Round five of six took place this past midweek in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League and given most German teams’ poor starts into these competitions this season, it included some key matches for them.
Going into the week, of the teams from Germany only Bayern Munich knew that they would definitely advance to the next Champions League round. None of the rest of these clubs from either competition were yet mathematically eliminated, but most of them were on the verge of getting there.
Before playing away to AS Monaco on Tuesday night, RB Leipzig knew that FC Porto had gotten a point against Besiktas Istanbul in the other game of their group. This meant that the Bulls needed a victory in order to continue to have a real opportunity to advance further in the Champions League.
They played with complete determination from the kickoff on and led 4-1 at halftime. In the second 45 minutes, Monaco was resigned to its fate of losing the game, while Leipzig saw that there was no need to inflict more damage on the French League champions, thus the result remained unchanged.
On the final matchday, RB needs to get more points against Besiktas than Porto obtains against the already eliminated Monaco. If that unlikely scenario does not occur, they will at least be assured of a place in the next round of the Europa League.
Also on Tuesday night, Borussia Dortmund played Tottenham Hotspur and took an unlikely halftime lead, only to lose 2-1 in the end. This means that they are out of the Champions League, but still have a chance to go down to the Europa League at least.
On Wednesday Bayern defeated RSC Anderlecht 2-1 but lost Thiago and Arjen Robben to injury in the process. The German champions will almost certainly finish second in their group behind PSG, with only a theoretical chance to catch the Parisians.
The Europa League took place on Thursday, as 1.FC Cologne beat FC Arsenal 1-0 via a controversial penalty decision.
Meanwhile, Hertha Berlin was unlucky to lose 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao, as was TSG Hoffenheim in their 3-1 defeat to Sporting Braga. That means that the latter two German teams are out, while Cologne can still advance.