Bundesliga action round-up – Week 10 – October 23-25, 2009

A dramatic last minute equaliser gained a point for Schalke against ten-man Hamburg in a dramatic six goal thriller at the Arena AufSchalke. Schalke, who had the chance to go top of the table, found themselves two goals down at half-time, following goals from Marcus Berg and Piotr Trochowski. However, they clawed their way back into the game following the break, Kevin Kuranyi scoring Schalke’s first with a fine header after 50 minutes. Ten minutes later Hamburg were reduced to ten men, when David Rozenthal was sent off for a professional foul on Kuranyi. It got worse for the away side when Schalke scored an equaliser soon after, Lukas Schmitz netting from close range. Hamburg rallied and got themselves back into the lead through Marcus Berg’s second of the day late in the game. But Kuranyi headed in the leveller on ninety minutes and Schalke came within a whisker of taking all three points when Gerald Asamoah squandered a simple chance.

This gave Bayer Leverkusen the opportunity to break clear at the top of the league, but they could only manage a point against Borussia Dortmund. Lucas Barrios put Dortmund in front after eight minutes and they spend much of the rest of the game under pressure as Leverkusen took hold of possession and created the vast majority of the chances. The pressure finally told after 65 minutes when Manuel Friedrich bagged the equaliser. Both sides had chances to win the game but the point was enough to keep Bayer Leverkusen on top, if only on goal difference.

Werder Bremen were able to move to within a point of the joint leaders with an emphatic 4-1 win over Bochum. Stanislav Sestak put Bochum into a surprise early lead and they could well have added a couple more before Bremen drew level during the ninth minute with a close range Aaron Hunt goal. Marco Marin then scored just after the half-hour, insuring Werder went into the break with the lead. They added two more in the second half through Tim Borowski and Mesut Ozil and Bremen find themselves the league’s form team, having now won four in a row.

Also making up ground on the top two were Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim with their 3-0 win over Nurnberg. Champions Wolfsburg could only manage a point in a goalless draw with Hertha Berlin, who will be relieved to have put a halt to a dismal run of eight games without a win. Only goal difference now separates Stuttgart from the relegation zone, as their poor early season form continued with a 1-0 defeat to Hannover, and Mainz now find themselves 8th following a 3-0 win over fellow newly-promoted side Freiburg. Borussia Moenchengladbach and Cologne shared the points in a 0-0 draw in the weekend only other fixture.

Full Results

Friday October 23, 2009
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Saturday October 24, 2009
Bayern Munich 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt< br>Borussia Moenchengladbach 0-0 Cologne
Hannover 1-0 Stuttgart
Hoffenheim 3-0 Nurnberg
Mainz 3-0 Freiburg

Sunday October 25, 2009
Bochum 1-4 Werder Bremen
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Wolfsburg
Schalke 04 3-3 Hamburg

Bundesliga action round-up

Week 1 – August 7/8/9, 2009
Week 2 – August 15/16, 2009
Week 3 – August 21/22/23, 2009
Week 4 – August 28/29/30, 2009
Week 5 – September 12/13, 2009
Week 6 – September 19/20, 2009
Week 7 – September 25/26/27, 2009
Week 8 – October 2/3/4, 2009
Week 9 – October 17/18, 2009
Week 10 – October 23-25, 2009

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