After a two-week international break, the German Bundesliga continued on Friday. The opening match of round 12 was between Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart.
Those are two traditionally strong teams that are currently at the wrong end of the table. Leverkusen in particular has much higher ambitions, given their strong squad and the money that they spent to buy it.
A brace from Kevin Volland gave them the much-needed 2-0 victory.
On Saturday afternoon, Bayern Munich took on Fortuna Düsseldorf. There the Bavarians continued their theme of leaking late goals. They were ahead both 2-0 and eventually 3-1, before their defense stopped play and allowed Fortuna striker Dodi Lukebakio to get the goals for an unlikely 3-3 draw.
Meanwhile, Hertha BSC Berlin and TSG Hoffenheim ended their match with the same score, and Eintracht Frankfurt demolished FC Augsburg 3-1.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund defeated Mainz 05 2-1 with a late winner from Lukasz Piszczek of all people for the current Bundesliga leaders. Jerome Roussillon also shocked RB Leipzig to give VfL Wolfsburg the 1-0 victory over the Saxons.
Then on Saturday evening, Schake 04 hammered 1.FC Nuremberg 5-2. This encounter has plenty of history, with the two sides having played and won the national championship on the regular basis, before professional leagues were established in Germany.
On Sunday, SC Freiburg drew Werder Bremen 1-1, and Borussia Mönchengladbach destroyed Hanover 96 4-1, despite the fact that American international striker Bobby Wood gave the latter a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the game.
The main topic of the Bundesliga continues to be Bayern Munich’s ongoing crisis. It has become more obvious than ever in the Düsseldorf game that the players are not doing their job, instead they are playing for coach Niko Kovač to lose his.
There is no other explanation for the Bavarians’ at times nonexistent defending, that caused them to concede three times against even that weak an opponent. Kovač has clearly lost the dressing room months ago.