Posted in Fußball, Germany, Manuel Neuer
Tagged 1860 München, Bayern Munich, Darmstadt, DFB Pokal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Erzgebirge Aue, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, RB Leipzig, Thomas Müller, Unterhaching, VfL Wolfsburg
After the craziness of the “die englische Woche” it was business as usual for the Bundesliga, at least as far as Bayern were concerned. They followed up their midweek demolition of Wolfsurg with a routine 3-0 win over Mainz, Robert Lewandowksi in the process netting his 100th goal. Elsewhere Stuttgart were not able to build on their midweek win against H96, up against a newly resurgent Gladbach they were unlucky. Going 1-0 down and then scoring an own goal just three minutes later. Meanwhile Gladbach continued what’s becoming something of a tradition for them these days, they conceded yet another penalty, the eighth of the season they’ve given away. Daniel Ginzcek successfully converted the penalty but despite their many efforts, they couldn’t find the equaliser. Gladbach put the game to bed in the 90th minute with a goal from Raffael, up until that point anything was possible. The third goal was just cruel, they didn’t deserve that but then in football as in life people rarely get what they deserve. It wasn’t for lack of trying but that’s no doubt of little comfort to perpetually unlucky Stuttgart, if it can go wrong it will as far as they are concerned.
Fellow strugglers Hoffenheim had a better weekend than they did, after drawing 1-1 with Dortmund midweek, they beat Augsburg 1-3. A strange set of results on MD6, several of the results mirroring each other, the pattern only being interrupted by Dortmund’s surprise 2-2 with Darmstadt on Sunday. Just a week previous they beat Leverkusen 3-0 but they couldn’t find their way past newly promoted Darmstadt. They went down 1-0 in the 17th minute thanks to a goal from Marcel Heller. They did retake the lead eventually in the second half thanks to two goals from Aubameyang but Darmstadt did not make it easy for them, nor did they show any signs of being discouraged and their persistence was rewarded with a 90th minute equaliser from Aytac Sulu. A very exciting end to the weekend’s action, though it’s no doubt not the result Dortmund wanted in light of them facing Bayern the weekend after.
Videos and pictures:
Mainz v Bayern highlights
Stuttgart v Gladbach highlights
Bremen v Leverkusen highlights
Dortmund v Darmstadt highlights
Posted in Fußball, Germany
Tagged Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bundesliga, FSV Mainz, Manuel Neuer, Matthias Ginter, Philipp Lahm, Robert Lewandowski, Roman Bürki, Thomas Müller, Vfb Stuttgart
If MD5 was a little quiet, MD6 was anything but. It could with much justification be christened the week of Lewandowski thanks to his incredible feat of scoring five goals in eleven minutes. After a fairly quiet first half in which Wolfsburg managed to prevent them from having any real chances, Bayern brought on Lewandowski at half-time and the rest is history. I think it’s safe to say that Bayern got revenge for their defeat in the Super-cup at the start of the season. It makes the prospect of their upcoming clash in the second round of the DFB Pokal at the end of the month just that little bit more mouth-watering.
Equally mouth-watering is the prospect of der Klassiker this weekend, Bayern v Dortmund. Lewandowski v Aubameyang. 1st against 2nd in the goal-scoring stakes. Aubameyang continuing his record breaking run, having scored in all six of Dortmund’s league games so far.
I’m not a fan of the so called English week, especially with Freiburg being in the 2.Bundesliga. It’s a crazy week and is a nightmare in terms of scheduling, but as far as this particular week is concerned I don’t have many complaints. Lots of fun at Bayern, not only footage of Jogi at Dortmund’s game, but a half-time interview and plenty of fun elsewhere too. Plus on Thursday night Freiburg got themselves a well deserved and much worked for point away at Leipzig. With Bochum also drawing mid-week and then losing to Kaiserslautern on Friday, it means Freiburg once find themselves at the top of the table.
