News : Bundesliga: Bayern loses in Mainz, BVB wins in Wolfsburg – Sport
VfL Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund 0: 2 (0: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Haaland (12th), yellow-red Bellingham (58th), 0: 2 Haaland (68th)
At the beginning of the week, Borussia Dortmund’s focus was still on the Super League, but the club brusquely refused to participate. At the end of the week it was all about participating in the Champions League, because it is still shaking for Dortmund in the new season. “We’re here to win, that’s absolutely clear,” said coach Edin Terzic before the game. But of course, otherwise the task of sniffing the Wolfsburg would probably turn out to be impossible. It was kind of a last chance to attack VfL again – and Dortmund took advantage of it at 2-0 (1-0) in the style of a top European team.
Despite Terzic’s announcement, Wolfsburg had the first big chance of the game: Left-back Paulo Otavio shot the ball from a few meters wide (8th minute). So it was reserved for Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to mark the first goal: A back pass from VfL defender Ridle Baku turned out to be an assist for the Norwegian, who hit the short corner in front of goalkeeper Koen Casteels (12th). At halftime there were only two points between Dortmund, where Emre Can replaced the suspended Mats Hummels as head of defense, and Wolfsburg. And that didn’t change until the final whistle.
Even a yellow-red card for Jude Bellingham (59th) could not stop the now nimble countering Dortmund. Unimpressed by the minority, Haaland scored the final score with his 25th goal of the season – after a sugar pass from Mo Dahoud, who had previously got the ball from his own penalty area (68th). The fifth-placed BVB can slowly start to overtake in the direction of the Champions League place.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 (0-0), Goals: 1-0 Bailey (70th), 2-0 Alario (80th), 2: 1 Silva (90th + 1), 3: 1 Demirbay (90th + 1)
When the fourth-placed team meets the sixth-placed Bundesliga team in the finals of the season, the conditions are usually right for a thrilling top game. Both teams still have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League, so mistakes are forbidden shortly before the end. And yet Eintracht Frankfurt didn’t give the impression on Saturday evening that they absolutely wanted to win in Leverkusen – and it wasn’t until the end of the second half that the hosts remembered that they could really use a win.
For a long time, the game was characterized by mutual groping, half-hearted finals and quick ball losses. The Frankfurt dominated at the beginning with more possession, Leverkusen countered, but by and large the teams equalized. It was only in the second half that Leverkusen showed real efforts to want to shape. The Frankfurters willingly gave them space, initially without having to fear any consequences. The guests also underestimated the cross from Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby in the 70th minute, but Leon Bailey just managed to hit the well-deserved opening goal.
The wake-up call for Frankfurt was there – but it brought little. Instead, Leverkusen played with a wider chest and with his first contact with the ball, the only substitute Lucas Alario pushed the ball into the goal to make it 2-0 just a little later (80th). The guests didn’t rear up either, the game seemed to be over – until shortly after the end of regular time the ball fell on Andre Silva’s head by accident – the goal (90 + 1). Silva immediately grabbed the ball from the goal net, two minutes left to play. But the joy did not last long: just seconds later, Kerem Demirbay surprised Frankfurt’s defense on the other side and sealed the victory for Leverkusen (90th + 1).
Leverkusen’s hope of still qualifying for the international competitions lives on after the victory – and Frankfurt is now in the one-point sandwich between Wolfsburg and Dortmund in the battle for the all-important Champions League place.
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Bayern Munich 2: 1 (2: 0), Gates: 1: 0 Burkardt (3rd), 2: 0 Quaison (37th), 2: 1 Lewandowski (90th + 4)
FC Bayern had put on their finest suit in Mainz. Robert Lewandowski was back in the starting line-up after a month-long injury break, as was Leon Goretzka. A solemn moment beckoned: the preliminary decision in the championship. National coach Joachim Löw had also traveled to the possible ceremony. But Mainz 05 crashed the party. Coach Bo Svensson’s team won 2: 1 (2: 0) against Munich. In the relegation battle, the points come in handy like a championship trophy.
