The second wave of Bundesliga games played out recently, and again, viewers saw some high score lines, drama, and hard fought victories. Football isn’t the same where the atmosphere is concerned, but there is still quality on display on the pitch, with the battle at both ends of Germany’s topflight continuing to rage on.
The Battle Of Berlin
The only Bundesliga game to take place last Thursday, and one of our picks of the round, was always going to serve up something good. And it did. It was the “Battle of Berlin” between Hertha and Union, with both teams one place apart in the division. However, on the pitch, the divide was significant. Three goals in ten second-half minutes saw Hertha put the game beyond doubt before Dedryck Boyata made it 4-0 late on.
No Second Place For Leipzig
Fast forward a week, to the end of the run of Bundesliga games, and Hertha, buoyed by a three-nil win away at Hoffenheim and their derby success, travelled to play RB Leipzig; who beat Mainz 5-0 last time out. After taking the lead, Hertha were pegged back, and the teams went in level at half time. Marcel Halstenberg picked his second yellow of the game up for Leipzig. But the home side nudged themselves ahead five minutes later with twenty minutes to go. Fortunately for Hertha, the ever-reliable Krzysztof Piatek was on hand to convert a penalty late on to grab them a share of the points.
The Battle At The Top
The most significant Bundesliga game of the week for most was the big one at the top of the table. Leaders Bayern Munich travelled to second-placed Borussia Dortmund; with a victory a significant result for both outfits. In a game where both sides will feel they had valid claims for a penalty; it was a tense and close-run affair. No team dominated, and it was going to take something special to split the pair. And, what everyone was waiting for arrived just before half-time when Joshua Kimmich unleashed an audacious floated effort from range which Roman Burki couldn’t keep out.
What Does It All Mean
Bayern’s 1-0 victory means they are seven points clear of Dortmund now. The pressure is on for the latter too, with RB Leipzig only two points adrift. Plus Monchengladbach and Leverkusen will fancy their chances at a late push for the second spot; as they find themselves just four points behind. Leverkusen will be kicking themselves, as they would have been closer had they not been demolished 4-1 at home by Wolfsburg; who are a place behind them in sixth in the Bundesliga.
Bottom Of The Bundesliga Table
At the other end of the table, no team in the bottom three lost. Both Bremen and Dusseldorf picking up a draw and a victory in the last round of games. Paderborn, who are rooted to the foot of the table and eight points adrift of safety are now unbeaten in three. Still, it may be a case of it being too little, too late, they, along with the other outfits battling for Bundesliga survival; have shown they can pick up points.