Bundesliga wrap: Cologne earns second win, BVB without Auba, Pulisic

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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.

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 18 14 2 2 40 12 28 7-1-0 7-1-2 44
 RB Leipzig 18 9 4 5 30 26 4 6-2-1 3-2-4 31
 FC Schalke 04 18 8 6 4 29 24 5 5-3-1 3-3-3 30
 Borussia Dortmund 18 8 5 5 39 24 15 4-2-3 4-3-2 29
 Bayer Leverkusen 18 7 7 4 35 26 9 4-4-1 3-3-4 28
 Mönchengladbach 18 8 4 6 28 30 -2 5-2-2 3-2-3 28
 FC Augsburg 18 7 6 5 28 23 5 4-4-2 3-2-3 27
 1899 Hoffenheim 18 7 6 5 28 23 5 5-3-1 2-3-4 27
 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 7 6 5 21 19 2 2-3-4 5-3-1 27
 Hannover 96 18 7 5 6 27 28 -1 5-3-1 2-2-5 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 18 6 6 6 26 26 0 4-2-3 2-4-3 24
 VfL Wolfsburg 18 3 11 4 21 21 0 2-6-1  1-4-3 20
 VfB Stuttgart 18 6 2 10 14 21 -7  0-1-8 1-3-5 20
 SC Freiburg 18 4 8 6 18 32 -14 3-5-1 1-4-3 20
 FSV Mainz 05 18 4 5 9 21 31 -10 4-1-4 0-4-5 17
 Werder Bremen 18 3 7 8 14 21 -7 2-3-4 1-4-4 16
 Hamburger SV 18 4 3 11 15 26 -11 3-2-4 1-1-7 15
 1. FC Köln 18 2 3 13 12 33 -21 2-1-6 0-2-7 9