Round 6 of the German Bundesliga went from this past Friday to Sunday and provided plenty of goals, drama and ultimately a new team at the top of the league table.
The prerequisite for the lead change in the top flight of Germany was fulfilled on Friday evening, in that country’s capital. There, the local surprise team Hertha BSC Berlin defeated record champions Bayern Munich 2-0.
Vedad Ibišević and Ondrej Duda scored the goals for the home side. While Jerome Boateng was unlucky in the leadup to both of them, he alone is not to blame for the Bavarians’ first loss of the season. The whole team was unusually out of balance.
Hertha drew level on points in the Bundesliga table with Bayern due to the victory, but they remain behind Munich on goal difference.
On Saturday afternoon, last year’s runners-up Schalke 04 got their first points of the season, with a 1-0 victory over Mainz 05.
TSG Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann and his team lost 2-1 to the former’s future employers RB Leipzig.
Meanwhile, Werder Bremen missed its opportunity to go top of the league on Saturday, by also losing 2-1 to VfB Stuttgart. That despite the fact that Schwaben keeper Ron-Robert Zieler placed the ball comically into his own net, after a VfB throw-in back to him for the 1-1 equalizer!
Elsewhere, VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach drew 2-2, and 1.FC Nuremberg beat Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-0.
On Saturday evening, Borussia Dortmund came back from 2-0 down at halftime to Bayer Leverkusen to beat them 4-2 and go top of the league.
On Sunday, both matches ended 4-1 (Eintracht Frankfurt over Hanover 96 and FC Augsburg over SC Freiburg). Each of the games featured a heroic comeback by a previously injured player.
In Frankfurt, it was Ante Rebić, and in Augsburg it was man of the round Alfred Finnbogason.
The results mean that Hanover is the only winless team left in the Bundesliga.