Two weeks down in the German top tier, so let’s recap what happened!
– Schalke 1-1 Bayern Munich
The champs were held to one point by the miners. Playing in a warped 4-2-2-2 (cheers, Pep), Bayern struck first behind new boy Robert Lewandowski; his 10th minute strike opened his Munich scoring account. Just after the hour, though, newer new boy Xabi Alonso – playing hilariously deep but acquitting himself quite nicely – tried a clearance off the line that bounced in off Benedikt Howedes. Sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer appealed for a handball, but no dice. Speaking of Neuer, he did this late in the first half:
– Augsburg 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund were ahead 2-0 inside 15 minutes, and 3-0 with a dozen minutes to play, but Augsburg staged a furious rally to nearly receive a share of the spoils. Marco Reus was…well, Marco Reus: he scored the opener (see below; watch it several times), and assisted on another, registering four shots and six key passes in all. Adrian Ramos opened his Dortmund scoring account by bagging the team’s third goal. Two subs – Raul Bobadilla and Tim Matavz, both inserted after the hour – scored Augsburg’s goals.
– Leverkusen 4-2 Hertha BSC
It’s been a good week for Bayer Leverkusen. They secured placement in the Champions League, were drawn into a group they can certainly win, and beat this Berlin side in an entertaining fixture. There FIVE second-half goals in this one, including all four of Leverkusen’s tallies. Karim “I can score in nine seconds” Bellarabi scored once on eight shots (four on target), while Hakan Calhanoglu registered two assists, completed five take-ons, and hit the woodwork. Overall, Leverkusen accounted for 21 of the 24 shots in the game.
– Wolfsburg 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
After Naldo’s opener 15 minutes in, Frankfurt equalized through a Sebastian Jung own goal (seriously, what is it with the own goals? There was one in the Leverkusen game, too). Max Arnold thought he had won it for the hosts 11 minutes from time, but along came Vaclav Kadlec, who secured the draw one minute after entering the game in the 84th minute. Kevin de Bruyne, whom you may remember for carving up the USMNT in Brazil, was probably the best player in this one: 67 touches, one assist, five chances created, four take-ons, and a couple shots.
– Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim
FIRMINOOOOOO scored first 20 minutes in, but Bremen’s Alejandro Gálvez equalized one minute from the hour. Draw.
Stuttgart 0-2 Cologne, HSV 0-3 Paderborn, Mainz 0-0 Hannover 96, Freiburg 0-0 Gladbach.