Gladbach picked up not only their first win but their first points of the season in a very exciting 4-2 win over Augsburg. Stuttgart also picked up their first win and points against fellow strugglers H96 meaning they find themselves at the foot of the table. At the other end of the table, Dortmund ended their winning ways and dropped their first points of the season as they drew 1-1 at Hoffenheim, the point salvaged thanks to yet another goal from Aubameyang.
Because Bayern beat Wolfsburg, that means Dortmund cede their stake to the top spot, Bayern claiming it for themselves once more. And Gladbach and Stuttgart finally start moving upwards:
Bayern v Wolfsburg highlights
Hoffenheim v Dortmund highlights
Gladbach v Augsburg highlights
H96 v Stuttgart highlights
Pictures from Bayern’s game and a few from Dortmund’s:
With the excitement of MD6 shortly afterwards and the impending international break, MD5 seems like a lifetime ago, despite the fact it was only two weeks ago. Then again it was mostly a quiet weekend at least as far as the Bundesliga was concerned. It was plenty exciting for Freiburg in the 2.B in their game on Friday evening against Bielefeld which ended narrowly in a 2-2 draw. After the excitement of coming back from 2-0 down, with second goal coming only in the 90th minute, it’s no wonder the rest of the weekend passed by in a kind of haze.
The weekend started with Mainz v Hoffenheim and despite the latter taking the lead they were unable to secure what would have been their first victory of the season. The goal for them being scored by former Freiburger Jonathan Schmid.
Saturday was quiet mostly. Bremen lost 1-0 to Ingolstadt who continue making history, they are the first ever newly promoted team to win their first three away fixtures in the top flight. Bremen were unlucky, conceding a penalty in extra time and then in an unrelated incident having a man sent off. Bayern as expected beat Darmstadt and it’s this particular game that is the reason for this post. Because despite the fact that it’s a few weeks late, the pictures I got of Manuel Neuer from this game compelled me to still make a post for MD5. Well, that and my need for everything to be perfect and my own need for a sense of completion. It would have bugged me not to have a complete set of match-day posts. Even if some of them are a little shorter than usual.
Sunday saw Stuttgart unluckily lose to Schalke, Jogi Löw was there but I have no pictures or video. Augsburg picked up their first win of the season against struggling H96. And then to the fun stuff, Dortmund and former Freiburg keeper Roman Bürki up against his former team-mate Admir Mehmedi with his new side Bayer Leverkusen. Roman and Dortmund triumphed, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Jonas Hofman, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Videos first, not a complete set, just the highlights of the three most important games:
1.FC Köln v Borussia Mönchengladbach highlights
Darmstadt v Bayern München higlights
Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen highlights
And of course pictures from Bayern’s game:
For me at least the must see game of the week was VfB Stuttgart v Eintracht Frankfurt, well it didn’t disappoint in the sense that same as last time there were plenty of goals. Though it was mostly one way traffic in Frankfurt’s favour, that’s a lot less fun to watch. Another defeat meaning Stuttgart remain in 17th place. It’s not HSV who need someone to rely on being worse than them, it’s Stuttgart right now and for the moment they have that in the form of Mönchengladbach. Of all the teams you could have predicted being bottom going into the international break, Gladbach would never have been one of them. Luckily for Stuttgart Gladbach also failed to get off the mark, losing 2-1 to Bremen on Sunday.
Also on Sunday Dortmund beat Hertha BSC 3-1, a match which saw Roman Bürki face off against his former teammate Vladimir Darida. Bayern beat Leverkusen 3-0, partly thanks to some very questionable decisions by the referee. Not that I wanted Bayern to lose, but it did cross my mind if Leverkusen beat them it would be revenge in a way, since Mehmedi is a Leverkusen player now. One 3-0 score-line I was pleased with is H96 losing to Mainz. It would be most ironic if they got relegated, they got Sorg and Klaus from Freiburg because of the latter’s relegation. If H96 were to get relegated it would be Klaus’ third relegation in a row.
Thomas Müller post-match interview.