Almost all of the German teams involved in UEFA club competitions can say that they had a successful matchday 5 of the group stage this past week.
It started on Tuesday evening as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Locomotive Moscow 2-0 in the Champions League. With this result, the fourth-place finishers of last season’s Bundesliga secured a better head-to head result against the Russians and with it the minimum of a Europa League spot for the spring.
Leverkusen also has a small chance of continuing on in the Round of 16 of the UCL, which is amazing considering the fact that they lost their opening three matches in the group.
Later that evening, Bayern Munich trashed Red Star Belgrade 6-0. Their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski contributed four goals in less than 15 second half minutes to that victory. It ensures that the Bavarians win their group with ease.
That brings us to the only truly negative result for German teams this past week. On Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund had little chance against Barcelona, ultimately losing 3-1. This defeat brings Lucien Favre’s team in danger of missing the Round of 16, and their coach more and more in danger of losing his job.
At that same time, RB Leipzig was able to celebrate their first entry into the Round of 16 of the Champions League. It is a remarkable achievement given that ten years ago, the club was in the fifth tier of German soccer, after having just been founded.
The 2-2 draw against Benfica Lisbon that they needed in order to so, was also a difficult task, given the fact that they were 2-0 down until the 90th minute, before an Emil Forsberg brace saved them.
The German teams involved in Thursday’s Europa League play won all three of their games, but the way they accomplished that was far from perfect.
VfL Wolfsburg was lucky to beat PFK Oleksandrija of Ukraine 1-0 securing them a place in the competitions’ Round of 32. Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Wolfsberger AC from Austria by the same score, bringing them close to the knockout stage as well.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal from 1-0 down was a true highlight that gives them good chances to also advance.