The Bundesliga had lots of action going on this weekend, with Bayern Munich getting a severe beating from Eintracht Frankfurt. So humiliating it was that it resulted in the sacking of their coach Niko Kovac, already on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg finally lost their invincibility, as Borussia Dortmund smashed them 3×0. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig scored 8 and Monchengladbach strengthened their lead. Will we have a new Bundesliga champion this season?
Eintracht Frankfurt 5 x 1 Bayern Munich
It was meant to be a redemption game for Bayern and Niko Kovac to prove that the Bavarians were still stronger than ever, despite having lost some points recently. However, it turned into a nightmare and Frankfurt completely destroyed the champions.
With just 9 minutes on the clock, a dangerous foul committed by Jerome Boateng saw the experienced German defender get sent off. The Bavarians would have to play almost 80 minutes with 10 men.
Frankfurt opened the scoreline at the 25th minute, through Filip Kostic. Less than 10 minutes later, they would double it already, through Djibril Sow.
Bayern was still convinced they could get back in the game and Lewandowski put a goal back. It was the Polish forward 14th goal in 10 games.
However, Eintracht Frankfurt returned to the 2nd half of the game ready to destroy the adversary. Firstly, they made it 3, through David Abraham and later Hinteregger scored the 4th.
Goncalo Paciencia finished it off, after a combination with fellow Portuguese player Andre Silva.
Bayern is now being coached by interim manager Hansi Flick and they will play Der Klassiker next weekend against Borussia Dortmund. They are 4 points away from the leaders, Borussia Monchengladbach.
Borussia Dortmund 3 x 0 Wolfsburg
It was a rough week for Wolfsburg. Firstly, they got eliminated from the DFB-Pokal (the German Cup), with a 6×1 defeat against Leipzig. Then, they lost their invincibility in the league in dramatic fashion against Borussia Dortmund.
Thorgan Hazard was the man of the match as he scored and assisted in the second half to Raphael Guerreiro, putting the match 2×0.
The final nail in the coffin for Wolfsburg was Mario Gotze’s penalty kick. Dortmund is now closer to the top and edged their rivals Bayern Munich.
A win in the classic game of next weekend will give them leverage to finally surpass the rivals in the league race.
Bayer Leverkusen 1 x 2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Leverkusen keeps their poor run of form, having failed to win a game in the last 4 matches. This weekend they had to face the leader, Borussia Monchengladbach, and the result ended in defeat for the home side again.
Oscar Wendt put Gladbach in front before Kevin Volland equalized for Leverkusen. However, any hopes that Bayer had of getting points from this game were taken away by Marcus Thuram, as Gladbach’s Summer signing thrived to score yet another one.
Thuram has now 5 goals and 4 assists in Bundesliga and it is unlikely that any Summer signing of the German topflight had such an impact as the young French forward.
Gladbach had to sweat in the second half to hold into the lead. They did though, and in the dying minutes Leverkusen got reduced to 10 men as Leon Bailey got a straight red card.
Leipzig 8 x 0 Mainz 05
Mainz 05 got demolished in Leipzig, as the hosts scored 8, in one of the highest scorelines in the history of the Bundesliga. Leipzig, who had not won any game in the last 4 (2 draws, 2 losses), had already crushed Wolfsburg midweek in the DFB-Pokal when they eliminated the Wolves 6×1.
In total, the German team scored 14 goals in 4 days. About the remarkable result of the weekend, it is enough to leave Leipzig in the third place, but they are still 4 points away from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Just in the initial 45 minutes, Leipzig was already winning by 5. Sabitzer opened the hosts, with Werner, Nkunku, Halstenberg and Poulsen scoring the rest.
In the second half, Werner scored again at the 48, and two minutes later Mukiele made it 7. It could have been an even further historical beating, but Leipzig scored ‘just’ another one, in the 87 minutes, when Timo Werner completed the hattrick.
He became only the second player in the history of Bundesliga to have a hattrick of goals and assists in the same game. The German striker, who already had scored a brace against Wolfsburg midweek, has 9 goals in 10 games of Bundesliga.
Besides the beating, Mainz 05 is still in the 15th position, 2 points away from relegation zone.
Hoffenheim 3 x 0 Paderborn
A noteworthy recovery from Hoffenheim, who struggled at the beginning of the season, sees them now close to the top 6, with 4 consecutive victories. They hosted the bottom side Paderborn this weekend. Although the struggling team had finally achieved their first league win last weekend, they weren’t able to stop Hoffenheim’s striking force.
Hoffenheim opened the scored within 2 minutes, with an incredible free-kick from Robert Skov. It was the first goal for the forward who arrived from Copenhagen this Summer.
They solved the game in the next 25 minutes, as Kaderabek and Jurgen Locadia set the result in 3×0. The match score did not suffer more alterations until the end and Hoffenheim is 9th, just 5 points away from the 1st place.
Union Berlin 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin
For the first time in the history of the Bundesliga schedule, the two main crests of the German capital played a game in the topflight. Union Berlin, who was promoted this season, hosted Hertha Berlin, in a game that was a celebration of peace and of a city that, despite the rivalries, is now unified.
The game was solved in a dramatic fashion. Union Berlin were the outsiders, but with the strength of the home crowd, they were able to hold Hertha and earn a penalty in the late minutes. Sebastian Polter converted it and Union conquered their 3rd league win.
They are now a bit further from the relegation places and they will be hoping to conquer a few more points on the bounce, to keep the dream alive.
Werder Bremen 2 x 2 Freiburg
Freiburg lost a chance to get closer to the top of the Bundesliga table, as a win would leave them isolated in the second place. However, the visitors were actually lucky to leave Bremen with 1 point, as they ended the game with 10 men.
Kosovo international Milot Rashica opened the score in the 9 minute, scoring his 4th goal in just 6 Bundesliga games. Nils Petersen equalized for Freiburg before the break.
However, in the reopening of the match, Selassie re-established the advantage for Werder Bremen. The hosts kept on the lead until the very end and Freiburg even saw one of their men being sent off, after Janik Haberer receiving a second yellow.
In the dying minutes, Flekken made a save that stopped the possible 3×1 for Bremen and Freiburg got a chance of their own. Petersen stepped in once again and with a header of close range split the points.
Augsburg 2 x 3 Schalke 04
Schalke finally got a victory, after 2 draws and 1 defeat in the last 3 games. They also did it in dramatic style, having to come back twice in their away clash against Augsburg.
Augsburg had shown signs of improvement in the last weekends, with draws against Bayern and Wolfsburg, but they are still clinging in the relegation zone. Still, they scored first against Schalke, through Daniel Baier in the 38 minute.
Nonetheless, an unfortunate own goal from veteran swiss fullback Lichsteiner put the game in equal terms before the break.
Finnbogason put back Augsburg ahead from the penalty spot. Schalke called the defense up front and equalized, through centreback Ozan Kabak, in his first goal for the blue crest.
Amine Harit was the one giving Schalke the total 3 points, as he netted for the 5th time this season. Schalke as 18 points and is tied with Leipzig, Bayern and Freiburg.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2 x 0 Koln
In the remaining fixture of this weekend, two struggling teams faced each other, with the victory smiling to the hosts. Dusseldorf defeated Koln 2×0 and the latter is now further deep into the relegation zone.
A penalty from Rowan Hennings put Dusseldorf ahead in the first half. Erik Thommy doubled the lead in the second part of the game.