News : Bavaria continues to win, Schalke disintegrates in Wolfsburg – Sport
Werder Bremen – FC Bayern 1: 3 (0: 2), Goals: 0: 1 Goretzka (22nd), 0: 2 Gnabry (35th), 0: 3 Lewandowski (67th), 1: 3 Füllkrug (85th)
It has been twelve and a half years since Werder Bremen last won a competitive game against FC Bayern and March 13, 2021 should not be the day on which the series ended. The Munich lead fell after a corner: Thomas Müller extended Joshua Kimmich’s cross, Leon Goretzka then headed heavily into the corner. A few minutes later, Kimmich then played a high pass into the penalty area to Müller. He took the ball with his chest and passed it on to Serge Gnabry, and the winger overcame goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.
Robert Lewandowski scored his 32nd goal of the season in the second half. He had needed several attempts (including a hit on the post and a crossbar). Finally, after a corner, the ball landed indirectly and by chance on him – to score the 3-0 from close range was no longer a major challenge. And then? Lewandowski hit the post again in the 78th minute. Niclas Füllkrug shortened for Werder with a dust extractor. FC Bayern has five points ahead of RB Leipzig for the first time, and the second in the table will meet Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday afternoon.
VfL Wolfsburg – Schalke 04 5: 0 (1: 0), Goals: 1-0 Mustafi (31st, own goal), 2-0 Weghorst (51st), 3-0 Baku (58th), 4-0 Brekalo (64th), 5-0 Philipp (79th)
Relegation candidate Schalke 04 has scored 16 goals this season, Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst, too. The only reason he did not overtake the opponent on Saturday was because he played two of the five Wolfsburg goals and decided with one goal against the second division opponent.
Anyone who has only seen the first half an hour of this game should be surprised by the result: The bottom of the table not only kept up well, but also attacked third place in the table. Apart from an offside goal (15th), nothing was worth mentioning. It is indicative that VfL’s opening goal fell with double help from the guests: At first, defender Shkodran Mustafi cleared poorly forwards, a few seconds even worse back when he put a header from a good ten meters into his own goal (31st) instead of to own goalkeeper. The 62nd goal this season (the fourth own goal) works very well as a reflection of the entire Schalke season.
Then Wolfsburg was more dominant and quickly rewarded, Goalgetter Weghorst refined a fine pass from Baku to 2-0 (51st), Baku punished a fatal dribble by Mustafi in his own penalty area with the 3-0 (58th), Brekalo used crater-sized free spaces to 4-0 (64th), Maxi Philipp’s shot to 5-0 was only stopped behind the goal line (79th). Schalke had collapsed for the umpteenth time this season – and would probably be happy if someone could finish the rest of this season as quickly as possible.
Union Berlin – 1. FC Cologne 2: 1 (0: 1), 0: 1 Duda (45th + 2, penalty kick), 1: 1 Kruse (48th, hand penalty), 2: 1 Trimmel (67th).
Union Berlin’s beautiful series against 1. FC Köln remains intact. The 2: 1 (0: 1) was the fourth success in the fourth Bundesliga duel. Especially at the beginning, “the Iron” earned this victory. Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn defused shots from Petar Musa (6th) and Max Kruse (25th), defender Noah Katterbach steered a Schlotterbeck header onto his own crossbar (28th). The guests – for whom defender Jannes Horn had to be replaced early because he injured himself in a foul on Berlin’s Musa (12th minute) – came to the first big chance in the 23rd minute, but Salih Özcan failed free in front of Andreas Luthe .
After that, Cologne managed better to keep the game away from their own penalty area. And the highlight of the first half was a pirouette on grass: Jonas Hector turned a nice roundabout in the Berlin penalty area, Robin Knoche kicked a little wooden, and Ondrej Duda converted the due penalty hard and flat into the left corner of the goal to lead 1-0 of guests (45th + 2).
Shortly after the change, a cheap hand penalty brought the Berlin back into the game quickly (Wolf had his left hand in the way on a cross). Max Kruse turned safely (48th). After that, little happened for a while before Christopher Trimmel hit the 2-1 with a hard right-footed shot almost out of nowhere (67th). That was enough because Cologne was hardly able to create dangerous moments in this game either.
There was a premiere before the game: For the first time before a game in the Bundesliga, Union carried out corona quick tests on people who were listed as part of the special game operation in the An der Alten Försterei stadium. Before the game, authorized helpers, stewards, journalists and other people could voluntarily undergo a free SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid test. Anyone who did not want to be tested could enter the stadium using the previously prescribed admission protocol for special games. Because the applicable hygiene rules remained unaffected by the tests.
Mainz 05 – SC Freiburg 1: 0 (0: 0), Goal: 1-0 Quaison (84th)
Mainz 05 scored important points in the fight to stay in class. Substitute Robin Quaison scored the decisive goal. Freiburg goalkeeper Florian Müller (borrowed from Mainz, by the way) had initially parried a headball from Robert Glatzel like a handball goalkeeper, but Quaison was able to dust off. Previously, both teams had missed opportunities – the ball landed on the aluminum three times in this game. Mainz is climbing to the relegation place for the time being and now has two points on Bielefeld. Arminia will play at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.