Before kick-off, Bayern coach Hansi Flick had praised the mentality and style of his team. However, the players did not collect the laurels. They looked as if they had already doused the title the night before. Nothing was to be seen of the elemental force, the roller mode, the hunger. The Mainz team tamed the leader of the table, went into the duels with their senses sharpened by the relegation battle, pressed boldly, combined fluently. And then the otherwise flawless Manuel Neuer made a gross blunder: In a central long-range shot from Jonathan Burkardt, the goalkeeper froze to the pillar of salt – 1-0 for Mainz (3rd).
The backlog had an effect – but not in Bavaria. Waves of attack ebbed away from the start. Balls bounced, passports refused to arrive. Mainz, on the other hand, played with verve, hit the post twice (10th / 18th) and failed in the person of Robin Quaison on Neuer (15th). Hansi Flick considered the introduction of his eleven with a shake of his head. The Mainz chances finally diminished, those of Munich remained at a low.
Bavaria’s driveability was reflected in many a foul. Leon Goretzka narrowly escaped yellow-red. After receiving a warning for a tackle, he brought down Danny da Costa moments later. But referee Harm Osmers spared him. Perhaps because David Alaba grumbled loudly enough that he received a warning himself. After all, a successful diversionary maneuver. Jérôme Boateng also saw a yellow card – and his foul had immediate consequences: The subsequent free kick resulted in the 2-0 for Mainz. Quaison headed in flanked by Alaba and Müller (37th). Flick tried to liven up the offensive with Choupo-Moting and Musiala for Sané and Coman. But opportunities remained a rarity. Robert Lewandowski finally used one of them shortly before the end for the connection goal. After all, his 36th goal.
And so in the end nothing came of the ninth championship in a row – at least for the time being. The next chance comes against Gladbach. Mainz, on the other hand, has every reason to celebrate: The descent is moving a bit further into the distance.
1. FC Union Berlin – SV Werder Bremen 3: 1 (0: 0), Gates: 1-0 Pohjanpalo (50th), 2-0 Pohjanpalo (53rd), 3: 0 Pohjanpalo (67.), 3: 1 Gebre Selassie (82.)
They don’t want to change the coach in Bremen. Florian Kohfeldt is supposed to save the club like last season, when the relegation in Heidenheim brought the league to stay. No team (not even FC Bayern!) Has more Bundesliga seasons than Bremen, they were only missing one season in the German upper house. But the further whereabouts are now shaking threateningly. At 1. FC Union, Bremen lost for the seventh time in a row on Saturday – a negative record in Bundesliga history.
The Finn Joel Pohjanpalo shocked the weak Bremer with his flawless hat trick at 3: 1 (0: 0). Bremen are now only one point ahead of the relegation place occupied by 1. FC Köln. And while the rest of the teams start to win at the bottom, Werder keeps slipping.
It was a tough game until Pohjanpalo gave the game the decisive nudge with his right-footed shot from a few meters: After a corner – one of Union’s prime disciplines – which the central defender Marvin Friedrich extended to the second post, the Finnish attacker hit completely free-standing ( 50.) for guidance. Two minutes later he scored the 2-0 after another header (this time from substitute Petar Musa) – and again a quarter of an hour later after a sparkling clean counterattack and a renewed Musa template, the 3-0. Finally, Theodor Gebre Selassie hit with a header from the sixteen-meter line to make it 1: 3 (82nd), but Bremen was not able to do more.
On Friday, SV Werder will play against RB Leipzig (8.30 p.m.) to make it into the DFB Cup final – this is followed by the really existential knockout games for Kohfeldt’s team.
SC Freiburg – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1: 1 (0: 1), Gates: 0: 1 Kramaric (40th), 1: 1 Grifo (penalty kick / 81st)
The Badener song heralded the Baden Bundesliga duel. Two teams met each other who at least a little (Hoffenheim) or even a little more (Freiburg) set themselves apart from the lower third. And the Hoffenheim team in particular worked calmly and with the necessary seriousness to increase the points buffer a little. First, however, art shooter Robert Skov failed with a wonderful long-range shot on the crossbar (24th), goal scorer Andrej Kramaric to SCF goalkeeper Florian Müller (31st). Eight minutes later, however, he could not stop the Croatian: After a cross from Ihlas Bebou, Kramaric completed his head from a few meters (40th). Substitute Vincenzo Grifo scored in the final phase with a penalty to make it 1-1 (81st) – and somehow that was the right result in Baden’s Bundesliga duel. Freiburg stays ninth, Hoffenheim eleventh.