Matchday 6 of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season once again delivered nine fascinating matches with all the thrills, spills, goals, excitement and drama that you would expect. Bayern returned to the top of the table, Leipzig suffered a first defeat, while Schalke and Hertha had impressive wins.
Borussia Dortmund dropped points again, while the woe just piles up for Paderborn, Köln and Mainz at the bottom. So just who were the winners and losers of matchday 6?
It was the ideal afternoon for Bayern as they returned to the top of the table with Leipzig losing and Dortmund being held by Werder Bremen. The Bavarians emerged from their away clash with Paderborn with all three points, although the 3-2 scoreline suggests it was a closer game than it actually was.
Philippe Coutinho and Serge Gnabry both scored one and provided an assist for each other as they shared a Bavarian bromance, while Robert Lewandowski continued his incredible scoring start to the season with his tenth goal in the first six games. The prolific Pole has scored in every Bundesliga match thus far this season.
“We had enough chances to put the game to bed in the first half” commented Niko Kovac after the match. “We failed to do that, so the game just went as it did. It’s always tight then, such a match can always go awry.”
Bayern have now replaced Leipzig at the top, so normal service has resumed in the Bundesliga.
It is now four wins in a row for Schalke and while the previous three came against Hertha Berlin, Paderborn and Mainz, there can be no argument that their win over RB Leipzig was at a different level.
The Königsblauen produced a fantastic display at the Red Bull Arena to inflict a first defeat of the season for Julian Nagelsmann. A surprise 4-4-2-diamond with youngster Rabbi Matondo was one of the keys to victory, but the performances of Suat Serdar, Salif Sané, Omar Mascarell, Alexander Nübel and Amine Harit were also a big contributory factor.
For a more detailed breakdown of how David Wagner’s side beat the league leaders read this.
Your first goal for your club is usually memorable, but that is quite the understatement for Paderborn fullback Jamilu Collins. His stunning late strike against Bayern Munich wasn’t enough in the end to gain a share of the spoils, but it will surely be a real contender for ‘Goal of the Month/ Season’.
Nine times out of ten efforts like his in the 84th minute will fly into row Z of the stand, but his strike was that one that hit the spot. The left-back smashed home from fully 35 yards after Marlon Ritter’s corner kick was not cleared by Bayern Munich’s defence leaving goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with no chance.
Hertha Berlin/ Vedad Ibisevic
There was a lot of apprehension amongst Hertha fans prior to their match with Köln. Would they produce the goods as they did last weekend and move up the table, or would they revert to their previous disappointing level and sink towards the bottom of the table?
Happily for fans of the capital club, the former was the case as they emerged 4-0 winners from the Rhein-Energie Stadion. The hero of the hour was veteran Vedad Ibisevic, who scored a brace.
It was somewhat of a surprise that the Bosnian didn’t start the game considering his impressive record against the Geißböcke. In fourteen previous Bundesliga outings against them, he had scored ten goals and provided three assists. Introduced as a second half substitute, Ibisevic scored twice to kill off the home side.
His first was drilled low shot into the net with his first touch, while his second moments later saw him lose his marker at the near post to flick in Darida’s cross.
“It’s not common to score directly after a substitution” the striker explained after the final whistle. “But I’m always keen on scoring goals, making my way – and sometimes you’re lucky enough to get the balls in as well as they did this time. Of course it’s nice for me, but more important for the team. We’ve been struggling in the last few games.
“A young team like ours is not so easily put away – that’s what you saw today. The past few games have done us good and have put us back on track. Of course we will have to continue working, we’re not perfect, although it was a deserved victory against Cologne. It won’t be easy against Düsseldorf though so we have to keep our concentration.”
The medical diagnosis is not good for Union Berlin attacker Akaki Gogia after he was forced off after an hour against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday. The 27-year-old has suffered torn knee ligaments and is set for six months on the sidelines.
The Georgian went don innocuously on the hour mark without a Frankfurt player anywhere near him and the worst case scenario has now been confirmed. “This injury affects us terribly” explained Union manager Oliver Ruhnert.
“Akaki Gogia had played himself into the starting eleven with his performances in training . It is even more bitter that he will be out for so long.”
Hoffenheim’s 3-0 home defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach saw their poor recent run continue and takes them down to 12th place in the table. It was their fourth match without a win and the third game out of four in which they had failed to score.
Yes, the Kraichgauer are in a period of transition, but they need to quickly find a new identity under new coach Alfred Schreuder and start picking up valuable Bundesliga points as the current trajectory is a negative one.
Köln’s heavy 4-0 home defeat to Hertha Berlin may have been avoided had key defender Jorge Meré not been sent off minutes before half-time.
The Portuguese centreback saw a straight red card from referee Sören Storks in the 41st minute after the match official decided to change his original yellow card after consulting VAR. Meré caught Vladimir Darida plum on the shin with a nasty looking challenge. Luckily there was no lasting damage, but it certainly warranted a red card.
I’ve put Alexander Nübel in the ‘losers’ section for his horrendous error which handed RB Leipzig a consolation goal on Saturday. A routine catch seemed on the cards, before the Schalke keeper tried a punch which went horribly wrong.
However, I’ve decided to rescind his loser status following his world-class double save that denied both Emil Forsberg and Marcel Sabitzer in the opening 20 minutes.
Genius and muppetry in the same game.
The home sides
None of the nine home sides this weekend managed a win, which is a very rare happening in the Bundesliga. Even more surprising was the fact that it was only Borussia Dortmund who managed to even take a point from their own stadium across all the weekend fixtures.
Away day joy!
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