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Bundesliga Saturday Round-Up: Five-Star Bayern Move Third, Schalke Close Gap on Leverkusen

Borussia M'gladbach 5-3 Hannover
Nuernberg 0-4 Hamburg
Freiburg 0-0 Koeln
Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bochum 1-5 Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen 0-2 Schalke


Borussia M'gladbach 5-3 Hannover

Borussia M'gladbach won an eight-goal thriller in a match that featured three own-goals from Hannover. The hosts were off to a two goal lead thanks to an own goal from Karim Haggui and another from Rob Friend before Didier Ya Konan pulled one back for Hannover.

After the half, but before the visitors could get back into the match, Constant Djakpa scored another in his own net to make it 3-1 to M'gladbach. Michael Bradley added a fourth on 68 minutes, and it appeared to be over. Didier Ya Konan pulled another back a minute later, and the scoreline held as full time approached. The Ivorian striker received his marching orders just before Christian Schulz made it 4-3, but the comeback of the century was never meant to be. In fitting manner, M'gladbach took a 5-3 lead when Karim Haggui scored yet another own goal as Hannover truly beat themselves this afternoon.

Nuernberg 0-4 Hamburg

After a scoreless first half, Hamburg coasted to an easy victory in Nuernberg. Having missed the target on several good opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, the visitors were far more clinical with their finishing in the second half. Goals from Eljero Elia (47), Marcell Jansen (60), and Tunay Torun (66) put Hamburg firmly in control before Elia completed his brace with a quarter hour to go.

Freiburg 0-0 Koeln

Two teams facing relegation played to a 0-0 draw in Freiburg. The only time either goalkeeper was beaten was in the 11th minute, but Lukas Podolski's shot struck the woodwork and fell to safety. The game had a real continuity to it and was very evenly played, but the two teams were able to manage a combined seven shots on goal, none of which were enough to produce a winner.

Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

The visitors got off to an excellent start as they went a goal ahead inside ten minutes. After Vedad Ibisevic earned a penalty, Sejad Salihovic placed his spot kick into the net to give his team an early lead.

The penalty aside, Frankfurt were in excellent form, and bossed their opponents around in midfield. Central duo Luis Gustavo and Tobias Weis were unable to stop Frankfurt in the middle of the pitch, and the home team took advantage by equalizing on the hour as Pirmin Schwegler blasted a long-distance shot into the top-left corner of the goal. The scoreline held, and Frankfurt took a well-earned point.

Bochum 1-5 Bayern Munich

Bayern conjured the same confidence that saw them win 4-1 against Juventus in midweek, and produced an even better result in Bochum. After a slightly lacklustre start, Mario Gomez scored the opener on 23 minutes. After another ten minutes, Mergim Mavraj placed a rather non-threatening ball into his own net, and Bochum were unable to answer. Ivica Olic added a third just before the break, and the game was effectively over by half-time.

Bayern pushed forward early in the second half and Olic completed his brace with a fine finish on 50 minutes before Danijel Pranjic made it 5-0 six minutes later. With a quarter hour to go, Christian Fuchs was able to float a free kick into the net, but it would prove a mere consolation goal.

Werder Bremen 0-2 Schalke

Werder controlled major portions of the first half, but were undone by a very physical Schalke side that was unbeatable in the defending penalty area. Early in the second half, Kevin Kuranyi sprung the Bremen offside trap and rounded Tim Wiese to score the opener. After Kuranyi's goal, Werder's offside trap moved even further forward, and Schalke pounced with 18 minutes to go, as Jan Moravek's deflected effort sailed into the net. The visitors went into full lockdown mode after, and easily absorbed what little pressure came their way, earning an impressive three points away from home.

Clark Whitney, Goal.com