There was a mixed bag of results for the German teams involved in UEFA club competitions this past week.
It all began on Tuesday with that unbelievable 7-2 victory by Bayern Munich, away to last season’s finalists Tottenham Hotspur.
One could use any number of superlative phrases, to attempt to describe the Bavarians’ triumph on that magical night in North London. Yet, it was not all “peaches and cream” early on, as Spurs started the better of the two sides.
Heung-Min Son gave his team the 1-0 lead, before Joshua Kimmich equalized almost immediately. Following that, the Bundesliga record champions found a way into the match. The magnificent Robert Lewandowski scored the first of his two goals of the night, just before halftime.
The second 45 minutes turned out to be the Serge Gnabry show. The former Arsenal man scored all of his first four Champions League goals in that game. (Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored the remaining goal to make it 4-2 at the time.)
None of the other German teams had anywhere near such great games. Bayer Leverkusen played Juventus Turin at the same time, and had no chance against the Italian champions, losing 3-0, despite having had a majority of the possession.
Borussia Dortmund took on Slavia Prague at Wednesday’s early kickoff time. They beat the Czech champions 2-0, with an unlikely brace from Achraf Hakimi.
Later on, RB Leipzig fell 2-0 to Olympique Lyon, due to two defensive blunders as well as bad finishing at the other end.
Thursday was Europa League day for a trio of German teams. Borussia Mönchengladbach drew 1-1 against Istanbul Basaksehir, thanks to an added time equalizer by Patrick Hermann, as VfL Wolfsburg achieved that same result at AS St. Etienne.
In the late game that day, Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Vitoria Guimaraes 1-0 in a mostly bad game. Overall, many German representatives must improve quickly, if they are to remain in Europe after the group stages.