Borussia Mönchengladbach – FC Schalke 04 4: 1 (2: 1); Tore: 1:0 Neuhaus (15.), 1:1 Raman (20.), 2:1 Wendt (36.), 3:1 Thuram (52.). 4:1 Wolf (80.)
Of course, it is hard to believe if you write with this result that Schalke did not play so badly, in some places even played pretty well. Between the equalizer from Benito Raman, who scored volley after a strong submission from Mark Uth, Schalke 04 pressed on the lead. But Uth’s free kick only hit the outside post. Instead, Gladbach convinced with merciless efficiency, Florian Neuhaus put Borussia in the lead with a long-range shot into which three Royal Blues threw themselves, but none got the ball.
Oscar Wendt then took the lead in the best phase of Schalke and Marcus Thuram smothered small hopes right after the break. The longer the game lasted, the clearer the difference in quality became. Hannes Wolf finally decided the game in the 80th minute with the 4-1. The Schalke winless counter is now at 25 games, next week against Bayer Leverkusen.
VfB Stuttgart – FC Bayern 1: 3 (1: 2); Tore: 1: 0 Coulibaly (20.), 1: 1 Coman (38.), 1: 2 Lewandowski (45.), 1: 3 Costa (87.)
The “unforced errors” should be avoided by Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick. Because said slight mistakes had recently led to the fact that in the 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen and the 3-1 draw against RB Salzburg goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had a lot more to do than should be for a goalkeeper of the record champions. If you take the demands of the coach as a yardstick, the Munich team only partially achieved the goal in Stuttgart. A Stuttgart attack after a throw-in from their own half led to Tanguy Coulibaly’s 1-0, after which, to name just one example, a bad pass by left-back Lucas Hernández almost made it 2-0. Also in the second half, Neuer had to keep a lot.
Yes, that has also been the case in the past few days and weeks: As incomplete as the Munich defense sometimes looks after simply losing the ball, the attacks look convincing when they finish. First, it was an excellent pass from Serge Gnabry that undermined the Stuttgart defense, Kingsley Coman completed inimitable. Then, for once, Robert Lewandowski met untenable from beyond the penalty area. And Douglas Costa decided the game just before the end.
Also: Tanguy Nianzou, 18, made his debut when he came on for the ailing Jérôme Boateng. Niklas Süle returned to the team as a substitute for the ailing Lucas Hernandez, after quarantine, international matches and “training deficit” attested by Flick. And Corentin Tolisso, substitute for Joshua Kimmich in defensive midfield, had to leave shortly before the end. The next wishes of coach Flick should mainly revolve around the recovery of the French.
Borussia Dortmund – 1. FC Cologne 1: 2 (0: 1); Tore: 0:1 Skhiri (9.), 0:2 Skhiri (60.), 1:2 T. Hazard (74.)
Borussia Dortmund has surprisingly lost touch with the league leaders. There was an unexpected but not undeserved 1: 2 (0: 1) against 1. FC Köln. It was BVB’s first home defeat against Cologne since April 1991 – and the first victory for Cologne this season.
The two goals of Cologne came after almost identical scenes: two amateurishly defended corners, which after head extensions by the former Dortmunders Wolf each landed at Tunisian Ellyes Skhiri (9th and 60th minute), who was twice blank on the back post. The basis of Cologne’s success was the toxic and variable cover work. Sometimes they irritated the favorite with bold pressing. Most of the time they stood close together in their own penalty area, where they got on the Dortmunders’ nerves because they physically opposed it. Opportunities like for Sancho (4th, bar) or Haaland (26th, just next to it) remained the exception. Dortmund had scored 17 of his 20 league goals after the break, and this time too hope came when Thorgan Hazard pushed the ball into the far corner after a fluid combination over Haaland, substitute Moukoko, still 16, and Reyna (already 17) (74.). Dortmund came very close to equalizing twice, but Haaland pushed a cross just wide of the goal (90. + 4), shortly after Mats Hummels failed with a direct acceptance to Timo Horn (87.).
RB Leipzig – Arminia Bielefeld 2: 1 (1: 0); Tore: 1: 0 Angelino (29.), 2: 0 Nkunku (47.), 2: 1 Klos (75.)
On this Saturday afternoon, Leipzig initially presented itself as inhibited as a middle-class club, before 18-year-old Lazar Samardzic conjured up one of the most beautiful passes of this Bundesliga season in the 29th minute: From the center circle, the ball landed predictively and precisely on the foot of the bustling Angelino, who only goalkeeper Stefan Ortega had to prance out – and to make it 1-0. The 2: 0 was not a world class, but a slapstick action: Dani Olmo stole a completely unsuccessful back pass from Amos Pieper, gave it back to the substitute Christopher Nkunku and he only had to aim for the goal. For a moment it got exciting again: After Leipzig striker Alexander Sörloth had missed a penalty, Fabian Klos immediately reduced it to 1: 2. After that, Bielefeld missed two good opportunities. But it was enough for the victory – Leipzig stays with Bayern.
Union Berlin – Eintracht Frankfurt 3: 3 (2: 2); Tore: 1: 0 Andrich (2nd), Kruse (6th / Elfmeter), 2: 1 Silva (27th), 2: 2 Silva (37th), 2: 3 Dost (79th), 3: 3 Kruse (82.)
While the game had not even kicked off in some stadiums, Kevin Trapp had already made a momentous mistake: The Eintracht goalkeeper could not take a simple shot, Robert Andrich gratefully accepted the rebound. Four minutes later, the next Union goal: Penalty specialist Max Kruse converted the penalty with confidence after he had only scored in the margin in Cologne. The matter seemed clear: Union was stormy, Eintracht perplexed. But the tide turned in the first half: First André Silva hit from close range, then he extended a free kick with the neck – 2-2. Now the unity stormy, Union perplexed. In the second half, the teams took it easy, the game was more balanced, before it got turbulent again towards the end: First, Bas Dost scored the third goal for Eintracht from close range in the 79th minute, then Kruse turned three minutes later the ball into the net with a long-range shot. Even if Union missed the fourth win in a row – the Berliners are extremely satisfied with their second season in the Bundesliga. Max Kruse makes it possible.
FC Augsburg – SC Freiburg 1:1 (0:0); Tor: 0: 1 Grifo (64.), 1: 1 Vargas (80.)
SC Freiburg hadn’t won a win in seven games, but Christian Streich’s team wanted to know again in Augsburg. The players ran, they fought, they shot on goal. In the 64th minute, Vincenzo Grifo found himself alone in the penalty area, stopped Nicolas Höfler’s cross – and scored. But that was not enough for the first SC victory since September 19. The Augsburg team equalized with their first shot on goal: Ruben Vargas fired on goal in the 80th minute, the ball was deflected and was actually in.
Debut of the day: After referee Benjamin Brand injured himself while warming up in Dortmund, Arne Aarnink, originally intended as the fourth official, made his Bundesliga debut. The 35-year-old economist has already whistled 54 second division games, his first first division game between BVB and Cologne was not an uncomplicated one, but he kept the overview: He rightly dismissed a Hummels goal because of offside. An unexpected debut, but a successful one. However, BVB will not keep it in good memory.