Round two of the 2018/19 German Bundesliga season took place this past weekend. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system remained a common topic of controversy this time too, though neither as much nor as negatively as it was last week.
As for me, I remain a firm supporter of VAR, although I grant its critics the point that the referees in Germany have yet to implement the system in a clear and timely manner. Officials reviewing plays takes longer than it should, and they do not indicate what they are reviewing, or why.
That said, I still find other criticisms of VAR, such as that it ruins the game, or deprives it of key human elements to be beyond nonsensical.
As for the matches, they started on a negative note Friday night, after more than fifty encounters between Hanover 96 and Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga 1 this was the first of them that ended scoreless, though there was no lack of entertainment. The 96s simply managed to deny Dortmund.
On Saturday afternoon, TSG Hoffenheim defeated SC Freiburg 3-1 in a matchup of round 1 losers. VfL Wolfsburg shocked Bayer Leverkusen by the same score, while Werder Bremen edged out ten-men Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1
Elsewhere, FC Augsburg was denied a perfect start to its season by Borussia Mönchengladbach with a 1-1 draw. 1.FC Nuremberg vs. Mainz 05 finished with the same score.
On Saturday evening, Bayern Munich stormed to the top of the league with a 3-0 hammering of VfB Stuttgart in the southern classic.
On Sunday, RB Leipzig was lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against league newcomers Fortuna Düsseldorf, while Hertha BSC Berlin defeated Schalke 04 2-0.
Bayern leads the Bundesliga due to these results, though Wolfsburg and Hertha surprisingly only trail them on goal difference. Heavyweights Stuttgart, Leverkusen and Schalke join Freiburg with no points, while Leipzig only has one. The league now has a two-week break due to the UEFA Nations League.