Matchday 20 of the German Bundesliga started this past Friday with an encounter of two teams with European ambitions (whether stated or unstated), as Eintracht Frankfurt took on Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The team from the country’s banking capital took the three points following a 2-0 home win thanks to goals by Kevin-Prince Boateng and Luka Jovic, as well as a penalty miss by Gladbach’s Thorgan Hazard, which would have made it 1-1 late on.
On Saturday afternoon, Bayern Munich remarkably turned an early 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 victory against TSG Hoffenheim. The Bavarians’ “Hoffe” loanee Serge Gnabry created and took an early spot kick, Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich saved that shot before Mark Uth scored from the rebound.
Gnabry scored the second goal himself, before a five-goal Munich bonanza, that was ended by Sandro Wagner, the man who came to Bayern from Hoffenheim this month.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund once again failed to win. They drew SC Freiburg 2-2 in a game in which their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played, but was merely present rather than involved. As of this writing, his transfer to Arsenal seems imminent.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig drew Hamburger SV 1-1, as did 1.FC Cologne vs. FC Augsburg.
Schalke 04 defeated VfB Stuttgart 2-0, a result which somewhat surprisingly cost Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf his job. Yes, the team’s form spiral is generally pointing downward. But they are still doing quite well for a promoted team, besides a loss to Schalke is nothing to be ashamed of.
On Saturday evening, Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC Berlin finished their game in a scoreless draw.
On Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen defended second place in the Bundesliga standings with a 2-0 victory over Mainz 05, while VfL Wolfsburg made a vital step away from the relegation zone, as they beat local rivals Hanover 96 1-0.