Following the international break, it was back to Bundesliga action this weekend and there were plenty of talking points from the third matchday. Bayern were beaten by Hoffenheim, while Dortmund, Hamburg and Hannover also lost their 100% records.
There were hat tricks, red cards, and history makers, so who were the hits and misses of Bundesliga matchday 3?
German national team trainer Joachim Löw has stated that no-one is guaranteed a place in his squad for next summer’s World Cup, but if Timo Werner continues to show his form of late, he will surely be one of the first names on the list.
Three goals for the Nationalelf against the Czech Republic and Norway were followed by another great goal on Friday in Leipzig’s 2-0 win at Hamburg. With the Rote Bullen one goal up, and under pressure from HSV, Werner was sent on his way with a quick pass from Kevin Kampl.
The in-form striker sprinted with the ball from inside his own half, easily shrugging off challenges from Dennis Diekmeier and Gotoku Sakai before keeping his cool to fire past Christian Mathenia in the HSV goal.
It was his third Bundesliga goal of the season and capped quite a week for the 21-year-old, who must be looking forward to spending four weeks next summer in Russia.
Hoffenheim and the ball boy
In the battle between the ‘Old Master’ Carlo Ancelotti and the ‘Young Apprentice’ Julian Nagelsmann, it was the latter who triumphed on Saturday as Hoffenheim beat Bayern Munich at the Rhein-Neckar Arena for the second year in a row.
Despite allowing the visitors to dominate possession, it was the hosts who took a shock lead going into half time and not without some controversy. Quick thinking from Andrej Kramaric and quick recycling of the ball from the TSG ball boy allowed a throw-in to be taken while Bayern were napping and Mark Uth was able to fire in. Uth will claim his goal bonus, but surely the teenage ball boy should be claiming an assist.
Bayern had their chances, but in contrast to Hoffenheim were not clinical enough. Six minutes into the second half, a poor headed clearance from Joshua Kimmich started a phase of incisive passing from the home side, which ended with Uth once more stroking the ball past a bemused Manuel Neuer for 2-0.
Even with the introduction of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James, Hoffenheim were not to be bowed and the defence stood firm to see out the win and claim the prized scalp of the Rekordmeister (again).
Julian Nagelsmann, TSG Hoffenheim and the ball boy-take a bow.
Augsburg’s Icelandic striker became the first player to hit a hat trick this season with his trio of goals against Köln. He was helped by some really slack defending from the Geißböcke, but the 28-year old will enjoy the plaudits nonetheless.
He opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as he headed in a left wing cross from Philipp Max. Unmarked and under no challenge Finnbogason had the rather simple task of heading down into the ground and past a helpless Timo Horn.
He bagged his second via the penalty spot taking over the responsibility from the now departed Paul Verhaegh. A foul on Marcel Heller gave him the chance to ruthlessly drill the spot kick home.
He had chances to claim the hat trick on a number of occasions, but the striker did ultimately claim the match ball bagging his third deep in jury time as he profited from Sergio Cordova’s shot coming off the post to slide in the rebound. Finnbogason is now clear at the top of the nascent scoring charts with four goals to his credit.
Not bad for someone playing under the ill-effects of a virus picked up while on international duty for his country last week.
The Bundesliga leads the way again. This time history has been made with Bibiana Steinhaus becoming the first female referee to take charge of a top flight game in any of the big five leagues in Europe with the 38-year-old taking charge of Hertha Berlin’s clash with Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Probably the biggest compliment to be paid is the fact that she was hardly noticed, which for a referee is a highly desired quality. Apart from dishing out a yellow card to Hertha’s Per Ciljan Skjelbred for a foul on Florian Kainz, there was very little attention on the match official.
Birthday boy Naldo celebrated his 35th birthday not only with a valuable three points against VfB Stuttgart, but he also got on the scoresheet himself netting the Königsblauen’s second goal straight after the half time interval to restore his side’s lead.
