Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Struggling FC Augsburg flew out of the blocks at Fortuna Düsseldorf's ESPRIT Arena, <br> with the onslaught proving too much for home goalkeeper Fabian Giefer (r.)... ... who let in goal-poacher Sacha Mölders for his fifth Bundesliga <br> goal of the season as the Bavarians took a deserved lead It was 2-0 before the first half was up, as Ja-Cheol Koo profitted from some uncertain defending <br> to sweep in his third goal of the season from a tight angle After Mölders struck again, Fortuna's Stefan Reisinger struck twice to set up a nervy finale, and even had a goal ruled <br> out for a foul in the build-up, but Augsburg held on for a vital 3-2 win in their bid to avoid the drop Hamburg fans breathed a collective sigh of relief to see star man Rafael van der Vaart (c.) back in action against Nuremberg on Sunday afternoon But the side's injury curse continued, with Michael Mancienne (c.) forced off the pitch early in the first half after falling awkwardly In the second period, Artjoms Rudnevs (front, challenged by Timothy Chandler) gave Hamburg the lead with a back-post header... ...before Czech Republic international Tomas Pekhart (l.) equalised in a frenetic closing period, as the match finished 1-1 Champions Borussia Dortmund hit the ground running away at Werder Bremen as Marco Reus (r.) <br> curled home a stunning free kick after just nine minutes It was the young star's third goal to be scored from a direct free kick this season, <br> following similar strikes against FC Augsburg and VfL Wolfsburg Mario Götze got in on the scoring act before the first half was up, smashing in an unstoppable effort with the help of the crossbar... ...but there was more to come as a masked Felipe Santana got his head on Reus' <br> pinpoint corner for Dortmund's third, three minutes into the second half Robert Lewandowski (m.) also got on the scoresheet with a late tap-in, his 11th league strike of the campaign And there was a late cameo appearance from Nuri Sahin, who made his first Bundesliga appearance for <br> almost two years, putting the shine on a very productive day for the champions French winger Franck Ribery (r.) was at his wing-shredding best for Bayern Munich, <br> who flew out of the blocks against Greuther Fürth at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon... Without a goal in six competitive outings, Mario Mandzukic (r.) fired the Bundesliga leaders ahead <br> in the 26th minute, following a wonderful piece of play involving Dante and Thomas Müller It was no more than the hosts deserved after running the struggling Clover Leaves ragged in a <br> thoroughly one-sided first half, in which Jupp Heynckes' men enjoyed 78% possession Mandzukic was celebrating again after the break as Bayern moved further ahead, courtesy of their clinical No9 who <br> powered home Toni Kroos' corner to take his personal Bundesliga tally to eleven for the season The Bayern players were delighted for their brace-bagging team-mate, who looked back to his best in front of <br> goal and could even have notched another at the sold-out Allianz Arena. In the end, it finished 2-0 Bayern's closest competitors at the top, Bayer Leverkusen, resumed their excellent pre-winter form with a <br> convincing 3-1 success at home to surprise package of the season so far Eintracht Frankfurt New signing Sebastian Boenisch (l.) put the <i>Werkself</i> in front with a nicely taken goal after the Eagles had failed to clear a corner Stefan Kießling doubled Bayer's tally to take his haul for the season to 13 at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts... ...before Andre Schürrle finished in spectacular style to virtually secure the spoils for the UEFA Europa League contestants Frankfurt did pull one back through Alexander Meier, but Leverkusen never looked in danger of throwing away a welcome first win of 2013 Diego was the star of the show for Wolfsburg, who dispatched a sluggish-looking VfB Stuttgart. The Brazilian netted a fine individual goal to open the scoring... ...before providing a pinpoint delivery for Alexander Madlung (r.) to head in number two and secure the points in Dieter Hecking's first Bundesliga match in charge No goals, but plenty of gusto in Sinsheim, where Gladbach and Hoffenheim fought out a goalless draw - <br> here Borussia's Tony Jantschke (l.) and 1899's Takashi Usami (r.) tussle for possession Hoffenhim striker Eren Derdiyok (l.) comes under aerial pressure from Gladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez (r.) Hoffenheim will have been delighted to have kept a first clean sheet since Matchday 6 under <br> new boss Marco Kurz - they've still conceded more than any side in the league this term (41), though It was a similar story in Mainz, where in spite of Thomas Tuchel's best efforts to think of a way through the Freiburg bulwark, the scores remained 0-0 Marco Caligiuri (l.) of Mainz does his best to hold off the challenge of Freiburg's Johannes Flum (r.) The 05ers had to hold on with ten men for the final minute as youngster Shawn Parker (r.) was dismissed for a second bookable offence Mame Diouf's prayers were not answered as his stunning goal may have put the cherry on top of a dramatic nine-goal thriller between <br>Schalke 04 and Hannover 96, but the cake was not so sweet for the Reds, who lost despite scoring four goals away from home For Hannover defender Johan Djourou, it was not the best of debuts as a poorly-organised Hannover back line was punished ruthlessly by the Royal Blues Schalke's substitutes were struggling to keep themselves warm on the bench during the first half, but they like the rest of the Veltins Arena<br> crowd were on their feet no fewer than eight times in the most prolific second half of the season Jefferson Farfan scored Schalke's first just before half time, and he fittingly set up Lewis Holtby's goal which completed the scoring from a Schalke perspective But the game was always tight, even when Schalke led by two goals on three occasions. Hannover refused to lie down and almost came away with a point. Ciprian Marica (r.) starting place of the suspended Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was one of five different scorers for the Royal Blues... ...but it was Tottenham-bound Lewis Holtby (front) who stole the show, providing two assists in a single game for <br>the first time in his Schalke career, before netting the hosts fifth goal to stave off Hannover's comeback attempts The result meant Schalke coach Jens Keller was able to celebrate a winning start to 2013 as the Royal Blues <br>moved up to fifth in the Bundesliga, earning a big thumbs-up from the man in charge
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