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Bundesliga Review: The Ruhr Teams Lit the League Up as Bayern continued to win this week

March 26, 2012 By Samrin Hasib
The Bundesliga recorded a massive away victory in its history books this week. However, Bayern wasn’t the team to go off on a goal-scoring rampage this time around.
When Köln scored the opener against Dortmund via Milivoje Novakovic, there was a slight doubt about Dortmund’s chances of winning the game. All those doubts were erased soon afterwards as Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Ivan Perisic, Lukasz Pizsczek and Ilkay Guendogan all scored to win 1-6.

Monchengladbach failed to recover from the misery of a cup defeat on penalties. They succumbed to Hoffenheim in strange fashion. Gladbach led the match for 75 minutes after Marco Reus grabbed an early goal to give his side the lead. In the 77th and 79th minutes, Hoffenheim scored through Roberto Firmino and Boris Vukcevic to lead and eventually win the game.

Bayern and Hanover served up perhaps the most entertaining contest of the week. The contest was strange in many ways. Bayern dominated the first half but must have considered themselves slightly lucky to take a lead into the break. Manuel Neuer had one of ‘those crazy moments’ and almost paid the price in the first half.

A glorious Toni Kroos goal set the tone for the rest of the match. In the second half, substitute Mario Gomez scored a wonderful goal. That goal turned out to be the match-winner as Didier Ya Konan got one back with an overhead kick shortly before full time. The goal made for a nervous end to the match where Jerome Boateng’s own-goal was prevented by an absolutely brilliant stop from Neuer.

The other Europa League contender besides Hanover convincingly put away Leverkusen 2-0. They looked brilliant throughout the match and in truth Leverkusen did nothing to deserve even a point let alone three from it. The Royal Blues play Bilbao in what promises to be an action packed match on Thursday in the Champions League’s sister competition. Schalke moved to third in the table as a result of the victory.

Hertha somewhat relieved the tension at the camp with a 1-3 victory over Thomas Tuchel’s Mainz. After the match, Otto Rehhagel was clearly proud- he made a reference to the loss to Bayern to a journalist by pointing out that he had beaten Bayern 6-0 prior to the journalist’s birth. Adrian Ramos scored twice while Anis Ben Hatira grabbed the other goal.

FCK’s new coach Krassimir Balakov got off to a poor start as his side crumbled 2-0 to SC Freiburg. His attempts to motivate a team almost destined for relegation bore no fruits. Kaiserslautern will need to achieve the unthinkable- namely, replicate Gladbach’s form from the end of last season to survive.

Stuttgart narrowly beat Nuremberg thanks to a late goal from Cacau. Bremen was pegged back by an equalizer from Augsburg in the second minute of injury time from Paul Verhaegh after Niclas Fuellkrug had given them the lead in the 58th minute.

There are just seven match-days to go. As we are nearing the end of the season, it seems more and more that Dortmund will win the title. What do you think? Will Dortmund be able to cross the finish line? Let me hear your thoughts.

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