Dec 15, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT
Tough day in the Rhineland, as Borussia Dortmund had to battle back from two-down, and Borussia Monchengladbach could only muster a scoreless draw at ninth-placed Mainz 05.
In addition, second-place Bayer Leverkusen majorly disappointed at home against Eintracht Frankfurt, losing 1-0 and allowing Munich to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Everything else held true to league position, as Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, and Schalke all won.
Bayern Munich 3-1 Hamburg
The league leaders increased their gap at the top to seven points, showing no ill effects from their 3-2 loss to Manchester City midweek.
It took most of the first half to get going, but after it was over Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gotze and Xherdan Shaqiri had all bagged goals. The Bavarians host Bayer Leverkusen next weekend with a chance to make the gap even larger.
Hoffenheim 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Two goals from the hosts in the first half forced Dortmund to battle from behind, finally pegging back level via Lukasz Piszczek in the 67th minute.
It was all Dortmund could muster though, as Piszczek, Robert Lewandowski, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all wasted chances to clinch the full bounty, and Dortmund fell 12 points off the leaders Bayern Munich.
Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
The first home Bundesliga defeat since March leaves Bayer unable to keep pace with Bayern Munich at the top, as a Marco Russ header downed the hosts.
It could have been more too, had Eintracht taken advantage of their dominant first half, but goalkeeper Kevin Trapp made some quality saves to doom Bayer.
Mainz 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
The visitors were clearly on top but couldn’t get the spoils despite moving their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Mainz’s Shinji Okazaki wasted a counter opportunity, as did Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse and the point moves the visitors level with Borussia Dortmund with 32 points.
Hannover 3-3 Nurnberg
Nurnberg blew a three-goal lead, but the comeback was marred by Hannover’s second, which came on a missed offsides on Mame Diouf who grabbed the last two scores in the 87th and 90th minutes.
The comeback is bitterly disappointing for the visitors, who are still searching for their first win of the season, and three points would have seen them out of the relegation zone.
Schalke 2-0 Freiburg
It took an own-goal just before the break to start the scorebooks, but Schalke built on that with a 67th minute penalty by Jefferson Farfan. American Jermaine Jones was bright along the right flank.
The victory also marked the substitute return by Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who made his first Bundesliga appearance in over a year on his way back from a torn ACL.
Augsburg 4-1 BTSV
Andre Hahn bagged a double within three minutes as Augsburg jumped Mainz in the table and moved to 8th place. BTSV remains in 20th with just eight points on the year.
Hertha BSC 3-2 Werder Bremen
On Friday Werder Bremen were looking to bounce back from a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of Bayern Munich, but couldn’t maintain an early lead.
Adrian Ramos led the comeback for Hertha with a first-half double and Ronny picked up the winner as they maintained their spot in seventh place.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
Business up front. Defense in the rear.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT
L.A. Galaxy Insider report also speculates that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could take a Designated Player spot in Major League Soccer if he leaves Old Trafford.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT
“It’s obviously a shame he’s not here, but Liverpool is a club that’s bigger as any individual,” Rodgers said from Fenway Park.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
Inter Milan and Queens Park Rangers have swooped in for two of the Bluebirds’ best players, and Vincent Tan probably isn’t too happy.
Jul 22, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT
Shaw speaks to PST: “Manchester United are the biggest club in the world. I didn’t think twice when they wanted to sign me.”
Jul 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT
When a guy many consider a footballing genius gives the United States coach praise, that’s a pretty cool feather in Klinsmann’s cap.
Jul 22, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT
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Jul 22, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT
The 19-year-old is a promising prospect, but is dealing with negative headlines after being subject to abuse on Tuesday in Croatia.
Jul 22, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT
Fraser Forster will be sticking at Celtic, for now, after Southampton reportedly lowballed the Scottish powers.
Jul 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Hand on shoulder, hair-coiffed, warm smile… next! Becks makes the rounds on the United’s U.S. tour.
Jul 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT
There have been reports of where the 32-year-old American left sider will not be going, but little as to where he will.
Jul 22, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT
For every “stars… they’re just like us” moment a player gives you, there are moments like this, which will not happen to 99.9999% of us at work in our lives
Jul 22, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
Xavi set to remain at Barcelona until January, at least.
Jul 22, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT
Yeah. This is actually happened… as Stoke pull off a major coup.
Jul 22, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
Guardiola: “He trains well, he’s a good guy and my first idea is that he’s going to stay for the rest of the season.”
Jul 22, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT
Will Lovren become the third Saints player to join Liverpool this summer? If the price is right, it sure looks that way.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT
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Jul 22, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT
Second time around, Dunga will lead Brazil’s new era.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT
What do you get for $107 million in today’s world? A red-hot 23-year-old Colombian striker, that’s what.
Jul 22, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT
Klopp says Hummels is not for sale… not at the price reported anyway.
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