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Bayern Munich thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Bundesliga in Germany to maintain their perfect home record and keep the gap at the top of the table at thirteen points from second placed Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern were in control from the off and took an early lead through Mario Gotze with Franck Ribery doubling their advantage just before half time. Substitute Arjen Robben added a third shortly after coming off the bench before Dante and Mario Mandzukic wrapped up the scoring. Eintracht Frankfurt were never really at the races and clearly had their mind on next weekend’s key clash against fellow strugglers Eintracht Braunschweig.
Bayer Leverkusen had reduced the gap at the top to ten points overnight with their 2-1 home win against VFB Stuttgart. Bayer had to fight back after Moritz Leitner gave the visitors an early lead, but Stefan Kiessling and Eren Derdiyok replied to half their run of three successive defeats. Stuttgart now sit on a losing run of four and are only two points clear of the relegation zone but their troubles are nothing compared to those at Hamburger SV, who lost for the fifth time in a row on Saturday, going down 3-0 at Hoffenheim and dropping into seventeenth place. They were overtaken by Nurnberg, who picked up their first away win of the season at Hertha and moved clear of the relegation zone.
Elsewhere, a brace from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang saw Borussia Dortmund finally return to winning ways away at rock bottom Eintracht Braunschweig in the Friday night clash and hold on to third place ahead of a resurgent Schalke, who beat Wolfsburg 2-1 thanks to goals from Felipe Santana and Kevin Prince Boateng. Schalke’s win saw them move up into fourth spot, leapfrogging Borussia Monchengladbach, who went down 3-1 away at Hannover. Mainz made it two wins from two following the resumption after the winter break with a South Korean inspired 2-0 win against Freiburg, who drop into the relegation zone, and Augsburg recovered from an early own goal to beat Werder Bremen 3-1 at home.
Next weekend kicks of with the biggest clash on Friday night as Bayer Leverkusen travel to fifth placed Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern Munich travel to Nurnberg and Werder Bremen host Borussia Dortmund on the Saturday and Schalke round off the set of fixtures against Hannover in the early Sunday evening match. Hertha Berlin’s Colombian striker Gustavo Adrian Ramos is a goal clear at the top of the scoring charts, having taken his season’s tally up to twelve with his early strike in the defeat to Nurnberg.
With most of the major European leagues now wrapped up, attention in most countries is turning towards the upcoming spate of cup finals across the continent. In England the FA Cup final is, of course, already done and dusted with Wigan Athletic having sensationally beaten Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to win that venerable trophy for the first time in their history, and on Friday night in Madrid, Spain, Atletico stunned their neighbours Real Madrid in their own backyard at the Bernabeu to win the Copa del Rey. Atletico’s 2-1 extra time win was their first victory over Real in any competition for fourteen years.
The next ten days will see the cup winners decided in Scotland, Italy, Portugal, France and Germany, as well as the Champions League final and the English Championship Play-off final for a place in next season’s Premier League. This coming weekend is the big one, with five major finals over the extended Bank Holiday break (in the UK) for fans to enjoy and European club football’s showpiece event, the Champions League Final kicks it all off on Saturday night.
The Champions League Final – Saturday 25th May 2013, 19:45, Wembley Stadium, London
This year’s final is an all-German clash between Borussia Dortmund and strongly fancied Bayern Munich. Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern are the newly crowned Bundesliga champions, having dislodged Borussia from their perch, and have enjoyed perhaps the most spectacularly successful league season in their history. They won the Bundesliga at a canter by a massive twenty five points, scoring ninety eight goals in the process to end up with a staggering goal difference of plus eighty. They imperiously swept aside Barcelona in the semi finals 7-0 on aggregate to record the biggest semi final victory margin since 1960 and quite frankly they look unstoppable.
Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund have had an average season by their recent high standards and had to be content with a distant second spot having been champions two years running prior to this season. Their European form has been much better and they annihilated Real Madrid in the first leg of their semi final before holding on resolutely in the face at a late Real Madrid rally at the Bernabeu to book their spot at Wembley. Their success was dampened somewhat by the news that star man Mario Gotze will be jumping ship to Bayern this summer, putting a dent in their hopes of narrowing the gap next season, but they will be hopeful of a big performance on the night to create a small upset.
The two clubs have been regular opponents over the past twelve months with supremacy in head to head matches slowly shifting from Dortmund to the Bavarians. Dortmund had a crushing 5-2 win in the German Cup final last May but Bayern took their first chance for revenge in the Super Cup final in August, winning 2-1. The first league clash finished in a 1-1 stalemate in Munich in December but Bayern triumphed again, 1-0, in a cup quarter final in Munich in February and the return league fixture in Dortmund ended 1-1 earlier this month when the title was already sown up.
