Has the race for the German championship been decided on matchday 28 of the Bundesliga? FC Bayern seems unstoppable on the way to their tenth title in a row, also because pursuers Borussia Dortmund slip up once again. While the Munich team clearly won 4-1 at SC Freiburg, BVB lost just as clearly 4-1 to RB Leipzig in a sold-out stadium. Bayern’s lead is now nine points with just six games left.
Marco Rose: “We slowed ourselves down”
“We made a few simple mistakes too many,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose after his team’s defeat at Sky. “It was an extremely bitter result at the end. We wanted to gain momentum for the final stages of the season but now we’ve slowed ourselves down.” BVB – driven by 81,365 fans – was initially the stronger team, but missed the deserved lead. Leipzig, on the other hand, scored with the first and second shots on goal.
“They basically make two goals out of nothing,” said Dortmund’s defense chief Mats Hummels in the Sky interview. “It was a victory in terms of effectiveness and the exploitation of chances. It wasn’t 4-1 in terms of performance.” The bottom line was that dissatisfaction and the realization that something has to change if you really want to achieve higher goals.
Bayern change error causes excitement
After the final whistle, Bayern was not primarily concerned with victory, but with a mistake in substitution, which initially caused an eight-minute break during the game and then caused a lot of confusion. With the score at 3:1, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann brought on Marcel Sabitzer and Niklas Süle for Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman in the 86th minute. However, since the old shirt number of Coman was displayed on the board with 29 instead of 11, the Frenchman stayed on the field and Bayern were on the field with twelve players for 17 seconds. “I noticed that Niklas Süle comes in and no one goes out,” SC defender Nico Schlotterbeck told Sky TV. Schlotterbeck drew referee Christian Dingert’s attention to this, the game was interrupted, the error determined and corrected.
The game between Bayern and Freiburg was interrupted for eight minutes after the mistake made by Munich
It remains to be seen whether this violation of the rules will have any consequences. SC Freiburg has 48 hours to lodge a protest. However, there were initially no signs of this. “I don’t understand this objection. I firmly assume that we shouldn’t and don’t have to lodge an objection. I firmly assume that there are rules,” said SC coach Christian Streich. According to this set of rules, consequences for the game rating are not very likely, since nothing game-changing happened during the short majority.
Bayer Leverkusen consolidated third place
With a narrow 2-1 win, Bayer Leverkusen came one step closer to their goal for the season, qualifying for the Champions League. The Werkself could have won much more, but the attackers around the recovered goalscorer Patrik Schick, who came on half an hour before the end, missed many chances. At Hertha, the new coach Felix Magath sat on the bench for the first time after surviving the corona infection. Magath took the defeat relatively calmly: “Ultimately we didn’t fight enough in the first half and were too passive,” he said. “We tried to play along, which had to go wrong because Bayer are obviously the better team.”
Leverkusen attacker Karim Bellarabi is happy about his 2-0 lead and three points for his team
Leverkusen now have 51 points and are six points ahead of fifth place. Just like Freiburg, a second pursuer lost with TSG Hoffenheim. TSG lost 2-1 to VfL Bochum at home and ended up sixth in the table with 44 points. Freiburg has one point more and is fifth. Behind them, Union Berlin collected important points in the fight for a place in the European Cup on Friday evening. The Unioner prevailed 1-0 against 1. FC Köln. Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi took advantage of a bad pass from Jonas Hector and scored his twelfth goal of the season.
Augsburg with Big Point, summer strong
FC Augsburg can feel like winners in the narrow relegation zone, collecting three important points with a 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg and making a small leap up in the table. The Augsburgers are 14th and now have 29 points on their account and also have a catch-up game against FSV Mainz 05 in hand. Behind FCA is VfB Stuttgart (27 points), who in the relegation duel with 16th Arminia Bielefeld (26) did not get more than 1-1. Hertha BSC also has 26 points in 17th place.
Dark green wall in the Borussia goal: Goalkeeper Yann Sommer keeps (almost) everything against Mainz
Eintracht Frankfurt experienced a frustrating afternoon. In the 0-0 draw against bottom-placed Greuther Fürth, Frankfurt shot 21 times at the opposing goal, but were still unable to score. Mainz are also desperate – because of Gladbach’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer. The Swiss national keeper saved his Borussia 1-1 with several outstanding saves.
The 28th Bundesliga matchday at a glance:
SC Freiburg – FC Bayern Munich 1: 4 (0: 0)
Tore: 0-1 Goretzka (58′), 1-1 Petersen (63′), 1-2 Gnabry (73′), 1-3 Coman (82′), 1-4 Sabitzer (90’+6′)
Borussia Dortmund – RB Leipzig 1: 4 (0: 2)
Tore: 0:1 Laimer (21.), 0:2 Laimer (30.), 0:3 Nkunku (57.), 1:3 Grind (84.), 1:4 Olmo (86.)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Hertha BSC 2: 1 (2: 1)
Tore: 1:0 Alario (35.), 2:0 Bellarabi (40.), 2:1 Darida (42.)
TSG Hoffenheim – VfL Bochum 1: 2 (0: 1)
Tore: 0: 1 Asano (28.), 1: 1 Raum (54.), 1: 2 Asano (59.)
Eintracht Frankfurt – SpVgg Greuther Furth 0:0
Arminia Bielefeld – VfB Stuttgart 1: 1 (0: 1)
Tore: 0: 1 Kalajdzic (25th / hand penalty), 1: 1 Kruger (59th)
1. FC Union Berlin – 1. FC Cologne 1-0 (0-0)
Tore: 1:0 Awoniyi (49.)
FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg 3:0 (1:0)
Tore: 1-0 Iago (1st), 2-0 Niederlechner (62nd), 3-0 Pedersen (69th)
Borussia Monchengladbach – FSV Mainz 05 1: 1 (1: 0)
Tore: 1:0 Embolo (33.), 1.1 Onisiwo (73.)