BVB's Ruhr rivals FC Schalke 04 were also beaten on Saturday afternoon, slumping to a 2-1 home defeat to 1. FC Köln, who put a halt to their run of three straight league defeats.
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Matchday 15 results:
Sunday 14 December:
VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 SC Paderborn 07
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Saturday 13 December:
FC Schalke 04 1-2 1. FC Köln
FC Augsburg 0-4 FC Bayern München
SV Werder Bremen 3-3 Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
SC Freiburg 0-0 Hamburger SV
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
Friday 12 December:
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
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Sunday 14 December
Another Bundesliga Matchday in the bag, but fear not there's midweek action to look forward to! In the meantime, check out the 5 major talking points to emerge from Matchday 15, as well as the best facts and figures. Also don't forget to head over to the bundesliga.com WATCH page for all the latest highlights and interviews from the weekend action. We'll be back tomorrow with all the paper talk and reaction...bis dann!
With new Chinese signing Xizhe Zhang (pictured, l.) in attendance at the Volkswagen Arena, VfL Wolfsburg's Ivan Perisic missed a first-half penalty and the opportunity to keep the pace at the top with FC Bayern. An improved second-half display brought SC Paderborn 07 a point, their first on the road since Matchday 7, after Alban Meha proved much more assured from 12 yards than Perisic. bundesliga.com has a full match report from Matchday 15's curtain-closer here.
Bayer vs. Gladbach was billed as a blockbuster and it certainly didn't disappoint, as the two sides took a share of the spoils at the BayArena. Hakan Calhanoglu scored for Leverkusen with a delightful strike from range, before Roel Brouwers equalised to leave the Foals still level on 24 points with die Werkself. Here's our match report.
So happy to be training back with the team!!thanks a lot for the support over this last 2 months!! pic.twitter.com/TtgAI1zmvs— Pepe Reina (@PReina25) December 14, 2014
Thanks dear friends for your warm wishes...Hope to be back stronger after my injury! pic.twitter.com/Q3g4VWeq3D— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) December 14, 2014
I am convinced 2015 will be a successfull year in our club and I will do my best to make happy everyone of you!— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) December 14, 2014
Werder Bremen picked up a precious point yesterday with their 3-3 draw at home to Hannover 96 the work of two youngsters. With a goal each, 20-year-old Melvyn Lorenzen and 19-year-old Davie Selke (pictured) justified coach Viktor Skripnik's faith in youth over experience, despite a precarious league position. "Those who work the hardest for the cause will play," Skripnik said afterwards.
Bad news seems to be engulfing Borussia Dortmund these days, and more followed today with confirmation that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play again this calendar year because of the injury he picked up against Hertha Berlin yesterday, a hamstring tear that rules him out for six weeks. Talk about rubbing salt into the wound...
A picture speaks a thousand words. pic.twitter.com/HC0r9lsnPY— Hertha English (@HerthaBSC_EN) December 14, 2014
Anthony Ujah struggled for goals in Bundesliga 2 last season but he already has six this term and was the best player on the park as 1. FC Köln ended a run of three straight defeats to win 2-1 away to Schalke. He scored the first with a neat finish and bullied the Schalke defence all afternoon, creating chances with some excellent hold-up play and clever runs into the space that the home defence foolishly afforded him. Here's the match report from the Veltins Arena.
VfL Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has professed his dislike of the term 'Bayern hunter' but the plan truth is that his team look like the only side still able to make sure that Bayern's lead at the top - currently ten points - doesn't soon leave the chasing pack needing snookers. The Wolves are up against newcomers Paderborn this afternoon and need a win to cur the deficit to Bayern back down to 'only' seven points. Here's our match preview of the encounter at the Volkswagen Arena.
Sunday's action begins at the BayArena with a clash of two would-be heavyweights. Leverkusen and Gladbach may both have one eye on Monday's Champions League and Europa League draws respectively, but today they have a great opportunity to consolidate their positions near the top of the table, and in the Foals' case, move into the top four, above the Werkself. It's set up nicely, so why not read our match preview?
