The Bundesliga continues to deliver the excitement and drama at both ends of the table. Leaders Borussia Dortmund held onto top spot after a fright from Augsburg, while champions Bayern Munich suffered a second successive defeat to increase the pressure on Niko Kovac.
Talking of pressure, Tayfun Korkut became the first coach to be fired after Stuttgart slipped to the bottom of the table, while poor Nürnberg slumped to another heavy defeat- this time at the hands of a resurgent RB Leipzig.
So just who were the winners and losers from matchday 7?
Happy birthday Florian! Three points against Wolfsburg on the weekend opener was the perfect gift for the Werder trainer, who was celebrating his 36th birthday on Friday.
Goals from Davy Klaasen and substitute Johannes Eggestein saw the Grün-Weißen notch up another win and send out the perfect response to their recent loss to Stuttgart. The three points gained sees Werder in the heady heights of third in the table ahead of the likes of Bayern, RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Leverkusen.
Not one to get overly excited, Kohfeldt outlined a host of issues he had with Werder’s performance in the post-match press conference.
– Here’s you present Florian, Happy birthday!
– Well it’s nice but you could have wrapped it with a bow, and is this the latest version?
Wow! Just wow! Talk about making an instant impact when signing for a new club. Borussia Dortmund were involved in another Bundesliga thriller on Saturday as they emerged victorious from a 4-3 rollercoaster of a game against Augsburg.
The hero of the hour was once again Paco Alcácer, whose hat trick, capped by a last-gasp free-kick stunner sealed a great comeback win for Lucien Favre’s side. Brought on in the 59th minute with BVB trailing 1-0, it took the Spaniard just three minutes to get on the scoresheet to equalise. Jadon Sancho (quelle surprise!) was the provider with a sublimely inviting ball.
His second came in the 80th minute as he once again equalised after Philipp Max has fired the visitors into another lead. The deep in stoppage time with the scores tied at 3-3, he took over at a free-kick to curl an exquisite shot over the Fuggerstädter wall to seal a fantastic win and maintain BVB’s place at the top of the table.
He now has six Bundesliga goals in just three appearances and in fact all six goals have been scored in the space of just 81 minutes.
Not many 18-year-olds will have experienced quite the week that Jadon Sancho has. After an outstanding start to the season, where his assists from the bench have gone a long way to helping Borussia Dortmund to the top of the table, he was rewarded with a contract extension in midweek by the Schwarzgelben.
The former Manchester City academy winger is now tied to BVB until 2022. “I’m so happy that I chose to come to Dortmund a year ago,” said Sancho in a statement. “Everything I was hoping for has come true: this city loves football like no other, and at BVB young players get regular playing time. I can really make outstanding progress here. I’m happy, delighted and proud to be part of this team. We’re building something amazing.”
This week also saw his early season form rewarded with a first call-up to the senior England squad by Gareth Southgate. To cap it all off he provided yet another assist (for Paco Alcácer) after being given a rare start by Lucien Favre against Augsburg. The assist takes him to six for the season and the lead in the Bundesliga.
How about a hat trick of Borussia Dortmund players to go with Paco Alcácer’s own hat-trick? Okay then, take a bow in the ‘Gute Woche’ section Mario Götze. The subject of so many column inches this season with his continual ommission from the Dortmund line-up in the Bundesliga, the BVB ‘Sorgenkind’ came off the bench in the second half and instantly helped himself to a fine goal to fire BVB into an 84th minute 3-lead and seemingly three points.
A late goal from Michael Gregoritsch denied Götze the glory of scoring the winner, but a victory was achieved nonetheless and Super Mario can celebrate his return to Bundesliga action in style. His next task is to find his role/ place in Lucien Favre’s tactical set-up.
RB Leipzig notched up another win on Sunday against Nürnberg and German international striker Timo Werner scored a brace taking his Bundesliga tally to 51. On scoring his 50th top flight goal, the 22-year-old became the fifth youngest play to reach his half century with only Klaus Fischer, Dieter Müller, Uli Hoeneß and Gerd Müller younger than Werner’s 22 years, 7 months and 1 day.
And the winner (or should it be loser?) of the 2018-19 Bundesliga Sack Race is ……Tayfun Korkut! Following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hannover (whom the Swabians replaced at the bottom of the table) the club announced early on Sunday that they had sacked their coach.
The man who had overseen a tremendous Rückrunde last season and taken the club to within a whisker of European qualification now finds himself out on his ear after a shocking start to the season with just one win and VfB bottom of the pile.
“The lack of development in the course of this season and the negative results have led us to take this step” announced Stuttgart Sporting Director Michael Reschke on Sunday.
“Tayfun Korkut took over the team last season in a very difficult situation and secured with an extraordinary run this Bundesliga season for VfB. We are very grateful to him and his two assistant coaches Ilija Aracic and Steven Cherundolo”
Thanks Tayfun, but no thanks. If you could clear your desk, that would be great.
If appearing in last week’s ‘Schlechte Woche’ was a rarity for Bayern, then making a second consecutive appearance this week is literally unheard of. A bad week just got a whole lot worse for the Bavarians with a second successive league defeat has seen them now go four games without a win. Can we use the word ‘crisis’ yet?
A 3-0 home defeat at the hands of old foes Borussia Mönchengladbach saw them pretty much clueless despite trainer Niko Kovac’s earlier insistence that he/ they weren’t in fact clueless.
The international break denies Bayern the chance to immediately bounce back, but then again it gives them a chance to take stock- although that stock taking could involve Messers Rummenigge and Hoeness discussing trainer Niko Kovac.
It had looked as though newly promoted Nürnberg had got over their heavy 7-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund with a 3-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf but they returned to a place they didn’t want to be with a 6-0 loss to RB Leipzig.
It could be a long, hard season for der Club if they continue to be tonked by the Bundesliga big fish.
A third successive home defeat for TSG ended a disappointing week for Julian Nagelsmann’s men as they succumbed to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt at the Rhein Neckar Arena. After similar 2-1 defeats to RB Leipzig and Manchester City in the Champions League, goals from Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic were enough to seal a win for the visiting Adler despite a late reply from Reiss Nelson.
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