Match day seven in the German Bundesliga began last Friday with the encounter between Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen. It was not a special match, particularly when one considers what these two teams have done in the recent past and what they should have the ability to do now.
The game ended 1-1, with Leon Goretzka and Leon Bailey scoring the goals for their respective teams.
There were plenty of goals and drama in the Saturday afternoon games. Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Hannover 96 2-1 in added time, while Eintracht Frankfurt did the same to VfB Stuttgart. Eintracht was even down to ten men in the process.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund was quite lucky to defeat FC Augsburg 2-1 away and thus further its gap at the top of the Bundesliga.
VfL Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt faced his former team Mainz 05 for the first time since getting sacked there after last season. The game ended 1-1.
The Saturday evening game was the fixture with the most tradition in league history: the Northern Derby between Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen. Both teams have fallen on hard times, however. This is true both on and off the field. That did not stop reporters from hyping up the game before kickoff.
The match itself was predictably passionate and had-fought, but just as predictably, it lacked offensive fire power and it is no surprise that it finished scoreless.
The three Sunday games put plenty of offensive fire power on display.
TSG Hoffenheim took the early lead against SC Freiburg, but conceded two goals soon after that. After Freiburg added a third towards the end, it finished 3-2.
In the second match of the day, Bayern Munich failed to win yet again, after having had a 2-0 lead, as Hertha BSC Berlin made it 2-2.
This was the first game under Bayern interim coach Willy Sagnol and as of this writing, there is still no sign that the club has found a full-time solution for the job.
Meanwhile, 1.FC Cologne’s struggles continued after a 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig. It was an amazing match, after which RBL coach Ralph Hasenhüttl was quoted as saying that it could have ended 8-8.
The Bundesliga will now go on a break for World Cup qualifying.