Round 9 of the Bundesliga took place this past weekend behind the backdrop of another midweek of success by the German teams involved in the European cup competitions.
While it is still extremely early in the UEFA season, seeing Bundesliga clubs have better results than those of any other league this term, is refreshing to say the least. Especially compared to the dismal situation in the same department a year ago.
Anyway, the league round started as usual with a Friday match between two teams not involved in any international competitions this season. In this case, SC Freiburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Gladbach who started the round in second place, conceded a penalty in the first few seconds of the encounter, which Freiburg’s Nils Petersen converted. Thorgan Hazard equalized also from the spot, when it was still early. Then, two second-half goals against the run of play decided the match 3-1 for Freiburg.
On Saturday afternoon, league leaders Borussia Dortmund played another dominant game against Hertha BSC Berlin, but they only drew them 2-2, after two leads by English teenager Jadon Sancho were canceled out by two equalizers from Ivorian veteran striker Salomon Kalou.
Meanwhile, FC Augsburg defeated Hanover 96 2-1, Bayern Munich beat Mainz 05 by the same score, and VfL Wolfsburg hammered Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-0.
On Saturday evening Düsseldorf’s fellow bottom dwellers VfB Stuttgart lost 4-0 to TSG Hoffenheim, as the latter scored all of their goals in twelve early second half minutes!
On Sunday 1.FC Nuremberg drew Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1, while the draw between RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 was a scoreless one.
The last match of the round provided all of the spectacle, when Bayer Leverkusen thrashed Werder Bremen 6-2 away. Bayer led 3-0 at halftime, before Bremen pegged them back to 3-2 early in the second half, then the visitors scored three more. Games like that one are a reason why we love the Bundesliga!