Stuttgart 2 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) In first-half injury time Sami Khedira scored with a diving header to put Stuttgart one-up at home to Bayern Munich. Three minutes after the break Tim Borowski equalised from close range. And on 66 minutes Luca Toni tapped home to put Klinsmann’s side ahead. After Oddo had been sent off, Khedira scored his second of the match to tie the game late on with a brilliant volley that went past a number of bodies in a crowded Bayern area from a late corner that had seen Jens Lehmann join the attack.
Werder Bremen 2 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Christian Gentner’s left-foot strike gave Wolfsburg a third minute lead, but Per Mertesacker equalised in the 29th minute when he was given too much space to head home a free-kick. The match was settled by an Josue own goal just after the hour mark.
Hamburg 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) Martin Jol’s side moved up to fourth after serial midfield goal-scorer Mladen Petric scored a diving header after a trademark untracked run into the box.
Hertha Berlin 4 – Karlsruhe 0 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Maximilian Nicu opened the scoring after just eight minutes before all three of Hertha’s substitutes – Valeri Domovchiyski, Fabian Lustenberger and Raffael – all found the net in the second half to seal the win.
Bochum 1 – Cologne 2 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) Cologne ended a four-match losing streak as they saw off fellow strugglers Bochum. Christophe Dabrowski equalised for Bochum after Kevin McKenna had put Cologne in front just before half-time, but Mannaseh Ishiaku fired home a winner with three minutes to go.
Hannover 1 – Arminia Bielefeld 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) The hosts went ahead in the 32nd minute when Jiri Stajner found the back of the net with a close-range header before Artur Wichniarek’s 10th goal of the season salvaged a point for Arminia.
Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Energie Cottbus 1 (Bundesliga, December 13, 2008) Leverkusen finally grabbed the lead with 13 minutes left, Helmes deflectedÂ Djakpa’s long-range shot to Simon Rolfes who was quick enough to poke past Cottbus keeper. Chinese midfielder Jiayi Chao came off the bench late on, and claimed an injury-time equaliser heading home Skela’s corner.