Matchday 16 in the Bundesliga saw another record for Bayern, an unwelcome surprise for Wolfsburg and a first for Hoffenheim under Huub Stevens. Here is Saturday’s round-up.
Bayern Munich 2-0 Ingolstadt
(Lewandowski 65′, Lahm 75′)
These two were rivals before football was a real sport in Germany, and the match lived up to the Bavarian derby it was. Ingolstadt held Bayern scoreless as long as they could, but Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock in the second half with a falling shot on an open goal. Philipp Lahm also scored his first goal in over a year as Bayern Munich clinched their 5th winter championship in a row.
Wolfsburg 1-1 Hamburg
(Müller 21′ – Arnold 78′)
Though Wolfsburg got a big result at midweek, they continued their slide down into the Bundesliga midtable. Pierre-Michel Lasogga picked off a through in from Dante’s feet, a scoring chance Nicolai Müller eventually finished off. Maxi Arnold found a late equalizer, but Wolfsburg have now dropped points in each of their last three Bundesliga games.
Werder Bremen 1-1 Cologne
(Vestergaard 4′ – Svento 79′)
Though Bremen got a point out of their clash against Köln, they may have been able to leap frog further up the table. Anthony Ujah had a chance to double the lead after Vestegaard found an early opener, but Timo Horn batted away the Bremen’s striker’s penalty. Dusan Svento emerging from a penalty-area scramble – their first goal in 368 minutes – as Köln held their midtable position.
Hoffenheim 1-0 Hannover
Hoffenheim finally got their first victory under Huub Stevens, and they only needed one goal to do it. Jonathan Schmid scored the match’s only goal, redirecting a cross from Kevin Volland inside the far post. Hoffenheim leapfrogged Stuttgart to get off the bottom of the table, as Hannover slipped closer to the relegation zone.
Darmstadt 0-4 Hertha Berlin
(Ibisevic 12′, 50′, Plattenhardt 26′, Kalou 77′)
Nothing appears to be slowing down Hertha Berlin at the moment. Vedad Ibisevic took most of his chances to give Hertha a comfortable cushion, and Marvin Plattenhardt scored his first goal of the season on a clinical free kick. Salomon Kalou added one in garbage time – his seventh away goal of the season – as Berlin jump up to thrid place before the evening clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach.