MD9 was the last weekend before the international break and it ended with a very big game indeed, none other than Bayern v Dortmund. For all the progress Dortmund have made this season they’re still not up to the task of directly competing with Bayern it would seem. They were humiliated, totally and completely defeated in a 5-1 rout bringing their run of seven matches unbeaten to an end. It wasn’t only first the second places team in the league going to head to head but the top scorers too, Robert Lewandowski having scored his 100th Bundesliga goal the previous weekend faced off against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who had scored in all of Dortmund’s seven league games so far. A run which he would extend to this game, scoring Dortmund’s only goal in the 36th minute, just one minute after Thomas Müller had put Bayern 2-0 up through a penalty. It wasn’t to last, there was no equaliser to follow it. Bayern restored their two goal lead just ten minutes later through Lewandowksi. Further humiliation was added by goals in the second half from Lewandowski who scored less than a minute after the start of the second half and Mario Götze who had the pleasure of scoring against his former club.
It was a bad afternoon all round for Dortmund but particularly for their keeper Roman Bürki. The last time he faced off against Bayern he was still a Freiburg player and they won the game 2-1, with the winning goal being scored by former Bayern player Nils Petersen. That day Roman Bürki was very busy indeed as you might expect, but he played excellently. As he did in reverse of the fixture just before Christmas 2014 when Freiburg lost 2-0 to Bayern at the Allianz Arena and he is the main reason why it was only two goals Freiburg conceded.
This time round he didn’t cover himself in glory. Some of his decision making was questionable to say the least and he was at fault for several of the goals. The first goal scored by Müller he made the decision to come out rushing out of his box and he paid the price for such foolishness. Even worse was the two Dortmund defenders who were there and also failed to stop Müller. It was a state of affairs which was to become very familiar by the end of the afternoon, Bürki making several more such errors. The first goal had a touch of comedy to it but the third one was just painful, Bürki looked like he had no idea where he was going. He may not be a Freiburg player anymore and I’m still kind of mad he left but none of that prevented me from feeling sorry for him in that moment. His opposite number Manuel Neuer on the other hand found himself with very little to do, especially in the second half when Dortmund no longer posed anything resembling a threat.
There was also plenty of excitement elsewhere in the league on Sunday in the first game of the day with Köln pulling off a shock 3-0 win at Schalke. The other important result that weekend was Gladbach beating Wolfsburg 2-0 and continuing their run of winning results under new coach Andre Schubert.
As pleased as I am for Köln it wasn’t the most fun I had all weekend, that came from watching Hoffenheim draw 2-2 with fellow strugglers Stuttgart. It wasn’t only a question of being a local derby but a relegation struggle as well. At the time Stuttgart were languishing in 17th with just three points and Hoffenheim not faring much better with only five points and in 15th. So far this season Hoffenheim have struggled to hold on to a lead after having squandered a lead four times this season. Though it has to be said one of those games was against Bayern and luck was involved for both sides, both in regards to Hoffenheim scoring that very freaky goal in the first minute and with Bayern getting a last minute penalty which was nothing of the sort.
They were to make similar mistakes against Stuttgart, after going 1-0 up in the 33rd minute through a penalty converted by Kevin Volland they held on to their lead until the 64th minute when joker Jan Kliment equalised. Unusually Hoffenheim were able to answer back with Volland getting another goal just 13 minutes later, but once again they were to find themselves in a very unlucky situation. For both sides had they won it would have been only their second win of the season. But it wasn’t to be for Hoffenheim, thanks to a last minute equaliser by Timo Werner. It’s a shame because Volland’s second goal was really something special and he certainly worked hard to get it, putting his pace to good use. Up until that point Stuttgart’s keeper Tyton had been having a pretty good game. Werner’s goal was also special, not because of how it was scored but simply because last minute goals like that are always special.
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