A late double strike from the Brazilian Paulinho (86′ + 90′) secured Bayer Leverkusen the away win at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday evening and thus ended their own mini-crisis. After the last four competitive games without a win and being eliminated from the Europa League, the goals were like a sign of liberation for the Werkself, who are now back in third place in the table.
Lost ground in championship fight
With the 1:1 (1:1) draw in Cologne’s Rheinenergie Stadium, the hosts could be happier than the ambitious Dortmund, who actually came on Sunday evening in order not to let the gap to Bayern at the top of the table widen again . But despite an early goal by the tirelessly struggling Marius Wolf (8th), the favored guests did not prevail in front of the 50,000 fans – Sebastian Andersson (36th) made the tie before the break. And it stayed that way until the end.
This time Modeste hit the ball here, but not the goal: scene from the game between Cologne and Dortmund
Magath wins from afar
Felix Magath also made his debut as Hertha BSC coach digitally. With instructions from the new head coach from the hotel, who was suffering from Corona, and an enormously committed deputy, Mark Fotheringham, on the sidelines, the recently despondent Berliners showed a courageous performance that had not been thought possible for so long. The reward: The 3-0 (1-0) against Champions League candidate TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as the highest win of the season and a lot of new hope in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga.
Niklas Stark (right) scores the first goal for Hertha
The streak broken
Niklas Stark (39th minute), Ishak Belfodil (63rd) and Lucas Tousart (74th) scored in front of 25,000 spectators for the first victory of Hertha, which was defeated five times in a row, this year.
The catch-up hunters from VfB Stuttgart have left the relegation zone of the Bundesliga for the time being. The Swabians defeated FC Augsburg in an intense basement duel 3-2 (1-2) and moved up to 14th place in the table. André Hahn (6th minute) and Michael Gregoritsch (45+1) scored for Augsburg in front of 55,785 spectators, Waldemar Anton (44th) scored the interim 1-1 for VfB. In the closing stages, Omar Marmoush (79′) and Tiago Tomás (85′) turned the game in favor of the hosts with their goals.
In the end, the Augsburgers cannot assert themselves against the offensive Stuttgarters
Augsburg in 15th, like VfB and Hertha BSC in relegation rank 16, now has 26 points, but still has one more game to play than its direct competitors.
Bavaria dominates Union
FC Bayern keeps pursuers Borussia Dortmund at a distance. The Munich team won against 1. FC Union Berlin 4-0 (3-0) and increased their lead over BVB in the Bundesliga to seven points. Dortmund can still do better in the game at 1. FC Köln on Sunday.
Two out of four goals: Robert Lewandowski
Kingsley Coman (16th), youngster Tanguy Nianzou (25th) and twice Robert Lewandowski (45th + 1 per penalty / 47th) shot out the clear Bayern victory. There was another three for Bayern, after they had only drawn twice recently, which allowed BVB to come close. Lewandowski once again underlined how important he is for Bayern.
Despite a meager yield at bottom of the table SpVgg Greuther Fürth, SC Freiburg has moved up to fourth place in the Champions League for at least one night. The Bundesliga team from Breisgau had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the bottom of the league from Franconia. In the Ronhof sports park, Freiburg’s Roland Sallai (13th) and Janik Haberer (66th) failed on aluminum. Timothy Tillman (28th) missed the best chance for the game association. Christian Streich has to wait for his 105th victory as SC coach and the sole club record.
Mainz wins against the increasingly endangered Bielefeld
With a lightning goal and a penalty festival, FSV Mainz 05 has plunged Arminia Bielefeld even deeper into the relegation battle. After three defeats in a row and the recent Corona chaos, the weak East Westphalia suffered the next bitter setback in the table basement with the 0: 4 (0: 1) in Mainz and slipped to a direct relegation zone. The three goals conceded in the second half each came from penalty kicks. Mainz’s Jonathan Burkardt struck after just 27 seconds. Moussa Niakhate (65th), again Burkardt (75th) and Marcus Ingvartsen (79th), each with a penalty kick, made the decision. Arminia remained without their own goal for the fourth time in a row – and equaled the club’s negative record from the previous season.
Pyrotechnic fog: the Leipzig players who competed against Frankfurt
A 0-0 draw in Leipzig was half a success for Eintracht from Frankfurt. The Hessians defended with commitment and stood well against the hosts, who were at odds over their chances in the end. Leipzig still remains in third place in the table, Frankfurt keeps in touch with the top group.
At the Friday game between VfL Bochum and Borussia Mönchengladbach, horror, anger and incomprehension prevailed after the game was abandoned: A drink cup was thrown causing a scandal – referee assistant Christian Gittelmann was hit and injured.
Hit by the cup: assistant referee Christian Gittelmann (right)
Incidentally, it is not a new problem for the Revierclub. VfL Bochum even produced a video clip on the subject with a sponsor and showed it on the stadium screens before the game in front of 25,000 spectators. The beer is not for throwing, but for drinking, says VfL captain Anthony Losilla in the clip. “What else should we do?” Bochum’s CEO Hans-Peter Villis told the “Bild”.
Dealing with game abandonments is regulated in the legal and procedural regulations of the German Football Association (DFB). Paragraph 18, paragraph 4 states: “If a national game is stopped prematurely through no fault of either team, it must be repeated at the same place. If a team or its club or both clubs are at fault for the game being stopped, the game belongs to the guilty with 0-2 goals for lost.
Matchday 27 in numbers:
VfL Bochum – Borussia Mönchengladbach 0:2 (0:0) – game abandoned
Tore: 0:1 Plea (55.), Embolus (61.)
VfB Stuttgart – FC Augsburg 3: 2 (1: 2)
Tore: 0-1 Hahn (6th), 1-1 Anton (44th), 1-2 Gregorych (45th), 2-2 Marmoush (79th), 3-2 Tomas (85th)
1. FSV Mainz 05 – Arminia Bielefeld 4: 0 (1: 0)
Tore: 1: 0 Burkardt (1st), 2: 0 Niakhate (65th EC), 3: 0 Burkardt (75th), 4: 0 Ingvartsen (79th)
Hertha BSC – TSG Hoffenheim 3:0 (1:0)
Tore: 1-0 Stark (39′), 2-0 Belfodil (63′) 3-0 Tousart (74′)
Greuther Furth – SC Freiburg 0:0 (0:0)
Bayern Munich – 1. FC Union Berlin 4: 0 (3: 0)
Tore: 1:0 Coman (16.), 2:0 Nianzou (25.), 3:0 Lewandowski (45. EM), 4:0 Lewandowski (47.)
RB Leipzig – Eintracht Frankfurt 0:0 (0:0)
VfL Wolfsburg – Bayer Leverkusen 0: 2 (0: 0)
Tore: 0:1 Paulinho (86.), 0:2 Paulinho (90.)
1. FC Cologne – Borussia Dortmund 1: 1 (1: 1)
Tore: 0: 1 Wolf (8th), 1: 1 Andersson (36th)