Bundesliga: Hertha builds on last season – Sport

1. FC Union Berlin – Hertha BSC 3:1 (1:0), Goals: 1: 0 Jordan Siebatcheu (31st), 2: 0 Sheraldo Becker (50th), 3: 0 Robin Knoche (54th, according to video evidence), 3: 1 Dodi Lukebakio (85th)

Jordan Siebatcheu, 26, and Wilfried Kanga, 24, both came to Berlin from Young Boys Bern this summer to play football. However, the French strikers joined different clubs – Siebatcheu moved to Union, while Kanga served at Hertha. On the first day of the game, they met each other – in the Berlin derby at the Alte Försterei. “Now we’re opponents, but we’re friends off the field,” said Siebatcheu, who started Unions while Kanga was on the bench.

And Siebatcheu then also contributed to the 3-1 (1-0) victory of the blatantly superior Iron. He was involved in almost every dangerous situation in the first half. He scored the opening goal himself with an outstanding header (31′), seven minutes later he appeared as a preparer, Julian Ryerson’s low shot just missed the far post. And Siebatcheu also had the first chance after the change of sides with a header, Hertha goalkeeper Oliver Christensen parried.

Bundesliga: New signing Jordan Siebatcheu puts Union on the road to victory in his Bundesliga debut.

Newcomer Jordan Siebatcheu puts Union on the road to victory at his Bundesliga premiere.

(Photo: Matthias Koch/Imago)

When Kanga came into play (55th), it was almost decided. Sheraldo Becker scored to make it 2-0 (50′) after a spectacular pass from Janik Haberer, and Robin Knoche to make it 3-0 (54′) from a corner. Kanga then had Hertha’s first chance from the game, but didn’t cause Union keeper Frederik Rönnow much trouble. Instead, Dodi Lukebakio scored the goal five minutes before the end – too late. At least this afternoon, Kanga will have envied his buddy Siebatcheu to some extent for the choice of club.

Borussia Mönchengladbach – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3:1 (1:1), Tore: 0:1 Robert Skov (25.), 1:1 Ramy Bensebaini (42.), 2:1 Marcus Thuram (71.), 3:1 Nico Elvedi (78.)

The duel between two coaches with new clubs: Gladbach’s Bundesliga debutant Daniel Farke, who last coached at Norwich City until November 2021, won against André Breitenreiter, who returned to the league. It was an arduous but deserved 3-1 victory for a team that was allowed to play with manpower for over 70 minutes.

Without the injured Lars Stindl, the Gladbachers initially tried in vain to find a playful order. For a while there was only a war of words, fouls and yellow cards: for Scally (12th), Posch (15th), Posch (19th) … Wait a minute, the Austrian had already been warned – and had to receive a yellow-red Out. Oddly enough, Hoffenheim seemed happier and more dangerous when they were outnumbered and after a fine attack via Rutter (which made Bensebaini look bad), Kramaric and Skov made it 1-0 (25th). The Gladbachers had to nibble on that for a while. Pléa (32′) then started the home side’s best phase with a long-range shot, which culminated in a goal that was icing on the cake: Itakura’s header was completed by Bensebaini with an overhead kick to make it 1-1 (42′).

Bundesliga: Ramy Bensebaini (centre, in white) acrobatically scores to equalize for Gladbach.Bundesliga: Ramy Bensebaini (centre, in white) acrobatically scores to equalize for Gladbach.

Ramy Bensebaini (middle, in white) hits acrobatically to compensate for Gladbach in the meantime.

(Photo: Bratic/Image)

After the break, Hoffenheim withdrew surprisingly quickly and surprisingly far. To put it positively, one could say that the pressure from Gladbach was simply too high in the long run. Pléa finally served Thuram, who finished with his left foot to make it 2-1. Pléa soon tried it himself (77′), but missed the goal by millimeters. So Pléa served another sugar pass to Elvedi (78th), who set the last exclamation mark.

VfL Wolfsburg – SV Werder Bremen 2: 2 (1: 2), Tore: 1:0 Lukas Nmecha (11.), 1:1 Niclas Füllkrug (21.), 1:2 Leonardo Bittencourt (23.), 2:2 Josuha Guilavogui (84.)

Bremen are back in the Bundesliga – and in the duel between the green Ws, especially in the first half, they showed that they don’t want to have anything to do with being second-rate anytime soon. After just a few seconds, Werder appeared dangerous for the first time in front of the Wolfsburg goal. After 11 minutes, however, the hosts took the lead: VfL new signing Patrick Wimmer (from Bielefeld) put the ball through to Lukas Nmecha, who lobbed the ball elegantly over Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.

