Three teams remain unbeaten after eight matches of Bundesliga play, with a fourth having the potential to join them by the end of the weekend.
Yet, shockingly, not only is Borussia Dortmund not one of that group, but Jurgen Klopp’s team is fifth from the bottom after another head-scratching loss.
Did Shinji Kagawa bring back some horrible disease from Manchester? We’re searching for any answers while we rifle through the results.
Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen
What a way for the visitors to wallow in their last place status: a crushing, comprehensive defeat by the reigning champs. Philipp Lahm and Mario Gotze each scored twice, while some guys named Xabi Alonso and Thomas Muller also netted. It was 4-0 at halftime, and Werder finished the game without an attempt on goal (compared to Die Bavarians and their 19).
FC Koln 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
It’s not like teams are getting fat off BVB — Dortmund outshot the hosts 16-5 — but Koln attacker Simon Zoller’s 74th minute goal kept them spiraling down the table. Ciro Immobile scored in the 48th minute to level the teams, but no other goals would come for Klopp’s kids.
Hannover 96 0-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
USMNT defender Fabian Johnson subbed on for the match’s final 15 minutes, and was on the pitch as Max Kruse added his second of the day to complete the scoring. Swiss attacker Granit Xhaka also scored as Monchengladbach is four points behind leaders Bayern.
Schalke 2-0 Hertha Berlin
Big names Julian Draxler and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted to give manager Roberto Di Matteo a win on debut. USMNT defender John Anthony Brooks came on for the match’s final 20 minutes and Hertha did not concede a goal.
Stuttgart 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen
The visitors thought they could put it on cruise control after Heung-Min Son’s pair of goals and Karim Bellarabi’s 41st minute exclamation point produced a 3-0 lead. But Stuttgart scored goals in the 57th, 67th and 76th minutes to climb out of the Bottom Three.
Freiburg 1-2 Wolfsburg — A pair from Daniel Caligiuri set the table for the away win.
Mainz 2-1 Augsburg — Two goals in three minutes were enough for the hosts.
Hamburg vs. Hoffenheim — 930am ET
Paderborn vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 1130am ET
|FSV Mainz 05||8||3||5||0||12||7||5||2-2-0||1-3-0||14|
|FC Schalke 04||8||3||2||3||13||12||1||2-2-0||1-0-3||11|
|1. FC Köln||8||2||3||3||6||7||-1||1-2-1||1-1-2||9|
|Hertha BSC Berlin||8||2||2||4||11||16||-5||2-1-1||0-1-3||8|