Borussia Dortmund routed Freiburg, Eintracht Braunschweig slumped to a 4-0 defeat at home, and eight teams scored at least 2 goals only to come away with 1 consolatory point. THT has your Bundesliga Matchday 7 review.
Dortmund fire five past Freiburg
Currently, BVB sit above Bayern on goal difference alone with both teams having taken 19 of 21 possible points. But Dortmund’s prolificacy is a marked difference between the Bundesliga’s top two this year, and that free-flowing goalscoring talent was on full display during a 5-0 rout of Freiburg this weekend.
It was all but one-way traffic from the outset. Jonathan Schmid had a chance inside the first 20 minutes, but Dortmund were by far the more threatening via Subotic, Reus, Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang. Oliver Baumann quite literally had his hands full — until he didn’t: a fumbled save allowed Reus to nab the opener, with 35 minutes gone. Then right on halftime, Fallou Diagne fouled Lewandowski inside the box to earn a straight red. Reus converted from the spot to put the home side up 2-0.
Lewandowski had scored in 6 straight league games against Freiburg, and he wasn’t about to stop now. A brace in the second half saw him equal Jan Furtok’s record, as the only Polish players to have scored 60 in the Bundesliga. Lewandowski wrapped up the afternoon with a beautiful through ball to Blaszczykowski, who made it 5 for Dortmund with 10 minutes to go.
Eintracht Braunschweig winless after 7 matchdays
It seems the Lions’ meteoric rise to the Bundesliga is fated to end in a spectacular fall. With Sunday’s 4-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Braunschweig now hold the worst opening record in Bundesliga history.
Torsten Lieberknecht has refused to abandon the open, entertaining football that took his team so far. Braunschweig have kept the focus on the attack, and experimented with the back line to find what will hold. The answer? Not much. Thus far Braunschweig have already shipped 18 goals while scoring only 3.
Sunday’s match against Stuttgart was symptomatic of the newly-promoted side’s existential woes. Braunschweig dominated Stuttgart for long stretches of the first half. In the 26th minute, Marco Caligiuri very nearly put the home side up 1-0. But Thomas Kirschbaum just managed to get his fingertips to the deflected shot.
Twenty minutes later, Vedad Ibisevic took the lead for Stuttgart off Alexandru Maxim’s inch-perfect free kick. This half-time lead set the tone for the rest of the match. Ibrahima Traore ran rampant down the right wing and seemed to cut through a harried Braunschweig defense at will. One powerful shot set up Maxim’s goal. Another resulted in a goal for Traore himself. And for an encore, Traore teed up Martin Harnik for Stuttgart’s fourth and final goal of the night.
Thomas Schneider’s side deserve credit for their Lion-taming performance. But they will not be playing Braunschweig every week, and Stuttgart have work yet to be done. As for Braunschweig, they are rock bottom after 7 matchdays and the fine line between realism and pessimism fades. All that remains, it seems, is to see if this Lion will fight or, instead, go gentle into the good night.
High-scoring draws highlight tumultuous weekend
Twelve of 18 Bundesliga teams scored at least 2 goals this weekend — but eight of them ended up with only 1 consolatory point at the end of 90+ minutes.
It began with a four-goal thriller between Augsburg and Gladbach on Friday. An unpredictable encounter concluded with some late drama, as first Branimir Hrgota put Gladbach up 2-1 completely against the run of play. The Foals then very nearly ran out their advantage, before Arkadiusz Milik poached a last-gasp equalizer to spoil Gladbach’s day.
Hoffenheim and Schalke did one better on Saturday, playing out a six-goal draw that saw the Royal Blues up 2-0, then 3-1, before conceding two in the second half and nearly giving the match away to Hoffenheim. Also on Saturday, HSV nicked a point at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to a late Marcell Jansen equalizer. Frankfurt will be ruing their misfortune, but it was a welcome result for freshly-minted HSV head coach Bert van Marwijk.
And just in case Bundesliga fans hadn’t had enough, Werder Bremen and FC Nuremberg concluded the draw drama with a haphazard 3-3 on Sunday. Bremen came roaring out of the gates, and in the 8th minute Berkay Dabanli turned Santiago Garcia’s dangerous cross into his own net. Garcia, Hunt, and Elia were particularly devastating, with Elia bagging a brace. But Nuremberg have a tough reputation for a reason: Der Club bounced back with goals from Kiyotake, Drmic, and Hlousek to secure one vital point.
Bundesliga Matchday 7 Results:
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Hannover 96, Bayern Munich 1-0 Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin 3-1 Mainz
- In 12 competitive matches this season, Bayern Munich have fielded 11 different starting XI’s.
- Dortmund have scored the opening goal in 15 consecutive Bundesliga matches, equaling HSV’s all-time record.
- This is the first time Mainz have lost 4 Bundesliga matches in a row under Thomas Tuchel.
- Hoffenheim’s matches have averaged 5 goals each this season (17 for, 18 against).
- For the first time since April, Stefan Kiessling failed to score during a home match.
Goal of the Week:
Robert Lewandowski’s clever, composed lob tops this week’s charts. (Dortmund 3-0 Freiburg)