Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Bayern Munich had their 14th different starting eleven in as many games against Bayer Leverkusen, with David Alaba (m.) unexpectedly beginning on the left wing Bayer Leverkusen were looking to become the first German club to beat Bayern this season, and to win in Munich for the first time since October 1989 Stefan Kiessling gave Leverkusen the lead against the run of play in the 42nd minute of a rather one-sided game Bastian Schweinsteiger made way for Claudio Pizarro as Bayern threw caution to the wind in the last 15 minutes Arjen Robben was also brought on by Bayern, making his comeback from injury to inspire Bayern... ...to equalise through the Bundesliga's top goalscorer Mario Mandzukic (2.r) But Leverkusen hit back again with Jerome Boateng (l) inadvertently deflecting Sidney Sam's header past his own goalkeeper Sidney Sam (No. 18) received the plaudits as Leverkusen threw open the Bundesliga title chase, throwing their own hats into the ring in the process Juan Arango was Borussia Moenchengladbach's matchwinner in a 3-2 away win over Hannover 96, where the Venezuelan <br> international struck one himself and was involved in the build-up to the other two goals Hiroki Sakai (l.) started for Hannover as Steve Cherundolo was rested, the Japanese right-back playing his third Bundesliga match When things looked good for the hosts: Jan Schlaudraff broke the deadlock after an uninspiring first half, hitting Moenchengladbach on a counter-attack Hannover appeared the likely winners 53 minutes into the encounter when Mame Diouf (r.) doubled the Lower Saxony side's lead However, Alvaro Dominguez and Roel Brouwers (r.) helped Moenchengladbach pull level, <br> before Arango's sneaky free-kick sealed Hannover's first home defeat in 22 games Japanese stars Gotoku Sakai (l.) and Takashi Inui (r.) were both involved as Stuttgart took on high-flying Frankfurt. <br>Shinji Okazaki also came on as a late substitute for the home side Christian Gentner (m.) netted the opener for the hosts from Ibrahim Traore's (l.) cross However, Alexander Meier (l.) curled in a peach of an equaliser for Frankfurt in the second half Ultimately, though, it was the Swabians who came away with a full share of the spoils as Vedad Ibisevic (l.) headed home late on In Gelsenkirchen, Schalke 04 had to overcome a stubborn 1. FC Nuremberg defence to eventually seal <br> a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a well executed finish by Peruvian international Jefferson Farfan (r.) Defensive solidity was the priority for Nuremberg, who sat deep and stayed compact, with goalkeeper Patrick Rakovsky (r.), <br> in for the injured Raphael Schaefer, keeping goal against the club he represented at youth level Both sides contributed to a competitive contest in the Veltins Arena. Ibrahim Afellay (r.), a scorer in both previous <br> outings away  to Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, found his way blocked here by Timothy Chandler Battle of the full-backs: Japanese international Atsuto Uchida (l.) was one of the many outlets for the Royal <br> Blues, and managed to get forward far more often than Nuremberg's Javier Pinola (r.) Stuck in: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (r.) couldn't reproduce the moment of magic he showed against Arsenal in the Champions <br> League on Wednesday night, as he was kept well in check by Timmy Simons (l.) & Co. Snowing the way: Heavy snowfall at the MAGE Solar Stadion meant SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund <br> would be battling not just each other but the weather as well Not minding the cold: Karim Guede (l.) and Sebastian Kehl, playing against one of his former <br> clubs, were amongst several players wearing short sleeves in the falling temperatures After a first half largely dominated by Freiburg, Dortmund got their noses in front in the second period when Neven <br> Subotic (r.) headed the Black and Yellows in front, his effort creeping in through a crowded penalty area Germany's Footballer of the Year for last season Marco Reus (m.) holds off Mensur Mujdza (r.). The 23-year-old was one of the day's <br> standout performers, braving the soggy pitch with his customarily excellent control and vision Perfect slide: Mario Goetze (l.) proved his worth to Dortmund yet again with the decisive second goal, returning the Bundesliga <br> champions to the business of winning after the loss against Schalke in the league last time out In Duesseldorf, the spotlight was on Lorenz-Guenther Koestner, in charge of VfL Wolfsburg at Fortuna Duesseldorf, <br> after the dismissal of former Wolves' boss Felix Magath on Friday And the interim coach's tenure got off to the perfect start, as goals from Bas Dost (m.), Ivica Olic and Diego gave <br> Wolfsburg a 4-1 away win, their first three points since the opening day of the season Olic capped a typically workman-like performance with his second strike of the campaign, <br> cracking in a low drive after a superb pass from Makoto Hasebe It was the Croatian international's second goal of the season and helped put the game beyond Fortuna, <br> with a second Dost effort and a penalty from Diego sealing an easy three points Werder Bremen were in action away in Greuther Fuerth, where the elements also played their part in a well-contested encounter. <br> After the home side had gone ahead through Edu, Nils Petersen (r.) headed in to equalise and give Bremen a point Bremen had numerous opportunities to leave with all three points, but Sebastian Proedl (r.) & Co. lacked the necessary composure in front of goal, <br> and they were unable to capitalise on last week's 4-0 thumping of Borussia Moenchengladbach Plucky Fuerth were not to be denied and Mike Bueskens' team produced a dogged second-half <br> display to secure a well-earned draw, their first point at home all season Elsewhere in Germany, hat-tricks were being scored. In the Coface Arena, Adam Szalai (r.) was the hero <br> of the day, netting all three goals to give Mainz 05 a comfortable 3-0 win against 1899 Hoffenheim The Hungarian international now has seven goals to his name and moves just one behind <br> FC Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic as the Bundesliga's top scorer The first half was evenly balanced, a picture well illustrated by this duel between Hoffenheim's <br> Kevin Volland (r.) and Mainz's Felix Baumgartlinger, until Szalai struck twice to take the match, and the points, out of the vistors' reach Hamburg's South Korean international <b>Heung-Min Son</b> set the Red Shorts on their way to a 2-0 success away at FC Augsburg The 20-year-old curled in a masterful left-footed finish after 13 minutes for his fifth of the season Afterwards Son (top) celebrated in unorthodox fashion with midfielder Tolgay Arslan... Unsurprisingly, Dutch master <b>Rafael van der Vaart</b> (l.) was given plenty of attention from the Augsburg defence However, the home side's efforts were in vain as Latvian international <b>Artjoms Rudnevs</b> netted an emphatic second <br>for Hamburg from van der Vaart's pass in the second half
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