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Other Happenings to Care About | February 21-23, 2014

Schalke fail to trifle Mainz, Giroud shows previous form against Sunderland, and Kaiserslautern fall farther away from a chance at promotion.

Dennis Grombkowski

Both Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund lost this weekend, further cementing the inevitable 24th title for the Rekordmeister. Former Bayern midfielder Luiz Gustavo scored the game-winning goal for up and coming VfL Wolfsburg, and had four tackles in midfield to boot. Hamburger SV continue to have Dortmund despite all its struggles, with Slobodan Rajkovic's return just in time to shut down Robert Lewandowski and the yellow attack. The two top sides will have to focus on retaining their champions league spots now with the title far out of reach.

Earliest Championship Date: March 29, 2014

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FC Schalke 04 (0-0) 1. FSV Mainz 05

With a date with Real Madrid next week, the Königsblauen were not pumping the gas during any stretch of the match. The forward half field players had no interest in tracking back, the only box-to-box player being left-back Sead Kolasinac. The best chances came from wide players, Jefferson Farfán continuing his high attacking level; Mainz packed the center, thus the only attack through the middle came from distance shooting. The real litmus test for Schalke will like come in the Champions League, for the effort on Friday was rather lacking.

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Arsenal (4-1) Sunderland

What better match for Arsene Wenger to aide Olivier Giroud's restoration to form than against struggling Sunderland? The Frenchman scored twice in the first half to get Arsenal off to a good start after the disappointing midweek result against FC Bayern. Tomáš Rosický provided good support in the midfield while Mesut Özil was left off the team sheet. Santi Cazorla started on the right, although his duties classified more as an attacking midfielder rather than a winger, while Arteta once again provided support for defense. Stoke City and Everton are next on the docket before The Gunners return to Allianz Arena to try and level the score.

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1. FC Kaiserslautern (1-2) VfR Aalen

In a game where Kaiserslautern once again controlled the pace, VfR Aalen took their chances to counterattack, both goals results of rushes forward. Karim Matmour contributed the most in the offensive half, but like the rest of his side, he could not finish all the chances begging to be hit. The Bundesliga hopefuls have now dropped six points over the past week, slipping to seventh and dwindling their top flight dreams.

Players of Interest

A rough week for Sebastian Rode as a mistake in the Europa League lead to an eye-popping Ricardo Quaserma strike, and he was absent for much of the attacking play at the weekend... In a forgettable match at Imtech Arena, Robert Lewandowski collected in 24 touches and got just two shots off, his worst performance of the season... With no news on Jan Kirchhoff after his screws were removed from his foot, he should be ruled out from a return to Munich in a week's time.

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