As interesting and positive as Thursday’s decisions by the governing body of European soccer UEFA were, namely to give referees video assistant help, effective from next season, and to let Germany host EURO 2024; we will focus on the Bundesliga action from this midweek here instead.
On Tuesday, Hertha BSC Berlin opened round 5 away to Werder Bremen, with the opportunity to go top of the league table. Their failure to accomplish this was largely due to another strong showing by their opponents.
Werder started the season quite well too and beat Berlin 3-1, thus climbing above them into second place for the night.
Later that evening, it was time for Bayern Munich’s first home match of the local Oktoberfest period. The opposition was fellow Bavarian team FC Augsburg.
After a scoreless (though by no means uneventful) first half, Arjen Robben gave the Bundesliga champions the lead early in the second stanza. But the home side failed to add a second goal, and so Felix Götze (brother of Mario) equalized toward the end, for the 1-1 final score.
The irony about this was twofold. Felix Götze had gone through the Bayern youth system and the reserve team before switching to his current club and, Augsburg, who had lost so many points due to goalkeeping errors this season, profited from one by Manuel Neuer at the other end this time.
Elsewhere, TSG Hoffenhem defeated Hanover 96 3-1, as SC Freiburg beat Schalke 04 1-0, to keep the latter pointless this season.
On Wednesday, the early match was another local derby. In it, Bayer Leverkusen overcame Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-1.
Later, Borussia Dortmund smashed 1.FC Nuremberg 7-0, RB Leipzig defeated VfB Stuttgart 2-0, Borussia Mönchengladbach took care of Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1, and the encounter between Mainz 05 and VfL Wolfsburg ended in a rare Bundesliga scoreless draw.