Bundesliga Results: Analysis for Bayern Munich vs. Braunschweig and All Matches
The weekend Bundesliga programme kicked off on Friday with the clash between Wolfsburg and Hamburg.
The games come thick and fast, with six games on Saturday—including Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Braunschweig and Mainz vs. Borussia Dortmund.
The action concludes on Sunday with two games, and over the course of the following slides, we will dig into the games.
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Bayern Munich 2-0 Eintracht Braunschweig
Arjen Robben scored two first-half goals as Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Braunschweig despite an under-par display at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern were ahead inside the first two minutes when the Netherlands international saw his shot from a Mario Gotze ball strike the post, but he followed it up to poke home the opener.
Gotze and Toni Kroos were both unfortunate to add to the goalscoring, but Robben was on hand to seal the points in the 30th minute when he fired home.
The Dutchman could even have added a third goal in the second period, but he saw his drive crash off the crossbar.
Even without the injured Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern were still too strong for their opponents as the Bavarian club stretched their unbeaten Bundesliga record to 39 matches.
Mainz 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
Robert Lewandowski scored twice from the penalty spot to help Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 win at Mainz.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the visitors the lead in the 70th minute when he curled a fine free-kick home.
But Mainz upset their former manager Jurgen Klopp with an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting spot-kick after Lukasz Piszczek, on his first start since the Champions League final in May, pushed Yunus Malli inside the area.
However, Klopp was to have the last laugh when Elkin Soto prevented Aubameyang from adding a second goal for Dortmund with his hand, and Lewandowski stepped up to convert the penalty in the 78th minute.
Soto was shown a straight red card for his indiscretion, and Poland international Lewandowski added a third for Dortmund from the spot in injury time.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 FC Nurnberg
Heung-Min Son scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from their midweek Champions League mauling by Manchester United with a 3-0 win over FC Nurnberg.
Son gave the home side a 36th-minute lead when he slotted home from a Gonzalo Castro cross into the penalty area.
Stefan Kiessling added a second against his former club two minutes after the interval when Jens Hegeler played him through on goal.
Son wrapped up the victory for Sami Hyypia's team in the 76th minute when another Castro cross allowed the South Korean to beat Nurnberg goalkeeper Raphael Schafer.
Hoffenheim 4-4 Werder Bremen
Philipp Bargfrede equalised in injury time as Werder Bremen twice came from behind to claim a remarkable 4-4 draw at Hoffenheim.
Sejad Sehovic scored two early penalties to give Hoffenheim a two-goal advantage inside the first 18 minutes.
But an Aaron Hunt penalty and a goal from Eljero Elia in the closing stages of the first period drew Bremen level at the interval.
Kevin Volland made it 3-2 to Hoffenheim four minutes into the second period before Kai Herdling appeared to have sealed the points for the home team in the 53rd minute.
However, Bremen had other ideas and Nils Petersen cut the deficit to one goal in the 59th minute before Bargfrede grabbed a share of the points when he fired home from 15 yards in the dying moments of the match.
Hertha BSC 0-0 FC Augsburg
Hertha BSC manager Jos Luhukay saw his team end a run of three defeats from their last four matches with a point from the 0-0 draw with FC Augsburg.
But the visitors were equally delighted to out an end to their disappointing run of four consecutive defeats away from home.
However, the game was a poor one for the spectators with Augsburg content to sit back and absorb the pressure from Hertha.
Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz made two decent saves from Marcel Ndjeng and Anis Ben-Hatira, but there was little other action to excite the fans.
Schalke 3-0 Stuttgart
Jefferson Farfan scored twice as Schalke extended their unbeaten sequence to four games in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Stuttgart.
Jermaine Jones was also on the score sheet with a 25-yard drive, which completed the victory for the home team.
Peru international Farfan opened the scoring in the 34th minute before adding a second from the penalty spot after Julian Draxler had been brought down by Christian Gentner.
But Jones produced the goal of the match with his long-range volley beyond Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich 11 minutes from the end.
Hannover 96 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mame Biram Diouf and Szabolcs Huszti scored either side of half-time as Hannover ended a seven-match winless run with a victory at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt's Martin Lanig was sent off in the 57th minute for his second bookable offence. The visitors had a penalty appeal denied later in the second half after Pirmin Schwegler went down in the box.
Diouf opened the scoring with a 25th-minute header, and Huszti doubled Hannover's lead with a curling free kick in the 67th minute.
With the win, Hannover climbed to ninth with 17 points. Frankfurt are 15th, six points behind.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Freiburg
Borussia Monchengladbach recorded their fifth straight league win, beating Freiburg 1-0 at home.
Raffael Araujo scored from Patrick Herrmann's through ball in the 63rd minute for the game's only goal.
The win took Gladbach up to fourth place on 28 points, 10 behind leaders Bayern Munich. Freiburg are 16th with 11 points.
Friday's Games: Calhanoglu Stunner Earns Point for Hamburg
Wolfsburg were forced to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Hamburg.
Dieter Hecking’s Wolfsburg are in the mix for Champions League qualification but missed out on the chance to draw level on points with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Hakhan Calhanoglu opened the scoring for Hamburg with a quite stunning free-kick on 19 minutes.
Calhanoglu freekick debate..for the record, he has done that kind of freekick often before for @KarlsruherSC.Lucky,but still deserves credit— felix wagner (@felixwagner86) November 29, 2013
Calhanoglu hit a high, looping effort from all of 30 yards out. It crashed against the bar, hit the back of Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio’s head and dropped over the line.
Hamburg rallied, and a penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez on 30 minutes secured a point.