FC Schalke 04 – TSG Hoffenheim 4:0 (1:0) Tore: 1: 0 Matthew Hoppe (42nd), 2: 0 Matthew Hoppe (57th), 3: 0 Matthew Hoppe (63rd), 4: 0 Amine Harit (79th)
The Americans now know how things are at Schalke – at least those who found the muse in the on Friday New York Times to browse. There a royal blue crisis painting appeared, which also dealt with Clemens Tönnies. The former club patron is known to be only a prevented patron, what that Times-Author dismissed the observation: “Tönnies, one of the richest Germans, but also one of the most unpopular”.
Schalke and Tönnies, this connection is now finally cut after his withdrawn financial injection (it was probably about ten to twelve million). And that’s how it works sometimes: The team then coped with their trauma on their own. Some gods seem to mean well with the Gelsenkircheners, because they actually managed to avert the setting of the winless record of Tasmania Berlin from the 60s. Three – yes, actually THREE – goals by 19-year-old Californian Matthew Hoppe, all based on Amine Harit (who scored himself), ushered in a 4-0 win against the strangely lavish Hoffenheim team.
“I can assure you that the focus was absolutely only on the game,” said S04 coach Christian Gross. It seems that he has wiped the Tasmania theme, the impending 31st game in a row without a win, out of his head – and released his strength. Definitely with Hoppe, but also with other players. Goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann held flawlessly several times, the team looked committed and with Sead Kolasinac a loaner from Arsenal returned, who immediately proved himself as captain and driver.
The German-Bosnian knows his ex-club from better times and maybe a new, more comforting present will begin with him. An exit from the downward spiral, because the Schalke are dizzy enough already. In any case, Hoffenheim were the right opponent with a total of twelve well-known failures, TSG appeared behind with gross negligence, gave away good chances in a row and provided support for the Schalke team. And so the talk of the Tasmanians’ almost 55 year old disaster record ends. It will probably be a few years before he is in danger again. And Schalke? With seven points now even leaves 18th place to FSV Mainz.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Werder Bremen: 1: 1 (0: 0), Tore: 0: 1 Earth (52nd), 1: 1 Schick (70th)
For a long time it went very well for Bayer Leverkusen this season, but Peter Bosz’s team got off to a rather choppy start into the new year. The defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend was now followed by a draw against Werder Bremen. Leverkusen’s ex-professional Ömer Toprak brought the guests into the lead: After a Ludwig Augustinsson free kick, he was pretty free in the penalty area and was able to insert. Leverkusen then at least equaled. Patrick Schicks hit had not initially counted because Lucas Alario should have touched him with his hand when accepting it – but after looking again, referee Benjamin Cortus apparently came to the conclusion that Alario was only on his stomach. Bayer is still third, but missed out on short-term overtaking RB Leipzig.
Mainz 05 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0: 2 (0: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Silva (22nd, foul penalty), 0: 2 Silva (72nd, foul penalty)
Christian Heidel back, Martin Schmidt back – and with Bo Svensson Mainz 05 presented another alumni in a prominent position this week. The former professional is the new coach, the fourth in the season – but his debut didn’t work out, instead it ended with Mainz now even bottom of the table.
The Eintracht lead succeeded after 22 minutes. Amin Younes had discovered a gap and played the ball towards André Silva, but the Mainz defender Moussa Niakhaté held the Portuguese. He fell and got the penalty, which he converted himself. After just under an hour, another penalty whistle sounded after a duel between Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow and Leandro Barreiro from Mainz. Referee Bastian Dankert had apparently considered Sow’s foot to be too high in the duel, but looked at the matter again and made a decision. And a few minutes later: There was another penalty whistle, again against Mainz and Niakathé – this time because he had held Hinteregger. Silva started again and scored his eleventh goal of the season.
SC Freiburg – 1. FC Cologne: 5: 0 (2: 0), Goals: 1-0 Demirovic (18th), 2-0 Höfler (38th), 3-0 Sallai (59th), 4-0 Lienhart (69th), 5-0 Höler (79th)
At the beginning of December the situation for SC Freiburg was still relatively uncomfortable. Christian Streich’s team had played 2-2 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, but the lead on the relegation place was only one point. Since then, this has followed in the league: a win against Bielefeld, a win against Schalke, a win against Hertha BSC, a win against Hoffenheim – and now a win against Cologne. Five wins in a row, the club record for the SC.
Against Cologne, Roland Sallai had only played a high ball behind the defense, the run-out goalkeeper Timo Horn did not hit it properly in front of Ermedin Demirovic and kicked the ball into the air, finally Demirovic headed in for the lead. Later on, Salih Özcan lost the ball to Nicolas Höfler while building up the game. He didn’t have to walk far to score the 2-0 from a central position. After almost an hour, Sallai met himself, Demirovic had served him. And Philipp Lienhart and Lucas Höler made up the goal difference, so that Christian Streich’s team is now eighth. With the sixth win in a row, it should not be easy for Freiburg. Next Sunday’s opponent is FC Bayern.
Union Berlin – VfL Wolfsburg 2: 2 (1: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Steffen (9th), 1: 1 Becker (28th), 2: 1 Andrich (52nd), 2: 2 Weghorst (65th, hand penalty)
Union against Wolfsburg – that doesn’t necessarily sound like a duel between two teams in the European Cup, but that’s exactly what it was: The fifth received the sixth. And this sixth, VfL Wolfsburg, took the lead after a corner: Renato Steffen (1.70 meters) headed Maximilian Arnold’s cross into the goal, opponent Christopher Lenz had not climbed up. Union, however, replied worth seeing: Sheraldo Becker shot the ball powerfully into the corner (after it had missed the empty goal very early).
After the break Union then even led: Maximilian Arnold had touched Taiwo Awoniyi with his hand on the shoulder, whereupon referee Patrick Ittrich initially decided on a penalty and showed Arnold red. The crime scene was then moved out of the penalty area after the video decision, which ultimately was no reason for Wolfsburg to be happy: Robert Andrich lifted the free kick over the wall into the goal. Unions supposed 3: 1 shortly afterwards then after a foul on Koen Casteels did not count – instead VfL soon cheered: A shot from Josip Brekalo landed on the hand of Marcus Ingvartsen. Ittrich decided after another view of the scene on penalty, which Wout Weghorst converted.