Neuer’s frustration week, young Dortmund stars and Schalke crisis

Berlin (dpa) – Due to the mistake of FC Bayern, the top group of the Bundesliga has moved closer together again. After the 1: 1 in Munich, Borussia Dortmund followed up on Saturday evening with a 5: 2 and a four-goal show by Erling Haaland.

Bayer Leverkusen jumped to third place thanks to the late 2-1 win at Arminia Bielefeld. RB Leipzig, on the other hand, had to be content with a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and are only fourth.

ANGSTGEGNER: RB Leipzig has already traveled to Frankfurt six times, but the Champions League semi-finalist is still waiting for a victory. With three defeats there was now the third draw. Julian Nagelsmann’s main focus was the game against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday: “We have to be fresh against Neymar and Mbappé.”

CORONA HOTSPOT: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim missed seven players in the game against VfB Stuttgart. Nevertheless, the Kraichgauer proved at 3: 3 morale. Also because a player has cured his corona infection: Andrej Kramaric returned and scored his seventh goal of the season. The Croatian has just played five league games this season.

PERMANENT CRISIS: The Schalke misery is getting worse. In the 0: 2 against VfL Wolfsburg, the Royal Blues remained without a win in their 24th league game in a row. “We play very bad football, we defend badly and I don’t know how we want to win a game like this,” said Schalke striker Mark Uth and gave deep insights into the Schalke structure. Gradually the negative record of Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66 with 31 games without a win in a row wobbles. According to Uth, the relegation battle has already begun: “We’re right in the middle of it instead of just there.”

FRUST: This week Manuel Neuer must have presented himself differently. First the 6-0 defeat with the national team in Spain, then the Bundesliga setback in the 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen. The national goalkeeper prevented the fact that there were not even two defeats with strong saves. “We had about five good chances, usually we have at least twice as many,” complained Neuer, who has to wait for the record from the 196th Bundesliga game without conceding a goal due to Maximilian Eggestein’s goal.

YOUNG STARS: At 16 years and one day, Youssoufa Moukoko is the youngest player in Bundesliga history. In Dortmund’s 5-2 win against Hertha, the striker came into play in the 85th minute for Erling Haaland. The Norwegian had also made history. The 20-year-old is the youngest four-time goalscorer in the league, replacing the ex-Frankfurt Luka Jovic.

LAST-MINUTE ANGER: Once again Borussia Mönchengladbach lost a lead shortly before the end. As in the Bundesliga against Union Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg (both 1: 1) and in the Champions League at Inter Milan and against Real Madrid (both 2: 2), Marco Rose’s team also gave FC Augsburg just before the end a guide out of hand. “It’s a tough learning curve for us to always lose points at the back,” Rose complained. Borussia threatens to lose touch with the top places.

SLAPSTICK: It was a goal for all annual reviews. After a back pass from Daley Sinkgraven, Lukas Hradecky hit under the ball and gave Arminia Bielefeld the equalizer. In the end, the Finn could get over his faux pas because Aleksandar Dragovic saved Bayer Leverkusen the three points at 2-1. “I’m sure there will be some YouTube clips and memes that people can laugh about. Sure, it’s a shitty feeling, but my team and ‘Brate-Boy ‘ Dragovic helped me in the end, “said Hradecky.

© dpa-infocom, dpa: 201122-99-419588 / 2


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