Weekend Football Review

The Bundesliga returned this weekend and while it was weird and the whole situation will take some time to get used to football was a sight for sore eyes. 

Hoffenheim 0 vs. 3 Hertha Berlin

A cagey first half which saw the teams getting used to being on the pitch again led to a better 2nd as Hertha scored 3. Akpoguma scored an own goal to give Berlin the lead in the 58th minute and Ibesevic doubled the lead 2 minutes later. Cunha rounded things off with a goal in the 74th minute. Hoffenheim remain 9th with the loss while Hertha climb up to 11th.

Augsburg 1 vs. 2 Wolfsburg

Steffen gave Wolfsburg the lead right before half time but Tin Jedvaj equalised for Augsburg in the 54th minute. Wolfsburg though clinched the 3 points in the 91st minute as Ginczek scored the winner. Augsburg remain 14th with the loss while Wolfsburg climb into 6th and a Europa League position for now. 

Dortmund 4 vs. 0 Schalke

The game everyone had their eye on started with Sancho on the bench and in a slow paced fashion as most games did during the weekend. It looked like a training ground game but as time went buy Dortmund started to pick up the pace. The first goal came in the 29th minute as Haland continued his goalscoring form to give Dortmund the lead. Left back Guerriero then doubled Dortmund’s lead right before half time. Thorgan Hazard started the 2nd half off with a 3rd goal in the 48th minute and Guerreiro scored the 4th in the 63rd minute. A crucial victory for the home team but Schalke looked way off pace. Dortmund remain 2nd 4 points behind Bayern while Schalke drop down to 8th with the loss. 

Dusseldorf 0 vs. 0 Paderborn

Dusseldorf and Paderborn played out a goalless draw as their distance from safety increased with their dropped points. Neither team could take advantage of the other and so Dusseldorf remain 16th 4 points from safety while Paderborn are 18th 10 points from safety. 

RB Leipzig 1 vs. 1 Freiburg

Leipzig continued to distance themselves from the title race as they dropped points against Freiburg who could have won the game. Gulde gave Freiburg the lead in the 34th minute and the away side did well to hold on to it for a large portion of the game. Poulsen though scored in the 77th minute to seal a point for the home side. Leipzig drop down to 4th with the loss just a point above Leverkusen while Freiburg move one place into 7th 2 points from a Europa League spot. 

Frankfurt 1 vs. 3 Monchengladbach

Plea scored in the 1st minute to give Monchengladbach a brilliant start to the game. Thuram then made it 0-2 in the 7th minute. Bensebaini scored a penalty in the 73rd minute to seal the win for the away side while Andre Silva got a consolation goal in the 81st minute. Frankfurt drop into 13th with the loss while Monchengladbach moved into 3rd. 

Koln 2 vs. 2 Mainz

Mark Uth gave Koln the lead in the 6th minute and Kainz doubled that lead in the 53rd minute. Mainz though had a comeback in them as Awoniyi got one back in the 61st minute and Kunde equalised for the away team in the 72nd minute. Koln remain 10th in the table while Mainz remain 15th as well still 4 points from relegation. 

Union Berlin 0 vs. 2 Bayern Munich

In simpler times this would have been a massive game for the Union Berlin fans to enjoy at home with the mighty Bayern visiting but it was not to be. Union kept the scoreline respectable as Lewandowski scored a penalty in the 40th minute while Pavard doubled the lead in the 80th minute. Union drop down to 12th with the loss while Bayern remain top of the table with a 4 point lead. 

Werder Bremen 1 vs. 4 Leverkusen

Monday night football saw a big win for Leverkusen as they played struggling Werder Bremen. Havertz gave Leverkusen the lead in the 28th minute but Selassie equalised for the home team two minutes later. Havertz then restored the lead in the 33rd minute while Weiser and and Demirbay scored in the 2nd half to seal the deal for the away team. Werder Bremen are now 9 points from safety and staring at relegation while Leverkusen are now just a point from top four and 2 points behind 3rd. 

An interesting weekend of football with socially distant celebrations, socially distant defending, and empty stadiums. The key though was that football is back and empty stadiums will be the norm for sometime. The upcoming week should show whether there was any spread and hopefully there isn’t as more countries look to play football again. 

 

 

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