This past weekend has been unusually eventful in terms of football/soccer. That is why I will write about the matches I watched in a personalized post, rather than give the usual brief overview of the latest round of German Bundesliga action, although the BL will play a major role here too.
I also know that besides the occasional interview, my readership enjoys my personal views on the Beautiful Game the most. Lastly, since I covered the Women’s World Cup draw in the previous post, I will only focus on events in the men’s game here.
My football/soccer weekend began on Friday evening with the opening encounter of the Bundesliga’s round 14. Werder Bremen took on Fortuna Düsseldorf. Despite the former’s dominance of the first 45 minutes, and an early 1-0 lead, a penalty by Dodi Lukebakio made the halftime score an unbelievable 1-1.
Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt’s second-half substitutes then decided the one-sided game 3-1 in their favor. American teenager Josh Sargent was among them, scoring Bremen’s third on his Bundesliga debut. This keeps Werder near the European places in the table.
On Saturday afternoon, I watched Bayern Munich’s best league performance in months, as they took apart 1.FC Nuremberg 3-0. That evening, I saw Hertha BSC Berlin defeat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 in an uneventful game.
Since my move abroad last year, following Atlanta United FC was not always easy, due to the time difference.
But thanks to Eurosport’s coverage of Major League Soccer, I could watch a recording their MLS Cup final triumph (2-0 over the Portland Timbers) when I woke up on Sunday morning.
I am happy that the team from the city I spent most of my life just outside of has won this title in just its second season of existence. Hopefully they can keep most of their star players from leaving to the top European leagues for a while longer.
Other Sunday games included the 1-1 draw between Mainz 05 and Hanover 96, which was surprisingly interesting, despite these two teams not exactly being known as quality Bundesliga sides.
Later, Borussia Mönchengladbach demolished VfB Stuttgart 3-0, in a match that for the longest time seemed like it would end scoreless.
The South American Copa Libertadores final, in which River Plate outlasted Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra time wrapped up my weekend of the Beautiful Game.