Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Bayern lurks as Hoffenheim falls at Hertha
by Ian Plenderleith, November 10th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[GERMANY] Bayer Leverkusen went top of the Bundesliga on goal difference as Hoffenheim lost in Berlin, but Bayern Munich is lurking one point behind in third place after winning the weekend's big game at Schalke 04. U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played through as Borussia Moenchengladbach picked up three points at struggling Bielefeld.

Schalke and Bayern flew out of the blocks with Luca Toni scoring after three minutes before Peruvian forward Jefferson Farfan equalized just two minutes later. Before halftime, Franck Ribery had restored the Bayern lead at 2-1, and that's how it stayed throughout a moribund second half. "We want to claim top spot as quickly as possible," said Bayern coach Juergen Klinsmann. "If we keep picking up points, it's only a question of time." Schalke coach Fred Rutten said his team "played some good soccer in the first half, and created a lot of chances. But Bayern's efficiency was super. We were lacking that efficiency, and you can only win if you score goals."

Hertha Berlin recovered from its 5-1 defeat at Bremen last weekend when Ukrainian striker Andrey Voronin scored the only goal of the game against high-flying Hoffenheim, ending the latter's five-game winning streak. "We played at maybe 70 percent of our capacity," said Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick, "but I'm not going to be too harsh on my boys, they're not machines. I don't care about first place, I'm just annoyed that we lost three points."

Leverkusen meanwhile threw away the chance to go two points clear at the top when it gave up a 3-0 lead at Karslruhe. Goals from Patrick Helmes, Stefan Kiessling and Michal Kadlec saw Bayer race ahead after just 24 minutes, but replies from Antonio da Silva before the interval (a deflected free kick), and Tim Sebastian and Alexander Iashvili after it, allowed lowly Karlsruhe to snatch a point and break its run of five defeats on the trot. "My troops fought with passion," said proud Karlsruhe coach Edmund Becker, "and they were rewarded with the 3-3 result." Leverkusen's Bruno Labbadia lauded Karlsruhe for "never giving up. Up until 0-3 we did everything right. But then we lost the tactical discipline that we needed. So for me sharing the points was just."

Hamburg kept in touch with the front-runners with a 2-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund on first-half goals from Mladen Petric and Ivica Olic, both getting their fourth of the season. Dortmund's U.S. defender Neven Subotic played through, and had a shot turned on to the crossbar by Hamburg keeper Frank Rost. Hamburg Coach Martin Jol conceded that Dortmund was "clearly the better team in the second half," but declared himself "content" with the final result. His counterpart Juergen Klopp said that "for all we invested, the return was too low. We didn't play badly, but lacked concentration at certain points."

Borussia Moenchengladbach moved out of the bottom three after a 2-0 road win at fellow strugglers Arminia Bielefeld, with young German international Marko Marin scoring twice. Hannover, for whom U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played through, lost 2-1 at Cologne and is one spot above Moenchengladbach in 13th.

Bremen played a rare 0-0 tie, away at Bochum, while revived Eintracht Frankfurt was held 2-2 at home by VfB Stuttgart -- Nikos Liberopoulos scored a brace to put Frankfurt 2-0 up, but Stuttgart leveled late through headers from Martin Lanig and Mario Gomez, his sixth of the season. Bottom-placed Cottbus lost 3-0 at Wolfsburg on a hat-trick from Brazilian Grafite, bringing his season's tally to eight.

Goals scored: 25 in nine games (2.78 per game)

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Today: Hunt for points intensifies    
Big rivalry matches will be played each day over the weekend -- Houston-FC Dallas, NYCFC-Red Bulls ...
MLS Closeup: By dominating at home Dynamo defies critics    
So far in this MLS season, several teams are posting remarkable records that are mirror images: ...
What They're Saying: Francisco Rios    
"The first thing I did this year when the schedule came out was to check to ...
USMNT: Our 23 picks for the Gold Cup    
U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena will announce his 23-player roster for the Gold Cup on ...
MLS: DP Qazaishvili gives Quakes new look up front    
Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili scored 21 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with Dutch club Vitesse and is ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"You can take the ginger out of NY, but NY will still be red. Good luck ...
Texan McKinze Gaines moves to Darmstadt     
McKinze Gaines, the 19-year-old South Texas product who last season helped VfL Wolfsburg reach the U-19 ...
Confederations Cup: Sanchez sets Chile record in 1-1 tie    
Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading scorer with his 38th international goal, but the South American ...
Video Pick: Cabrera quest for creativity works for Dynamo     
Wilmer Cabrera, who played on the great Colombia team of the 1990s, has since taking the ...
Saief's switch to represent USA is approved by FIFA    
Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who plays for Belgium's Gent, has been approved by FIFA for a change ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives