Leipzig – Hertha BSC 3: 2 (3: 0), Injustice: 1: 0 Emil Forsberg (25.), 2: 0 Diallo (30.), 3: 0 Orban (45.), 3: 1 Lukebakio (62., Handelfmeter), 3: 2 Jovetic (64.)
45,000 spectators in Leipzig experienced a changing match. The hosts dominated Hertha BSC from the start, the game mostly going in one direction, in the federal capital’s opponent’s goal. Recovered striker Timo Werner was absent with an infection but was well represented by colleague Emil Forsberg. The Swede’s first goal was an example of how Leipzig ideally want to play their game: conquer the ball in midfield, turn all the attacking forces backwards, the wings buzz like a swarm of bees, pass in the middle, strike. The RB also demonstrated a combination of speed and efficiency right before David Raum and Willi Orban’s goals in the first half.
After the break, however, the Berliners immediately punish Leipzig’s first negligence. A converted penalty by Dodi Lukebakio (Abdou Diallo’s cross on the outstretched arm) and a good play by Stevan Jovetic brought Berlin to 2: 3. It got hectic. Christopher Nkunku could have scored freely from three meters for the 4: 2. In return Chidera Ejuke could have equalized (and Wilfried Kanga twice later). Nkunku scored 4-2, but the VAR said: offside first. It stayed close to 3: 2. Leipzig, who started the season in moderation, are starting to climb the rankings. Hertha, on the other hand, suffered a setback after five unbeaten games.
VfB Stuttgart – VfL Bochum 4: 1 (2: 1), Goals: 1-0 Silas (3 ‘, penalty), 2-0 Ahamada (22’), 2-1 Zoller (29 ‘), 3-1 Silas (64’), 4-1 Endo (71 ‘)
As you know, it’s always about the reaction: the reaction of a team to the change of manager. After the 0-1 against Union Berlin (ninth game of the season without a win), the coach of VfB Pellegrino Matarazzo had to give up. There is no fixed successor yet, Michael Wimmer acts as interim director for the Swabians. And a team can hardly react much faster than against Bochum. After two minutes, Stuttgart’s Silas danced across the VfL penalty area, was fouled and confidently converted the required penalty. Midway through the first half, VfB followed suit. After Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann’s wandering out-of-box was not directly punished, the defense did not find it necessary to disturb Silas’s forward ball in any way. The Congolese played against Ahamada – 2-0.
But Bochum didn’t want to give gifts to the neighbors in the basement of the table so easily. After a nice cross from the left, Zoller anticipates the attempt to clarify the VfB goalkeeper Müller, more or less he gets pulled and shortened. A duel has developed between two teams with offensive ambitions and defensive ingenuity, nothing for lovers of tactical discipline but definitely fun. After a blackout by VfB defender Anton, Bochum lost their best chance to equalize and were promptly punished. Silas scores dry after an hour for the 3-1, Endo scored Stuttgart’s fourth goal due to so much disorder in the penalty area.
After the first three of the last day, Bochum and coach Thomas Letsch have to accept a setback, the Swabians get their first victory and can breathe a little.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayer Leverkusen 5: 1 (1: 0), Goal: 1: 0 Kamada (45 ° + 5, penalty), 1: 1 Hincapie (56.), 2-1 Kolo Muani (58 ‘), 3-1 Lindstrom (65’), 4-1 Kamada (72 ‘, penalty), 5-1 Alario (86’)
For Leverkusen, the euphoria was at stake against Frankfurt after manager Xabi Alonso took office. At the Spaniard’s debut there was a sure 4-0 victory against Schalke, during the week of the Champions League an undeserved but still disappointing 0-3 defeat against Porto. It was a wild game in Frankfurt. When everyone expected a goalless first half, the Bayer Tapsoba defender lost one-on-one to Lindström and fouled the Dane on the outside goal line – penalty. Hradecky saved a badly placed penalty from Kolo Muani, but soon after the VAR intervened: the Finnish goalkeeper lost a foot on the line at the decisive moment. Kamada sank the ordered replay.
After the break, Hincapie equalized with a diving header, but Leverkusen’s hopes of a comeback are short-lived. Two minutes later, Kolo Muani put Frankfurt ahead. As a result, he went there for Bayer, the defense partly fell apart. Lindström scored the 3: 1 with a suspicious circus lob, not Frankfurter’s first goal worth seeing this season. Shortly after, the VAR decides once again against Leverkusen: Hincapie had committed a foul in the penalty area and had to go down with red money. As against Porto, Bayer suffered a second penalty, which Kamada converted again with ease. Substitute Alario even scored 5-1 five minutes before the end. The victory in Stuttgart brings Leverkusen to 16th place in the standings.
VfL Wolfsburg – Borussia Monchengladbach 2: 2 (1: 1), Injustice: 0: 1 Thuram (13.), 1: 1 Gerhardt (43.), 1: 2 Thuram (47.), 2: 2 Marmoush (69.)
In their last trip to Werder Bremen, Mönchengladbach were already 3-0 down in the 13th minute. A start of horror. This time the team did better – and led 1-0 through Marcus Thuram in the 13th minute. The Frenchman was effective from the first good penetration into the penalty area. Wolfsburg remained stable, Jakub Kaminski nearly equalized from a few meters (37th), only the post was in the way. Shortly before the whistle of half-time, his colleague Yannick Gerhardt scored in the center of 1-1 after a sharp pass from Paulo Otavio.
Gladbach obviously took it very personally, the first corner after the restart in the second half marked the 2-1 – Thuram headed the ball into the net. A nice blow that Wolfsburg’s Omar Marmoush overcame in terms of grace. Accepted with the left, turned, subtracted with the right, the tie at 2: 2 was a technical piece from the cabinet. The rest of the game was unsuccessful work on both sides. Gladbach is still waiting for his first away win.
Werder Bremen – Mainz 05 0: 2 (0: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Ingvartsen (36th), 0: 2 Jae-sung Lee (66th)
Werder pushed, had the longest ball in their ranks, were superior for a long time – but Mainz proved once again that they master one specialty: pinball. Marcus Ingvartsen completed a single textbook attack down the right flank with a deft nod to the far left corner to take the lead. Werder, that’s for sure, is the squad of the league. The North Germans win dramatically (in Dortmund), they lose surprisingly (against Augsburg), the entertainment value of this team is undoubtedly high every time.
Would Bremen live up to their reputation for unpredictability in the second half? Yes, absolutely. Just different from what they themselves hoped for. They couldn’t find a way to score, they looked tired, lacking in creativity. In the Bundesliga, only Bayern Munich scored more often than the Hanseatic League. And Mainz stabbed again, Jae-Sung Lee appeared as a wizard of illusions and converted – following an Anton Stach model – with his left hand from a sharp left angle. Werder’s soaring flight slowed after their last two straight wins.