Bundesliga Results: Analysis for Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin, All Matches
Sixteen of the 18 Bundesliga clubs played their final league match of 2013 over the weekend of Dec. 20-22.
The weekend started with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Augsburg on Friday evening. Six matches were scheduled for a busy Saturday, with one more following on Sunday.
Champions Bayern Munich did not play in the league over the weekend due to their involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup. Their match at VfB Stuttgart has been postponed until Jan. 29.
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Wolfsburg
Both Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg kept themselves firmly in the mix for Champions League qualification with 2-2 draw on Sunday.
All the goals came in the second half, with a low shot from Diego firing Wolfsburg ahead on 53 minutes.
Raffael drew Gladbach level, capping off a fine solo run with a superb finish across the keeper.
If Raffael’s goal was good, the one from Juan Arango that put Gladbach ahead was a bit special. He lined up a free-kick 25 yards from goal and smashed the ball into the top corner.
Wolfsburg have designs on dining at Europe’s top table and Bas Dost earned them a point with a late leveller.
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Hertha Berlin
Borussia Dortmund suffered a fourth defeat in six games as they went down 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Despite taking the lead early on through Marco Reus, Dortmund were behind by half-time and didn't find a way through in the second half, even though they dominated both shots and possession.
Adrian Ramos equalised midway through the first half before Sami Allagui scored right on the half-time whistle.
Lukasz Piszczek came on for another 45 minute run-out but Jurgen Klopp was still without either first-choice centre-back and his left-back, as injuries continue to harm Dortmund's season.
For Hertha, they've now won three in a row and move up to sixth.
On target: 5-4
Pass success: 79%-65%
Werder Bremen 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Werder Bremen stopped their rotten run of form and pulled off something of a surprise win as they beat second-place Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at home.
The only goal of the game came with 74 minutes on the clock, with Santiago Garcia scoring on the counter-attack after Cedrick Makiadi set him up.
Leverkusen had double the amount of shots and far more possession than their opponents during the game, but couldn't find an equaliser. They stay in second, while Bremen move up to 11th.
On target: 3-5
Pass success: 71%-81%
Wins for Braunschweig, Mainz and Freiburg
Braunschweig 1-0 Hoffenheim
Eintracht Braunschweig picked up a vital 1-0 win over Hoffenheim despite a late scare when Timo Perthel was sent off for a second bookable offence. Torsten Oehrl had scored the early goal from the penalty spot after 29 minutes.
Hoffenheim dominated possession but only hit the target three times from their 16 shots. They're now 12th in the table while Braunschweig are off the bottom and into 17th.
Hamburg 2-3 Mainz
Hamburg threw away an early lead against Mainz and had to come from behind to try and salvage a draw—before they lost that late on, too.
In-demand youngster Hakan Calhanoglu made it 1-0 on 21 minutes, before two in three minutes after the break saw Mainz turn the game round. Shinji Okazaki and Nicolai Muller scored those goals, with Rafael van der Vaart equalising with 10 minutes left before Tomas Rincon saw red for Hamburg.
Okazaki then hit his second in the 90th minute to win the game for Mainz, who are now 9th in the table, with Hamburg down in 14th.
Freiburg 2-1 Hannover
Admir Mehmedi was the hero for Freiburg with two first-half goals on 25 and 36 minutes. Despite Hannover having 20 shots during the game and the majority of the possession, they couldn't find the net until injury time at the end of the game, when Leonardo Bittencourt hit a late consolation.
Freiburg's three points leaves them still in 16th, but within touching distance of the teams above them now after their first win in four. Hannover are 13th in the Bundesliga.
Nurnberg 0-0 Schalke
Winless Nurnberg held Schalke to a scoreless draw in Saturday's late kickoff.
The draw left Nurnberg in 17th place with 11 points (all from draws). Schalke are seventh with 28 points.
Nurnberg's Per Nilsson hit the crossbar in the second half, and Josip Drmic had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half.
Friday: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg shared the points in a 1-1 draw Friday evening at Frankfurt's Commerzbank-Arena.
Augsburg went ahead in the 33rd minute after a mistake by Pirmin Schwegler led to Raul Bobadilla's opener. Frankfurt pushed for an equalizer throughout the rest of the first half and found the net in the 42nd minute via Jan Rosenthal's close-range volley.
With the draw, Augsburg remained eighth with 24 points. Eintracht Frankfurt remained 15th with 15 points.
On target: 5-3