Matchday 11 of the Bundesliga saw Borussia Dortmund finally getting back to winning ways at the expense of Mönchengladbach side who were unbeaten in 18 games prior to this. Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 courtesy of a Thomas Müller hat-trick and entertaining Hoffenheim were beaten at home by promoted FC Köln in a seven goal thriller.
An entertaining battle of the Borussias:
A high tempo encounter at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday saw bottom placed Dortmund beat a previously unbeaten Mönchengladbach with the help of a spectacular own goal by World Champion Christoph Kramer. The black and yellows dominated the game and boasted 20 shots on goal compared to ‘Gladbach’s mere 1. Marco Reus and Sebastian Kehl were in superb form, with the former rattling the post and testing keeper Yann Sommer on various occasions. Despite the pressure, the foals showed exactly why they have one the best defences in Europe with a greatly cohesive back line. Martin Stranzl made crucial interceptions to frustrate the Dortmund attack, who looked to swarm their opponents consistently. Finally, after all the pressure, Dortmund found themselves ahead thanks to a moment of madness by Kramer. Defensively, Sven Bender and Neven Subotic were able to thwart any attacks with ease and hang on to a much needed 3 points. The win ensures that Borussia Dortmund are no longer in the relegation zone and will take heart from this game to make the steady ascent to the top. Mönchengladbach relinquish second spot to Wolfsburg, but are well placed in third place at the moment.
Business as usual for Bayern Munich:
Eintracht Frankfurt’s poor form continued at the Commerzbank arens where they were no match for the Munich giants. Thomas Müller comfortably tapped in Franck Ribery’s low cross midway through the first half and despite Alex Meier stinging Manuel Neuer’s hands immediately after, the result was never in doubt. Philipp Lahm’s perfect through ball found Ribery again in the second half, who fed Muller again. Only three minutes later, the German international completed his hat-trick after a good pass from Mario Götze. Substitutes Xherdan Shaqiri turned in fellow substitute Sebastian Rode’s drive across the box late on, to complete the 4-0 routing. The win leaves Bayern in command of the league with a 4 point cushion over second placed Wolfsburg. Eintracht have now lost 4 consecutive games which leaves them 3 points away from bottom spot.
Impressive Wolfsburg announce themselves
Wolfsburg’s rich vein of form continued with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hamburg which saw Kevin de Bruyne steal the show with two great assists. Ivica Olic turned in the Belgian’s fierce shot following an Aaron Hunt corner in the 27th minute. A great counter attack was finished by Hunt in the 64th minute which saw De Bruyne sprint 60 meters with the ball before laying it off for the German to finish. The result ensures Hamburg drop back to the relegation zone and Dieter Hecking’s Wolves make it six wins in a row to help them take a three point lead over ‘Gladbach in second place. Now only four behind Bayern, they remain within catching distance, and can capitalize on any slips by the league leaders.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga:
Hannover who are enjoying their best ever start to the campaign beat Hertha 2-0 away, Hoffenheim were thwarted by Köln 3-4 in a topsy-turvy encounter, Leverkusen drew 0-0 against Mainz, Schalke’s problems continued with a 2-0 loss Wolfsburg’s rich vein of form continued with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hamburg in a poor performance by the Blues, surprise package Paderborn lost 3-0 at Augsburg and Viktor Skripnik’s new look Werder Bremen were comfortable victors over a struggling Stuttgart.
- Borussia Dortmund kept their first clean sheet of the season, and in spectacular style by allowing just one shot on their goal during the whole match.
- Thomas Müller netted the first hat-trick of the season, which was only the second hat-trick of his career.
- Stefan Kießling, a normally reliable goalscorer, has now gone 815 minutes without scoring – his longest goal drought.
- Tobias Werner became FC Augsburg’s all time top scorer in the Bundesliga, with 19 goals.
- Jerome Boateng has gone 50 games in a row without defeat for Bayern. No other player has achieved that before.
Goal of the week:
Pawel Olkowski’s brilliant control, turn and finish outside the box against Hoffenheim was a great goal, but the winner is Christoph Kramer’s own goal from the center circle, an rather unfortunate one but worthy of GotW nevertheless!