Match day five of the German Bundesliga took place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, as part of what is called an “English Week”, or “englische Woche”. This comes from the fact that midweek league games are common in England.
The opening match of the round gave Borussia Mönchengladbach a difficult 2-0 victory over a strong, newly-promoted VfB Stuttgart side. It was made possible by a second-half Raffael brace.
Among the Tuesday evening encounters was the top four clash between Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, with a temporary league lead on the line, in case there was a winner.
Bayern number one Manuel Neuer injured himself badly in training in a way that he would not only miss the game against his former club, but also be sidelined at least until January.
Sven Ulreich took his place and the Bavarians won 3-0, while Columbian Real Madrid loanee James introduced himself to the Bayern fans in earnest with one goal and two assists.
Meanwhile,FC Augsburg, the other Bavarian club in the Bundesliga continued its march up the table by defeating RB Leipzig 1-0, due to a Michael Gregroritsch goal.
VfL Wolfsburg took on Werder Bremen in a match between struggling teams. It was the debut for new Wolves coach Martin Schmidt. His side started strongly, but could not keep it up for ninety minutes. That meant a 1-1 final score line, which may not have helped either team.
In Wednesday’s first match, 1.FC Cologne took on Eintracht Frankfurt and fell victim to a Video Assistant Referee decision for the second game running and lost 1-0. They remain last in the table with no points, also having to deal with the Europa League and the German Cup this season.
Later, Hertha BSC Berlin defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, SC Freiburg drew Hannover 96 1-1, Borussia Dortmund stormed back to the top of the Bundesliga table with a 3-0 win at Hamburger SV. Finally, TSG Hoffenheim came back from two early goals down to defeat Mainz 05 3-2.