in light of positive results for Werder and Hamburg.

Mario Gomez gave the Wolves the lead midway through the first half but as so often they were unable to hold on to it for long. Jhon Cordoba equalised just 4 minutes later but overall it was a mildly improved performance from Wolfsburg, another week on the training field with new coach Jonker should do them the world of good.

Prediction – Home Win. Wrong!

1.FC Köln vs FC Bayern – 0:3

Even an uncharacteristically quiet day for Robert Lewandowski would not hinder a regulation win for Bayern, goals from Martinez, Bernat and Ribery. It speaks volumes about the form Bayern suddenly find themselves in that a good side like Köln were restricted to one viable chance from Osaka early in the first half.

Prediction – Away Win. Spot On!

SV Werder Bremen vs SV Darmstadt 98 – 2:0

An absolutely vital three points for Werder were sealed late on thanks to a double from Max Kruse. Darmstadt were as always full of fight, able to match up with Werder all over the pitch but with a critical lack of quality in the final third.

Kruse slotted home a penalty with just 15 minutes to go after Pizarro had been taken out in the box before lashing home the 2nd in injury time. Those 2 goals alone could well be worth his summer transfer fee!

Prediction – Home Win. Spot On!

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs FC Ingolstadt 04 – 5:2

There was little warning of the action to come as the game approached the hour mark at 1:1. Sebastian Rudy had given Hoffenheim the lead but a gritty display from Ingolstadt had pulled them back into it and a goal from Cohen meant it headed to the break level.

On the hour mark, Niklas Süle headed into his own net after a corner and a shock looked on the cards. The nerves were settled just 2 minutes later, though, the excellent Rudy laid a free kick on a platter for Szalai to score and 2 goals in 2 minutes from Kramaric and Szalai again settled the contest before the final ten minutes. Hübner added the gloss with the game meandering to an end, an excellent weekend for Hoffenheim with both Hertha and Frankfurt losing ground.

Prediction – Home Win. Spot On!

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs FC Schalke 04 – 4:2

No goal today for the captain Lars Stindl but another excellent performance from BMG who could make an unlikely push for the Europa League spots on this form. A double for Fabian Johnson and further goals from Raffael and Wendt meant round one of three goes clearly in favour of Mönchengladbach.

For Schalke Nabil Bentaleb had another good game and netted a penalty while Leon Goretzka pulled back a late consolation. A rethink required for the Royal Blues before Thursday's clash.

Prediction – Draw. Wrong!

Eintracht Frankfurt vs SC Freiburg – 1:2

I would like to say this was a shock but Freiburg were excellent throughout and a double from Florian Niederlechner was just reward for the Breisgau club. Even more impressively they did it from behind after Branimir Hrgota had given Frankfurt the lead. Now only behind Köln on goal difference, it could be a dream season for Freiburg.

As for Frankfurt, they have to go to Bayern next week and this slump looks like extending a while longer.

Prediction – Home Win. Wrong!

Hamburger SV vs Hertha BSC – 1:0

A well-earned, professional win to nil from Hamburg? Time to buy a lottery ticket, we are living in a parallel universe! There were no real chances for Hertha to speak of, while Hamburg could have had 3 or 4 goals. In the end, it was Albin Ekdal who notched the winner in the final 15 minutes and secured a vital 5 point gap over Ingolstadt to the automatic relegation spots.

Prediction – Away Win. Wrong!

Tipping Wrap Up

  1. 4/9 correct this week. Having missed three weeks that means the average is 4.15 now

  2. Team of the Weekend: Hamburg. A much-needed win with the added pressure of knowing that Werder had already won as well.

  3. Player of the Weekend:  Quite a few double scorers this weekend but  Max Kruse's was probably the most important of them all.


Mark Dannell
Fan of most sports first and foremost, Tottenham fan born and raised. Currently living in Germany and married, avid follower of the Bundesliga and closet Dortmund fan since 1997 thanks to a very enthusiastic high school German teacher! Covering the Bundesliga in detail for itsroundanditswhite.co.uk, any questions, requests for features or general information required all welcome, either by mail or Twitter (@mdannell) preferable.

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