Bundesliga compact: BVB leaders thanks to Haaland double pack – Hertha wins when Bobic returns

Thanks to a double pack from comebacker Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund has secured the Bundesliga lead for at least one night. In the home game against Mainz 05 in front of 67,000 spectators at Signal Iduna Park, BVB won 2-1 (1-0). Marco Reus with a sharp left-foot shot from the edge of the box (3rd) and Haaland with a hand penalty (54th) and last-minute hits (90th + 4) scored the goals in Dortmund’s third competitive game victory in a row. Jonathan Burkardt scored a late goal for Mainz (87.) With 18 points from eight games, BVB now occupies two points ahead of FC Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the league Meet in a duel, be pushed back from first place. Mainz is in tenth place with ten points.


In the starting line-up, coach Marco Rose relied on top scorer Haaland, who made his comeback after a forced break from three games due to a thigh contusion. However, the 21-year-old superstar was unable to set any accents for long stretches against the compact back team from Mainz – until he turned a penalty after a handball by Silvan Widmer with a forceful shot in the middle. When the Mainz stormed forward in stoppage time, Haaland executed for the second time. It was Haaland’s number eight and nine goals of the season.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Hertha BSC 1: 2 (0: 1)

Hertha BSC sweetens managing director Fredi Bobic the return to his ex-club. At Eintracht Frankfurt, the capital city club wins 2-1 (1-0) and celebrates a break in the table cellar. With the third win of the season, the Herthaners (nine points) overtake the SGE (eight), which slips to 14th place – and back into the earnings crisis that was believed to be left behind with the first win of the season at Bayern (2: 1). The Berlin team took an early lead through Marco Richter (7th), who nodded a Darida cross at the right place on the inn post. In the 62nd minute, Joker Jurgen Ekkelenkamp then hits the ball for the first time to make it 2-0. Goncalo Paciencia (78th) made another exciting final phase with his follow-up goal from a penalty, after which the guests were still able to cheer.

Union Berlin – VfL Wolfsburg 2: 0 (0: 0)

The VfL Wolfsburg winless series continues. At Union Berlin, the Lower Saxony lost 2-0 (0-0) and thus the third game in a row. After the perfect start with four wins from the first four games, VfL could not win another game and is passed through in the table, now occupying sixth place behind opponents Union Berlin, who thanks to the goal by Taiwo Awoniyi (49th) in place five climbs. Wolfsburg coach Mark van Bommel had tried it in the starting line-up without striker Wout Weghorst and did not replace his Dutch compatriot until the 68th minute. The game was decided by a different joker: Sheraldo Becker headed to (2-0) around ten minutes after his substitution and secured the third Union win in a row.

SC Freiburg won a point against RB Leipzig in their competitive debut in the new Europa-Park Stadium and is the only Bundesliga team to remain unbeaten. Christian Streich’s team initially fell behind in front of 20,000 spectators in the new arena due to a foul penalty converted by Emil Forsberg (32nd), but fought back thanks to a header from Woo-yeong Jeong (64th). Due to the 1: 1 (0: 1), the SCF remains fourth in the table, level on points with Bayern and Leverkusen, in the top group of the league. RB Leipzig around the new coach Jesse Marsch is still lagging behind its own claims and is stuck in midfield as eighth in the table.

Big points for VfL Bochum: In the duel of the newly promoted, the Ruhrpott-Klub prevailed 1-0 at SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The goal of the day was scored by Anthony Losilla with a head after a free kick by Eduard Löwen (80th). The importance of the game was clearly noticeable to both teams, which occupied the two relegation places before the match day. Due to the late success, VfL jumps to the non-relegation position 15. The Fürth remain without a win in the eighth league game in a row and are still beaten last with only one point.