Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


VfB Stuttgart got off to the perfect start in their encounter with Hannover 96 as they opened up a two-goal lead in the first-half <br>courtesy of a neat finish from Christian Gentner (l.) and a cooly-taken penalty from Bosnian international Vedad Ibisevic (r.) However, after Artur Sobiech had pulled a goal back early in the second-half Jan Schlaudraff (l.) <br>levelled the scores with a spot kick of his own to breathe life back into the match... ...and from that point on there was only going to be one winner as Hannover piled on the pressure with <br>substitute Mohammed Abdellaoue (l.) bagging a brace to complete an incredible comeback It was only the second time this season that the Reds picked up all three points on foreign soil, but Mirko Slomka's side deserved <br>the win after capitalising on Stuttgart's unexplainable complacency to put an end to the hosts five-game unbeaten streak Searching for their first-ever Bundesliga win Greuther Fürth took an early lead against struggling Borussia Mönchengladbach as Bernd Nehrig (l.) <br>sent Marc-Andre ter Stegen the wrong way from the spot after Gerald Asamoah had been brought down inside the area by Oscar Wendt The Swedish left-back (m.) made amends at the other end though as he equalised with a back-post <br>header after Fürth had been reduced to ten-men following Thomas Kleine's sending off Despite being a man down Mike Büskens' side managed to retake the lead before the break when <br>Edgar Prib (l.) put the finishing touches on a clinical counter-attack that was led by Asamoah... ...but the newly-promoted side couldn't hold on in the second-half as Patrick Herrmann (b. here scoring Gladbach's third goal) <br>inspired the Foals to a thrilling comeback which saw them collect their second consecutive away win The Volkswagen Arena provided a spectacular backdrop for Sunday's afternoon kick-off between Wolfsburg and Leverkusen Diego's curling free-kick set the hosts on their way to victory as early as the fourth minute The Brazilian star's (front) second of the game virtually wrapped things up for Lorenz-Günter Köstner's (l.) charges Bas Dost added to the scoreline before the interval and, though Stefan Kießling managed to pull one back late on, <br>Leverkusen duo Manuel Friedrich (l.) and Andre Schürrle (r.) were at a loss to explain the 3-1 defeat FC Bayern Munich continued apace at the top of the Bundesliga with a seemingly comfortable 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt However, the Bavarians didn't have it all their own way. Frankfurt's Stephan Rode (m.) made a nuisance <br>of himself in the first half - here the midfielder is foiled by Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) and Dante (r.) Franck Ribery (r.) capped a fine move to give Bayern a first-half breakthrough, rolling in from Javi Martinez' pass Left-back David Alaba (front) put in another energetic display for the Munich Reds and tested Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp (l.) on more than one occasion Eventually the Austrian international got his reward with a well-taken penalty to sew the points up for Bayern Marco Reus (r.) is congratulated by his German international colleague Mario Goetze (l.) upon scoring Dortmund's opener in Augsburg The former Gladbach winger planted a perfect free-kick beyond home keeper Simon Jentzsch (5th from l.) into the far top corner by way of the inside of the post Robert Lewandowski (r.) had only netted three Bundesliga goals so far this season prior to Dortmund's trip to Bavaria... ...but the Polish frontman (m.) hit a brace as the reigning champions ultimately cruised to a 3-1 win Werder Bremen's Aaron Hunt has been in outstanding form of late and opened the scoring for the Green-Whites against Schalke 04 However, Roman Neustaedter (r.) celebrated his call-up to the German national team with Schalke's equalising goal... ...before youngster Julian Draxler (r., with Lewis Holtby) won it for the Royal Blues with a cool finish midway through the second period There was nothing to separate Freiburg and Hamburg down in the Black Forest, despite Paul Scharner's (l.) first-half sending off for the visitors In fact there were seven yellow cards in a hard-fought match between the Bundesliga's <br>southern and northernmost clubs - here Freiburg's Pavel Krmas rises to meet a header Hamburg's Heiko Westermann (r.) has long been one of the Bundesliga's most classy defenders and saw off opposing striker Sebastian Freis (l.) on this occasion By the end Hamburg were happy to come away with a point, thanks in large part to the saves of goalkeeper Rene Adler (l.) It was also all-square on the Rhine as Fortuna Duesseldorf were pegged back to a 1-1 draw with <br>Hoffenheim - here the hosts' Tobias Levels (r.) shields the ball from 1899's Takashi Usami (l.) Promoted outfit Duesseldorf were delighted to take the lead for the first time in six Bundesliga <br>matches when Australian international Robbie Kruse netted just four minutes in The advantage was wiped out before the break, though, as former Real Madrid man Joselu levelled things with a back-post header from Andreas Beck's cross The away side were left hanging on for much of the second half as defender Marvin Compper (r.) was sent off just six minutes after the restart Mainz's top scorer Adam Szalai (l.) was the star attraction in action on Friday night as 1. FSV Mainz 05 took on 1. FC Nuremberg under the floodlights Former Germany striker and current USA national team coach Juergen Klinsmann was <br>among the crowd, most likely casting an eye over Nuremberg defender Timothy Chandler Mainz got off to a great start on home turf, with Nicolai Müller (bottom) driving a low finish past Nuremberg keeper Patrick Rakovsky to give the 05ers the lead Andreas Ivanschitz (r.) soon doubled the home side's tally with a smart finish from Julian Baumgartlinger's threaded pass Broken, beat and scarred: Nuremberg defender Per Nilsson (top) pulled one back before the interval <br>with a thumping header, but it wasn't enough as Mainz held on for all three points in the second half
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