Bundesliga Report: Dortmund falls to Gladbach; Bayern held to a draw by Leverkusen

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The Bundesliga gave us plenty of surprises this weekend, the biggest of which was Dortmund losing to rivals Gladbach in the Revierderby. The loss is Dortmund’s first in the league this season, and it drops them from table toppers down into second place. There they sit even on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who drew against Bayern Munich in Saturday’s late match. The point earned by Bayern puts them on top, and Pep Guardiola’s squad remain the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga.

Here’s a closer look at the Bundesliga results through Saturday evening.

Friday

Hannover 1-1 Hertha Berlin

With these two sides sitting a point apart, in fifth and sixth place respectively, a draw comes as little surprise. Hannover held on to the lead through much of the match, but in the 81st minute, Christian Schultz’s goal was neutralized by Ronny’s equalizer. The Brazilian had been on the field for barely a minute when he scored from a free kick, sending his shot into the top corner of the net

Saturday

Wolfsburg 0-2 Braunschweig

Braunschweig’s victory may have been overshadowed by the big boys dropping points this weekend, but their first win of the season is certainly worthy of celebration. Wolfsburg may not be having the best of times, but they still weren’t expected to lose to bottom dwelling Braunschweig, who’d scored just three while letting in 18. Yet Karim Bellarabi and Domi Kumbela both found the back of the net, although Braunschweig remain in the relegation zone.

Mainz 2-2 Hoffeinheim

Hoffeinheim must’ve thought they were going to trot off home comfortable winners, a win that would’ve elevated them up into the European places. Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino had given the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute, but Thomas Tuchel made some intelligent changes to get Mainz back in the match. In the 82nd minute, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put one in, but it was Mainz’s corner in added time that broke Hoffeinheim’s back, with Yunus Malli grabbing the equalizer.

Schalke 4-1 Augsburg

There’s nothing like thrashing a team above you in the standings to make up for a poor start to the season. It could’ve been a much different match for the visitors, with Sascha Mölders scoring in the 10th minute. But Ragnar Klavan was sent off five minutes later, and Kevin-Prince Boateng converted the resulting penalty to give Schalke the equalizer. Adám Szalai then scored two and Max Meyer put in the fourth. Schalke’s victory lifts them up to ninth, even with Werder Bremen and Stuttgart.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Well, who saw this coming? Whoever did is probably buying rounds tonight after collecting a decent chunk of change off their betting slip. Gladbach are a decent side, sure, but Dortmund were coming off a 3-0 victory over Marseille and had yet to lose in the Bundesliga. Perhaps conscious of this point, Gladbach seemed determined to play for a point, while Dortmund sent shot after shot at Marc-André ter Stegen’s goal. But the match was turned on its head when Mats Hummels was sent off for a foul on Havard Nordtveit. Max Kruse converted the penalty, and Raffael put in a second five minutes later.

Stuttgart 1-1 Werder Bremen

Two sides even on points ending the night in a draw. This is perhaps the least surprising thing that happened in Germany this week.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Bayern Munich

Guardiola’s men remain undefeated, but one can’t help but wonder if Bayern could’ve done a bit better, particularly after the thrashing they gave to Manchester City midweek. But after Sidney Sam equalized just two minutes after Toni Kroos’s opener, Bayer shut down their opponents completely. While the reigning champs tried again and again to break through the home side’s defense, Bayer weren’t about to give an inch, perfectly content to take a point from their meeting with the German giants.

Still to come

Nurnberg vs. Hamburg

Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt