Sunday, August 9 2009
VfL Bochum 3-3 Bor. Moenchengladbach
SC Freiburg 1-1 Hamburg
The fans inside the Rewirpower Stadion were treated to a peach of a match which saw Gladbach storm into a three-goal lead, only for the home side to stage a marvellous comeback to steal a point.
The visitors opened the scoring after 19 minutes when summer signing Juan Arango got on the end of a flick from Roberto Colautti and fired in a left-foot shot from 5 meters out.
Israeli Colautti then turned scorer seven minutes later, heading in a corner from Tobias Levels. Gladbach then added a third before the half-time interval when Roel Brouwers headed home a cross from Arango which had three Borussia players waiting in the penalty area to get on the end of it.
3-0 down at the break, Bochum could have been forgiven for giving up but they hit two goals of their own within the first few minutes of the second 45 minutes.
Six minutes after the restart, Mimoun Azaouagh smashed in a shot from long range, which gave the keeper no chance. A minute later, Azaouagh added another which was almost a carbon copy of his first.
Moenchengladbach were then dealt a further blow on the hour mark when defender Dante was shown a red card, after what was deemed a professional foul on Stanislav Sestak.
The event-filled game continued on 63 minutes when Bochum completed the incredible comeback with an equaliser from Sestak. A Christian Fuchs cross saw the Slovakian striker beat Brouwers in the air to head in and turn the game on its head.
Bochum trainer Koller hails Mimoun Azaouagh
Freiburg began their Bundesliga campaign with a well deserved point against Hamburg at the Badenova Stadion.
It took Hamburg just three minutes to take the lead against newly promoted Freiburg, enough to show them just how tough life will be in the top flight. A corner from the right was not cleared by the Freiburg defence and when the ball fell to Jonathan Pitroipa, he fired in a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.
HSV didn’t, however, capitalise on the early goal and the home side dominated the rest of the first-half, without being able to score. To their credit, Freiburg kept fighting and eventually grabbed an equaliser on 65 minutes.
Mohamadou Idrissou won the ball on the left from David Rozehnal and crossed into the centre, where Tommy Bechmann was on hand to score with his right foot.
There were no further goals, meaning that the hosts started their Bundesliga season with a point against one of the title contenders.
Freiburg midfielder Yasine Abdessadki in action
Mathew Burt, Goal.com