Bundesliga wrap: Haaland, Wirtz star in 7-goal thriller; Bayern rolls Leipzig

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Two matches that often play big roles in defining recent Bundesliga season took the stage Saturday, and neither failed to deliver goals.

Borussia Dortmund came back to beat Bayer Leverkusen in a seven-goal thriller and Bayern Munich pasted RB Leipzig in pivotal returns to league action after the travel and travails of an international break.

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Wolfsburg also won to stay atop the division by two points over Bayern while Mainz — yes, Mainz — is having a nice early season and sits fourth after multiple seasons of struggles.

Here’s what went down in Germany on Saturday.

Bayer Leverkusen 3-4 Borussia Dortmund

Two of the Bundesliga’s brightest young stars dueled at Leverkusen, with Dortmund thrice answering goals from the hosts before VAR put Erling Haaland on the penalty spot for a late winner.

Florian Wirtz scored and had an assist as Leverkusen took a 2-1 lead, Haaland getting the first of his two goals in between.

Haaland then set up Julian Brandt after halftime for BVB’s second equalizer of the day before Moussa Diaby put the hosts back on top in the 55th.

Raphael Guerreiro tied it at 3 in the 71st minute, before Marco Reus won a penalty through video review that Haaland put home in the 77th.

Dortmund sits third, three points behind Wolfsburg and two points back of Bayern. BVB plays Wolfsburg and Bayern back-to-back, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

RB Leipzig 1-4 Bayern Munich

Julian Nagelsmann had a triumphant return to Red Bull Arena, even if the score line didn’t indicate tense moments in the contest between Bayern Munich and his former team.

Now managed by American coach Jesse Marsch, Leipzig had most of the ball in a first-half that only saw a Robert Lewandowski penalty dot the score sheet.

Bayern manufactured the big chances of the game, and got a goal and an assist from  Jamal Musiala with Leroy Sane and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also scoring goals.

Leipzig, whose goal came via Konrad Laimer, is still adapting to another summer of sales and a managerial change ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League start at in-form Man City.

Nagelsmann now has consecutive big-goal games under his belt after a slow start to life in Bavaria. He was pleased how his return to Leipzig played out on Saturday.

“I always felt good in this stadium, today wasn’t any different,” Nagelsmann said. “We weren’t that much better as the scoreboard is telling. It was a pretty wild game from both sides in the first half. We won 4-1 in the end, but we can play better than we did today.”

Leipzig did get a banger for its goal.

Americans Abroad

  • Tyler Adams did not play for RB Leipzig after going 270 minutes in a week for the USMNT.
  • Giovanni Reyna missed Dortmund’s win through injury.
  • Chris Richards went 90 minutes at center back for Hoffenheim, making three tackles and six clearances in a 2-0 loss.
  • John Brooks played the final 17 minutes of first-place Wolfsburg’s win at Greuther Furth, while Julian Green rang up two key passes for the winless visitors.

Bundesliga Week 4 results

Bayer Leverkusen 3-4 Borussia Dortmund
Union Berlin 0-0 Augsburg
Freiburg 1-1 Koln
Greuther Furth 0-2 Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 0-2 Mainz
RB Leipzig 1-4 Bayern Munich
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Stuttgart — 9:30am ET Sunday
Bochum vs Hertha Berlin — 11:30am ET Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Arminia Bielefeld — 1:30pm ET Sept. 12