Berlin (dpa) – Due to the mistake of FC Bayern, the top group of the Bundesliga has come closer together again. After the 1: 1 in Munich, Borussia Dortmund followed on Saturday evening with a 5: 2 and a show with four goals from Erling Haaland.
Bayer Leverkusen jumps to third place thanks to the late 2-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld. RB Leipzig had to settle for a 1-1 draw on Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and is only fourth.
ANGSTGEGNER: RB Leipzig has already traveled to Frankfurt six times, but the semi-finalist of the Champions League is still waiting for a victory. With three defeats, there was now the third draw. Julian Nagelsmann mainly focused on the match against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday: “We have to be fresh against Neymar and Mbappé.”
CORONA HOTSPOT: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim missed seven players in the match against VfB Stuttgart. Nevertheless, the Kraichgauer proved a morale of 3: 3. Also because a player has cured his corona infection: Andrej Kramaric returned and scored his seventh goal of the season. The Croat has just played five league games this season.
PERMANENT CRISIS: Schalke’s misery is getting worse. In the 0: 2 against VfL Wolfsburg, the Royal Blues went without a win in their 24th league game in a row. “We play very bad football, we defend badly and I don’t know how we want to win a game like this,” said Schalke forward Mark Uth, providing deep insight into Schalke’s structure. Gradually the negative record set by Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66 with 31 games without a win in a row. According to Uth, the relegation battle has already begun: “We’re in the middle of it instead of just it.”
FRUSTUS: This week Manuel Neuer must have presented himself differently. First the 6-0 defeat to the national team in Spain, then the Bundesliga setback in the 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen. The national goalkeeper prevented with strong saves that there were not even two defeats. “We had about five good chances, usually we have at least twice as many,” complained Neuer, who has to wait for the 196th Bundesliga game record without conceding a goal due to Maximilian Eggestein’s goal.
YOUNG STARS: At 16 years old and one day, Youssoufa Moukoko is the youngest player in Bundesliga history. In Dortmund’s 5-2 win over Hertha, the striker came into play for Erling Haaland in the 85th minute. The Norwegian had also written history. The 20-year-old is the youngest four-time goalscorer in the competition and replaces ex-Frankfurt Luka Jovic.
READT-MINUTE Anger: Borussia Mönchengladbach again lost a lead shortly before time. As in the Bundesliga against Union Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg (both 1: 1) and in the Champions League at Inter Milan and against Real Madrid (both 2: 2), Marco Rose’s team also gave FC Augsburg a guide just before time out of hand. “It’s a tough learning curve for us to always lose points at the back,” said Rose. Borussia is in danger of losing contact with the top places.
SLAPSTICK: It was a target for all annual reports. After a pass by Daley Sinkgraven, Lukas Hradecky hit under the ball and Arminia Bielefeld scored the equalizer. In the end, the Finn was able to get over his faux pass, as Aleksandar Dragovic saved Bayer Leverkusen the three points to 2-1. “There will definitely be some YouTube clips and memes, people will laugh about it. It’s a crappy feeling, but my team and ‘Brate-Boy’ Dragovic helped me in the end,” said Hradecky.