Morning ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls. We're two thirds of the way through Matchday 15 and some familiar stories seem to be developing: Bayern further clear at the top of the table (ten points now), Dortmund reeling from another defeat and Schalke as inconsistent as you can imagine following a home loss to Cologne. That doesn't mean the drama is at a premium, however. Relive the action from the weekend so far with our matchday gallery.
Sunday 14 December
Can VfL Wolfsburg keep up the pace at the top? They face SC Paderborn 07 tomorrow, and their new Chinese international, Xizhe Zhang, will be there to watch. If his goalscoring record in the Chinese Super League is anything to go by, then he could keep the Wolves in the hunt right until the end of the season. Here's our preview of the Paderborn game, and don't forget to join us tomorrow! Gute Nacht!
For Bayern, it was another memorable matchday. The champions defeated Bavarian neighbours FC Augsburg 4-0 at the SGL Arena thanks to a brace from Arjen Robben, as well as goals from Medhi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski. The win means Pep Guardiola's side win the Bundesliga's Herbstmeisterschaft, and will head into 2015 on top of the pile. The players' reactions are here.
Borussia Dortmund's wretched 2014/15 campaign took a turn for the worse on two counts at Hertha Berlin's Olympiastadion on Matchday 15. The first was the 1-0 defeat, a result with which the players were less than pleased. We've rounded up their reactions here. The second setback was the 'likely' loss of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the rest of the year. BVB head coach Jürgen Klopp didn't sound too positive when discussing his prospects post-match.
.@sc_freiburg line-up: Bürki - Riether, Torrejon, Kempf, Günter - Schmid, Höfler, Darida, Klaus - Guede, Mehmedi— Bundesliga Live (@BL_Live_EN) December 13, 2014
Get well soon
It has now been confirmed that Niklas Süle has ruptured cruciate ligaments and is set to miss the rest of the 2014/15 season. Team-mate Kevin Volland sends his best wishes for a speedy recovery. "Get well soon my friend!"
Ein von Kevin Volland (@vollandkevin) gepostetes Foto am Dez 12, 2014 at 5:20 PST
VfL Wolfsburg have announced they are about to complete the signing of Chinese attacking midfielder Xhize Zhang (pictured). The player is already on his way to Wolfsburg and should be paraded as a new signing next week. bundesliga.com is already a step ahead and has all the in-depth information on the new recruit (pictured) with a detailed profile and history of Chinese players in the Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim's win against Frankfurt came at a high cost last night after young defender Niklas Süle suffered what appeared to be a cruciate knee ligament. German newspaper BILD.de are reporting this morning that the 19-year-old has indeed torn knee ligaments and will be out of action for a minimum of six months. Süle had played every minute of league action this term and his injury comes as a huge blow to the Sinsheimers.
Bremen vs. Hannover is a game that could have severe ramifications for the loser. Werder's mini-revival under new coach Viktor Skripnik was ended with a comprehensive 5-2 defeat at Frankfurt last weekend, while Hannover have lost their last three, including a local derby against Wolfsburg last weekend. Bremen were 2-1 winners the last time they met at the at the end of last season, a result that proved key in their staying in the league, but will lightning strike twice at the HDI Arena?
Where else would you want to be on a cold and rainy (right?) December afternoon than in front of your television watching no fewer than six matches from the league of the world champions? Other than actually in the stadium, where the atmosphere is like little you're likely to experience anywhere else? That's right - stay right here (in front of that TV), as we have all the build-up you need to Matchday 15!
Friday 12 December
We'll leave you with some post-match reaction from Sinsheim. Kevin Volland, Pirmin Schwegler, Adam Szalai and Timo Hildebrand have all voiced their opinions following the Matchday 15 opener - click here to find out what they had to say. Bis bald everyone!
That was a proper ding-dong battle between Hoffenheim and Frankfurt. Friday's clash at the WIRSO
Saturday's late kick-off sees 1. FSV Mainz 05 host VfB Stuttgart, with die Nullfünfer's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki (c.) set to face his former club. Head over here for our preview of tomorrow's encounter at the Coface Arena.
