Compact Bundesliga: BVB admits bitter bankruptcy in Cologne – Werner spoils Letsch debut

1. FC Cologne – Borussia Dortmund 3: 2 (0: 1)

Borussia Dortmund suffered a bad setback a week before the prestigious duel with Bayern Munich. BVB lost 3-2 (1-0) at 1. FC Köln despite having the lead at half-time and missing the possible jump to the top of the table. Instead, the team of coach Edin Terzic are now in fourth place in the standings, one place behind their rivals from Monaco. Saturday afternoon got off to a promising start for Dortmund. After an excellent pass from reserve captain Jude Bellingham and an excellent individual performance, Julian Brandt scored 1-0 (31st). After the break, however, there was a hiatus in the BVB game. Florian Kainz (53rd), Steffen Tigges (56th), who moved from Borussia to Cologne earlier this season, and Dejan Ljubicic (71st) turned the match upside down. Tom Rothe again led Borussia, with whom Anthony Modeste also went without a goal at his old job (78th).


Eintracht Frankfurt – Union Berlin 2: 0 (2: 0)

Union Berlin suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of the season. The Köpenickers lost 0: 2 (0: 2) at Eintracht Frankfurt, but are still leading the table due to Borussia Dortmund’s failure at 1. FC Köln. With the victory, the SBU highlighted the improvement in form in recent weeks and moved to fifth place in the standings, but also had to deal with two drops of bitterness. Mario Götze, who scored 1-0 in the twelfth minute, had to leave the pitch due to injury in the second half (66 ‘). Randal Kolo Muani, once again brilliant, saw the Giallorossi (68th). Jesper Lindström scored 2-0 (42 ‘) to make sure nothing burned.

SC Freiburg – Mainz 05 2: 1 (2: 0)

After two consecutive goalless draws in the Bundesliga, SC Freiburg have added their next win to their impressive season so far. The team coached by Christian Streich, unbeaten in eight official matches, won 2-1 (2-0) against Mainz 05 and climbed to second place in the standings. Meanwhile, the Mainzers continue to be fickle in their performance, although the shape curve is now mostly downward. Due to the failure of Freiburg, Rheinhessen remained winless for the third consecutive time and are only in the middle of the table with good results at the start of the season. Michael Gregoritsch (3rd) and Daniel Kofi Kyereh (37th) gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before half-time. Mainz are back after the break thanks to Aaron Martin (52nd).


Leipzig – VfL Bochum 4: 0 (2: 0)

VfL Bochum remains the forefather of the Bundesliga under their new coach Thomas Letsch. The bottom of the table lost 0: 4 (0: 2) at RB Leipzig and after eight matchdays they still have only a meager point on the account. Meanwhile, Leipzig have recovered well from a 3-0 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach before the national team break and have now moved up to the top half of the table. Timo Werner, who scored again after five league games without a goal, put the Saxons ahead after 15 minutes. Shortly thereafter, Christopher Nkunku increased the lead to 2-0 with a penalty (23rd). Before the penalty kick, the German footballer of the year was himself shot down by Jannis Horn. In the second round Werner then put together his brace (53rd). As a result, Nkunku was not as accurate from the point as before the half-time and missed a penalty kick (64th). The Frenchman did not want to leave him on and secured the final score of the match (85th).

VfL Wolfsburg – VfB Stuttgart 3: 2 (2: 2)

VfL Wolfsburg and coach Niko Kovac have achieved the much-needed release. Thanks to a goal from Yannik Gerhardt in added time (90 + 1), Lower Saxony won 3-2 (2-2) against VfB Stuttgart and gained air in the lower half of the table. The Stuttgart, on the other hand, do not move to the basement and are still waiting for the first victory after eight games. VfB took the lead on Saturday afternoon with Serhou Guirassy (22 ‘) before Wolfsburg reversed the game in their favor thanks to Omar Marmoush (23’) and Maximilian Arnold (38 ‘). In first-half injury time, Konstantino Mavropanos headed the lead 2-2 (45 + 1) – but Gerhardt’s goal just before the end prevented the point from sharing.

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