Bundesliga wrap: Borussia Dortmund extend losing run
More disaster for Borussia Dortmund, a rare shutout for Bayern and more from the Bundesliga
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When does a problem become a crisis? When does Jurgen Klopp begin to eat cold beans out of a tin while his post piles up behind the letter box in his London council flat? Well? Anyway, a fourth straight Bundesliga defeat is surely enough to make everyone at Signal Iduna Park a little more nervous than they once were. With a near full strength side and a strong bench, Dortmund set about Hannover with purpose, and would have been far ahead within 25 minutes if it wasn’t for the acrobatic heroics of Ron-Robert Zieler. As Gabrielle Marcotti said, he may be the only person in the world called Ron-Robert. He’s a World Cup winner after all….aheam…. But after that, you could see the confidence drain from Klopp’s side, despite bringing on Shinji Kagawa for the final 20 minutes. Roman Weidenfeller saved a few times as Hannover hit on the break, but the immaculately swept backed hair stopper needed to take his own blame for the goal. Quite simply not good enough. Dortmund head to Hamburg to face St Pauli in the Pokal on Tuesday – they need their Champions League form, not their Bundesliga form. Then, it’s Bayern.
Don’t mind us elbowing up to the top of the table
As readers of this page will know, there’s a lot of love for Manuel Neuer, who is currently showing why he is the world’s best goalkeeper. The Bayern Munich man was needed on Sunday, making the most stops in one game with five than in any other game this season. He was needed – at times, the sheer ‘not bothered if you’ve won a gazillion trophies, we’re still going to have a proper go at you’ attitude of Gladbach meant Bayern’s back two/three/four* (*delete as applicable) were often overrun. The Foals are back in second place after holding the Champions, and with Dortmund to play in two weeks, will feel their biggest tests will be over once that game is completed. Even in BVB’s current form, they are a dangerous team, and Gladbach will be pleased to remain unbeaten, if they still are. Speaking of playing Dortmund, it’s ‘Der Klassiker’ on Saturday and if you were a betting person, you’d choose a horse with three legs and whose jockey was shot in the stalls over trying to predict a winner of this. Yes, on form, Bayern should run away with it. But Klopp has his tactics and it takes only one result to get the fires burning again.
And as for you lot…
One of the four unbeaten records went on Sunday as Mainz lost to Wolfsburg, who jumped into the third in the Bundesliga. After a slow start, the Wolves are finding their paws – no, you shut up – after a fine win in Russia before impressively dismantling a team above them in the league. Hoffenheim spent Saturday in second spot as Kevin Volland’s goal squeezed them past Paderborn, meaning the Champions League spots after a quarter of the season have an unusual feel about them. Leverkusen and Schalke, who often give the impression of two bald men fighting over a comb when it comes to the title race, ran each other close, but it was Leverkusen who emerged winners with Hakan Calhanoglu’s sumptuous – you heard – free kick. Tin Jedvaj, himself a substitute, was sent off late on for a ‘pwoper nawty’ tackle as Daniel Dyer would say. But the game of the day was undeniably in Frankfurt as the Eagles and Stuttgart’s mutual decision to leave defending at home for the afternoon paid off, with Armin Veh’s new boys stealing the points in a 5-4 thriller. Frankfurt took the lead before the Southerners hit back three times. The Eagles hit back twice more to lead 4-3 before Veh’s side socred twice in the last eight minutes to finish with the odd goal in nine. That’s entertainment.
Results: Werder Bremen 0-1 Cologne, Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Hannover 96, Eintracht Frankfurt 4-5 Stuttgart, Hoffenheim 1-0 Paderborn, Augsburg 2-0 Freiburg, Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Schalke, Wolfsburg 3-0 Mainz, Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich