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  • October 21, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Grundig-Stadion, Nürnberg
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 40171

Bundesliga Round 8 Results: Gladbach thrashed by Werder Bremen as Frankfurt win again

Bundesliga Round 8 Results: Gladbach thrashed by Werder Bremen as Frankfurt win again


Eintracht Frankfurt kept up their fantastic start to the season by beating Hannover, while Stuttgart and Freiburg both claimed impressive wins

Hoffenheim and Greuther Furth got the weekend's action started with a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Rhein Neckar Arena on Friday.

The Bavarian minnows have found life in the top flight difficult this season, and that looked set to continue on eight minutes when Roberto Firmino headed home Sebastian Rudy's left-wing free kick. The Brazilian's strike separated the two teams for much of the half, but the visitors grabbed an equaliser just before the break when Zoltan Stieber capitalised on a Tim Wiese spill.

Hoffenheim were back in front midway through the second half, when Joselu slotted past Max Grun, but Furth equalised once more just six minutes from time thanks to a superb Edgar Prib effort.

However, Joselu nudged the hosts ahead once more with a tap-in after forcing a decent save from Grun. However, there was one final twist in the tale, and Lasse Sobiech nodded home a late, late corner to secure a point.
Bayer Leverkusen extended their unbeaten run, but were held to a 2-2 draw by Mainz at the BayArena on Saturday.

Stefan Kiessling gave the hosts the lead by heading a tame Daniel Carvajal cross straight at Christian Wetklo, who was adjudged to have taken the ball over his own line, despite furious protests from the away side.

However, shortly after the break, they were back on level terms when Adam Szalai nudged Zdenek Pospech's cross beyond Bernd Leno and into the corner of the net. And shortly after, they were ahead.

Szalai was involved once more, teeing up Marcel Risse, who volleyed home from the edge of the box. However, the hosts fought back, and grabbed a point when Gonzalo Castro smashed the ball into the back of the net after some calamitous Mainz defending.
Wolfsburg slipped to the bottom of the Bundesliga table when Felix Magath's men crashed to a 2-0 loss to Freiburg at the Volkswagen Arena.

The opening goal of the match came just before the break, and the hosts had no one but themselves to blame for falling behind. Erik Jendrisek was sent clear by a lofted through ball, but forced wide, only for Naldo to come in with a wild challenge and concede a penalty. Daniel Caligiuri stepped up, and squeezed the ball past Diego Benaglio, who had dived the right way.

The second goal, which came just six minutes before full time, was far more fluid, however. Jonathan Schmid advanced down the right, laid the ball into the path of Julian Schuster, who swept the ball beyond the helpless Benaglio with ease.

This result leaves Freiburg in seventh place, a mere point behind current champions Borussia Dortmund. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, have now slipped behind Greuther Furth and Augsburg.
Eintracht Frankfurt's sensational start to the Bundesliga season continued when Hannover were beaten 3-1 at the Commerzbank Arena on Saturday.

The hosts got off to a perfect start, with Karim Matmour taking advantage of the static Hannover defence and heading home Sebastian Rode's left-wing cross. Moments later, it was 2-0. A classy touch from Stefan Aigner played in Sebastian Jung, who drove the ball into the back of the net from the right-hand side of the box.

However, on the stroke of half-time, Hannover were given hope when Moa Abdellaoue slid in at the far post to make it 2-1. After the break, though, Frankfurt were able to stand firm and the points were put beyond all doubt in the dying moments when Alexander Meier headed Stefano Celozzi's chipped cross past Ron-Robert Zieler.
Arguably the most surprising result of Saturday evening came at the Weserstadion, where Werder Bremen cruised to a 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The visitors had recorded an impressive win over Eintracht Frankfurt before the international break, and started this match in positive fashion, though Marc-Andre ter Stegen was forced into an impressive save to deny Kevin De Bruyne. However, they eventually fell behind shortly before half-time, with Nils Petersen's header adjudged to have crossed the line despite the best efforts of Thorben Marx on the line.

Just before the break, it was two. Marko Arnautovic beat Ter Stegen to a well-weighted through ball, lifted it over the Germany keeper and sent his side into a commanding advantage. After the restart, the hosts kicked on, and extended their lead when Arnautovic teed up Niclas Fullkrug for a tap-in. Zlatko Junuzovic completed the rout late on with a fierce effort from the edge of the box.
Neither Nurnberg or Augsburg were able to grab a victory in a Bavarian derby on Sunday.

Truth be told, the match was a disjointed affair, but started at a frantic pace. Tomas Pekhart, teed up by Timo Gebhart sent an early chance over the bar, as the hosts tried to seize the initiative. However, Tobias Werner sent in a threatening free kick that Raphael Schafer did well to stop.

After the break, Gebhart came close to breaking the deadlock once more, only to be denied by a heroic block from Sebastian Langkamp. Sebastian Polter had a half-chance in the dying moments, but, in the end, neither side could grab local bragging rights.

Augsburg remain in the bottom three on six points, but Nurnberg's descent down the table continued, with Der Klub sitting in 15th.
Stuttgart grabbed a vital 1-0 victory when they travelled to Hamburg on Sunday evening.

The visitors started the match in promising fashion, with Rene Adler denying Martin Harnik an early goal after a matter of seconds, but Hamburg were not without a threat of their own, with Marcell Jansen testing Sven Ulreich with a stinging shot. Vedad Ibisevic then missed a great chance to open the scoring on the 15-minute mark, squandering an open goal after some great work from Christian Gentner.

However, the Bosnian soon made amends for his miss. Another fine pass from Gentner found Harnik, and the Austrian crossed to Ibisevic, who beat Michael Mancienne to the ball to break the deadlock.

Soon after, Hamburg had thought that they had found a quickfire equaliser through Artjoms Rudnevs, who was controversially ruled offside.

After the break, Hamburg introduced Maximilian Beister, who came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, only to send his efforts well over. At the other end, Ibrahima Traore was a little selfish, refusing the opportunity to pass to team-mates in favour of shooting twice.

In the end, however, Stuttgart were able to hold on and claim their second Bundesliga victory of the season.