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Other Happenings to Care About | February 28 - March 2, 2014

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Hoffenheim blows out Wolfsburg, Arsenal struggles on the road, Kaiserslautern slips deeper in to promotion irrelevancy, and Sebastian Rode is injured for the season

Laurence Griffiths

FC Bayern München has a new title rival as Bayer 04 Leverkusen's slide continues to pick up pace. Borussia Dortmund bonnced back from last week's 3-0 loss to Hamburger SV with a 3-0 victory of its own against 1. FC Nürnberg. The Stern des Südens is on top of a 20-point moutain, and now are just 13 points away from assuring a 24th Bundesliga title.

Earliest Championship Date: March 29, 2014

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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (6-2) VfL Wolfsburg

1-0 Roberto Firmino (HOF) 4'
1-1 Bas Dost (WOB) 15'
2-1 Niklas Süle (HOF) 37'
3-1 Anthony Modeste (HOF) 39'
4-1 Anthony Modeste (HOF) 41'
4-2 Ivan Perišić (WOB) 76'
5-2 Sejad
Salihović (HOF) P 82'
6-2 Sven Schipplock (HOF) 86'

A match with many a midfield turnover, it was Hoffenheim's determination on the ball and finishing prowess that left VfL Wolfsburg in the dark. Diego Benaglio faced a blue barrage of 12 shots throughout the match, remarkable considering Hoffenheim's lack of possession. Wolfsburg still had creativity at the top, get Ivan Perisic and Bas Dost on the score sheet, but the slow build-up play hampered die Wolfe in the end. For a team that has to face the Rekormeister in less than a week, this was not the result that it was looking for.

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Stoke City (1-0) Arsenal

1-0 Jonathan Walters (SCFC) P 76'

While Arsenal could swallow not having Mesut Özil on the team sheet a week ago, his absence was more apparent in the Britannia Stadium. The Gunners lacked the extra degree of creativity in the final third; they not only were unable to find Olivier Giroud in the box, but they also managed a mere two shots on target, most of which came from outside of the penalty area. The midfield had trouble keeping possession, although the final numbers will suggest otherwise, and a Laurent Koscielny's hand ball in the 75th minute overshadowed a good defensive showing.

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FC Energie Cottbus (1-0) 1. FC Kaiserslautern

1-0 Sven Michel (FCE) 3'

Once again, Kaiserslautern conceded early, and once again, it could not come up with an answer. Florian Dick layed off Sven Michel just enough for the forward to let one rip from 30 meters out and overwhelm Tobias Sippel in goal. Playing with two strikers did not help the Red Devils get out of their scoring slump, as most of the progress forward came from individual skill rather than build-up play. Kaiserslautern now are in danger of slipping into mid-table irrelevance, dimming its promotion hopes.

Players of Interest

Robert Lewandowski ended his stellar week with three goals; two in the UEFA Champions League against Zenit St. Petersburg and one against 1. FC Nürnberg... After Sebastian Rode left due to injury against SV Werder Bremen, Dr. Müller-Wohlfarth has diagnosed the midfielder with cartilage damage. Manager Armin Veh expects Rode to miss the rest of the season...