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VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund 2: 3 (1: 0), Goals: 1: 0 Kalajdzic (17th), 1: 1 Bellingham (47th), 1: 2 Reus (52nd), 2: 2 Didavi (78th), 2: 3 Knauff (80th)
Before the game, the question arose whether Borussia Dortmund would appear in Stuttgart with the Bundesliga or the Champions League face. Clear answer: yes.
At the beginning there was little to see from BVB, which had stood up to ManCity during the week. Although Dortmund set the rhythm, there was no esprit for more than one long-range shot from Mo Dahoud, which was too central. VfB, on the other hand, relied on the tried and tested: Borna Sosa hit a flank as high as Dortmund’s ambitions, because the BVB professionals in their fickle condition could not reach. The two meter tall Sasa Kalajdzic stepped over his guard and headed with an arc lamp into the Dortmund gate (17th). Marco Reus missed the equalizer after a fine chip pass from Mats Hummels, but the first half did not give much hope. The appearance was too unimaginative. To make matters worse, Hummels had to stay in the cabin with stomach cramps.
But BVB coach Edin Terzic had apparently given his team the Champions League mask at halftime. In the 47th minute, Gio Reyna drained a deep pass from Dahoud to Jude Bellingham, who made it 1-1. Five minutes later Marco Reus turned the game around, the otherwise inconspicuous Erling Haaland had sent a pass from Mateu Morey through. Haaland missed a promising opportunity himself. Stuttgart’s Tanguy Coulibaly, who managed to shoot past the gate from five meters, then got a bigger opportunity.
The Stuttgart attacking efforts only unfolded their effect in the 78th minute, when Daniel Didavi converted a counterattack to 2-2. Knockout blow for BVB? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Because the substitute Ansgar Knauff, 19, scored just two minutes later after a counterattack and dribbling. A goal that keeps Dortmund’s chance of qualifying again for the Champions League alive. With the win, BVB is at least seven points behind Frankfurt (4th).
Werder Bremen – RB Leipzig 1: 4 (0: 3), Goals: 0: 1 Olmo (24th), 0: 2 Sörloth (32nd), 0: 3 Sörloth (42.), 1: 3 Rashica (61.), 1: 4 Sabitzer (63.)
For some time now, Werder Bremen have traded their playful approach for a sober one. A diabolical bargain: there were points, but hardly any beauty. Ambitious teams like Leverkusen and Frankfurt were already despondent at the Nordic dreariness. Leipzig, however, still a Bayern hunter, did not let itself be unnerved. At 1-0, the guests combined via Kevin Kampl, Marcel Sabitzer, Dani Olmo, again Kampl and finally Olmo chic through the Bremen defensive ranks. Before half-time, Alexander Sörloth scored twice; he didn’t even have to climb up to score his header, and he even pushed an Orban cross nine minutes later from close range without any problems.
Bremen switched to a back four after half-time and was therefore better in the game. With the support of Kampl’s arm, Bremen even made it 1: 3 (61st). Milot Rashica converted a penalty kick. But two minutes later the Leipzigers stopped a possible riot with Sabitzer’s 4-1. Leipzig set an example with the clear victory – against Bremen it is also in the cup semi-finals. And what does victory mean for the championship fight? “The lead is still very big and Bayern have never lost such a lead in history,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann. Leipzig at least showed that it is on the spot against the little ones and Bavaria should not afford too many slip-ups.
Eintracht Frankfurt – VfL Wolfsburg 4: 3 (2: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Baku (6th), 1: 1 Kamada (8th), 2: 1 Jovic (27th), 2: 2 Weghorst (46th), 3: 2 Silva (54th), 4: 2 Durm (61st), 4: 3 Tuta (84th, own goal)
The two Champions League aspirants had apparently resolved to emphasize their ambitions. Right from the kick-off they offered a rapid performance: In the sixth minute, Ridle Baku slipped 1-0 for Wolfsburg. Daichi Kamada equalized 70 seconds later. Baku then had the lead on their feet, but narrowly failed (20th). The Wolfsburg ran up, but Frankfurt scored in the person of Luka Jovic to 2-1 (27th). André Silva hung up after a run of will from the baseline.
After the break (also known as half-time), things went on like this: Seconds after the restart, Wout Weghorst used a misunderstanding in the Frankfurt defense to make it 2-2. Frankfurt replied with the 3: 2 by Silva, who was served by Kamada in the penalty area (54th). The logic would have required VfL’s third goal. But Frankfurt didn’t want to participate. Erik Durm scored to make it 4-2 (61st). In the entire second half of the season, Wolfsburg had only conceded three goals. Wolfsburg didn’t give up, tried several times from a distance, but was only able to score a goal shortly before the end in a wild exchange of blows. Tuta spiked the ball into his own goal after a long stroke (85th).
At 4: 3 it was over, every spectacle has to end. “If we score three goals in Frankfurt, we should actually go home with a big smile,” complained Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner. The victory brings Eintracht closer to Wolfsburg to one point.
Hertha BSC – Borussia Mönchengladbach 2: 2 (1: 2), Goals: 1: 0 Ascacibar (23rd), 1: 1 Plea (27th), 1: 2 Stindl (37th, penalty kick), 2: 2 Cordoba (51st, according to video evidence)
The roles were clearly divided between Hertha BSC and Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Berliners are dangerously close to the relegation zone, Gladbach is still hoping for international business. In order to create equal opportunities, so to speak, Borussia played outnumbered in the 13th minute. Yann Sommer had rushed out of his goal and had missed the ball on his tackle, but not the Berlin Jhon Cordoba. Emergency brake. Red. Tobias Sippel replaced the Gladbach goalkeeper, but could not prevent the Berlin leadership. Santiago Ascacibar’s shot took on a nasty trajectory because it was deflected slightly (23rd).
Marcus Thuram and Alassane Pléa then showed that Gladbach can be dangerous even if they are outnumbered. The latter met after a through pass from Thuram (27th). It remained entertaining in the Olympic Stadium: Gladbach even turned the game. Lars Stindl scored from the penalty spot after Hertha defender Niklas Stark Thuram fouled in the penalty area (38th). The Berliners couldn’t afford to lose outnumbered them. However, they trembled when they equalized Cordoba. The linesman had raised his flag for offside, but the video assistant overruled the decision. For Hertha it is an important point in the relegation battle that Sami Khedira was still unable to enjoy. “Last week one point felt like a win,” said the former international, “against Gladbach one point feels like a defeat.”