Bayern rout Mainz to top Bundesliga; Gladbach stun Bremen in 7-goal thriller; Schalke keep up pressure; Nurnberg turnover Hannover

Schalke 2 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Schalke’s fifth home win in a row kept them in the chase for the Bundesliga title and condemned Hoffenheim to their seventh game without a win. Kevin Kuranyi put Schalke ahead in the 19th minute and Lukas Schmitz sealed the latest win for the Royal Blues early in the second half.

Bayern Munich 3 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Bayern had to wait until the hour mark to score against Mainz after keeper Butt missed a penalty (1st time in his career) in the first half, Robben lifted a ball into the box which Daniel van Buyten met with a header that slipped through the keeper. 15 minutes from time Mario Gomez netted Bayern’s second to put the game to bed, and for the second week running Arjen Robben closed out the scoring for Munich scoring direct from a free-kick.

Monchengladbach 4 – Werder Bremen 3 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Gladbach needed just four minutes to strike against Werder Bremen as the hosts made a joke out of the visitors’ offside trap and Marco Reus had the easy job of scoring into an open net. Werder then suffered a miserable first half collapse as Roberto Colautti doubled the lead after 13 minutes and Raul Bobadilla made it 3-nil after 18 minutes. Bremen’s star player, attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, pulled a goal back  when he slipped the ball in the near post, but Gladbach quickly restored their three goal cushion when Raul Bobadilla bagged his second, again making a mockery of Werder’s backline, with only 35 minutes on the clock. A crazy first half closed out with Werder netted a second as Claudio Pizarro showed his predatory talent getting ahead of his marker and heading in a right wing cross. (First half goals here.)  A late goal from Torsten Frings gave Werder hope but Gladback held on for the three points.

Hannover 1 – Nurnberg 3 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Second-bottom Nurnberg took the lead at third-bottom Hannover on the half hour when Albert Bunjaku broke the offside trap and fired a left-footed shot into the net. A back-post volley from Albert Bunjaku doubled the visitors lead after the break while Jiri Stajner quickly brought the  hosts back into the game with a a strike that cannoned home off the underside of the bar. A brilliant solo performance from Albert Bunjaku steered Nurnburg to a vital away win as the striker streaked past the home backline to net his hat-trick goal in the 67th minute.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – FC Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Maniche gave Cologne a surprise lead at Frankfurt in the second half. Chris slammed the hosts level after Cologne had twice put in goal-line clearances fro a corner. But after a freak snow-storm hit Frankfurt the hosts conceded a late Cologne winner when Marco Russ turned a free-kick into his own net.

Hertha Berlin 0 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, January 30, 2010) Hertha Berlin retained their record of having not conceded a goal in 2010 but could not beat Bochum as they remain deep in trouble at the foot of the table, seven points from safety.