Bayern Munich recorded a thumping 7-1 victory against Hoffenheim at the Allianz-Arena to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing 2-0 reverse at Beyer Leverkusen and boost confidence ahead of this week’s crucial UEFA Champions League last-sixteen second leg against FC Basel.
The Bavarians stormed out of the blocks, racking up three goals inside twenty minutes and seven before the hour mark. Mario Gomez opened the scoring in only the 5th minute and Arjen Robben doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 12th minute. Toni Kroos put the result beyond doubt six minutes later with the first of three goals set up by Franck Ribery. The Frenchman was also the provider for second strikes from Robben and Gomez in the 29th and 35th minutes respectively. Mario Gomez completed his hat-trick shortly after the interval and Ribery finally got his own name on the scoresheet in the 58th minute.
Bayern took their foot off the gas at 7-0 and spared Hoffenheim further punishment, even contributing an own goal courtesy of Luiz Gustavo in the 85th minute to give the visitors something to cheer. With Gomez, Robben and Ribery suddenly hitting top form, Bayern will expect to overturn their 1-0 deficit against Basel and the scoreline will serve as a reminder to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund that the title race isn’t quite over yet.
Elsewhere, there were home wins for a trio of teams in the bottom half. Wolfsburg came from behind to pile on the misery for a Bayer Leverkusen side still reeling from their spectacular midweek capitulation against a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona. Stefan Kiessling had given Bayer an early lead but Patrick Helmes cancelled it out and Ashkan Dejagah put Wolfsburg ahead on the stroke of half time. An own goal from Michal Kadlec wrapped up the points for Wolfsburg despite a late consolation goal from substitute Eren Derdiyok to make it 3-2.
Mainz 05 ran out 2-1 winners at home to Nurnberg thanks to first half goals from Nicolai Muller and Mohamed Zidan. Nurnberg fought back after the interval but could only muster a solitary reply from Daniel Didavi despite Adam Szalai’s late dismissal. Koln won a bad-tempered encounter with Hertha BSC 1-0 with a first half goal from Christian Clemens. Three dismissals in the second period saw the home side finish with nine men as substitute Mato Jajalo and Lukas Podolski saw red with Levan Kobiashvili of Hertha joining them for an early bath, so to speak.
The other game of the afternoon saw third placed Borussia Moenchengladbach fail to close the gap on the leaders with a 0-0 stalemate against struggling Freiburg, who remain in the relegation places.
VFB Stuttgart also played out a goalless draw against Kaiserslautern on Friday night and the late game on Saturday sees leaders Dortmund visit Augsburg. Sundays fixtures see Hannover 96 travel to Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV visit Schalke 04.
Chelsea target Franck Ribery voted by Real Madrid fans as their number one target; Cesc Fabregas also popular
It seems as if Chelsea target Franck Ribery may not be sure where his future lies, but the Real Madrid fans believe he should become a Galactico this winter.
A report published today in Madrid-based sports-paper Marca indicates that Real Madrid fans want to see Franck Ribery in the all-white of their side before the end of the transfer window. An overwhelming majority of the fans chose Ribery as the side’s number one transfer target for the winter window.
The Bayern-schemer has been long coveted by several of Europe’s top sides, but has so far remained tight lipped on his future. Indeed reports today suggest that the former Marseille and Galatasary player is even in discussion with Bayern Munich about extending his deal further.
That news may dash hopes of Chelsea fans of seeing the genial player in West London anytime soon, but it hasn’t stopped the ever-optimistic Real fans still naming him their man.
Real Madrid, having splashed some serious cash over last summer to acquire the like of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and have stated they don’t intend to bring in any more big signings this winter. Nevertheless this has done nothing to dampen speculation that they are preparing a big-money bid with which to tempt Bayern either now or next summer.
If Real don’t get their man the second most popular target was young Spanish international David Silva. Meanwhile the prospect of a Fabregas-Xabi Alonso partnership at the heart of the midfield has got Real fans worked up as well. They voted the Arsenal man as third most popular choice if they could have the pick of anyone in world football, proving he has lost none of his appeal to fans of Los Merengues by coming in third.
Less popular was Wayne Rooney, who managed a paltry 14% of the vote, in comparison to Ribery who got 75% as top transfer target, so it looks like Coleen and Wayne won’t be making the same journey that Posh and Becks made back in 2003.