Gertjan Verbeek, the former AZ Alkmaar boss, made his bow in the Nurnberg hotseat on matchday 10 as his new side took on Stuttgart. Having replaced Michael Wiesinger, Verbeek’s first task was to lead Nurnberg to a first win of the season. Stuttgart were in a compact middle of the table, and were coming into the game off the back of draws against Werder Bremen and Hamburg. All of Nurnberg’s six points had come from draws, so the result was predictable and inevitable. In a match of copious chances, the game was settled within the first ten minutes. Vedad Ibisevic scored his seventh goal of the season after Alexandru Maxim was fouled in the box. Ibisevic hit it high and into the top left corner to give Stuttgart the lead within four minutes. What began as the perfect start for The Swabians soon dissipated. Josip Drmic equalised for Nurnberg just three minutes later, curling a decent effort off both posts before it finally crossed the line. The game could have gone either way, with both sides having numerous chances, but the draw means Verbeek is still searching for a Nurnberg win.
The 143rd Revier derby between the division’s two Ruhr sides went the way of Dortmund, as BVB kept up the heat on Bayern Munich. The match wasn’t without incident, as a smattering of Dortmund fans lit and threw flares and fireworks onto the Gelsenkirchen pitch just as the teams emerged from the tunnel. After a short delay, the game got under way and Dortmund were ahead early on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang met the electric Marco Reus’s cross to fire home from close range. Reus was running the show and tested Timo Hildebrand, who made further outstanding saves from Robert Lewandowski and Aubameyang. Dortmund hearts were in mouths as Neven Subotic tangled with Christian Fuchs in the box, but Kevin-Prince Boateng’s penalty was saved before the rebound cleared the bar. The Dortmund pressure continued after the break, and they doubled their lead through Nuri Sahin, who fired a bullet shot past Hildebrand after some excellent work by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Max Meyer was determined not to be outshone, and after stepping off the bench for the hosts, dribbled past a static Dortmund defence before getting his reward from scoring off a Adam Szalai rebound. Jakub Blaszczykowski sealed the points for the visitors, and added to the 40 goals scored from Bundesliga substitutes on matchday 10.
The decision to hire Bert van Marwijk has paid dividends for Hamburg. Under the Dutch master, the Red Shorts are unbeaten in four, including Sunday’s 3-0 win at Freiburg, and have taken eight points from the games, doubling the tally they had under Fink. As for the match against Freiburg, it turned into a nightmare for host goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. The 23-year-old made mistakes for all three goals and compounded a miserable night for the Bundesliga’s second bottom team. Twice Baumann raced off his line and misjudged the flight and bounce of the ball, gifting goals first to Maximilian Biester and then to Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Rafael van der Vaart capitalised on a third error to put the game to rest, and take HSV out of the relegation zone.
Borussia Monchengladbach leapt into fourth with a 4-1 battering of Eintracht Frankfurt and retain their 100 per cent record at home. It’s a stark contrast to their away form, where the Foals have picked up just a single point out of an available 15. The difference in form is telling, as Monchengladbach sit nine points off Leverkusen in third place. If they can harness their shoddy away form, the Western side could push the top three come the end of the season.
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