After the international break, round 8 of the German Bundesliga began this past Friday night. It started with newly-promoted, traditional team VfB Stuttgart hosting the winless, crisis-ridden 1.FC Cologne.
Yet, it was the visitors who were livelier and pushed forward early on. They created chance after chance, but the same problem, the inability to score that had haunted them all season continued to stand in their way.
That paved the way for Stuttgart to come into the match. Particularly Josip Brekalo and Anastasios Donis gave the home side creativity and danger in front of goal. It was indeed the Greek international who opened the scoring just before halftime.
It stayed 1-0 until the start of a dramatic last fifteen to twenty minutes, when Dominique Heintz equalized for Cologne out of absolutely nothing. Then the visitors wanted more, pushed forward and were initially awarded a penalty kick at the end of regulation time.
But after minutes of debating with his video assistant and looking at replays of the incident multiple times, the referee decided to take back his decision. As if that were not bad enough for Cologne, Chadrac Akolo gave Stuttgart the 2-1 victory from a defected shot in the fourth minute of added time.
On Saturday afternoon Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes celebrated his third return to the club with a 5-0 victory over SC Freiburg, though not everything was as perfect for the Bavarians as the result.
Meanwhile, TSG Hoffenheim drew FC Augsburg 2-2, Schalke 04 defeated Hertha BSC Berlin 2-0, Mainz 05 beat Hamburger SV 3-2 and Eintracht Frankfurt edged out Hannover 96 2-1.
On Saturday evening, RB Leipzig handed Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund their first domestic defeat this season in a crazy game, in which both teams scored in the first ten minutes both, scored another goal from the penalty spot and both were reduced to ten men.
On Sunday VfL Wolfsburg came back from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach easily defeated lowly Werder Bremen 2-0.
The results this weekend made the Bundesliga exciting again, especially at the very top.