Bunesliga Recap #1534

Gladbach 1 Hertha 0

On Friday night, to kick off the Bundesliga weekend, We saw Hertha Berlin travel to Borussia Park in Gladbach to take on Daniel Farke’s side. Berlin has the thinnest squad in the league with a high probability of getting relegated this upcoming season. However, they did manage to get a point on their previous match day, but there was a sense that this particular meeting was going to be more difficult. Gladbach picked up three points against Hoffenheim before having to settle for a point later on following conceding a late penalty against the royal blues. It was a fairly competitive match between two teams that are on completely different spectrums when it comes to ability. Berlin did some nice things and should overall be pleased with the performance, but. It didn’t exactly go their way in the end. A first-half penalty from Alexander Plea gave Gladbach The first-half lead. They struggled in front of goal like they did much of last season, but it turned out to be enough. They got a second penalty in the second half but failed to convert. Nonetheless, Gladbach picks up another three points giving them seven on the season as they are fighting near the top of the league in the early parts of this campaign.

Hoffenheim 3 Leverkusen 0

Leverkusen hosted Hoffenheim at the Bay arena, potentially trying to avoid sticking to the bottom of the table. After two decent performances that were overcome by goalkeeping brilliance, they still don’t have a point on the season. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim has already shown their willingness to hit back and come from the dead. As they erased a two-goal deficit the week before, that resulted in a late winner. Hoffenheim has the potential to have a special campaign as they have the squad balance and the talent to do so. As they’re going up against a Leverkusen team that started the season poorly but does have the pieces to return to the Champions League. Hoffenheim went into the Bay arena and ripped their head off. It was a performance of true dominance as Christopher Baumgarner scored a back heel that could be one of the goals of the season to kick things off. Not long after, Andrej Kramaric follow through on a header, and then late in the second half, Georginio Rutter scored an absolute scorcher in what was a routine 3–0 victory as they dominate in Leverkusen. Meanwhile, the team that finished third in the Bundesliga last season is in big trouble and may be time to panic. Still, plenty of time to make it up, but they sit with no points on the season being spun around and turned inside out in their own backyard. The Leverkusen goalkeeper talked to the ultras after the game as they exchanged words of frustration with one another as they could not have started the season worse than a half. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim looks like a special team and has erased the mistakes from the opener after filling. David Raum position. They’ve looked much sharper and through three grains. Christopher Baumgarner, to me, has been the Bundesliga’s best player, and their majestic performance with Leverkusen left something to be desired.

Freiburg 1 Stuttgart 0

Freiburg coming off. A disappointing result at home against Dortmund the previous Friday came into the Mercedes-Benz arena determined to get themselves back on the right track with a step forward as Stuttgart welcomed them into their house for what was expected to be a tightly contested affair. Stuttgart may have almost got relegated last year, but they’re healthy and raring to go as they’ve looked much better. This campaign with relegation is probably not something they really need to worry about. It was a very close game, with a moment of brilliance separating the result. The most disrespected Italian in the world, My man Vincenzo Grifo makes it two goals out of three to start the season as they take an early lead in the first half. Stuttgart went for it. Trying to put as much pressure on the Friedberg defense that still looks as sharp as ever. Despite being an end-to-end affair, the early goal from the Italian separated the distance as Freiburg collect another three points in an impressive victory for Christian Streich as they look tough so far this season. Stuttgart showed the qualities that they lacked last season but just had a bit too much to deal with in a very tightly contested game.

Wolfsburg 0 Schalke 0

Schalke’s return to the Bundesliga has been somewhat worrying as they go back on the road, meeting up with Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen arena. It wasn’t the most pragmatic and exciting match as it was a bit of an eyesore, but despite that, it certainly had its moments. Occasionally. It was really hard to say which of the two teams was the more impressive. Wolfsburg looked a little bit sharper but needs to get much stronger. If they’re going to push for the top half of the table. They have the squad and the town to do so but still haven’t put together the performance that they would like to ideally; they would like to avoid the type of season they had a year ago. Meanwhile, the Royal blues, who have struggled in many capacities this season, want to avoid the embarrassment of going down to the second division a year after their promotion. As one of the most historic clubs in Germany, they want to avoid that possibility at all costs. There wasn’t a lot in this game until late, in the second half. It looked like Schalke were going to put themselves in front. Winning a penalty, however, Conan Casteels came up with the save. However, it had to be retaken. It was hard to figure out exactly what happened, whether another penalty occurred in the box or he was off his line. Regardless, the result would be the same as the Belgium goalkeeper saved another, and he has been one of the best shot-stoppers coming from penalties in German football. Both teams battled in the second half but couldn’t find a winner ending goalless.

