Without several of its biggest stars in the lineup on Sunday, Dortmund dropped points once again despite introducing several exciting, young faces to its starting team.
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Meanwhile, one of the Bundesliga’s bottom sides earned a major boost during an otherwise disappointing season.
Cologne 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
For just the second time this season, Cologne has picked up three points in a league match. Although the side remains at the bottom of the Bundesliga, the victory over top six side Monchengladbach will be a massive boost to the club’s confidence moving forward.
Frederik Sorensen gave the hosts the lead on 34 minutes, before Raffael’s second-half finish appeared to provide Monchengladbach with the equalizer and potentially a share of the points. However, Simon Terodde’s header deep into second-half stoppage time was the difference in the match, and sent the RheinEnergieStadion into eruption.
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Wolfsburg
Peter Stöger’s men were without two of its top attacking players on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic both out of the team for Dortmund. That left youngsters Jadon Sancho — formerly of Manchester City and Alexander Isak the topics of the day for the home side.
Each player nearly found a winner for Dortmund on the day, after finding efforts that struck woodwork. Despite outshooting Wolfsburg by 18 to 9, the hosts were noticeably unprepared up front as Stoger’s crew failed to trouble goalkeeper Koen Casteels on a regular basis.
Bayern Munich’s 3-1 away win Friday gave the Bundesliga leaders a 14-point lead on the table and put the onus on the chasing pack for the rest of the weekend.
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RB Leipzig shaved a point off that advantage with a win on a busy Saturday in Germany.
Hannover 3-2 Mainz
The Bundesliga world belongs to Niclas Fullkrug, and the rest of the league is justing paying his rent.
The visitors went down 2-0 after Mainz got goals from Yoshinori Muto and Alexander Hack, but it’s fortunate for the hosts that German striker Fullkrug carried over his December 2017 form to the new year.
Having scored thrice in the final five matches of the calendar year, Fullkrug netted in the 33rd and 38th minutes Saturday before completing his hat trick with a 75th minute winner.
RB Leipzig 3-1 Schalke
Liverpool may want Naby Keita to arrive before the summer, but he’s still on the pitch and scored a first half goal for his German side.
They might’ve wanted to sell him at half, though, as his needless foul allowed Naldo to score an equalizer in the second frame.
But Timo Werner and Kurt Bruma scored two minutes apart to restore the home hopes, and RBL held on to pull past Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, and — for now — Borussia Dortmund into second place.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg — Bobby Wood goes 74 mins in loss
Stuttgart 1-0 Hertha Berlin — Own goal the difference
Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim — USMNT’s Johannsson gets rare time
Koln vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday
Remember when the Bundesliga threatened to give us a title race? Those were the days.
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Bayern Munich won again on the road, improving its goal differential to 24 and stretching its table lead thanks to draws for RB Leipzig, Schalke, and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Maybe next year.
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen
Soon-to-be 21-year-old Maximilian Eggestein saw his early goal canceled out by — who else? — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie restored the visitors’ lead in the 65th minute and BVB wouldn’t find an answer.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich
The hosts had been rather stingy, but Arturo Vidal found a break through to give Jupp Heynckes’ men another win. Bayern is now eight points clear of the pack after another win.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Schalke
Christoph Kramer’s 24th minute lead was canceled out by a second half own goal, but Schalke couldn’t find the goal to keep pace with Bayern.
Stuttgart 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
RB Leipzig 2-2 Mainz
Hamburg 0-0 Wolfsburg
Koln vs. Freiburg — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover 96 vs. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg vs. Hertha Berlin — Noon ET Sunday
The Bavarians’ return to ascendancy under Jupp Heynckes is complete after Bayern Munich went into the Westfalenstadion and captured a 3-1 Der Klassiker win on Saturday.
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Dortmund had more shot attempts than its visitors, but shot attempts don’t accumulate points on the table, and BVB finds itself third in the Bundesliga. (video)
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski scored first half goals to put Peter Bosz under plenty of pressure in front of that great Yellow Wall.
David Alaba made it 3-0 67th minute, and the idea of a title race in Germany is already feeling a bit like a dream.
There’s silver lining for American fans, as Christian Pulisic nutmegged Robben en route to Bayern’s lone goal, an 88th minute wonder from ex-Barcelona center back Marc Bartra.
Also… thanks to Paul Carr of ESPN for these nuggets:
RB Leipzig 2-1 Hannover 96
Test passed for RBL, who moved four points clear of Hannover and into second place with a comeback win. Jonathas put the visitors ahead, but Yannick Poulsen and Timo Werner scored in 15 second half minutes for all three points.
Freiburg 0-1 Schalke
Daniel Caligiuri scored a Bundesliga goal for the seventh-straight season, and it’s a big one. Schalke has moved level with BVB on 20 points, and five back of leaders Bayern.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Werder Bremen — Friday
Hamburg 3-1 Stuttgart
Augsburg 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Mainz
Koln vs. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. Hertha Berlin — Noon ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund’s dominant start to the season is no more, and new Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has his side very much in the race for yet another Bundesliga crown.
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Hamburg 0-1 Bayern Munich
Strikers Bobby Wood (Hamburg) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) were frustrated, combining for just 47 touches, and it took a fittingly messy goal to separate the two. It came from French midfielder Corentin Tolisso and pulled Bayern level with leaders BVB on points, three goals back in differential.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
BVB is, quite officially, in a bit of a funk. Nuri Sahin and Marvin Philipp gave the visitors a 2-0 lead, but Eintracht sprung for goals in the 64th and 68th minutes to deny the leaders more than a point. Christian Pulisic ran his socks off, as usual, with more than 11km covered, but will not look back on his 90 minutes fondly. It happens.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen
American left winger Fabian Johnson buried a seventh minute goal… then watched the visitors put five of their six shots on target home for a gnarly home loss.
Schalke 2-0 Mainz — Friday
RB Leipzig 1-0 Stuttgart
Augsburg 1-2 Hannover 96
Koln vs. Werder Bremen — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Noon ET Sunday