Following a two-month break from football, action resumed in the Bundesliga with matches taking place behind closed doors. The first weekend after the break saw some 22 goals being scored, Lewandowski reached a milestone by scoring his 40th competitive goal for a fifth straight season and several Ghanaian players who ply their trade in the German league started for their various teams. Let’s dive into the action and see how some of the teams fared over the weekend.
Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich reactivated their Bundesliga title defence with a 2-0 win at Union Berlin, with Robert Lewandowski reaching the 40-goal mark in a fifth successive season on his return from a knee injury
It was a slow start for the defending champions. Union looked sharper in the early stages of the game with the German winger Marius Bulter and the Nigerian Anthony Ujah testing world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The champions, however, got back in about 15 minutes into the game and found their grove. Thomas Muller’s disallowed goal in the 19th minute seemed to have gingered his side. Union goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz did just enough on Alphonso Davies’ low cross to prevent Lewandowski a tap-in.
The league leaders continued to dominate the game and their pressure paid off as the veteran Neven Subotic clumsily caught Goretzka in the penalty box while attempting to clear and Lewandowski put his side ahead with an easily taken penalty-kick.
The second half was followed a similar pattern as Goretzka nearly got a second goal with a fierce strike just wide of the bottom-left corner after a beautiful one-two with the efficient Thomas Muller.
Union’s hopes of rescuing a late draw were ended when Pavard headed in Joshua Kimmich’s right-wing cross with 10 minutes to go.
Bayern returns to the Allianz Arena next weekend to host Eintracht Frankfurt. Union will travel to local rivals Hertha for only the second Berlin derby between the clubs in Bundesliga history.
Dortmund vs Schalke
The Revierderby which proves to be a classic most of the time lived to its expectation, well at least for the young Dortmund side which trashed their rivals Schalke in a convincing 4-0 to mark the return of top-flight football following a two-month break. Dortmund used breath-taking performances from its front three and Raphael Guerreiro to move within one point of Bayern Munich.
Young Dortmund team was once again a joy to watch and they have proven over the years why they are a force to reckon with. Erling Haaland scored the opening goal as he positioned himself perfectly to hammer in a delicious touch from Julian Brandt to Thorgan Hazard, who then set up Haaland for the first goal. The second goal once again saw a perfect pass from Brandt, setting up Guerreiro with a hard-driven low ball into the back of the net.
Hazard then made it 3-0 early in the second half before the goal of the game saw Haaland filter a pass-through to Guerreiro, who was onside and slipped it past the goalkeeper. Dortmund is still league contenders as Bayern is only 4 points clear at the top.
But things are looking rather grim for Schalke who started the match with a Europa League spot and will finish the day outside of the top six. Before long, they could be out of the top half of the table. This result stretched Schalke’s winless streak to eight games. In those eight games, they have just scored two goals, if David Wagner has any tricks up his sleeve this is the time to show it.
Dortmund will travel to Volkswagen Arena on Saturday to play unbeaten in last 5 games Wolfsburg. Schalke will have a perfect opportunity to go back on winning streak as they will play struggling Augsburg at home.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
Salomon Kalou’s suspension did not seem to matter as his side trashed Hoffenheim in a one-sided thrilling encounter. His suspension came after he posted a video on Facebook which the club says floated social distancing rules. There were other issues with social distancing as his team sparked controversy with goal celebrations and ‘kiss’.
The own goal at the beginning of the second half opened the score in Hoffenheim. Couple minutes later, Vedad Ibišević scored the second and Mattheus Cunha the Brazillian who moved from Leipzig to Hertha sealed the game with one of the best goals of that day 16 minutes before the final whistle.
Hertha will play home to Union Berlin on Friday which may prove to be a tough encounter while Hoffenheim goes away to Paderborn to battle the relegation bound side.
Paderborn and Hoffenheim to draw @ 3.78
RB Leipzig 1 – 1 SC Freiburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Koln 2 – 2 Mainz
Düsseldorf 0 – 0 Paderborn
Augsburg 1 – 2 Wolfsburg
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