Eintracht's goal machine
Alex Meier is having an outstanding season with Eintracht Frankfurt. The attacker just keeps on finding the back of the net, but he isn't concerned about finishing the campaign as the Bundesliga's top scorer, as he told the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
Don't forget to follow tonight's Bundesliga 2 action live on our ticker. Greuther Fürth are up against RB Leipzig, Erzgebirge Aue face 1. FC Heidenheim and SV Sandhausen host VfL Bochum in Friday's opening trio of Matchday 17 fixtures.
There are huge games in store for 1. FC Köln, SC Freiburg, Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon. The Billy Goats, who have lost their last three in the league, face the unenviable task of a trip to the Veltins Arena to face FC Schalke 04, while Freiburg and Hamburg face-off at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. Bremen, meanwhile, play host to a Hannover 96 side who have also slumped to three successive defeats in the league. Our round-up preview is available here.
Few will have expected FC Augsburg to be occupying third place in the Bundesliga table with three matchdays of the 2014/15 Hinrunde remaining, but Markus Weinzierl's side go into Saturday's Bavarian derby with FC Bayern München in the form of their lives, having won their last six league encounters. Die Fuggerstädter beat Bayern 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, but can they repeat the trick this weekend? Click here for the preview...
It's day 12 of Advent and if you haven't gobbled up the chocolate behind today's door on your calendar, do so now, preferably while watching the best of Tim Wiese (before he became a professional wrestler) on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
Hertha vs. Dortmund isn't a game you'd expect to class in the 'relegation scrap' category, but looking at the table - Hertha in 15th and BVB in 14th - that's the label it deserves in the words of Jürgen Klopp. "This is a relegation battle," said the 47-year-old in his pre-match press conference. "We need stability. It's about building up our confidence." Read our match preview here.
With 23 goals in 46 league games, Shinji Okazaki has more than repaid the faith Mainz showed in him to sign the Japan international in the summer of 2013. The club need their talismanic striker now more than ever, though, having not won a Bundesliga match since mid-October. This week they host Stuttgart, themselves fresh from a 4-0 mauling at home to Schalke last week. It will be another chance for Okazaki to remind VfB of what he can do after an unsuccessful spell in Stuttgart between 2011 and 2013.
Augsburg and their left-back Abdul Rahman Baba remain relatively unknown quantities outside of Germany at the moment, but that won't be the case for long. The Bavarians are third in the league and will give champions Bayern a real game this weekend according to Baba, a Ghana international and set to compete at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. "Bayern are one of the best teams in the world, but we'll be looking to take our chances," said the 20-year-old to bundesliga.com.
Wolfsburg on fire
Second in the league table and fresh off the back of an outstanding away win in Lille in the Europa League, the Kevin De Bruyne and Co. are on their way home to prepare for Sunday's game against Paderborn:
Et billede slået op af Kevin De Bruyne (@kalle14) den Dec 12, 2014 at 3:51 PST
Just in case you missed it, Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Mitchell Langerak (pictured) will be his first-choice goalkeeper for his side's final three Bundesliga appointments in 2014, against Hertha, VfL Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen. bundesliga.com has all the important details on the Australian custodian here.
Aided by a flying , Eintracht Frankfurt have the chance to break into the top four of the Bundesliga tonight when they travel to Hoffenheim. Meier is currently the Bundesliga's top goalscorer and already into double figures, and his partnership with Haris Seferovic has seen the Eagles really take flight. Can Hoffenheim bring them back down to earth? Read our match preview to get a better picture.
After another excellent performance from Germany's representatives in Europe this week - four out of four teams through in the Champions League and two from two in the Europa League - domestic action is back on the agenda. Nine mouthwatering matches are lined up this weekend, with Bavarian derby Augsburg vs. Bayern, Hertha's clash with Dortmund and Leverkusen's home game with Gladbach just three that stand out.