It is quite impossible that Mats Hummels watched the game of the German champions Bayern Munich on Saturday afternoon. That is out of the question because Hummels was also doing his job at that time. But the volley, with which Hummels brought his BVB to the 0-2 lead in the game against Arminia Bielefeld, was very similar to the hit (30th) that Robert Lewandowski had overstrained a few minutes earlier – also to make it 2-0 Hoffenheimer had scored. Bam! Had Hummels copied? Pretty much out of the question, as I said.
Volley on and in – Mats Hummels and his beautiful goal against Bielefeld
Hoffenheim? Overwhelmed …
In any case, there is no copyright on beautiful long-range hits that made this matchday shine – as well as several penalty hits that were decisive for the game. At Bayern, Serge Gnabry, who played in the form of his life (even without his favorite coach on the sidelines, Julian Nagelsmann, who was distant in corona quarantine) had opened the round appropriately – with a nice hit from the corner. And with Lewandowski’s 2-0 at the latest, a Hoffenheim inferiority revealed itself, which at the same time revealed the structural problems of the league: Bayern? A world of its own. Choupo-Moting (82nd) and Kingsley Coman (87th) could have scored more goals than the two. 4: 0 (2: 0). Check off, from Bavaria’s point of view.
Also scored against Hoffenheim: Serge Gnabry, in good shape
Streichs Freiburg now again …
SC Freiburg also continued its success story – and at the same time further exacerbated VfL Wolfsburg’s crisis. It was to be Mark van Bommel’s last game as VfL coach. The Freiburg team under coach Christian Streich defeated Lower Saxony 2-0 (1-0). Philipp Lienhart in the 27th minute and Lucas Höler (68th) scored the goals for the Breisgauer, who are the only team to remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season.
While the surprise team Freiburg is on a Champions League place, the premier class participant Wolfsburg is slipping further and further. The team has not won eight competitive games in a row. In front of around 10,000 spectators, the “wolves” did not present themselves creatively enough and inefficiently. Manager Jörg Schmadtke drew the consequences on Sunday and dismissed coach Van Bommel. “The conviction to get out of the difficult sporting situation in this constellation and to bring about the U-turn as quickly as possible was missing and made us decide to end the cooperation,” said Schmadtke. Van Bommel reacted disappointed, but only wished the club the best.
Freiburg scores, Wolfsburg watches: Philipp Lienhart on his away goal
BVB scores even without Haaland
After the setback in the Champions League against Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund has found its way back on the road to success. And: BVB remains on the Bayern’s heels. Even without the injured striker Erling Haaland, Dortmund secured second place in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 (2-0) win at Arminia Bielefeld. In front of 25,000 spectators in the Schüco Arena, the veterans Emre Can (31st / foul penalty) and Mats Hummels (45th) with that remarkable goal and young star Jude Bellingham (72nd) met Dortmund’s victory. On the other hand, Arminia made a historic negative mark despite the connection goal by Fabian Klos (87./foul penalty): East Westphalia have never before been without a win after nine Bundesliga matchdays.
RB can avert the crisis
In Leipzig, too, it initially looked like a crisis – but only initially. After the worst first half under coach Jesse Marsch, the RB team was able to turn the Bundesliga game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth and bring in a safe win with 4: 1 (0: 1). Branimir Hrgota deservedly brought the guests into the lead with a controversial penalty after 45 minutes. Yussuf Poulsen, who had just been substituted, equalized in the 46th minute. Emil Forsberg, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday, converted a penalty that Poulsen had lost after 53 minutes. Finally, Dominik Szoboszlai (65th) and Hugo Nova (88th), who had just come onto the field, met in front of 24,758 spectators in the Red Bull Arena, which was sold out. Fürth is still waiting for the first win of the season – and probably didn’t really expect it in the away game in Leipzig.
Hertha: “Well earned”?
“Oh, how nice is that”, it rang out after Hertha BSC’s 1-0 (1-0) against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening through the Olympic Stadium – because that had indeed not been seen for a long time. That the Berliners Even overtaking the Gladbach team with their second win in a row was a nice addition. “It’s wonderful! The stadium is alive, we like it,” said coach Pal Dardai on Sky. “We deserved to win, but we should have scored the second or third goal.”
Hertha is happy about the win against Mönchengladbach
It was enough because Marco Richter hit a side puller almost out of nowhere in the 40th minute. “I don’t hit him well, but he falls in the back,” said Richter about the unwanted bump: to the delight of the 25,000 spectators who motivated their team to stand up in the last minutes of the game. Gladbach was superior, dominant, but not particularly compelling. The fourth away bust of the season means a step backwards for the foals in their fluctuating development.
