Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas From The Bundesliga - 19 Goals in 180 Minutes

The first-half of the Bundesliga season came to a stunning end on Sunday evening with an 8-goal thriller at the Mercedes-Benz Arena infront of sell-out 41,000 crowd.

The best German striker in the Bundesliga, Mario Gomez, netted a hat-trick for FC Bayern to send them into a 5-1 lead with Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery on the scoresheet also. Bruno Labbadia's Stuttgart side managed to restore some pride with 2 goals in 5 minutes from substitutes Harnik and Gentner.

A comedy of errors from Stuttgart's brittle defence gave the Bavarians a 3-0 lead at half-time. Young defender Bicakcic was caught in possession by Muller and he assisted Gomez who emphatically fired home. Just four minutes later, Delpierre's slip allowed Gomez to take advantage and he returned the favour to Muller who had the simplest of finishes.

Despite the late brace from Stuttgart, they are still in the relegation positions and are 3 points away from safety. New coach Bruno Labbadia will be hoping to add to a limited squad during the January transfer window ahead of a crucial last-half of the season with eyes on a mid-table finish and a final assault on the Europa League.

On Wednesday night infront of another sell-out crowd in Stuttgart, we were treated to another football feast with 9 goals this time in Round two of Stuttgart and Bayern. The erratic defending from Stuttgart in the second-half allowed Bayern to steam clear and score 4 goals, including 2 from Miroslav Klose. Khalid Boulahrouz and Mathieu Delpierre were both sent-off in the second-half and the home side also missed a second-half penalty which could have made it 3-3.

Already, the Bundesliga has given us some classic moments this season with 481 in 153 matches in the first-half of the season. Attendances are peaking and up to 14,000,000 supporters could enter through the gates by the end of the season compared with 12,790,000 last season. The packed stadiums, all-out attacking football and a truckload of goals make the Bundesliga quite comfortably the best league in the world.

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