Bremen 3 Dortmund 2

The wildest Bundesliga match in a long time and up there with potentially one of the best of all time. However, it didn’t exactly start that way. It was a very competitive match throughout the first half. Bremen did seem to be the ones with the momentum. Obviously, Dortmund has started the season well in terms of results but not performances, while Bremen has been a bit of a surprise. How good they have been this early. As the newly promoted side looks like they could climb into a higher position than originally speculated. Bremen, despite looking like the better side, concede to Dortmund at the very end of the first half through Julian Brandt to give Dortmund a 1-0 lead. Bremen, throughout the second half, even looked like the more aggressive team, The team that was on the verge of a breakthrough, but then Dortmund doubled their lead through Raphael Guerrero, making it 2–0. Once again, it wasn’t an incredible performance, but they were on the verge of getting the result. Anyway, remaining perfect. However, Bremen was going to fight until the very end, as we saw in their draw was Stuttgart last week. The manager made three changes, and they struck gold in the 89th minute. Buchanan got a Goal back. There was still a mountain to climb until they scored again in the 93rd minute with Schmidt as they erased the two-goal deficit in a manner of minutes. Totally and completely shambolic from Dortmund, as this is the main reason most of us don’t believe in them as a contender. In the 95th minute, with mutually the last kick at the ball, Oliver Burke comes up and converts, beating the keeper at the near post. Scoring three goals in 6 minutes as Dortmund hold their head in Shame getting punked at Signal Iduna Park.

Union Berlin 2 RB Leipzig 1

RB Leipzig has had a challenging start to the season with only two points from their first three games. It is difficult to understand, considering the depth of options that they have, especially in attacking positions. However, only two draws to show for it. The hope was against Union Berlin even in Berlin will be a platform to show everyone who they are as most people see RB Leipzig as the team to put the most pressure on Munich. However, just like Leverkusen, it might be time to press the panic button so early in the season. Union Berlin coming off a goalless draw. Got on the counter twice and made them pay despite opportunities and chances from RB Leipzig; it wasn’t their day. Jordan peak fork converts on a counter-attack and converts, and then Benson does mutually the same thing as they build a two-goal lead at the break. RB Leipzig has their moments but found it difficult to break them down. A corner kick less than 10 minutes ago by Willie Oban sees them minimize the deficit, but it was too little too late as they taste defeat in Berlin as RB Leipzig still are searching for the first victory of the season while Union Berlin is climbing near the top of the pile in a 2–1 victory.

Mainz 2 Ausburg 1

Following the heroics of goalkeeping brilliance from Augsburg that saw them collect maximum points against Leverkusen last weekend, They look to try to keep that momentum pushing against FSV Mainz. They were at home As Jonathan Burkhart returns for the opposition. Their star striker from last season was dealing with a thigh injury but has since returned and was expected to be a fantastic introduction. It turned out to be a very tightly contested game with not much to be separated between them. Oniswo hits the mark again. Breaking the deadlock a few minutes past the half hour mark. However, the lead didn’t last for long as Augsburg got themselves level within a few minutes with an unbelievable backheel goal. FSV Mainz in the second half had a chance to break through from the penalty spot, but the performance of the Ausberg goalkeeper continues making a big save in a crucial moment. However, it winded down to the death, and in the 93rd minute, FSV found a winner through Lee Jae Sang with a terrific header; as they win at the last possible moment as they are near the top of the pile with another late victory of their seven points, both of their victories have come very late on. Meanwhile, Augsburg can hang their hat on the fact they played well, even if they lose it in the end.

Bayern Munich 7 Bochum 0

Bochum had the unbelievable challenge of taking on Bayern Munich after losing their two previous games. It is a difficult situation to go into, especially for a team that needs points and doesn’t want to dig their grave even further. Two of their defeats have come very late on, as it must be demoralizing to try to adapt to that after playing reasonably well, and they’re opening two games but still sit with 0 points. Now having to deal with the best team in the world. Bayern Munich cut them open regularly and often as it wasn’t much of a contest. Leroy Sane Just minutes into it. Rips things open with a thunderous strike. Matthias Deligt scores his first goal in his new colors with a header coming off a set piece. A brilliant finish from Kingsley Coman sees them get another, then sadio mané scores a goal, has it disallowed, and then minutes later scores again as they ran out to a 4–0 goal lead at the break. Bayern Munich then in the second half when the penalty sadio mané converts to make it five and then an own goal by the hosts and then Serge Gnabry makes it seven in a hugely humiliating victory as Bochum might be in a bit of trouble mentally. Demoralized from their first two matches and then humiliated at home as Munich continues to charge on.

Frankfurt 1 Koln 1

We saw two teams that are having a very different types of seasons. Throw down on Sunday. Frankfurt has been dreadful throughout this campaign so far and doesn’t really seem to have any momentum or energy about them. Meanwhile, Koln beats Schalke on the opening match day of the season and manages to scrap a point against RB Leipzig, one of the favorites. Koln is a very physical and brute type of team that can create a lot of problems, especially for a team like Frankfurt that is so low on confidence. They battled throughout; neither team looked all that strong, and it was a bit of a dry game at times. However, late in the second half, both teams put their best foot forward and found a way in with two absolutely stunning strikes. From a free kick Kamada hits an absolute scorcher into the top corner, taking a slight deflection, and then cologne hits back with a strike of their own. Not too long after, with a long ranger from deep, both teams go head to head, leaving with a point of peace with cologne. Undoubtedly the more satisfied of the two sides as Frankfort having just two points from three games.

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