Bundesliga Results: Analysis for Bayern Munich vs. Mainz and All Weekend Matches
The 2013-14 Bundesliga season continues with a full slate of matches on the weekend of 18-20 October.
Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen kicked off the weekend with a match Friday evening. Six matches were scheduled for a busy Saturday, with two more set for Sunday.
Browse through the slides for a roundup of all the matches. Click here for the league table.
Stats via WhoScored.com.
Bayern Munich 4-1 Mainz: Second Half Turnaround Works for Bayern
Bayern Munich came from behind to demolish Mainz 4-1 on Saturday, with all four goals coming in the second half for the hosts.
Shawn Parker scored against the run of play to give Mainz the lead shortly before half-time, but Bayern came out after the break a different outfit and duly ripped their lesser opponents apart—Aaron Robben, Thomas Muller (twice, the second from the penalty spot) and Mario Mandzukic getting the goals.
The win returns Bayern to the top of the Bundesliga, following Bayer Leverkusen's win on Friday evening.
On target: 6-4
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hannover: Early Penalty Enough for Hosts
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Marco Reus' fourth-minute penalty was enough as Borussia Dortmund held off Hannover 96 to grab a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Reus duly converted after Hiroki Sakai brought down onrushing Dortmund full-back Erik Durm, as the home side continued to dominate play but failed to get another effort beyond the reliable Robert-Ron Zieler.
Nuri Sahin was perhaps the star of the show, although he was well shackled at times by his opposite number Salif Sane.
On target: 8-5
Hoffenheim 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen moved to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Hoffenheim on Friday evening. The scoreline suggested a comfortable victory for the visitors, but it didn't come easily—or without controversy.
Sidney Sam and Stefan Kiessling scored the goals for Leverkusen, which won for the third time in four away matches this season.
Sam opened the scoring in the 26th minute, collecting Gonzalo Castro's pass on the right before cutting inside and finishing at the near post with a low shot from the edge of the box. It was his seventh goal of the season, highest in the Bundesliga.
Kiessling made it 2-0 in the 70th minute, in controversial circumstances. The German international headed Castro's corner into the side netting, but the ball found its way through the net and counted as a goal.
Hoffenheim then won a penalty in the 82nd minute, but one minute later, Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno saved Roberto Firmino's penalty. Hoffenheim failed to convert the rebound.
Pressing until the final whistle, the hosts scored a consolation in the 88th minute via Sven Schipplock's header.
With the victory, Leverkusen moved on to 22 points, two ahead of Bayern Munich, who play Saturday.
On target: 8-4
Braunschweig 2-3 Schalke: Injury Time Decider a Delight for Visitors
Promoted Eintracht Braunschweig were denied a confidence-boosting point against Champions League-playing Schalke on Saturday, thanks to Roman Neustadter's injury-time winner.
Neustadter was the hero after the visitors had twice come from behind to equalise, Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka cancelling out goals from Orhan Ademi and Karim Bellarabi.
On target: 4-6
Other Results: Bremen Held, Frankfurt Draw
Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg: No goals in this one.
Frankfurt 1-1 Nurnberg: Josip Drmic grabbed a dramatic late equaliser for the visitors in this one, after Vaclav Kadlec had broken the deadlock shortly after half-time.
Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg: Max Arnold and Luis Gustavo cancel out Tobias Werner's 10th minute opener just before half-time to give visitors the three points.
Hamburg 3-3 Stuttgart: A six-goal thriller saw Rafael van der Vaart get the final goal nearly 25 minutes from time. Alexandru Maxim opened the scoring for the visitors after just three minutes, before Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalised. Christian Gentner then restored the lead, before Max Beister again pegged them back. Johan Djourou then scored an own goal before Van der Vaart bailed his team-mate out.