German soccer had plenty to offer in the last few days, both on and off the field. The Bundesliga weekend was certainly front and center as far as that was concerned.
On Friday evening Bayer Leverkusen handed VfB Stuttgart their first home defeat of the season thanks to their cleverness and an amazing performance from their goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The final score was 2-0, which temporarily put Bayer into the top four.
On Saturday afternoon, RB Leipzig gave away a lead twice, to draw Mainz 05 2-2. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0, as Arturo Vidal took his team’s only real chance of the game.
The latter two results combined mean that the Bavarians are already fall champions, which simply means that will spend the winter break at the top of the table.
Elsewhere, Hamburger SV tied VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 and Borussia Dortmund’s downward trend continued in their 2-1 home loss to Werder Bremen.
This had the consequence that a day later, coach Peter Bosz was sacked and immediately replaced with former 1.FC Cologne boss Peter Stöger. Rumor has it that BVB already talked to Stöger in the offseason after having fired Thomas Tuchel, as the former was still successfully active in Germany’s fourth-largest city.
On Saturday evening, tied Schalke 04 1-1, thanks to an unlucky Jannik Vestergaard own-goal. But that was enough to put both these teams into the top four.
On a snowy Sunday across Germany, Cologne let slide a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to SC Freiburg and is therefore still waiting for its first Bundesliga win of the season.
Hannover 96 also beat TSG Hoffenheim 2-0, while Hertha BSC Berlin drew with FC Augsburg 1-1.
On Monday afternoon, the draws of both UEFA club competitions took place.
The only Bundesliga representative left in the Champions League, Bayern Munich was drawn against Besiktas Istanbul in the Round of 16 there.
In the Europa League Round of 32, Borussia Dortmund will play Atalanta Bergamo, while RB Leipzig faces SSC Napoli.