The billy goats catching up
The first half went completely wrong: To the general horror of the home fans in the Cologne stadium, the guests from Leverkusen quickly pulled away in the first 45 minutes in the Rhenish derby against 1.FC Cologne. Patrick Schick (15th) and Karim Bellarabi (17th) deservedly brought the “Werkself” into the lead – but coach Steffen Baumgart’s team did not let them get down. With morale and the hits of the brilliantly laid-out Anthony Modeste (63rd and 82nd), the billy goats turned the game and remained undefeated at home thanks to the 2-2 (0-2) draw.
You are now catching up two goals, could have meant Steffen Baumgart’s gesture in this situation. And even if the Cologne coach meant the show of hands very differently – his team still caught up two goals
At the last moment
At the away game in Stuttgart, the players from 1. FC Union Berlin looked like the sure winner for a long time. The opening goal by Taiwo Awoniyi (31st) was the only notable goal action from the first half, but at least the Berliners used it to lead and then didn’t hide a bit at VfB. When Stuttgart’s Atakan Karazor went into a duel with a stretched leg and received the yellow-red receipt, things seemed to be over for Berlin. But almost at the last moment of stoppage time, Wahid Faghir hits from twelve meters to equalize. A very happy draw from a Stuttgart point of view.
Bochum beats unity
In the game VfL Bochum against Eintracht Frankfurt it looked like a very close win for the hosts for a long time. Ironically, the former Frankfurt Danny Blum (3rd), who finally came back to a starting eleven, thanked them early and put Bochum in the lead. Even the heated final phase was unable to bring unity back. Instead, Sebastian Polter closed the bag in stoppage time (90 + 2). VfL overtook Eintracht with the 2-0 (1-0) success and is now in table position 14.
Burkardt man of the evening
Jonathan Burkardt from Mainz was the man of the Friday evening game who, after the win against FC Augsburg, was celebrated with chants in front of the trembling fan curve with shining eyes. He will also have been pleased that national coach Hansi Flick, together with his assistant Marcus Sorg, watched the 4-1 (3-0) of FSV Mainz 05 against FC Augsburg in the stands. Flick should have enjoyed the gala appearance of the captain of the U21 national team with two goals and a template.
Jonathan Burkardt is celebrating
Flick is slowly becoming Burkardt’s lucky charm. The 21-year-old had already met under the eyes of the national coach at the 2-0 in Hoffenheim. Should Flick want to spare some seasoned national players in the international matches in November after they have already qualified for the World Cup, he could well have the U21 European champion on the slip.
The 9th matchday of the Bundesliga in numbers:
FSV Mainz 05 – FC Augsburg 4:1 (3:0)
Tore: 1: 0 Onisiwo (10.), 2: 0 Bell (15.), 3: 0 Burkardt (26.), 3: 1 Zeqiri (69.), 4: 1 Burkardt (71)
Bayern Munich – TSG Hoffenheim 4: 0 (2: 0)
Tore: 1:0 Gnabry (16.), 2:0 Lewandowski (30.), 3:0 Choupo-Moting (83.), 4:0 Coman (87.)
RB Leipzig – Greuther Fürth 4: 1 (0: 1)
Tore: 0: 1 Hrgota (45th), 1: 1 Poulsen (46th), 2: 1 Forsberg (53rd), 3: 1 Szoboszlai (65th), 4: 1 Novoa (88th)
VfL Wolfsburg – SC Freiburg 0: 2 (0: 1)
Tore: 0: 1 Lienhardt (27th), 0: 2 Höler (68th)
Arminia Bielefeld – Borussia Dortmund 1: 3 (0: 2)
Tore: 0:1 Can (31.), 0:2 Hummels (45.), 0:3 Bellingham (73.), 1:3 Klos (87.)
Hertha BSC Berlin – Borussia Mönchengladbach 1: 0 (1: 0)
Tore: 1:0 Richter (40.)
1. FC Cologne – Bayer Leverkusen 2: 2 (0: 2)
Tore: 0: 1 Schick (15.), 0: 2 Bellarabi (17.), 1: 2 Modeste (63.), 2: 2 Modeste (82.)
VfB Stuttgart – 1. FC Union Berlin 1: 1 (0: 1)
Tore: 0: 1 Taiwo Awoniyi (31.), 1: 1 (Wahid Faghir (90. + 3)
Yellow-red card: Atakan Karazor (Stuttgart) after foul (57.)
VfL Bochum – Eintracht Frankfurt 2: 0 (1: 0)
Tore: Danny Blum (3.), Sebastian Polter (90.+2)