Bundesliga wrap up: New coach, new luck for Hamburg – Bayern roll past Hanover

Hamburg have shrugged off a seven game losing streak with a surprise 3-0 win over last year’s Bundesliga and Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund.

 

© Getty Images - Oliver Hardt

Getty Images – Oliver Hardt

 

Under new coach Mirko Slomka, Hamburg went ahead through goals by Petr Jiracek and Pierre Michel Lasogga before Hakan Calhanoglu sent the sell-out home crowd into hysteria with a stunning free kick from 40 meters out.

 

The win sees Hamburg jump one spot into 16th and a non-direct relegation place.

 

Bayern Munich delivered another dominant display with a 4-0 win over Hanover.

 

Goals from Thomas Mueller (2), Thiago Alcantara and Mario Mandzukic sees Bayern take a 19 point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with 12 games to go with the Bavarians able to win the title before the end of March.

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen continued their recent poor form with a loss 3-1 to Vfl Wolfsburg.

 

Wolfsburg took the lead through Dutch international Bas Dost but Leverkusen quickly equalised through German international Sidney Sam.

 

However, everything went downhill from there for Leverkusen with Luiz Gustavo and Ricardo Rodriguez getting on the sheet to seal Leverkusen’s third league loss in a row.

 

SC Freiburg and FC Augsburg played out a six goal thriller which saw Augsburg take out the match 4-2.

 

Augsburg scored first through Tobias Werner but Freiburg got two goals back through Jonathan Schmid and Admir Mehmedi. 

 

But that’s where it ended for Freiburg with Augsburg taking control of the match through goals by Paul Verhaegh, Halil Altintop and Andre Hahn.

 

Vfb Stuttgart continue their dismal form with a 1-2 loss to Hertha BSC Berlin.

 

The defeat was Stuttgart’s seventh consecutive league loss and sees Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider remain under severe pressure.

 

Berlin took the early lead through Levan Kobiashvili but Stuttgart equalised before halftime through Ivorian Arthur Boka.

 

Stuttgart stood strong  but Berlin took the win three minutes from time with a header from Sandro Wagner.

 

Borussia Moenchengladbach and 1899 Hoffenheim fought out 2-2 draw with the Moenchengladbach taking the lead through Partick Hermann and Tony Jantschke.

 

But Hoffenheim got back through Roberto Firmino and a Sejad Salihovic penalty to end the match all square.

 

In an eventful match, which saw one red card and three saved penalties, Nuremberg won 2-1 against fellow strugglers Eintracht Braunschweig.

 

Nuremberg went a man and a goal down in quick succession when Per Nilsson saw a red card and Dominick Kumbela scored two minutes after the sending off.

 

But eight minutes later Kumbela saw a penalty of his saved by Nuremberg keeper Raphael Schaefer and Nuremberg’s luck continued when Hiroshi Kiyotake and Tomas Pekhart scored two minutes into the second half.

 

Schaefer saved another penalty midway the second half with his Braunschweig counterpart Marijan Petkovic also saving a penalty a couple of minutes later.

 

In the remaining matches, FC Schalke 04 – 1.FSV Mainz played out a nil-all draw, whilst Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen played out the same score.

 

By Christopher Munker

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