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Borussia Dortmund – Eintracht Frankfurt 1: 2 (1: 1), Goals: 0: 1 Nico Schulz (11th, own goal), 1: 1 Mats Hummels (45.), 1: 2 Andre Silva (87.)
How important the duel with Eintracht Frankfurt was for Borussia Dortmund was already apparent in the interviews before kick-off. BVB coach Edin Terzic did not want to be peeked into his match plan, practiced in favresque disguise regarding his alignment. The level of secrecy was justified by the explosive table constellation: With a win, Dortmund had the chance to move up to one point, the longed-for Champions League place within reach. But the project failed – tremendously. Dortmund lost 1: 2 (1: 1). The race to catch up is stopped with the emergency brake. The gap to Frankfurt is now seven points. “We didn’t play a dozen dangerous situations well. If you’re realistic, it should be very, very difficult with fourth place. That would be a disaster,” said Mats Hummels after the game.
Part of Terzic’s secret plan unfolded like this: Emre Can defended in a back four on the right. That was significant because on this side, perhaps the most formally strong Frankfurter, Filip Kostic, bustles. In the 11th minute, Can took him as seriously as politics advice from science during the pandemic. Kostic painted one of his flank paintings in the air. Frankfurt’s André Silva and Dortmund’s Nico Schulz fought for the cross. The BVB professional prevailed – but carried the ball with an arc lamp into his own goal.
Up until the goal they conceded, Dortmund had played well, had the ball run quickly through their own ranks and thus prevented the dreaded “wild game” (Terzic) of the Frankfurters from developing. BVB only took the game out of the hand of Eintracht when Erling Haaland appeared twice in front of the Frankfurter Tor (21./25.). The striker failed both times. Silva awarded similar high-profile items for Frankfurt (15th). Mats Hummels then scored after a corner from Marco Reus (45th), who was back in the starting line-up after his injury break, as did Raphael Guerreiro. Can had the wrong timing for the Reus corner, but improvised cleverly and put his chest forward for Hummels instead of beheading himself.
The most dangerous move after the break belonged to a defender again. Frankfurt’s Stefan Ilsanker headed a free kick into the Dortmund goal, but was offside (66th). Previously, the attackers had put too little consistency in their financial statements on both sides. Silva’s direct acceptance in the 73rd minute was also lacking in accuracy, as was Djibril Sow’s (79th). For the winning goal, one of these magic flanks from Kostic was needed again. This time Silva headed more precisely after a counterattack and scored to 2: 1 (87th) And Dortmund? Will and commitment were palpable, but the playful solutions remained hidden. Too much was due to chance. A painful defeat for Dortmund.
Bayer Leverkusen – FC Schalke 04 2-1 (1: 0), Goals: 1-0 Lucas Alario (26th), 2-0 Patrik Schick (72nd), 2-1 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (81st)
Two teams that were shaken vigorously before the international break. Leverkusen lost 3-0 in Berlin, separated from coach Peter Bosz, brought on Hannes Wolf as his successor and Rudi Völler also announced his departure. And Schalke is actually shaken permanently this season, this time it was due to the back and forth about Ralf Rangnick. After all, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar played for the first time from the start.
Leverkusen, changed to six positions – including Lukas Hradecky returned to goal – got off to a better start. Lucas Alario scored for the first time since matchday 21 after good work by Kerem Demirbay. Huntelaar then scored a goal in the 58th minute – from an offside position. Patrik Schicks 2-0 then seemed to be the so-called lid on the pot in an uneventful game, but Huntelaar scored in the style of a class striker for the first goal under Dimitrios Grammozis. Hope? Only briefly. Schalke can continue to plan for the second division under the new sports director Peter Knäbel.
FSV Mainz 05 – Arminia Bielefeld 1: 1 (0: 0), Goals: Daniel Brosinski (56th, penalty kick), 1: 1 Andreas Voglsammer (76th)
A so-called relegation final, although it was a bit more final for Mainz than for Bielefeld. The table says something different at first, but Mainz will have to play against Bayern, Frankfurt, Dortmund and Wolfsburg on match days 31 to 34 – you can no longer count on a flood of points. And Mainz got off to a strong start: Good to very good chances for Jean-Paul Boetius, Leandro Barreiro, Robert Glatzel and again Barreiro were only faced with a header from Andreas Voglsammer.
Therefore, in terms of the course of the game, it was okay for Daniel Brosinski to convert a penalty into the lead – but against the well-reacting Stefan Ortega he also had to hit the top spot in the corner. Voglsammer then managed to shovel a free kick centrally into the wall from a very good position – but that didn’t matter because he accommodated the subsequent full shot in the corner of the goal. A feat that you seldom see. At the end there is a division of points in which you will typically only know at the end of the season who it is more useful to.
VfL Wolfsburg – 1. FC Cologne 1-0 (0-0), Goal: 1-0 Josip Brekalo (69.)
A game with clear signs: good defense on the one hand, bad attack on the other – but as it is sometimes in football, it is exactly the opposite. Wolfsburg was simply lucky not to be behind after 15 minutes – Jonas Hector hit the crossbar, it was just the best of many Cologne chances. VfL coach Oliver Glasner was angry like rarely. At least his team managed to calm the game down at some point, Schlager had a good opportunity before half-time whistle.
But as it is, if you don’t make the chances up front … in the 69th minute Wout Weghorst digged through in front of the Cologne penalty area, the ball came to Josip Brekalo, his shot was deflected into the goal. In view of the course of the game, bitter for 1. FC Köln, which is still deep in the relegation battle. Wolfsburg is now eleven points ahead of BVB and is already hearing the first chords of the Champions League anthem.
FC Augsburg – TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 (2: 0), Goals: 1-0 Ruben Vargas (8th), 2-0 André Hahn (23rd), 2-1 Robert Skov (86th)
The game began and was ultimately decided by two classic Augsburg goals. Number one: Ball win deep in your own half, powerful sprint by Daniel Caligiuri, consistent finish by Ruben Vargas, 1-0. Number two: Ball win even deeper in your own half (on your own sixteen), long punch from Vargas, powerful sprint from André Hahn, 2-0.
As strange as it sounds: Augsburg has in some way achieved the status of a top team: Everyone knows how they play at home, but almost everyone falls into their traps. The Hoffenheimers, who were plagued by many failures (including Andrej Kramaric), only got the next goal with a remarkable dropkick from Robert Skov – 32 points and the almost certain stay in the class are the reward for Heiko Herrlich’s team.