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Bundesliga Sunday Round-Up: Promoted Sides Lose Out

Youngster Andre Schurrle Blasts His Side To Victory Over Kaiserslautern.

Sunday’s Bundesliga matches saw both Bundesliga new boys, Kaiserslaturern and St. Pauli, lose out away from home. Kaiserslautern travelled to Mainz, while Koln host St. Pauli.

Kaiserslautern have been impressive during their first couple of Bundesliga games, especially during their 2-0 win against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, they could not continue their good form away to Mainz despite taking an early lead through Srdjan Lakic. Mainz came back in the second half through goals from Niko Bungert and wonderkid Andre Schurrle, who netted from just outside the box. It’s still early days, so the loss won’t come as too much of a knock for 1. FCK, who will focus on grabbing maximum points during their home matches.

Koln hosted St. Pauli and took the lead early through Taner Yalcin, who smashed home the rebound after a Lukas Podolski thunderbolt rattled the post. St. Pauli had the lion’s share of possession, but did very little in terms of testing the opposition goalkeeper and only registered one shot on target. Not good enough from the Hamburg-based kult club, but they too will look to gain most of their points at home this season to hopefully avoid relegation.

For our next bit of Bundesliga business, Tuesday marks the start of the Champions League group stages, where Werder Bremen will host Tottenham and Schalke will travel to Lyon. Wednesday’s match sees Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich host Serie A runners-up Roma.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Anarchy Ant

    September 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Pauli is acting just like my FM 2010 team, no shots on goal! The scariest part for me is that Wolfsburg, Schalke and Stuttgart are the bottom 3 teams and there is no chance of it staying that way. That slips St Pauli firmly into the relegation zone. They better start scoring! 3 goals in three matches all of them coming after 80 minutes isn’t going to cut it.

  2. Diriye

    September 13, 2010 at 5:07 am

    David

    Mainz just doesn’t stop playing like some other teams. This is their second game coming from behind to win.

    Speaking of Mainz I just don’t get why Schalke couldn’t use Lewis Holtby, set up both goal for Mainz. They may be struggling because they dont have a natural play maker. Rakitic has been struggling for a while now.

  3. David

    September 13, 2010 at 2:59 am

    I’ll hope for the best but I don’t expect much from Germany’s non-Bayern Champions League participants. I’ll be happy if another besides Bayern get to the knockout stages. Then anything can happen, especially after a winter break.

    Disappointment for me today, a night owl getting up early to watch FCK give up 2 goals in 3 minutes & go on to lose. You gotta hold leads in this league. At least they weren’t totally toothless until the last minute like Pauli.

  4. Hendry Wijaya

    September 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Dylan, FCK overcome Bayern 2-0 last week, not 1-0 😉 Wow, what a crazy season for Bundesliga, who gonna thought beforehand that Schalke, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart will remain pointless after 3 matches?!?!

    I’m a little bit worried with German team performance in Europe if this kind of trend continues, it’s a good thing to have a competitive league, but what happen at Bundesliga this season is a little bit too much IMO.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 13, 2010 at 12:10 am

      I’m going to do my Champions League previews tomorrow, and I’m also interested in seeing how a team like Schalke in particular perform in Europe despite their awful domestic form.

  5. Diriye

    September 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    My pick last week.
    ———————————————————————————————
    Bremen vs Bayern
    Hoffenheim vs FC Schalke
    Dortmund vs Wolfsburg

    and the top table locking horns: Mainz vs Kaiserslautern.lol

    Prediction:

    Bremen over Bayern( Five Bayern guys playing three games in eight days as opposed to Marco Marin)
    Hoffenheim over Schalke (Schalke still in mud slinging mode)
    Dortmund over Wolfsburg ( No match for Kehl and Sahin midfeild)
    Mainz over Kaiserslautern( Won two road games already)
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Only lost two points at Munich.

    Match day four

    Bremen : FSV Mainz
    FC Schalke: Dortmund
    Wolfsburg : Hannover
    VfB Stuttgart : Borussia M’gladbach
    FC Bayern München : 1. FC Köln
    Leverkusen : FC Nürnberg

    Predictions

    Mainz over Bremen
    Dortmund over Schalke
    Hannover over Wolfsburg
    M’gladbach over Stuttgart
    Bayern : FC Köln (tie) lol
    Leverkusen over Nürnberg

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