Jabulani Debuts In Bundesliga
December 7, 2009
There was a very strong African presence at a number of Bundesliga matches this past weekend as ‘Jabulani’, the official Ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, was used for the first time in a number of top flight matches in the German Bundesliga.
There are a number of African players who got to celebrate with the new Jabulani balls as they tasted success on the weekend, Mohamed Zidan was on target for Borussia Dortmund during their 4-0 win over Nurnberg. While Cameroon’s Mohammadou Idrissou managed a goal for Freiburg during their 2-2 draw with defending Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg.
Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Monchengladbach 1
Karim Matmour and his team lost for the first time in four matches after back-to-back Bundesliga wins, and fell to a 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, Mario Gomez had Bayern in front in the 19th minute.
Thereafter Roel Brouwers forced the game level with his 28th minute equaliser. The entry of Arjen Robben for Bayern in the second half of the game added attacking flair for Bayern and they eventually found the winner through Holger Bardstuber on 76 minutes.
Borussia Dortmund 4 Nurnberg 0
One of the few movers in the table this weekend were Dortmund, who climbed into seventh place on the back of their 4-0 thumping of Nurnberg. Mohamed Zidan scored Dortmund’s third goal when he slid in home teammate Lucas Barrios' deflected shot in the 35th minute.
He made the score 3-0 in favour of Dortmund, who scored one more goal in the second half to push Nurnberg, who had Isaac Boakye playing for them, into second place on the standings.
VFL Wolfsburg 2 FSC Freiburg 2
Mohammadou Idrissou was fortunate to give Freiburg the lead at Wolfsburg as it looked as though he was in an offside position when he pushed home Daniel Caligiuri’s pass in the 18th minute. Wolfsburg equalised when Freiburg striker Felix Bastians headed an own goal in the 27th minute, five minutes after the restart Ivica Banovic scored a penalty again give Freiburg the lead but Wolfsburg levelled through Fabian Johnson in the 81st minute.
The hosts could have wrapped up the game in the final minutes, but the usually reliable Erin Dzeko could not put Grafite’s cross home after Karim Ziani had got the Brazilian free on the left wing with a brilliant through ball.
Stuttgart 1 Bochum 1
Failure to beat VFL Bochum cost VFB Stuttgart coach Markus Babel his job as his former team are in the bottom three on the Bundesliga table. Joel Epalle played for Bochum and was substituted in the second half.
The hosts took the lead in the 62nd minute through Serdar Tasci, but Bochum robbed them of an important win in the final minute of regulation time as Christian Fuchs levelled the scores. This despite Bochum playing the final nine minutes of the match a man short.
Hanover 96 0 Bayer Leverkusen 0
Didier Konan Ya started during Hanover’s goalless draw with table-toppers Bayer Leverkusen, the latter's inability to win meant that at the end of the weekend their lead at the top of the table was mowed down to three points by second placed Werder Bremen.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga Hoffenheim and Hamburg played to a goalless draw while second placed Werder Bremen drew away from home with Cologne.