Bayern defeat Leverkusen
Saturday evening delivered what it promised: Leverkusen gave Bayern a great fight, but in the end, had to bow to the world footballer above all. Bayer started as strong as in the last weeks and took a spectacular lead through Schick (14th). The FCB searched in vain for an answer before Schick almost made it 2-0 – but the Czech was just offside (28.). After Coman’s injury, Bayern rallied, and Lewandowski equalised after a misunderstanding between Tah and Hradecky (43rd). After the change, Bayern improved more and more, but Hradecky made an outstanding save against Gnabry in the 67th minute. It smelled more and more of a draw, which would have kept Bayer at the lead in the standings, but Kimmich took advantage of Tah’s lapse to set up Lewandowski. The Pole scored his 17th league goal to make it 2-1 and decide the match in the very last second (90.+3) in favour of the Bavarians.
Thuram does Gladbach a disservice
After three draws in a row, Borussia Mönchengladbach lost their home match against TSG Hoffenheim with 1-2. The VfL captain Stindl (who recently scored three goals in Frankfurt) broke the spell in the 34th minute. TSG goal scorer Kramaric had the answer on his foot, but only hit the post (36.). After the change, it was the Croatian who punished Gladbach’s passivity with the well-deserved equaliser (75th). Shortly afterwards, Thuram’s fuses blew, the Frenchman spat in the face of his opponent Posch from close range – and quite rightly saw the red card for it (79th). The Foals paid dearly for this disservice because Sessegnon was to score the winning goal in the 86th.
Leipzig disappoints against Cologne
RB Leipzig failed to pass their compulsory task against 1. FC Köln: The Saxons could have led after just two minutes, but Sabitzer was just offside before Haidara’s goal. Otherwise, the FC held firm, and only Angelino was close to scoring twice (33rd, 35th). On the other side, Drexler missed the lucky punch (39th). Leipzig’s performance was far from its maximum, and yet Kampl and Orban could have scored (66th, 72nd). Time ticked down mercilessly, and Cologne almost managed the late winning goal, but Thielmann was just barely stopped by Upamecano (overtime).
Arminia captain Klos shocks Schalke
Stevens’ comeback on Saturday afternoon went pear-shaped as Bielefeld won 1-0 at Schalke and are now six points clear of the Königsblauen. Arminia were the better team in the first 45 minutes, held Schalke to just 39 per cent possession and had two top-class chances in the person of Cordova (offside goal, 30th; inside post, 45th). Boujellab had a big opportunity for Schalke just after the restart (47th). But it was up to Bielefeld’s captain Klos to mark the decisive 1-0 with a header (53rd). S04 struggled in the aftermath, but could not avert their ninth defeat of the season.
Dinkci celebrates dream Bundesliga debut
Bremen temporarily jumped to the twelfth place with a late 1-0 win in Mainz: Werder got off to the much better start, but Kohfeldt’s side acted haplessly in the final third. Sargent’s unsuccessful header after a corner was exemplary for this (26th). Mainz limited themselves to occasional counterattacks. After the change, there was little to see until Quaison failed to clear Augustinsson’s shot on the line (87th). So the big headline belonged to Dinkci: Bremen’s regional league striker (seven goals in eight games) scored the golden 1-0 on his Bundesliga debut (90th).
Frankfurt can win after all
Eintracht Frankfurt won 2-0 in Augsburg, their first league victory after nine games without a win. The match in the WWK Arena took a while to get going: Frankfurt came close twice, especially in the person of Kostic (17th, 26th), before Finnbogason gave Augsburg the lead (28th). After Durm hit the post, Silva was also denied the first goal (37th, 39th). After the change of sides, the SGE needed a curious own goal by the home side to gain an advantage: After Silva’s cross, Gouweleeuw shot at teammate Framberger (53rd). The match lived on the tension until Ilsanker wrapped up the away win for the Frankfurters in minute 87.
BVB lose despite Moukoko’s record goal
Borussia Dortmund suffered their first setback under Edin Terzic in just their second game. In Berlin on Friday evening, Moukoko became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history at 16 years and 28 days when he converted Guerreiro’s preparation with a powerful left-footed shot (60th). But Union struck before (Awoniyi, 57th) and after (Friedrich, 78th), both times after a corner. Even if Moukoko also failed, hitting the post (45th), Union’s home victory against BVB was deserved.
Wolfsburg conquers 4th place
VfL Wolfsburg won their last Bundesliga match of 2020 by a razor-thin margin against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday despite several Corona falls. The Lower Saxons were jubilant on Sunday evening thanks to a pool free-kick from Brekalo, which was ultimately deflected awkwardly by Wamangituka. With the fifth home win in a row, VfL coach Oliver Glasner’s team win the winter in fourth place. Wolfsburg was slightly better in the first period. At the same time, Stuttgart, who are usually so brisk, were only dangerous twice – and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Baku checked Gonzalez. After Brekalo’s opening goal directly after the restart, VfB looked down on their luck and should have equalised for Matarazzo’s team through Gonzalez when he had a great chance. So it remained a happy 1-0 for the Wolfsburg team.
Freiburg with maximum yield
SC Freiburg remains on the road to success. The Breisgauer celebrated their third win in a row with a 4-1 victory over Hertha BSC and finally freed themselves from the endangered zone. The Berliners, on the other hand, continue to look down after their third unsuccessful game in a row. Grifo rewarded Streich’s side for their spirited start in the early stages of the game – the Berliners were virtually inactive in the first period and had Grifo to thank for casually throwing away a great chance just before the break. At half-time, Hertha coach Labbadia must have found the right words – Lukebakio promptly equalised, and the Berliners almost took the lead. But because Freiburg had the necessary luck on their side and struck efficiently afterwards, they secured a somewhat too high 4-1 home victory. SC Freiburg, therefore, ended the English week with an impressive nine points in their pocket.