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Hertha, Hoffenheim Big Winners - Bundesliga Game Week 25 Wrap Up

Monday 14th March 2016
Another weekend full of goals in the Bundesliga, here is the wrap up with all the winners and losers as well as a review of the weekend predictions from Mark Dannell.

Hertha BSC vs Schalke- 2:0
Hertha made a mockery of their 14 game losing streak against Schalke in the Friday night kick off. Trainer Dardai actually played for Hertha the last time they managed to beat Schalke, but the Capital club deservedly earnt all 3 points with goals from Ibisevic (42) and Stark (65).

Man of the match was undoubtedly Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida who was involved all over the pitch, laying on the corner assist for Starks headed 2nd as well.

Schalke were disappointing, particularly in front of goal. They will have to play much better next week when they host another near rival in Mönchengladbach. Hertha will host Ingolstadt next up.

Pal Dardai (Trainer Hertha BSC): "Big compliment to my team tonight, we played the game exactly right from start to finish. We wanted to play offensively and we managed that. We will carry on working hard and see what happens."

With the win, Hertha move 4 points clear of Schalke in the last Automatic CL spot for now.

My Prediction– Draw. WRONG

 

FC Ingolstadt 04 vs VfB Stuttgart- 3:3

A goal fest was served up in this action packed draw, though Ingolstadt will be going away disappointed after letting a 2 goal lead they held as late as the 78th minute slip.

Ingolstadt took the lead in the 6th minute through Moritz Hartmann, the lead lasted just 3 minutes as Filip Kostic bundled in an equalizer. A first half full of chances but imprecise finishing and good goalkeeping promised much for the 2nd 45!

Ingolstadt were fired up out of the changing rooms and a free kick was nodded in by Mathew Leckie in the 56th. Dario Lezcano scored a great free kick in the 61st and at that point Ingolstadt looked home and hosed. However Stuttgart had other ideas, Lukas Rupp closed the gap in the 79th and Dario Didavi completed the comeback with a penalty in the 84th.

My Prediction–  A draw that will suit both down to the ground. Spot on!

 

SV Darmstadt 98 vs FC Augsburg- 2:2

Another team disappointed with a draw. Darmstadt conceded a last minute penalty scored by Alfred Finnbogason to draw a game they had been leading 2-0 at half time. In a “relegation drama game”, the hosts went into the lead in the 12th minute through Mario Vrancic and were able to double that shortly before half time through Sandro Wagner.

In a game low on quality as befitting 2 teams fighting the drop, Augsburg returned after the break the more determined and were able to cu the gap through Markus Feulner in the 63rd before their dramatic leveller.

The draw doesn't help either team and both have difficult games next weekend.

My Prediction– Away win. WRONG

 

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs VfL Wolfsburg- 1:0

On loan Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric scored a priceless winner after just 123 seconds against the off colour Wolfsburger on Saturday. Despite Kevin Volland missing from the penalty spot in the 57th minute, the team from “Kraichgau” were rarely in danger and Wolfsburg are now 5 points away from the last CL spot for next season.
My Prediction– Away win. WRONG

 

Hannover 96 vs 1. FC Köln- 0:2

Köln picked up their first away win since November against Hannover on Saturday afternoon. To rub salt into the wound it was ex-Hannover player Leonardo Bittencourt who did the damage with both goals (43, 61). Despite the score line, Hannover had much the better of the first half action and Adam Szalai really should have put the North Germans into the lead with one of his 2 great chances.

As so often this year, the first goal knocked the stuffing out of Hannover and once the 2nd went in there was no further resistance. Hannover are now surely doomed.

My Prediction– Away win. Spot on!

 

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt- 3:0

As predicted, a comfortable home win for Gladbach was sealed through goals from Stindl (36), Raffael (53) and Dahoud (79). Raffael's goal was excellent, lobbing in after a poor punch from Hradecky landed at his feet 30 metres out.

Frankfurt were not helped by the absence of 12 goal Alexander Meier, but did nothing to dispel the feeling that they are bound for relegation this year.

My Prediction– Home (very comfortable) win:  Spot On!

 

FC Bayern vs Werder Bremen- 5:0

A strong line up for Bayern swept away the challenge of Werder in the Saturday evening game. That bodes well for their Champions League  2nd leg against Juventus this week.

2 goals for Thiago (9, 90) 2 from Müller (31, 65) and a 24th of the season from Robert Lewandowski (86) left the Bremen club no chance despite their 5 at the back tactics.

Thiago absolutely ran the show and was given a standing ovation at the end.

My Prediction– Home win Spot On!

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Hamburger SV- 1:0

Leverkusen were able to end their poor recent run, however a large slice of luck was to thank.

Leverkusen started well, and Javier Hernandez should maybe have done better in the first minutes. In the 18th minute, Hamburg's Ekdal deflected the ball past his own keeper from a Julian Brandt cross and Bayer had taken the lead.

Both teams had good chances to score, notably Rudnevs for Hamburg who had to watch as Bernd Leno made 4 saves! With those saves he deservedly earnt the Man of the Match award. With loses for Mainz and Schalke at the weekend it was a great result for Leverkusen who can now start to think about a Europa league place again.

My Prediction– Draw. WRONG

 

Borussia Dortmund vs 1 FSV Mainz 05

Dortmund, fresh off handing out a humiliation to an under strength Tottenham team in the Europa League were much too strong for Mainz.

It was an emotional afternoon at the Signal Iduna Park, as not one but 2 fans had heart attacks in the stands. 1 sadly did not make it; the other was able to be resuscitated and is recuperating in hospital. The atmosphere in the Stadium was subdued as the fans rolled away their flags and declined to sing for the rest of the afternoon.

The game itself was Dortmund patiently pressing and Mainz defending, goals from Reus (30) and Kagawa (73) enabled BVB to once again close the gap on Bayern to 5 points.

My Prediction– Home Win. Spot On!

 

Player(s) of the Weekend: Thiago/Bernd Leno.

Thiago dominated the game for Bayern, scoring 2 and dictating the tempo.

Bernd Leno earnt his team 3 invaluable points with his saves.

Team of the weekend: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Despite Wolfsburgs poor showing Hoffenheim showed plenty of fight ahead for the relegation battle. On this showing they might just make it!

My predictions: 5 Right, 4 Wrong. My little weekend wager unfortunately didn't come off either as both Bayern and Dortmund failed to concede. Never mind, next week!

The Table after GW 25:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back on Thursday with the next preview!
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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