Schalke 04 – Werder Bremen 1: 3 (0: 2), Goals: 0: 1 Füllkrug (22nd), 0: 2 (37th) Füllkrug, 0: 3 Füllkrug (60th, penalty kick), Uth (90th + 3)
The Schalke team lost 8-0 at the start of the season in Munich, and now the Gelsenkirchen crisis continued. There were no eight against Bremen, but at least three goals for David Wagner’s team. First, Niclas Füllkrug got free to the ball after a corner and was able to push it over the line. Then he had a lot of space even with a header. Schalke came out of the break stronger and had chances through Vedad Ibisevic and Nassim Boujellab. But then Füllkrug was fouled in the penalty area and made everything clear himself with a penalty. Mark Uth’s goal in stoppage time only improved the result a little.
Meanwhile, Schalke’s defender Ozan Kabak caused discussions. After a foul on Ludwig Augustinsson, he spat near his opponent, who was lying on the ground. Augustinsson later said on “Sky” that he had not seen this during the game, but that it was not fair play. Later, Kabak saw yellow for the foul before the penalty on Füllkrug, later again – and had to leave the field after 84 minutes.
FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund 2: 0 (1: 0), Tore: 1: 0 Uduokhai (40.), 2: 0 Caligiuri (54.)
New season, old problems: BVB has again left points away from an uncomfortably defending team. A game played hard and consistently by Augsburg was enough to throw the young Dortmund team off course. “We are very disappointed. It is difficult to accept this defeat,” said coach Lucien Favre after the game.
Felix Uduokhai headed the 1-0 in the 40th minute after a standard situation. The BVB defense did not look good – Erling Haaland picked up the offside, Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji did not get into the duels. In the 54th minute, ex-Schalke Daniel Caligiuri increased to 2-0. Florian Niederlechner initiated a counterattack, Caligiuri prevailed in the sprint duel against Thomas Meunier.
Lucien Favre relied on his talent shed again. The two 17-year-olds Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham were in the starting eleven, Julian Brandt and Marco Reus sat on the bench. Augsburg tried to unnerve the inexperienced BVB midfield from the start. Heiko Herrlich’s team limited itself to defending, in fact never had the ball and wanted to disrupt the Dortmund team by all means. Referee Martin Petersen distributed five yellow cards in the first half, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw wiped Erling Haaland’s face with his hand, the Norwegian pushed back, both were warned.
The Augsburg tactics worked out perfectly – a bit of tough duels and consistency in counterattacks and standard situations were enough to present Dortmund with insoluble problems in the second half. Last year BVB gambled away the chance of the championship in such games (at Union, in Hoffenheim, in Freiburg).
“I already have the feeling that we played a decent game,” was the somewhat surprising analysis by Hummels later on Sky, “but we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.” Manuel Akanji, on the other hand, said: “We have to do better. It wasn’t enough offensive or defensive.”
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – RB Leipzig 1: 1 (1: 1), Tore: 0: 1 Forsberg (14.), 1: 1 Demirbay (20.)
On paper the strongest game of the day – and in reality an entertaining game with two dream goals in the first half. After a long blow from goalkeeper Gulacsi, Yussuf Poulsen first claimed the ball against several opponents, Emil Forsberg completed a technically strong 1-0 (14th minute) in the corner after a body deception. The Leverkusen equalizer was just as impressive – Kerem Demirbay bent the ball’s trajectory so much that it flew over Gulacsi to the lower edge of the crossbar and from there into the goal (20th).
In the second half, both teams continued to duel at a high level. A goal by Patrick Schick (recently Leipzig, now Leverkusen) was rejected for offside. It stayed with the well-deserved draw.
Mainz 05 – VfB Stuttgart 1: 4 (1: 1), Tore: 1: 0 Quaison (13th), 1: 1 Silas (45th), 1: 2 Didavi (61st), 1: 3 Klimowicz (80th), 1: 4 Kalajdzic (86th)
The week for Mainz 05 wasn’t going well anyway, on Saturday it went on bitterly. On Wednesday there was a training boycott for the players, which followed Adam Szalai’s suspension. And now: Mainz lost in the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart, the second defeat in the second Bundesliga game of the season.
The 05er had to be happy at first: Jean-Philippe Mateta headed a cross into the middle, where Robin Quaison nodded off. But VfB, who had more shots on goal than Mainz in the first half, responded shortly before the break. Gonzalo Castro found Silas Wamangituka after a long run through the Mainz half, and he pushed the ball straight into the goal and against the direction of Robin Zentner. Later, Sasa Kalajdzic crossed Daniel Didavi – VfB leadership followed. It didn’t help the Mainz team that Moussa Niakhaté saw yellow-red in the 77th minute after pulling Mateo Klimowicz’s jersey. Substitute Klimowicz appeared minutes later in front of goalkeeper Zentner, briefly deceived and scored to 3-1. Finally, Kalajdzic increased. The fact that Pascal Stenzel saw yellow-red in stoppage time did not change anything in Stuttgart’s first three points of the season.
Arminia Bielefeld – 1. FC Cologne 1: 0 (0: 0), Tore: 1:0 Edmundsson (78.)
The story of the game belonged to Joan Edmundsson. He came on the field in the 67th minute and became the first Faroese to play in the Bundesliga. That alone would have been worth mentioning, but Edmundsson, 29, then made sure that he also became the Faroe Islands’ first goalscorer in the Bundesliga: he scored the decisive 1-0. Goalkeeper Stefan Ortega had served him with a long ball, Edmundsson could still take it with the tip of his toe and suddenly only had Cologne’s Timo Horn in front of him – from a tight angle. He grabbed an unusual shot on the near post, which also took Horn by surprise.
“Almost everyone in the Faroe Islands watches the Bundesliga,” said the match winner Sky, “I would like to celebrate today, but there is training again on Sunday.” Bielefeld now has four points, Cologne zero.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Union Berlin 1: 1 (0: 0), Goals: 1-0 Thuram (56th), 1: 1 Schlotterbeck (79th)
Borussia lost to Dortmund last week, and that can happen (despite the Dortmund result in Augsburg). As a Champions League participant, a home game against Union Berlin is more of a mandatory win date. Borussia did not succeed in that, after two games Marco Rose’s team only got one point. Marcus Thuram headed Gladbach after a corner from Jonas Hofmann. Thuram played differently from the 0: 3 against Dortmund from the beginning, just like Alassane Pléa – even if both are not yet at 100 percent, like coach Marco Rose before the game Sky said (Breel Embolo and Denis Zakaria were still out). But Union also took advantage of a corner: Kevin Schlotterbeck placed a header in the corner where Lars Stindl was standing, but could no longer reach.
The audience numbers
Furthermore, the Bundesliga games take place in front of very different backgrounds. In Augsburg and Leverkusen 6,000 fans watched, in Gladbach even 10,100, in Mainz 3400 and in Bielefeld 5460. On Friday 4,000 fans were allowed in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, the game Schalke against Bremen must take place without fans. The corona case numbers have risen too quickly in Gelsenkirchen in the past few days.