German Bundesliga – Match Recaps – 25 August 2012
Bayern Munich won on the road, Monchengladbach narrowly won at home, and Wolfsburg edged Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga on August 25, 2012. Other results on Saturday were Eintracht Frankfurt winning at Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Dusseldorf winning at Augsburg, and Freiburg were held to a draw by Mainz.
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim
Monchengladbach started the season off on a winning note with a match winner from Juan Arango in the 78th minute. It was a great free kick curled into the upper right corner.
|32′||Mike Hanke||1 – 0|
|66′||1 – 1||Roberto Firmino|
|78′||Juan Arango||2 – 1|
FC Augsburg 0-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf won the opening round thanks to a Dani Schahin brace. The first goal was a great strike just under the cross bar from outside the box and the second was from close range after a good first touch.
|67′||0 – 1||Dani Schahin|
|79′||0 – 2||Dani Schahin|
Hamburg 0-1 FC Nuremberg
Hanno Balitsch had the lone goal of the match as Nuremberg won at the Volksparkstadion. Balitsch tapped in the rebound after Per Nilsson’s header hit off the crossbar.
|68′||0 – 1||Hanno Balitsch|
SC Freiburg 1-1 Mainz
Freiburg took an early second half lead but Mainz would salvage a draw with a Andreas Ivanschitz penalty kick.
|48′||Max Kruse||1 – 0|
|65′||1 – 1||Andreas Ivanschitz (pen)|
SpVgg Greuther Furth 0-3 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich moved top of the table with a solid victory against one of the newly promoted sides. Bayern will likely be battling Borussia Dortmund most of the season for the German Bundesliga title.
|43′||0 – 1||Thomas Müller|
|59′||0 – 2||Mario Mandzukic|
|79′||0 – 3||Arjen Robben|
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen took a first half lead but couldn’t hold onto it as Eintracht Frankfurt rallied with goals from Stefan Aigner and Martin Lanig to get the three points.
|30′||0 – 1||Stefan Kießling|
|56′||Stefan Aigner||1 – 1|
|82′||Martin Lanig||2 – 1|
Stuttgart 0-1 Wolfsburg
The home side missed a late penalty kick and Wolfsburg capitalized with an 89th minute Bas Dost goal. Stuttgart’s Vedad Ibisevic’s penalty kick was saved and he also missed an open net on the rebound.
|87′||Vedad Ibisevic (pen miss)|
|89′||0 – 1||Bas Dost|