As of Sunday evening, we have reached the halfway point of the 2017/18 German Bundesliga season. The last league round of the calendar year still had plenty of drama in store.
That said, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 victory over Hamburger SV on Friday night was relatively simple.
1.FC Cologne went an incredible 16 Bundesliga rounds in search of their first league victory of the season. But the 17th attempt, on Saturday afternoon vs. VfL Wolfsburg was finally successful by the slender margin of 1-0. Yet, their fate of relegation to the second division remains all but sealed.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen gave away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Mainz 05. The same thing happened to Eintracht Frankfurt against comeback experts Schalke 04.
SC Freiburg fell behind 1-0 to FC Augsburg in the first minute of their game. Just after the hour mark, the men from the Black Forrest were 3-1 up, only to be pegged back to 3-3 by two added-time goals.
Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason was responsible for all three Augsburg goals, while in-form Nils Petersen netted two of Freiburg’s.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich secured its third consecutive 1-0 victory in the Bundesliga.
This one was against VfB Stuttgart, thanks to a relatively late strike by Thomas Müller and an even later penalty save by Sven Ulreich (former first-choice keeper in Stuttgart and current Bayern backup, deputizing for the injured Manuel Neuer).
On Saturday evening, Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 with a late winner from US Soccer’s Player of the Year Christian Pulisic.
Sunday’s two games were quite spectacular, as Hanover 96 and Bayer Leverkusen finished 4-4 and ten-men Hertha BSC Berlin defeated RB Leipzig 3-2.
To sum up the important places in the table, Bayern is now eleven points ahead of second placed Schalke. They are followed by Dortmund and Leverkusen, while Leipzig and Gladbach round out the top six.
As for the relegation battle, the traditionally big clubs Bremen, Hamburg and Cologne are in the bottom three.