A perfectly flighted free-kick delivery from Bastian Oczipka found the Brazilian centre-back inside the six yard box and he glanced home the header past Ron Robert Zieler (albeit with a sneaky suspicion of use of the arm).
Schalke had gone into the break with boos ringing in their ears following a disappointing first 45 minutes. Naldo’s goal was the catalyst for an improved second period and they scored a third within 60 seconds. Happy birthday Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues.
Borussia Dortmund’s medical department
I was tempted to mute the commentary on the Freiburg vs Dortmund match on Saturday and whack on the Queen classic “Another one bites the dust” and allow Freddie Mercury to commentate as Dortmund players dropped like flies in the first half.
Marc Bartra was the first to go down and then off in the 17th minute with a hip injury. Marcel Schmelzer followed ten minutes later with what looked a pretty nasty injury. The Dortmund captain was making his first appearance of the season having recovered from an ankle ligament injury.
“It looks like it could be a recurrence of the same ankle injury, judging by how it feels,” said Dortmund press officer Sascha Fligge. “X-rays don’t show ligaments, though, so we’ll have to wait for an MRI on the ankle”.
Well the MRI scan on Sunday confirmed ‘Schmelle’ had ruptured ankle ligaments in his right foot, ruling him out for up to six weeks.
Bartra and Schmelzer add to already lengthy list of patients for the BVB medical staff with Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Schürrle, Erik Durm and Sebastian Rode all currently out injured.
Alas poor Yoric! That was not the way that French winger Yoric Ravet would have wanted his first game for Freiburg to go. Signed late in the transfer window from Young Boys, the new boy was red carded just 29 minutes into his Bundesliga debut
Ravet was initially given a yellow card for his late tackle on Marcel Schmelzer, but with the Dortmund left back on the ground receiving treatment, referee Benjamin Cortus took a look at the video on the sidelines and after consulting the VAR, changed the yellow for a straight red.
The crowd booed, Freiburg trainer Christian Streich was perplexed and had a little rant at the officials, but the replay shows that it was a justified sending off.
A bad start to the season just got worse for Köln. Two losses before the international break was not the start the Billy Goats were after, but it was a case of ‘more of the same’ as they slumped to a 3-0 loss at Augsburg.
The stats don’t look too bad for Köln, but the scoreboard and lack of points certainly does. They enjoyed the majority of possession (67%), had an 81% pass completion rate, forced 9 corners and had 13 efforts on goal.
However the defending for Augsburg’s first goal was abject with the usually reliable Frederik Sörensen forgetting that his job was to; a) mark Finnbogason and b) head the ball away and c) not look like a complete amateur. He failed on all three counts.
On the half hour mark they really should have equalised only for the hapless Jhon Cordoba to screw things up. Clean through on goal the Columbian striker showed a lack of confidence by not taking the shot himself, opting to play in Yuya Osako. His over hit pass though put an end to the chance and let Augsburg of the hook.
Jonas Hector’s clumsy challenge on Marcel Heller seconds later led to the penalty and the game was away from Köln.
“Augsburg deserved to win today, because we made it too easy for them to score” said trainer Peter Stöger after the game. “We had one or two chances to get back in the game, but we couldn’t capitalise. When you don’t take your chances in the Bundesliga, you won’t get any points.”
With Werder Bremen drawing and Mainz winning, Köln are the only side yet to register a single point. Next up is a midweek trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the Europa League before facing Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park next Sunday. It doesn’t rain, but it pours Geißböcke fans!
Three weeks into the new season and subscribers to Eurosport Player, hoping to settle down on a Friday night to watch the opening fixture, are still being frustrated by technical problems.
Many, having paid a special introductory price of €29.99 are seeing an error message or an unwatchable stream rather than the finest football the Bundesliga has to offer. The Friday match between Köln and Hamburg was plagued with problems, and this week was no different with viewers of HSV versus Leipzig suffering technical issues. Thousands of Bundesliga fans with simultaneous ‘buffer-face’- not a pretty sight!