Matchday 10 of the Bundesliga season took place this past weekend, after the second round of the German Cup had been played the Tuesday and Wednesday before that.
The Cup was somewhat short on surprises, but certainly not on drama.SC Paderborn was the only Third Division team that prevailed. The few second-tier teams that advanced to the Round of 16, did so in games against teams from the same division, or as in one case against a Third Division team.
The two winless teams in the Bundesliga, namely 1.FC Cologne and Werder Bremen surprisingly advanced in cup play with impressive victories against fellow sides in the top-tier.
The only game that went all the way to penalty kicks was the headliner of the round, RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich, where the Bavarians emerged victorious.
Sunday’s round of 16 draw produced the following matchups to be played in December: Mainz 05 vs. VfB Stuttgart,1.FC Nuremberg vs. VfL Wolfsburg, Bayern vs. Borussia Dortmund ,1.FC Heidenheim vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Bremen vs. SC Freiburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen, Paderborn vs. FC Ingolstadt and Schalke 04 vs. Cologne.
In the Bundesliga itself, Mainz drew Frankfurt 1-1, Gladbach defeated TSG Hoffenheim 3-1, Hertha BSC Berlin beat Hamburger SV 2-1.
Meanwhile, Schalke drew Wolfsburg 1-1, Leverkusen left Cologne winless in the league by defeating them 2-1. Hannover 96 shocked Dortmund 4-2, while Bayern later beat Leipzig 2-0. The latter two scores put the Munich side on top of the league, three points ahead of Dortmund who hosts them next Saturday.
Lastly, FC Augsburg crushed Bremen 3-0 and Stuttgart did likewise to Freiburg.
Werder Bremen’s defeat prompted them to unsurprisingly sack their coach Alexander Nouri on Monday. The club’s U-23 team boss Florian Kohfeldt will take the first team job on an interim basis, but long-term candidates’ names are already being floated in the press.
The most spectacular among them is Bremen’s last successful and longtime coach Thomas Schaaf. The next days and perhaps weeks will show whether that nostalgic solution is what the Werder bosses want.