Led by goalscorer Erling Haaland, the Borussia Dortmund team strived for a smashing victory to the south stand and was extensively celebrated by the few fans. Two goals each from the Norwegian and the Belgian Thomas Meunier and the final point from Mahmoud Dahoud ensured a clear 5:1 (3:0) in the top game against SC Freiburg. “Last year we talked about the Bundesliga getting boring – and rightly so, because we weren’t at eye level. Now we’re on three points,” said BVB coach Marco Rose in an interview with DAZN – but this was it Findings only temporary.
Still top performers not fit
Because Bayern also have their top scorer – and have shown where the top is: Led by top striker Robert Lewandowski, FC Bayern Munich defeated 1. FC Köln and demonstrated strength despite corona worries. Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team deservedly defeated the Rhinelanders 4-0 (2-0). A week after the 2-1 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach, three-goal scorer Lewandowski (9th/62nd/74th minute) and returnee Corentin Tolisso (25th) scored the goals for Bayern, with several top performers still missing or not were fully fit.
Due to the success, the series champion kept pursuers Borussia Dortmund at a distance. The Bundesliga leaders have a six-point lead over second-placed BVB. For the dedicated but ultimately hopeless team from Cologne, it was the first defeat after three wins in a row. Bayern coach Nagelsmann had to do without Alphonso Davies (heart muscle inflammation after a corona infection), Leon Goretzka and Lucas Hernández.
Without the key players Kevin Trapp and Filip Kostic, who were infected with Corona, the professionals at Eintracht Frankfurt struggled with the draw in Augsburg after the final whistle. Exhausted, the guests and Augsburg stood a little helplessly on the pitch after the 1-1 (1-1) early Sunday game and didn’t really know what to make of the draw. In the dramatic final phase, a victory would have been possible for the two opponents who started the football year with a defeat on Sunday in Augsburg. Daichi Kamada (22nd minute) with the lead for Frankfurt and Michael Gregoritsch (38th) with the equalizer for FCA each punished individual mistakes.
Newcomer Gonzalo Castro (centre) secured a point for Bielefeld shortly before the end
And the second game on Sunday didn’t find a winner either. And it looked like a threesome for the bottom of the table from Fürth until shortly before the end. The home side’s early lead by Okugawa (8′) was equalized by coach Stefan Leitl’s men with goals from Leweling (35′) and Nielsen (67′). But Bielefeld’s new signing Gonzalo Castro thwarted the guests a good two minutes before the end of regular time with a remarkable long-range shot and saved Arminia, who could have left the relegation places with a win, at least one point against their direct competitor.
No goal, nowhere: Wolfsburg (in green) and Hertha parted ways with a goalless draw
VfL Wolfsburg may have ended its series of defeats in the Bundesliga, but not its sporting crisis. In the duel between the two big disappointments of the season, it was only enough for a 0-0 draw against Hertha BSC. This result doesn’t help either club move out of the relegation places. After eight defeats in the previous eight competitive games, Wolfsburg mourned several missed chances in the first half in front of 500 spectators. After all, it wasn’t because of the playful effort this time.
1. FC Union Berlin meanwhile ended the series at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and continued its positive journey of the season with a place in the Champions League. Union fought a 2-1 (1-1) victory over the Kraichgauer, who had previously been unbeaten seven times in a row, at the An der Alten Försterei stadium. A week after his debut brace to make it 2-2 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Grischa Prömel even advanced to the match winner this time when he made the decision in the 73rd minute that the Union now tied (31) in fourth place in the table Bundesliga is behind Hoffenheim. Previously, Andreas Voglsammer (22nd) equalized the TSG lead with an own goal from Timo Baumgartl (16th).
RB Leipzig has also won its second game in the second half of the season and continues to hunt for the Champions League ranks. After a largely unspectacular performance, the Saxons won 2-0 (1-0) at VfB Stuttgart. The in-form attackers André Silva with a hand penalty (11th minute) and Christopher Nkunku (70th) scored the goals for RB in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The Stuttgart team remained winless and goalless for the fourth time in a row – and could slip to the penultimate place in the table on Sunday. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s mood is likely to deteriorate further as a result.
Jeremiah St. Juste screams his joy at the winning goal
On the other hand, the mood in Mainz is better. FSV also let VfL Bochum feel its strength at home. Thanks to a goal from returnee Jeremiah St. Juste in the 48th minute, coach Bo Svensson’s team beat the promoted team 1-0 (0-0). The rough duel between the two teams from the middle of the table clearly looked like a relegation battle. Mainz keeper Robin Zentner saved a poor penalty kick from Sebastian Polter (32′). Both opponents will see each other again on Tuesday – in the DFB Cup Round of 16 in Bochum.
Leverkusen successful at Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach is back to everyday life. On the other hand, Bayer Leverkusen has improved to third place in the league behind leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Despite missing two penalties, Leverkusen won 2-1 (0-0) at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Robert Andrich scored the opening goal in the 51st minute. Immediately beforehand, Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer had saved a penalty kick from Patrik Schick, who then scored to make it 2-0 (74th). Nico Elvedi shortened the lead (81′), and then Kerem Demirbay failed to take the penalty, also from Sommer (88′). With 32 points, Bayer is one point ahead of Hoffenheim and Union Berlin, but eight behind Dortmund. The Gladbachers, most recently 2-1 winners at Bayern, are twelfth.
The 19th match day at a glance
Borussia Dortmund – SC Freiburg 5: 1 (3: 0)
Tore: 1:0 Meunier (14.), 2:0 Meunier (29.), 3:0 Haaland (45.), 3:1 Demirovic (61.), 4:1 Haaland (75.), Dahoud (86.)
VfL Wolfsburg – Hertha BSC 0:0 (0:0)
1. FC Union Berlin – TSG Hoffenheim 2:1 (1:1)
Tore: 0-1 Baumgartl (16′), 1-1 Voglsammer (22′), 2-1 Prömel (73′)
VfB Stuttgart – RB Leipzig 0: 2 (0: 1)
Tore: 0:1 Silva (11.), 0:2 Nkunku (70.)
1. FSV Mainz 05 – VfL Bochum 1:0 (0:0)
Tore: 1:0 St. Fair (48.)
1. FC Cologne – Bayern Munich 0: 4 (0: 2)
Tore: 0: 1 Lewandowski (9th), 0: 2 Tolisso (25th), 0: 3 Lewandowski (62nd), 0: 4 Lewandowski (74th)
Borussia Monchengladbach – Bayer Leverkusen 1: 2 (0: 0)
Tore: 0: 1 Andrich (51st), 0: 2 Schick (74th), 1: 2 Elvedi (81st)
FC Augsburg – Eintracht Frankfurt 1: 1 (1: 1)
Tore: 0-1 Kamada (22′), 1-1 Gregorych (38′)
Arminia Bielefeld – Greuther Furth 2: 2 (1: 1)
Tore: 1: 0 Okugawa (8.), 1: 1 Leweling (35.), 1: 2 Nielsen (67.), 2: 2 Castro (88.)