Round 13 of the German Bundesliga took place from this past Friday to Monday. It began after the first rather bad week in Europe this season for German teams. Despite that, the picture there was far from all negative. The overall two wins in all were emphatic.
Beyond that, the overall situation for Bundesliga teams involved in continental competitions remains quite good. In the UEFA Champions League, three of four teams from Germany will reach the Round of 16, while in the UEFA Europa League, at least two of three of such teams will reach the Round of 32.
In the domestic league, Friday night’s game was between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Mainz 05. That match between two sides that usually do not control the play, ended 1-0 to Mainz.
On Saturday afternoon, Borussia Dortmund extended its lead at the top of the table by overcoming SC Freiburg 2-0.
VfB Stuttgart coach Markus Weinzierl celebrated a special victory with his team over FC Augsburg, the team where his top-flight career began and where he had the most success. The match ended 1-0.
Elsewhere, defending champions Bayern Munich celebrated their first Bundesliga win in what feels like an eternity, after beating Werder Bremen 2-1. While their game was still far from perfect, it at least resembled the Bavarians of the past six seasons.
Hertha BSC Berlin ended its bad run of form by defeating Hanover 96 2-0.
On Saturday evening, TSG Hoffenheim drew Schalke 04 1-1 via one converted second half penalty each.
Sunday was a day of surprises as RB Leipzig beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0, thanks to a Timo Werner brace, and VfL Wolfsburg shocked Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1.
On Monday evening, 1.FC Nuremberg took on Bayer Leverkusen under unplayable conditions of buckets of rain. Yet, for some strange reason, the league, referee Bibiana Steinhaus and her assistants all decided to go ahead with the game. This gave the technically inferior Nuremberg side an advantage and an unlikely point, after the 1-1 draw.