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Bundesliga Round 16 Results: Koln thrash Freiburg, Werder Bremen cruise past Wolfsburg

Podolski and Clemens both bagged braces to see Koln past Freiburg 4-0, while Claudio Pizarro was at the heart of Bremen's 4-1 win over Felix Magath's Wolfsburg



Bundesliga: Round 16
Results

Table/Fixtures

Friday DECEMBER 9

Sunday DECEMBER 11

Hertha Berlin - Schalke
1-2 Dortmund - Kaiserslautern
15.30
Saturday DECEMBER 10

Stuttgart - Bayern Munich
17.30
Koln - Freiburg
4-0
   
Nurnberg - Hoffenheim
0-2
 

Augsburg - Gladbach
1-0  
 
Mainz - Hamburg
0-0

 
Werder Bremen - Wolfsburg
4-1

 
Hannover - Bayer Leverkusen
0-0  

Hertha Berlin
1-2
Schalke

Schalke have leapfrogged Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga table, thanks to a well-earned 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin on Friday.

The Royal Blues took the lead just 20 minutes in at the Olympic Stadium, as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar capitalised on a poor clearance to grab his 14th goal in Bundesliga this season and become the division's top scorer in the process.

However, only five minutes later, Hertha netted the equaliser from the head of Adrian Ramos.

Markus Babbel's side couldn't hold on for the point, as they eventually bowed down to overriding pressure from Huub Stevens' outfit in the form of a curling Teemu Pukki strike, courtesy of an assist from Raul.

Schalke, who are now on 31 points alongside Bayern Munich at the top of the table, have registered three wins in their last four matches, but Hertha drop to ninth, without a win in the last five.


Koln
4-0
Freiburg

Christian Clemens and Lukas Podolski each grabbed a brace as Koln kept Freiburg bottom of the Bundesliga standings with a 4-0 at the RheinEnergieStadion.

It took the hosts 20 minutes to break the deadlock, and it was Clemens who came up with the goods, scoring from close range after Slawomir Peszko’s flick on presented him with a chance on a plate. Peszko was at it again on the hour mark, teeing up Podolski for a simple finish from inside the area.

Clemens grabbed his second six minutes later with an audacious effort, scoring directly from an in-swinging corner-kick which left Oliver Baumann dumbfounded in the Freiburg goal. Podolski completed the rout in the 73rd minute, sliding home from inside the six yard area after a swift counter-attack by the home side.

Nurnberg
0-2
Hoffenheim

Nurnberg dropped to within a point of the relegation zone after Vedad Ibisevic's brace resigned them to a 2-0 defeat at the EasyCredit Stadium.

The visitors opened the scoring five minutes before half-time, Fabian Johnson finding space on the flank to cross towards Ibisevic, who headed home. Things got worse for Dieter Hecking and his men a few minutes later, as Timothy Chandler was sent off for a late lunge on Sejad Salihovic.

Hoffenheim’s decisive pair combined again just shy of the hour mark, Johnson again finding Ibsevic from out wide, who struck his side into a two goal lead. The visitors ended the match on a sour note however, after Marvin Compper was shown a straight red in the 90th minute for a dangerous kick on Tomas Pekhart.

Augsburg
1-0
Monchengladbach

Title hopefuls Gladbach missed an opportunity to ascend to the summit of the Bundesliga after they went down 1-0 away to Augsburg.

Jan Callsen-Bracker scored the only goal of the game six minutes after half-time, finding the top corner with an effort from outside the box after Tobias Werner’s free kick deflected off the wall into his path. Despite some late chances for the visitors, Augsburg held on to record a priceless win in their battle against relegation.

The result sees Augsburg move off the foot of the table with 14 points, while Gladbach remain fourth with 30 points to their name.

Mainz
0-0
Hamburg

A dull encounter at the Coface Arena ended in a 0-0 stalemate between Mainz and HSV.

Neither team was able to establish a foothold in the attacking third, though Eric Choupo-Moting spurned the best chance of the match in the 75th minute, firing over the bar from a guilt-edged position on the edge of the six-yard area.

Both sides remain within a point of each other, with HSV in 12th place with 18 points, while Mainz sit 13th with 17 points.

Werder Bremen
4-1
Wolfsburg

Werder Bremen kept up the pressure on the league leaders with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg at the Weserstadion.

Felix Magath’s men were down a goal in the 18th minute, after Claudio Pizarro’s header forced Diego Benaglio to parry into the path of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who volleyed home. Pizarro made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, finishing from a tight angle after the Wolfsburg defence had switched off from a throw in. Bremen capitalized on another lapse in concentration from the visitors’ backline in the 55th minute, as Markus Rosenberg stole in to score and put the result beyond doubt.

The hosts were not finished, and an incisive through ball by Pizarro in the 71st minute set up Marko Arnautovic for a measured finish from 10 yards out. Arnautovic missed a glorious chance for his second late on, before Marcel Schaefer grabbed a consolation goal for Wolfsburg, finding the far corner with a long range effort four minutes from time.

Bremen remain in 5th place, while Wolfsburg sink to 14th, only three points above the relegation zone.

Hannover
0-0
Bayer Leverkusen

A dull match ended in a stalemate as neither side could fashion a clear cut chance to break the deadlock
Borussia Dortmund
v
Kaiserslautern

Dortmund entertain Kaiserslautern on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to continue their impressive league form.
Stuttgart
v
Bayern Munich

Bayern will be hoping to produce an impressive performance when they travel to Stuttgart on Sunday at 17.30 CET.

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