Borussia Dortmund triumphed in the Revierderby to maintain their unbeaten Bundesliga run, while champions Bayern eased past Nürnberg in the Fränkisch-Bayerisches Derby. Eintracht Frankfurt suffered another defeat whereas Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Borussia Mönchengladbach all returned to winning ways.
We had passion, top goals, debut goals, bizarre own-goals, blood curdling injuries, red cards and much more. So just who were the winners and losers from matchday 14?
After five winless matches, it was back to winning ways for Werder Bremen as they kicked off matchday 14 on Friday night with a 3-1 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf. Grabbing the headlines in particular were two goalscorers making their starting debuts for the club.
After five brief substitute appearances following his summer move from Nürnberg, Felix Möhwald was a given a surprise first start in the Grün-Weißen midfield against Fortuna in place of Nuri Sahin. He responded with the opening goal after 20 minutes lashing the ball in from the edge of the box following good play from Milot Rashica and Max Kruse.
US striker Josh Sargent, in the first team squad for the firs time, then enjoyed a dream debut scoring with his first touch after coming on as a 76th minute substitute. The 18-year-old headed in from close range after Martin Harnik had seen his touch well saved by Michael Rensing. On the pitch for just 86 seconds before scoring, Sargent fully justified the clamour for his inclusion after scoring a hatful of goals for Werder Bremen II over the past weeks.
Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious from the Revierderby at the Veltins Arena and were greeted on their return to the Signal Iduna Park with a firework display and hundreds of ecstatic fans.
The hero of the hour in their 2-1 win over their fierce rivals was Jadon Sancho, whose star increases to rise week on week. The attacker became the first Englishman and the youngest ever player to score in the Revierderby, aged 18 years, eight months and 13 days (replacing Lars Ricken).
His exquisitely taken goal came after Schalke had fought themselves back into contention with a dubious penalty converted by Daniel Caligiuri. The youngster was visibly emotional after scoring what turned out to be the winner and later revealed that the goal meant more than just three points and bragging rights in the Ruhrgebiet.
“The goal means everything to my family,” Sancho explained after the mach. “Sadly my grandmother passed away, so that goal was for her. I’m glad that I got the goal and helped the team to get three points.”
Sancho missed training on Thursday due to the bereavement, and the composure with which he played in such a fiery atmosphere, and after a difficult week, is testament to him as a player.
The best defence in the Bundesliga was put to the sword by Christian Streich’s Breisgauer Brazilians on Saturday with a richly deserved 3-0 win over RB Leipzig at the Schwarzwaldstadion.
Having conceded just 10 goals in their previous 13 games, Leipzig let in three away to Freiburg and it could have been worse had it not been for keeper Peter Gulacsi.
The hosts took an early 12th minute lead when Nils Peterson adjusted well to score after Christian Günter had seen his shot saved by RB’s keeper. The second arrived via the penalty spot with Luca Waldschmidt handed the responsibility, and the former HSV striker dispatched the spot kick with both precision and power.
Captain Mike Frantz applied the final denouement heading in well from Lukas Kübler’s inviting cross. After struggling to make an impact last weekend away at Borussia Dortmund, there was a huge smile on Christian Streich’s face when referee Tobias Welz blew the final whistle, but one of consternation on Ralf Rangnick’s.
Robert Lewandowski/ Franck Ribéry
With Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Paco Alcácer all on fire over the past weeks goals-wise, Robert Lewandowski’s place at the top of the scoring charts had been usurped. The Pole however has still been banging the goals in for Bayern and he sent out a reminder on Saturday to those believing he may be giving up the Torjägerkanone this season.
Granted his brace against Nürnberg were rather simple affairs, but the Munich hitman still had to be in the right place at the right time- something he has an uncanny knack of doing. He now has nine for the season, level with Haller and just one one behind Jovic and Alcácer. Write him off at your peril!
Team mate Franck Ribéry scored the third in Bayern’s 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena notching up a personal achievement in the process. His goal means he has now scored in twelve consecutive Bundesliga seasons. His first for the Bavarians came back on August 18th 2007 when he scored a penalty in a 4-0 win over Werder Bremen.
The eagle has been grounded! Having been soaring over the past weeks, scoring goals for fun and notching up win after win at home and abroad, Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a second successive league defeat on Saturday going down to a 1-0 loss away at Hertha Berlin.
A point really would have been justified, but against all recent form, their strikers Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic all failed to find the target (or were denied by BSC keeper Rune Jarstein).
It was the first time this season that Adi Hütter’s side have failed to find the back of the net. “If you look at the balance of play over the 90 minutes we deserved to take a point” the Adler coach explained after the match. “We weren’t committed enough initially in the first half and Hertha played very well. At the end of the second half we took control and fought our way back into the game.
“Unfortunately we weren’t awarded what looked like an obvious penalty just before the end, which was a big shame. It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost.”
A whipped cross from the right and a diving header leaving Oliver Baumann no chance- goal to VfL Wolfsburg. It is debatable whether either Wout Weghorst or Daniel Ginczek could have done it better, but the bad news for Hoffenheim was that it was their own defender Ermin Bičakčić, who produced the stunning header to equalise for the hosts Wolfsburg.
The 28-year-old Bosnian had quite the afternoon to forget as just 180 seconds later he was in the wrong place at the wrong time again to deflect Daniel Gincaek’s shot over the hapless Baumann in the TSG goal to give die Wölfe the lead.
In the end a 71st minute strike from Andre Kramaric sealed a share of the spoils for Julian Nagelsmann’s side and spared the defender’s blushes somewhat. Even so, there will be better days at the office for Bičakčić.
‘Sometimes you just have to bite your tongue’- advice that Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness would often do well to heed. However, Augsburg keeper Andres Luthe took the saying quite literally on Saturday at the Bay Arena biting a chunk out of his tongue in a collision with Kevin Volland.
The goalkeeper was forced to rush out bravely in the 30th minute to deny the Leverkusen forward, but came off worse, when Volland’s knee caught him on the head.
“It felt like I was hit by a car” he said after the game. “I bit on my tongue and a part came loose. I spit blood all the time. But at one point the bleeding stopped. But when I suck, there is still blood.”
To make a bad day even worse, Luthe conceded in the 75th minute to Lucas Alario meaning he left empty handed as well as with less tongue than he started with.
Another match gone and other another missed opportunity to gain one of the wins that club President Martin Kind has demanded before the Winterpause.
It was a case of ‘nearly, but not quite’ for Hannover as they came away from the Opel Arena with ‘just’ a point. With Bayern Munich up next and then a difficult trip to Freiburg coming up, Sunday’s trip to Mainz looked their best shot at three points, but it wasn’t to be.
They did lead from as early as the 12th minute thanks to Henrik Weydandt’s goal, but just couldn’t see the result over the line conceding a 86th minute penalty, which was duly converted by Daniel Brosinski. To make matters even worse they had Oliver Sorg sent-off deep into injury time for a second yellow card.
Benjamin Pavard/ Erik Thommy
French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard has been coming in for some scrutiny recently with his levels of performance being cited as one of the contributing factors to VfB Stuttgart’s poor run of results.
His display on Sunday in the Swabians 3-0 defeat at the Borussia Park to Mönchengladbach will have done little to get the critics off his back. His 84th minute own goal put the icing on the cake for the and to make matters worse he was forced off injured as a result leaving his side with nine outfield players on the pitch.
That was because midfielder Erik Thommy had already been sent off and Markus Weinzierl had already made his allotted three substitutions. Thommy was introduced as a half-time replacement for Andreas Beck but got himself booked twice and was sent-off by referee Deniz Aytekin in the 83rd minute.
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