Matchday 11 of the Bundesliga saw Borussia Dortmund finally getting back to winning ways at the expense of MAi??nchengladbach side who were unbeaten in 18 games prior to this. Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 courtesy of a Thomas MA?ller hat-trick and entertaining Hoffenheim were beaten at home by promoted FC KAi??ln in a seven goal thriller.

An entertaining battle of the Borussias:

A high tempo encounter at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday saw bottom placed Dortmund beat a previously unbeaten MAi??nchengladbach with the help of a spectacular own goal by World Champion Christoph Kramer. The black and yellows dominated the game and boasted 20 shots on goal compared to ai???Gladbachai??i??s mere 1. Marco Reus and Sebastian Kehl were in superb form, with the former rattling the post and testing keeper Yann Sommer on various occasions. Despite the pressure, the foals showed exactly why they have one the best defences in Europe with a greatly cohesive back line. Martin Stranzl made crucial interceptions to frustrate the Dortmund attack, who looked to swarm their opponents consistently. Finally, after all the pressure, Dortmund found themselves ahead thanks to a moment of madness by Kramer. Defensively, Sven Bender and Neven Subotic were able to thwart any attacks with ease and hang on to a much needed 3 points. The win ensures that Borussia Dortmund are no longer in the relegation zone and will take heart from this game to make the steady ascent to the top. MAi??nchengladbach relinquish second spot to Wolfsburg, but are well placed in third place at the moment.

Business as usualAi??for Bayern Munich:

Eintracht Frankfurtai??i??s poor form continued at the Commerzbank arens where they were no match for the Munich giants. Thomas MA?ller comfortably tapped in Franck Riberyai??i??s low cross midway through the first half and despite Alex Meier stinging Manuel Neuerai??i??s hands immediately after, the result was never in doubt. Philipp Lahmai??i??s perfect through ball found Ribery again in the second half, who fed Muller again. Only three minutes later, the German international completed his hat-trick after a good pass from Mario GAi??tze. Substitutes Xherdan Shaqiri turned in fellow substitute Sebastian Rodeai??i??s drive across the box late on, to complete the 4-0 routing. The win leaves Bayern in command of the league with a 4 point cushion over second placed Wolfsburg. Eintracht have now lost 4 consecutive games which leaves them 3 points away from bottom spot.

Impressive Wolfsburg announce themselves

Wolfsburgai??i??s rich vein of form continued with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hamburg which saw Kevin de Bruyne steal the show with two great assists. Ivica Olic turned in the Belgianai??i??s fierce shot following an Aaron Hunt corner in the 27th minute. A great counter attack was finished by Hunt in the 64th minute which saw De Bruyne sprint 60 meters with the ball before laying it off for the German to finish. The result ensures Hamburg drop back to the relegation zone and Dieter Heckingai??i??s Wolves make it six wins in a row to help them take a three point lead over ai???Gladbach in second place. Now only four behind Bayern, they remain within catching distance, and can capitalize on any slips by the league leaders.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga:

Hannover who are enjoying their best ever start to the campaign beat Hertha 2-0 away, Hoffenheim were thwarted by KAi??ln 3-4 in a topsy-turvy encounter, Leverkusen drew 0-0 against Mainz, Schalkeai??i??s problems continued with a 2-0 loss Wolfsburgai??i??s rich vein of form continued with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hamburg in a poor performance by the Blues, surprise package Paderborn lost 3-0 at Augsburg and Viktor Skripnikai??i??s new look Werder Bremen were comfortable victors over a struggling Stuttgart.

Random five:

  • Borussia Dortmund kept their first clean sheet of the season, and in spectacular style by allowing just one shot on their goal during the whole match.
  • Thomas MA?ller netted the first hat-trick of the season, which was only the second hat-trick of his career.
  • Stefan KieAYling, a normally reliable goalscorer, has now gone 815 minutes without scoring ai??i?? his longest goal drought.
  • Tobias Werner became FC Augsburgai??i??s all time top scorer in the Bundesliga, with 19 goals.
  • Jerome Boateng has gone 50 games in a row without defeat for Bayern. No other player has achieved that before.

Goal of the week:

Pawel Olkowskiai??i??s brilliant control, turn and finish outside the box against Hoffenheim was a great goal, but the winner is Christoph Kramerai??i??s own goal from the center circle, an rather unfortunate one but worthy of GotW nevertheless!

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