The German teams involved in the European club competitions played a memorable matchday four on the continent this week. After years of mediocrity on the international club stage, the results this time around were quite noteworthy overall.
It began on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, when RB Leipzig defeated Russian title holders Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0, thanks to goals by Diego Demme and Marcel Sabitzer. With the victory, the Bulls remain on top of their group, with the Round of 16 in sight.
Later that evening, Borussia Dortmund came back from 2-0 down at halftime to beat inter Milan 3-2. That puts BVB into second place of a difficult and tight group that also includes Barcelona and Slavia Prague.
From the Champions League highlight match of the week in terms of German teams, we go to the most boring of those four matches: Bayern Munich defeated Olympiakos Piraeus 2-0, despite yet another lackluster performance. On the bright side, the Bavarians have secured their spot in the Round of 16 with this win.
Later that Wednesday night Bayer Leverkusen overcame Atletico Madrid 2-1, to complete the perfect UCL record for German teams this week.
In doing so, the Werkself picked up its first points in the group and has much work to do to even move into a Europa League spot for the spring.
Speaking of that competition, its day was Thursday as usual. In terms of Bundesliga sides there, Eintracht Frankfurt lost 2-1, to Standard Liege in dramatic fashion with the decisive goal coming deep into added time, just after the Eagles had missed a chance of their own to win.
As for VfL Wolfsburg, they lost to a Belgian side too, falling 3-1 at home to KAA Gent.
Late in the evening Borussia Mönchengladbach celebrated a major 2-1 victory over AS Roma with a Marcus Thuram goal in the last minute of stoppage time.
These results mean that no Bundesliga side is mathematically eliminated from continental play yet. Most are actually on course to advance to the knockout stages.