Sunday, 1 December 2013

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen claim wins

Arjen Robben maintained Bayern Munich's blistering pace at the top of the Bundesliga with both goals in a 2-0 win over bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
Arjen Robben: Bagged a brace for Bayern Munich
It looked set to be a struggle to leave Munich with pride intact for Braunschweig when Robben scored in only the second minute.
The Dutchman added a second on the half-hour mark, but Braunschweig did not fall apart and instead kept the scoreline down to a respectable two, although Bayern appeared to take their foot off the gas towards the end.
The win kept Pep Guardiola's European champions four points clear of nearest challengers Bayer Leverkusen, who saw off winless Nurnberg 3-0.
Son Heung-min scored twice, with Stefan Kiessling on target in between at the BayArena as Leverkusen bounced back from their midweek Champions League hammering by Manchester United.
Robert Lewandowski moved to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts with two penalties as third-placed Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at Mainz.
Pierre Aubameyang put the visitors in front in the 70th minute, but Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting soon levelled from the spot for the hosts, who had been unlucky to fall behind.
Their fortune then took another turn for the worse when Elkin Soto kept Lewandowski's goalbound shot out with his hand, earning a red card before the Pole converted.
Lewandowski then scored again from the spot to clinch the victory with his 10th goal of the campaign.
Elsewhere, Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen played out the game of the day with a thrilling 4-4 draw, Philipp Bargfrede scoring in stoppage time as the visitors twice fought back from a two-goal deficit to nick a point.
Sejad Sehovic netted penalties in the 12th and 18th minutes to give Hoffenheim a 2-0 lead, but Bremen went in at half-time level after Aaron Hunt converted a 45th-minute penalty and then Eljero Elia equalised in stoppage time.
Kevin Volland got Hoffenheim ahead in the 49th minute and Kai Herdling made it 4-2 after 53 minutes, but Nils Petersen cut the deficit to 4-3 in the 59th minute and then Bargfrede had the final dramatic word at the death.
In the other afternoon kick-off, Hertha Berlin and Augsburg shared the spoils in a dour goalless draw.
In the late kick-off, Jefferson Farfan inspired Schalke to their 10th point in
the last four games with a brace in a 3-0 win over Stuttgart.
The Peruvian gave the Royal Blues the lead in the first half and added a second from the penalty spot two minutes after the restart, with Jermaine Jones rounding off victory with a 25-yard effort 11 minutes from time.

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