Bundesliga round-up: Lewandowski hat-trick and late Dortmund comeback

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In Germany this weekend, there were plenty of goal parties that we need to talk about. The Bundesliga schedule continued with both title contenders, Bayern and Dortmund putting up comfortable wins.

Meanwhile, also Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig, the other two current Champions League teams from Bundesliga, continued their winning starts, with 3 more points on the bounce.

There is plenty more action that spiced up the Bundesliga table on matchday 2. Here are all the details.

Lewandowski doing what he does best: score

Many people question themselves in Robert Lewandowski is the current best number 9 in the world and to the ones who doubt about him, Lewy keeps bagging goals to prove them wrong. After scoring twice in the first match, in a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin, the Polish striker demolished Schalke 04 with a perfect hat trick.

A penalty converted at the 20 minutes, after Kingsley Coman being tackled illegally inside the box, made it 0-1 for the Bavarians. Another one in the beginning of second half, with a free kick conversion and a final one at the 75 minutes, after Coman assisted him inside the area, completed the hat trick.

In the meanwhile, there was still time for Phillipe Coutinho to make his debut, as well as Inter loanee Ivan Perisic.

The Yellow Wall took a little too long to wake up

Dortmund got to a firing start last weekend, beating Augsburg 5×1 at home, but just like in the last match they got on it with the wrong foot (or head). Against Koln, away, they gave away one goal in the 28 minutes, after Dominick Drexler headed it in after a corner kick.

Koln, who have returned to Bundesliga this season, lost the first match against Wolfsburg, and they were seeking their first points in the league. It took until the middle of the second half for Dortmund to shut down their dreams. Who else could it be, besides English international Jadon Sancho?

From the edge of the area, Sancho netted his second of the season, after already doing it in the first matchday. It took until 86 minutes for Dortmund to operate the comeback, with Achraf Hakimi heading it past Koln goalie Timo Horn, to make it 1-2.

Before the end of the match, there was still time for Sancho to operate another counterattack and serve a goal to Paco Alcacer on a silver plate. 2 in 2 and a perfect start so far for Borussia Dortmund.

Leipzig and Leverkusen continue 100% winning record

Another two wins for Champions League boys Leipzig and Leverkusen, as both teams secured comfortable victories on the bounce.

Leipzig held Eintracht Frankfurt to a 2-1 loss at home, with an early goal from Timo Werner. Danish striker Yussuf Poulsen would make it 2 at the 80 minutes and all Frankfurt was able to do, was obtain a consolation goal through Portuguese forward Gonçalo Paciencia.

Bayer Leverkusen solved their issue in the first half. They visited Dusseldorf to play against the local side and they took advantage of an own goal of the home team in the 6th minute, by Lewis Baker. Charles Aranguiz and Bellarabi made the goal difference to 3, before the half time whistle.

Similar to Frankfurt, all Fortuna Dusseldorf was able to do was scoring a redemption goal in the 82 minutes, courtesy of Alfredo Morales.

Freiburg and Wolfsburg also can’t stop winning

Matchday 2 also brought 100% winning record to two other teams. Freiburg had won 3-0 in the first match against Mainz 05 and now they traveled to Paderborn field, a team who returned to Bundesliga this season.

Streli Mamba put Paderborn on the lead with just 3 minutes on the clock, but Luca Waldschmidt scored his second of the season from the penalty spot to put balance on the scoresheet. Nils Petersen complete the comeback and Kwon Chang-Hoon made it 1-3 to Freiburg. The Korean midfielder, signed to Dijon this Summer, had the perfect start, coming on as a sub to score.

Also, Wolfsburg, got 2 in 2, after beating Koln 2-1 in the first round. They traveled to Berlin, to face Hertha, who had stood up against Bayern in matchday one. The ‘Volkswagen’ boys gave no chance, though, with Weghorst setting the first one from a penalty kick in the 9 minutes.

Croatian forward Josip Brekalo made it 2 in the dying minutes of the game and there was still time for French left back Jerome Roussilon to complete the score. 0-3 and Wolfsburg seem heading for a great Bundesliga run.

Hoffenheim and Monchengladbach bounce back from disappointing starts

After losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in the opening match, Hoffenheim finally got their first 3 points, with a hard-fought win over Werder Bremen. The club from the German city of Sinsheim had to come back twice to win the match in dramatic style.

Niclas Fullrug put Werder Bremen in front at the end of the first half, before Erman Bicakcic putting back the game balanced shortly after halftime. Togolese forward Ihlas Bebou shot past Bremen’s keeper Pavlenka few minutes after, to make it 2-1 for Hoffenheim.

Werder Bremen were reduced to 10 men after Eggestein was sent off in the 77 minutes, but they did not give but and Japanese striker Yuya Osako settled the game back to 2-2. The hosts took profit of having one more man in the field and they finally scored the winning goal by Czech defender Pavel Kaderabek.  

Borussia Monchengladbach, who had taken only 1 point in the first matchday, after a 0-0 draw with Schalke 04, got their first win, with a 1-3 victory over Mainz 05.

Robin Quaison actually put Mainz ahead first, but goals from Stefan Lainer, Alassane Plea and new signing Breel Embolo, made it sure that the ‘Monche’ took all the 3 points home.


Union Berlin gets their first point in the Bundesliga

Having been promoted for the first time to Bundesliga, Union Berlin have made history with their first point and goal ever in the German topflight. They were defeated 0-4 against Leipzig last weekend, but that did not demote the eager fans to go to Augsburg support their beloved team.

Augsburg got the first shot, with Ruben Vargas scoring in the 59 minutes, but Sebastian Andersson would be the one making history as the first-ever Union Berlin goalscorer. However, the possible comeback of the Berliners would be difficult to achieve after Keven Schlotterbeck being sent off in the 83 minutes.

That is all for the Bundesliga this weekend, but do not forget to tune in next Saturday and Sunday to get filled in with all the emotions of one of the best leagues in the world.

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Jorge Costa is a freelance journalist, with a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication, through the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He specializes in sports and soccer in particular.

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