Bundesliga Roundup: Week 3


    -After a two-week hiatus due to international fixtures, the Bundesliga returned to action, which means one thing: roundup! Let’s get straight to the biggest story of this round, and that is the return of Shinji Kagawa to Signal Iduna Park for his second stint with Borussia Dortmund. The Japanese superstar couldn’t have asked for a better return, assisting Adrián Ramos’s goal and then getting on the score sheet himself in a 3-1 win against Freiburg. Dortmund will host Arsenal on Tuesday in the opening fixture of Group D.

    -Next up, an entertaining 3-3 draw between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen. Tin Jedvaj scored an incredible goal to get things going and Leverkusen continued to threaten during the first half before poor defensive play lead to Werder equalizing through Fins Bartels. After the break, former Chelsea man Franco Di Santo gave the visitors the lead. Two minutes later, Leverkusen were back on level terms through a Hakan Çalhanoglu free kick. THEN, a dozen minutes after coming on, substitute Heung-Min Son registered his first goal of the season to give the home side the advantage. However, Leverkusen’s defense would let them down once again when Bremen’s Sebastien Prodl equalized again after being found unmarked by substitute Nils Peterson. Leverkusen are away to Monaco this week.

    -Bayern Munich convincingly beat Stuttgart 2-0 as Xabi Alonso produced another man of the match performance in midfield. Mario Gotze and the returning Franck Ribéry grabbed the goals for the defending German champs. Sadly, the victory was marred by a serious thigh injury suffered by Holger Badstuber, who had just come back from a 20-month injury layoff. Badstuber is set to be out for a long period, as he will require surgery to heal his latest problem. Bayern will stay in Germany this week, as they host Manchester City on Wednesday.

    -To wrap up the rest of the weekend’s action: Borussia Mönchengladbach put FC Schalke to the sword via a 4-1 scoreline in Max Kruse’s return to action, Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg played out a 1-1 draw, Mainz thrashed Hertha Berlin 3-1 at the Olympiastadion, FC Augsburg secured a 1-0 win away to Eintracht Frankfurt, Paderborn and FC Köln drew 0-0, and finally, Hannover 96 beat Hamburger SV 2-0, which resulted in Mirko Slomka’s dismissal from the former European champions.

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