A brief look of synthesis. It was before all the host team stage that won five matches, three ties and one win away. The stage poor in efficacy, with only 20 goals. Relatively few yellow cards (24) and a single yellow card / red: Papadopoulos. But there was also a crass example of unfair play. Guerrero (Hamburg) in a gesture of frustration has brutal “mowing” at the corner flag… on the goalkeeper Ulreich (Stuttgart) which was is removed immediately. Fortunately, the latter could resume play. Hamburg’s player can expect at a drastic punishment.
Nuremberg – Monchengladbach
A lively and exciting match, with little disruption but still with few phases at the two gates, the scoring opportunities can be counted on the fingers. The higher they belonged to Reus and Esswein but drinks were post defenders. Only seven fouls in the first half, after the break but the intensity duels for the ball higher and once with the nervousness.
The hosts had more offensive initiative but their actions have transgressed the completion ter Stegen goalkeeper having a relatively quiet afternoon. Maroh and Feulner missed at their turn the best ocassions. Eventually the most active team in the second half was rewarded. Wollscheid won a ball in front of Arrango, and launch in depth on Esswein, it centered on the line of small square and Bunjaku scored the winning goal. Mönchengladbach was always afraid of Nuremberg and seems to be proved by saying that what is given you can not escape.
Hoffenheim - Koln 1-1 (1-0)
A more balanced game than was expected from the state of the visiting team. It was however fragmented, with 10 fouls in the first half hour. Koln does not really matter in the attack with only two shots throughout the round. On the natural consequence, the hosts opened the score. Rudy executed a corner from the right side and Compper resumed the attacking with a head shot, Rensing had no chance, 1-0. After the break, Koln sought to increase the attacking force, was sending in the game the North Korean Tese but the effects of the changes were hardly seen.