Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Matchday 19 ended with a tasty southern derby as Stuttgart hosted table-toppers FC Bayern, but Mario <br> Mandzukic (2. l.) ensured that it was the visitors that ended the day smiling after a 2-0 triumph Stuttgart gave a good account of themselves in the first half, as Christian Gentner (r.) & Co. <br> nullified the Reds with some tenacious pressing an effective counter-attacking... Their resistance was broken shortly after the restart, however, as Mandzukic capitalised on an errant <br> back-pass to condifently round VfB keeper Sven Ulreich and roll into an empty net for 1-0 Not long afterwards it was 2-0 and game, set and match for Stuttgart. Thomas Müller had been denied a goal by an <br> offside flag, but there was nothing to stop him celebrating a neat finish from Mandzukic's cross Stuttgart were unable to turn the game and it was a comfortable win for the Reds, who march to an 11-point lead at the top of the table There was no love lost in the 98th Northern derby between Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen, with both sides keen to put recent disappointments behind them in the battle for No1 status in the North Assani Lukimya (2nd l.), making his first start since Matchday 12, opened the scoring for the visitors with a deft backwards header It was the towering centre-back's (r.) first-ever shot on goal in the Bundesliga and his reaction to scoring said it all However, Bremen's joy was short lived as Heung Min Son's sensational solo effort saw him burst past Gebre Selassie before powering an effort into top corner from a tight angle Dennis Aogo (r.) put Hamburg in front 27 seconds after the restart before setting up Artjom Rudnevs (l.) for the hosts' third, putting them in control of proceedings Bremen pulled a goal back through Sokratis, but in the end Mehmet Ekici (pictured) and Co. were left to lick their wounds as Clemens Fritz's late red card left them short-handed and down on their luck Leverkusen's Lars Bender (r.) shows the strain of an intense encounter against Freiburg in Saturday's evening game Fallou Diagne (l.) and Co in the Freiburg defence kept close tabs on Bundesliga leading scorer Stefan Kießling (r.), who failed to muster a shot on goal all match Livewire winger Andre Schürrle (r.) also had difficulty making headway against the south-western outfit, <br>who boast the league's second meanest defence (18 goals conceded), only behind FC Bayern Munich Eintracht Frankfurt's Japan international Takashi Inui (l.) provided the assist for Martin Lanig (r.) <br>to put the Eagles 1-0 up at home to 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon Hoffenheim equalised through Kevin Volland in the second half, but Canadian international Olivier Occean (l.) and Co hit back to deservedly restore their lead 2-1 it remained, giving Frankfurt their tenth league victory this season as they stayed in touch with the Bundesliga big-hitters at the top end of the table FC Augsburg continued their good form this year with an aggressive performance at home to Schalke 04. <br>South Korean international Ja-Cheol Koo (r.) was the hosts' main attacking threat Atsuto Uchida (r.) had little chance to show off his attacking talents as the Royal Blues were pinned into their own half for long periods Dutch superstar Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (l.) made his first appearance of 2013 after missing out <br>through suspension last week, but the striker struggled to make an impact on the game Peruvian international Jefferson Farfan sums up the feelings of most Schalke fans on a frustrating afternoon for the visitors. <br>It was the first time in 65 Bundesliga outings that the Gelsenkirchen outfit were involved in a goalless draw Norwegian international Mohammed Abdellaoue celebrates his superb goal to put Hannover 96 1-0 up against Wolfsburg in the 3rd minute... ...before strike partner Mame Diouf doubled the hosts' advantage shortly before half-time, bundling the ball over the line after missing at the first attempt But it was not all smiles for the <i>96ers</i> as Sebastien Pocognoli was sent off in the first half on his debut appearance for the club Wolfsburg did manage to pull a goal back, but despite their man advantage were unable to <br>restore parity, partly due to the close attention Hannover paid to playmaker Diego (l.) Meanwhile in Mönchengladbach, the hosts earned bragging rights in the Rhein derby with a 2-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf. <br>Here goalscorer Patrick Herrmann (l.) celebrates with provider Luuk De Jong One of the few positives for the visitors was a second Bundesliga appearance for new signing Genki Omae, <br>but the Japanese forward - a second half substitute - was unable to change his side's fortunes Adam Szalai (r.) was twice decisive in Mainz 05's 3-0 away win at bottom of the table Greuther Fürth, lifting his goals tally to eleven in the current campaign Things didn't look so clear before the break, however, when the Clover Leaves held Mainz to a goalless draw After the break though, Szalai's two strikes as well as a goal by 20-year-old Yunus Malli (l.) helped the 05ers to a well-deserved three points Borussia Dortmund got Matchday 19 up and running in stylish fashion as they eased their way past <br> 1. FC Nuremberg to leave the visitors still without a win in Dortmund since 1990 "Scarf day" at the Signal Iduna Park - quite apposite with the thermometer plunging below zero <br>and head coach Jürgen Klopp did his bit, warming his neck with the club colours Out on the pitch, Nuremberg did their best to get to grips with the reigning champions <br>in the opening exchanges (here Timothy Chandler (l.) battles with Marco Reus (r.) in the air)... ...but after wasting two golden opportunites just past the quarter-hour mark, <i>Der Club</i> were punished by Dortmund when Jakub <br>Blaszczykowski (c.) fired home from the penalty spot after Lukasz Piszczek (l.) was felled in the area The visitors were far from happy with the decision and, in taking their eye of the ball, they found themselves 2-0 down shortly after... ...as Blaszczykowski (c.) bagged his brace, sweeping Mario Götze's (r.) drilled cross past a helpless Raphael Schäfer in goal Dortmund took the sting out of the game in the second half, allowing Nuremberg little or no time on the ball Nuri Sahin stepped out on Dortmund's hallowed turf for the first time since rejoining the club and was greeted with a rausing reception Dortmund still managed to carve out their chances though, and having missed a hatful, it was Robert Lewandowski (l.) <br>who put the icing on the cake by firing home on the volley from Marco Reus' pull back late on in the encounter
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