After the international break, the Bundesliga returned this week with plenty of teams champing at the bit to get back in action. Our own Borussia Dortmund were hoping they could end their recent poor form by beating VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes Benz Arena in the first game of the weekend on Friday. On Saturday, Bayern Munich entertained Augsburg looking to prolong their resurgence under Jupp Heynckes. On Sunday, Werder Bremen faced Hannover at home and were attempting to pick up their first win of the season.
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
These suffered similar fates before the international break. Both were beaten 3-1, Stuttgart away to Hamburg and Dortmund at home to Bayern. It seemed as if it would be the home side who would be more likely to recover from their defeat quickest though when Chadrac Akolo put Stuttgart ahead within 5 minutes. Dortmund did have most of the possession for the rest of the half and it paid off when they gained a penalty. Unfortunately, Ron-Robert Zieler was equal to Andre Schurrle’s spot kick. They were rewarded 3 minutes into stoppage time when Max Phillipp equalised. However, Peter Bosz’s good mood was short lived when Josip Brekalo scored what would be the winner 6 minutes after the restart to stretch BVB’s winless run to five.
Mainz 1-0 Cologne
Mainz were only able to claim a 1-1 draw in Gladbach in their last game, while Cologne’s search for a first win of the season continued here after being beaten 3-0 by Hoffenheim. The search would go on after Pablo de Blassis drew a foul in the penalty area 2 minutes before half-time. The penalty was eventually given via the video ref and Daniel Brosinski stepped up to convert for what would be the only goal of the game.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Red Bull Leipzig
Leverkusen were unlucky to draw in Augsburg before the international break. Red Bull Leipzig, on the other hand, came away from their game with Hannover with all three points following a solid 2-1 home win. It would be the away side who would take the lead here when Timo Werner converted from the penalty spot after 13 minutes. Leverkusen responded well and eventually equalised through Leon Bailly on the stroke of half-time. Within 10 minutes of the restart, the game had another flashpoint. Benjamin Hendrichs’ handball was deemed deliberate and he was sent off. It took two minutes for Emil Forsberg to step up to score his penalty, but score he did to put Leipzig 2-1 up. However, the 10 men refused to be beaten and Kevin Volland equalised again in the 74th minute to salvage a point for Heiko Herrlich’s side.
Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg
Bayern Munich took a huge step in their recovery with their 3-1 away win in Dortmund in their last game. Augsburg also performed well to gain a point at home to Leverkusen in a 1-1 draw. However, things wouldn’t go to plan for optimistic Augsburg fans in this one and that began when Arturo Vidal put Bayern one up in the 31st minute. Robert Lewandowski practically ended the game as a contest by doubling Bayern’s lead seven minutes later and rounded the game off on 49 minutes by making it 3-0.
Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hoffenheim faced relegation favourites Cologne last time out and came away with a predictable 3-0 win. Frankfurt were also victorious over lesser opposition, beating Werder Bremen 2-1 at home. Kevin-Prince Boateng put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes and, from there, this game would be a tight affair. Just when it looked as if Frankfurt would go home with the points, Hoffenheim’s Mark Uth popped up to claim a point for his side.
Wolfsburg 3-1 Freiburg
Wolfsburg came into this game on the back of an entertaining 3-3 draw with Hertha Berlin in their last game. Freiburg were not so fortunate, going down 1-0 at home to Schalke. Things didn’t start well for the away side when Yannick Gerhardt put Wolfsburg in front after just 3 minutes. Yunis Malli doubled his sides lead on 29 minutes to put Freiburg deeper in trouble. Bartosz Kapustka gave them hope when he pulled one back in the 68th minute. Alas, it wasn’t to be though, as Malli scored again just 2 minutes later to seal the victory for Wolfsburg.
Hertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Hertha played their part in the aforementioned 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg during their last game, whilst Gladbach also drew 1-1 at home to Mainz. Things would go better for Gladbach here though and it would start with Lars Stindl giving them the lead after five minutes. Thorgan Hazard then scored a penalty for the away side after 14 minutes and their scintillating start would continue when Raffael made it 3-0 to Gladbach after just 20 minutes. Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back for Hertha eight minutes later and the half ended that way. Mitchell Weisser scored on 71 minutes and it seemed as if Hertha would have a fighting chance to get something out of this game. That was until Raffael scored again on 78 minutes to secure the points for Gladbach and end the scoring in a remarkable game.
Schalke 2-0 Hamburg
Schalke went to Freiburg last time out and came away from the black forest with all three point thanks to a 1-0 win. Hamburg were also victorious having beaten VfB Stuttgart 3-1 at home. This would be a tight game though and its deadlock was broken in the 17th minute by Franco Di Santo. It would take until the 77th minute for Schalke to seal the win when Guido Burgstaller scored their second and send Hamburg home pointless.
Werder Bremen 4-0 Hannover
The omens weren’t good for Bremen going into this game, winless in the league and having been beaten 2-1 in Frankfurt before the international break. Hannover have had a good start to life back in the Bundesliga but went down 2-1 in Leipzig in their last game. This game started with both sides feeling each other out but Fin Bartels opened the scoring for home side in the 39th minute. Things would take a turn for the worse in the second half – for Hannover. Max Kruse made it 2-0 on 55 minutes and 3-0 just three minutes later. Kruse would have his hat-trick and Bremen’s 4th on 78 minutes to round off a resounding victory, their first of the season.
Game Week 13 Fixtures
Friday 24th November
Hannover vs. VfB Stuttgart (19.30)
Saturday 25th November
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke (14.30)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg
Red Bull Leipzig vs. Werder Bremen
Freiburg vs. Mainz
Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich (17.30)
Sunday 26th November
Hamburg vs. Hoffenheim (14.30)
Cologne vs. Hertha Berlin (17.00)