Great drama in Saturday’s Bundesliga games, and goals to go with it. Mainz’s winning-streak ended at the hands of Hamburg, St. Pauli showed they can score goals, Bayern Munich’s second string proved themselves, Werder Bremen picked up the pieces, and Bayer Leverkusen confirmed themselves as a genuine title threat. Let’s get to the games!
Werder Bremen 2 – 1 SC Freiburg
Aaron Hunt put the hosts ahead from well out just after the half-hour mark, and just in time to silence Tim Wiese who had been making quite a few back-handed comments about his teammate. Just after the hour mark, though, Julian Schuster equalized for Freiburg and Thomas Schaaf made a tactical change minutes later to try and get all three points. Claudio Pizarro was subbed on for Mikael Silvestre, and Werder Bremen reaped the reward for their daring change. Pizarro linked up with Almeida and the Portuguese hitman made it 2-1 on 73 minutes. Werder Bremen deserved their win, and they needed it too. Next weekend, Werder Bremen travel to Gladbach, while Freiburg host Kaiserslautern.
Bayern Munich 3 – 0 Hannover 96
A Bayern Munich side made up of mostly second-string players because of the injury crisis happening at the club at the moment, stepped up and proved themselves worthy of further first-team action. Mario Gomez, above all others, made a proper claim for having his name on the team sheet on a more regular basis. Gomez’s hat-trick secured a much-needed three points for his side, and he will have been delighted about it. Recently, he complained to the media about being treated unfairly. It’s unlikely that he’ll feel that way any longer after the immense amount of skill he showed in all three of his goals. Finally, a Bayern Munich win. Louis van Gaal will definitely need to build some momentum off of this, and Mario Gomez may be the man to place more responsibility on. Next weekend, Bayern Munich travel to Hamburg, and Hannover host Koln.
Mainz 0 – 1 Hamburg SV
Mainz’s dream run came to a crashing end at the hands of Armin Veh’s Hamburg side. Mainz were so close to nicking a point here, but with just one minute left on the clock Jose Paolo Guerrero nipped into the box after a clever ball from Ze Roberto, and put Mainz to the sword. It’ll be interesting to see how Thomas Tuchel’s side recover from their first defeat of the season, and if they’ll be able to bounce back next weekend or not. Despite their loss, Mainz are still a whopping seven points away from dropping out of the top three, so no alarm bells need be ringing just yet. Hamburg have made a decent start to the season, but if they could score more goals than they have been they could really push for a Champions League spot this season. Next weekend, Mainz will look to make their comeback against Bayer Leverkusen, while Hamburg will host Bayern Munich.
Schalke 04 2 – 2 VfB Stuttgart