When it comes to match-day two, I really don’t know where to start. Four 1-1 draws in a row, only one win for a home side, the mistake by Bayern which led to them conceding a goal in nine seconds, Hoffenheim’s missed penalty which could have seen them defeat Bayern for the first time ever or Matthias Ginter’s first goal as a Dortmund player. Only the second week back and there’s already plenty of excitement despite the unusual number of draws this weekend past.
On Saturday Bayern visited Hoffenheim and nine seconds into the game saw a misplaced pass by David Alaba which led to Kevin Volland seizing upon it and putting it past Manuel Neuer. It’s funny because Volland said he wanted to surprise Bayern, or that he thought they could. He did in a way turn out to be right, hence his new name Prophet Kevin. Though I suppose he’s more of an almost prophet now but that’s not as catchy. Hoffenheim were gifted a chance to put the game to bed when Boateng was judged to have handled the ball in the box after a free kick, but the resultant penalty hit the post and was quickly cleared up by Neuer. A Thomas Müller equaliser and a late winner by Robert Lewandowski earned all three points for Bayern.
Last season it was Weidenfeller I got to make a GIF for after he made a somewhat calamitous error, though that’s not what Neuer did. He was caught by surprise but it’s not the same thing. Didn’t stop me from making not one GIF but two though. Apparently some people thought my making a GIF of Weidenfeller’s mistake last season was a little mean-spirited. Well I’m not mocking Neuer here, consider this more of a kind of historical preservation. Things like this don’t happen often and they happen even less often to Manuel Neuer.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga Darmstadt continued their impressive start with a shock 1-1 draw at Schalke. And I was pleased to see Leverkusen beating H96 1-0. In the game of the week, Stuttgart were the visitors in Hamburg and for once I was rooting for them. I don’t normally but I’d root for almost anyone against HSV. But like last week, Saturday was just not their day and as a result, just like the beginning of last season they find themselves at the wrong end of the table. Though obviously it’s early days yet, it doesn’t look good for them. But if last season is anything to go by, they’ll do just enough to scrape by and escape by the skin of their teeth. It’s worth bearing in mind what a commentator said towards the end of last season. HSV have relied upon there always being someone worse than them. Hypothetically if they were to continue improving, and with Darmstadt and Ingolstadt not looking (at least at this early stage) as definite relegation battlers, who would Stuttgart rely on to be worse and unluckier than they are right now?
After Sunday’s games, Stuttgart are in some very strange company for currently propping up the table is Borussia Mönchengladbach after their 2-1 loss to Mainz. How strange it is, a Champions League team at the foot of the table. I bet they are regretting letting Max Kruse go right about now.
The other game on Sunday was Ingolstadt v Borussia Dortmund with the visitors continuing their fantastic start under new coach Thomas Tuchel. With their three points from the victory and their better goal difference they go to the top of the table. A terrific but not exactly unexpected 4-0 win for them against newly promoted Ingolstadt, though if you to judge by the first half and the first few minutes of the second half alone, the result would be a surprise. A result made all the better by former Freiburger Matthias Ginter getting his first goal in Dortmund colours.
There was also a moment of amusement when Roman Bürki almost got into a little bit of trouble on the edge of his box but in a fashion Manuel Neuer would be proud of managed to avert the danger:
To finish, plenty of pictures, first from Bayern’s game and then some from Dortmund’s: