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Bundesliga Highlights: Round 3

August 23, 2009
Aristide Bancé: Bavarian Slayer

Aristide Bancé: Bavarian Slayer

1.FSV Mainz 05 – 2  v  1 – FC Bayern München – FC Bayern coach Louis Van Gaal was hopeful of finally getting a victory for his side following two draws in the first two matches in this young Bundesliga season. He and the Bayern fans will however be disappointed after watching their side get shocked by newly promoted Mainz 05.

Mainz started the match with an energetic display that would have Park Ji-Sung and Dirk Kuyt proud. The newly promoted club ran FC Bayern tired and finally got the early reward in the 25th minute after Andreas Ivanschitz stuck the ball in the net. Ivanschitz released one of his left foot rockets past Michael Rensing’s right arm after a wonderful pass from teammate Andre Schürrle. Mainz doubled their lead a few minutes later through Aristide Bance’s strike after three clear cut chances.

FC Bayern got their goal before the end of the half providing inspiration to keep on marching at the Mainz goal for the rest of the game. This however wasn’t enough as the Mainz defence refused to give in and concede a second goal. The Mainz keeper, Heinz Müller, was particularly solid as Munich swarmed his goal. This is the worse start for FC Bayern since 1975 and changes will need to be made if Van Gaal wishes to stay at the helm. He is hopeful that wing maestro Franck Ribery’s return next week could be the difference.

SC Freiburg – 0  v  5 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Leverkusen went wild with a 5-0 drubbing of Bundesliga new boys SC Freiburg to catapult them to the top of the league. Although Freiburg enjoyed much of the possesion and attack in the opening minutes, it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 35th minute. Stefan Kiessling’s strike started the flow of goals for the visitors as Freiburg became passive in defence. Braces from swiss duo Tranquillo Barnetta and Eren Derdiyok would seal Leverkusen’s march into Freiburg and the Bundesliga table making them contenders to finish high and earning a European slot.

BVB Dortmund – 1  v  1 – Vfb Stuttgart – Dortmund took the initiative in the Bundesliga match of the week in front of their rabid-as-always supporters at the Westfalenstadion. The hosts kept the ball much in the early going and were able to neutralize Stuttgart’s potent attack thanks to their possesion and early pressure on the Bundesliga championship contenders.

The first one of note resulted in a goal for BVB. Valdez ran on to a pass from Nuri Sahin, unmarked inside the box, and coolly nutmegged former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann to open his side’s scoring account. Lehmann would then have to earn his money, making top saves, as Dortmund tried to pile on the pressure in order to get the important second goal. Ludovic Magnin would level for Stuttgart however in the 37th minute through a header from a corner towards the far post that BVB keeper Roman Weidenfeller could not stop.

Dortmund had most of the chances in the latter stages but could not stick the ball in and seal the victory. Stuttgart would have to look at some changes as they hardly troubled Dortmund’s hard working defence throughout the match.

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  1. August 23, 2009 3:13 pm

    Looks like you’re really taking to life in Deutschland, Andrew. But just in case you’re missing your old pub…here’s a little piece of home… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8WT6IZWjGI
    :-P

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