Matchday eleven of the German Bundesliga started last Friday, with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting the still winless Werder Bremen. The visitors’ coaching change earlier in the week seemed to have made a positive impact from the start. Yet it was the home team that came away lucky winners in the end.
It was quite an entertaining match in which the teams traded one beautiful goal each, before both keepers started making a number of spectacular saves close to halftime. The second 45 minutes were less eventful, until Sebastien Haller scored the game-winner for Frankfurt near the end, 2-1!
On Saturday afternoon, RB Leipzig came from behind to beat Hannover 96 by the same score with two goals within the last twenty minutes.
Meanwhile, Schalke 04 pushed itself into the top four by defeating SC Freiburg 1-0. Borussia Mönchengladbach drew Mainz 05 1-1, as did FC Augsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen.
Hamburger SV, known as the “dinosaur” of the Bundesliga roared back to life by overcoming VfB Stuttgart by a score of 3-1.
On Saturday evening, it was time for “Der Klassiker”, the encounter between Germany’s two most decorated clubs since the mid-1990s, namely Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
It was a great match in which the Bavarians came out 3-1 on top. The score could just as easily have been 6-3 in their favor.
On a personal note, there are very few more amazing feelings in the life of a Bayern fan, than seeing the stadium in Dortmund filled with over 80,000 supporters in stunned silence and hearing only the happy songs of the few traveling Bayern fans at the away end!
Since Jupp Heynckes has returned as coach to Munich, he has turned five-point deficit to Dortmund into an amazing six-point lead (although Leipzig is now second with four points behind Bayern).
Sunday offered two remarkable games as well, in which TSG Hoffenheim beat 1.FC Cologne 3-0 and VfL Wolfsburg drew Hertha BSC Berlin 3-3.
The Bundesliga will continue after the upcoming international break.