Werder didn’t look shocked at all, on the contrary, shortly afterwards they hit back twice: Niclas Füllkrug – nicknamed “Lücke” – got too much space in front of the penalty area and shot into the far corner from around 20 meters. Shortly thereafter, Füllkrug’s strike partner Marvin Ducksch crossed from the half-field into the sixteen and found Leonardo Bittencourt, who headed the ball in beautifully, running backwards and falling. Bremen had turned the game within two minutes.

Bundesliga: Leonardo Bittencourt makes it 2-1 with a header.Bundesliga: Leonardo Bittencourt makes it 2-1 with a header.

Leonardo Bittencourt made it 2-1 with a header.

(Foto: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

In the second half, however, Werder was no longer able to keep up the pressure on Wolfsburg as consistently. Hard duels and fouls followed one another. In the 84th minute, the Wolves managed to equalize. After an extended corner, Bremen forgot Josuha Guilavogui on the second post, the VfL substitute shot into the far corner. Curious: Wolfsburg is rumored to be interested in selling Guilavogui as soon as possible. Now the French saved VfL from an opening defeat.

VfL Bochum – FSV Mainz 05 1: 2 (1: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Karim Onisiwo (26th), 1: 1 Kevin Stöger (39th), 1: 2 Karim Onisiwo (77th)

Trends are there to be ended. VfL Bochum scored two thirds of their 42 points at home in the previous season, Mainz collected just eleven of 46 points away from home – VfL promptly lost their first home game of the season 2-1 against the 05ers this time.

Initially, Bochum had more of the game, but hardly provoked any mistakes from the guests, only two handballs (7th, 19th), which referee Zwayer did not find penalties worthy of. The only spectacular thing in this phase was Holtmann’s direct acceptance, which the Mainz keeper Zentner defused (13′). This, in turn, woke the guests up. Between the 25th and 38th minute, the Rheinhessen had six excellent opportunities, with Stach and Onisiwo almost always being involved. The latter used one of the chances (26th) with an artistic header after a half-field cross à la Willy Sagnol. However, one in six is ​​a sluggish rate that was soon punished: by a cross from Stöger, which mutated into an art shot and surprised the hundredweight who was positioned (too) far in front of the goal (39th).

Bundesliga: Karim Onisiwo (left) ensured Mainz's away win with this header.Bundesliga: Karim Onisiwo (left) ensured Mainz's away win with this header.

Karim Onisiwo (left) ensured Mainz’s away win with this header.

(Photo: Maik Hölter/Imago)

After the break, Bochum pushed for the lead but were unlucky. On the other hand, Onisiwo from Mainz apologized to his team in his own way for the missed chances of the first half and scored – of course with a header (77th). And 05 has already collected three away points.

FC Augsburg – SC Freiburg 0:4 (0:0), Tore: 0:1 Michael Gregoritsch (46.), 0:2 Vincenzo Grifo (48.), 0:3 Matthias Ginter (61.), 0:4 Ritsu Doan (78.)

A duel of opposites: On the one hand SC coach Christian Streich, who will soon be playing his 400th Bundesliga game on the Freiburg sidelines. On the other hand, new FCA coach Enrico Maaßen (from Borussia Dortmund II), who has never coached higher than in league three. On the one hand, an attractive, popular figure from Breisgau who was able to qualify for the Europa League. On the other hand, a still rather gray football mouse from Bavarian Swabia, who in recent years has only been able to save itself with a bang and a bang to stay up in the league. In addition, both clubs exchanged their strikers in the summer: Michael Gregoritsch went from Augsburg to Freiburg, Ermedin Demirovic the opposite way. Both played from the start.

Maassen wants his FCA to play braver from now on, more combination, more possession, fewer long balls. That worked quite well, at least in phases, in the first half. Although Freiburg had the better chances, Augsburg also had chances to score. This picture changed completely in the second round. Only 15 seconds after the restart, a certain Gregoritsch headed Freiburg’s lead after a quick combination on the right attacking side. Two minutes into the game, Vincenzo Grifo caught FCA goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz flat-footed and sent a spectacular direct free-kick into the net. After a good hour, Matthias Ginter also scored acrobatically on his return to his youth club and new signing Ritsu Doan (active in Bielefeld the season before last) scored the final score. Augsburg fell apart and got off to a bad start, Freiburg, on the other hand, continued the strong previous season.

Bundesliga: Matthias Ginter celebrates his goal to 0:3.Bundesliga: Matthias Ginter celebrates his goal to 0:3.

Matthias Ginter celebrates his goal to 0:3.

(Photo: Stefan Puchner/dpa)

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