Bundesliga Recap — Borussia Mönchengladbach Takes the Top Spot After Embarrassing Bayern Loss

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Pole position in the Bundesliga has changed several times over matchday seven in Germany, but on Sunday, it was Borussia Mönchengladbach who came out on top, following a 5-1 thrashing of Augsburg.

By winning for the fourth time in the Bundesliga 2019/20 campaign, the Foals have ensured a top spot on the rankings ahead of the international break. Now they have one more point than the second-placed Wolfsburg, and two more points than the rest of the chasing pack, including the reigning champs Bayern Munich. It seems that things are starting to click for the new manager Marco Rose. 

After an inconsistent start, which began with a goalless draw at home to Schalke, Borussia Mönchengladbach has started to play the style of football which sporting director Max Eberl had in mind after he rebuilt the team. He parted ways with Dieter Heckling midway through last season and landed the former Red Bull Salzburg manager. 

Eintracht Frankfurt – Werder Bremen (2:2)

We saw a late drama at both ends at the Commerzbank Arena, but the two teams had to settle for a point. Davy Klaasen found the target in the first half before Sebastian Rode’s spectacular volley tied the game in the 55th minute. 

The Eagles had a chance to seal the victory when Andre Silva’s shot got in with just two minutes remaining, but Klaasen saved the day with an injury-time penalty, capitalized by Milot Rashica. 

Wolfsburg – Union Berlin (1:0) 

After being denied a penalty by the VAR technology, Wout Weghorst scored for Wolfsburg to send his team to the second place. Seven weeks into the season, Wolfsburg remains the only unbeaten side. The Dutch striker scored his fourth goal of the season and condemned Union Berlin to their fourth consecutive defeat.

Schalke – Cologne (1:1)

David Wagner’s side was prevented from going top by an injury-time equalizer from Simon Terodde. The home team got onto a lead in the 72nd minute after Suat Serdar popped up to head Salif Sane’s header in. Only a couple of minutes before the match ended, Jonas Hector headed past Alexander Nubel, who previously made four stunning saves, to level the scopes. 

Bayern Munich – Hoffenheim (1:2) 

Hoffenheim’s new addition, Sargis Adamyan, made quite an impression in his debut against Bayern Munich to hand over the first loss of the season to the defending champs. After missing a glorious chance early, the 26-year-old Armenian grabbed a 54th-minute goal that stunned a Bayern team who looked all out of ideas after halftime. 

Lewandowski tied the game in the 73rd minute, but Adamyan’s scored once again in the 79th minute. Only this time, Hoffenheim didn’t give up the lead. 

Freiburg – Dortmund (2:2)

Once again, we’ve seen a late equalizer for BVB’s opponents. Alex Witsel’s brilliant volley from the corner put BVB ahead after 20 minutes of play. The hosts found the much-deserved goal courtesy of Luca Waldschmidt’s firm low drive. 

With BVB desperately trying to get the three points that would put them in the top three on the rankings, Achraf Hakimi cut in and quickly responded to a deflected strike by sending it into the far corner. Unfortunately, it was all for nothing as Manuel Akanji’s own goal in stoppage time leveled the score.

Leverkusen – Leipzig (1:1)

No one understood why Julian Nagelsman’s side wasn’t leading at the break or didn’t win the game for that matter. Timo Werner missed a great chance, and Cunha missed a chance of his own after hitting the bar as Leverkusen escaped with a draw. 

Bayer 04 took advantage, though, as Kevin Volland scored after a swift attack. It wasn’t a complete disaster for Leipzig because Christopher Nkunku came off the bench and equalized brilliantly to secure his team a point.

Paderborn – Mainz (1:2)

The away team couldn’t count on Sandro Schwartz, but still got a significant win in their fight against relegation. Robin Quiason scored the opener for the away team, but Zolinski’s penalty tied the game a few minutes after. 

Daniel Brosinski materialized the penalty to put Mainz back in front. Jamilu Collins had the chance to equalize in the second half, but he missed a penalty and his team was once again left empty-handed.

Hertha Berlin – Fortuna Düsseldorf (3:1)

Ante Čović might have hit a rough patch as a manager of Hertha, but his team is clicking on all cylinders lately, as they secured their third straight win. Despite being down 0-1 after Hennings capitalized the penalty, Hertha quickly responded.

Only five minutes after the penalty, Vedad Ibišević proved his worth again, before Javairo Dilrosun’s fantastic finish turned the game around. Vladimir Darida’s goal after a tidy second-half breakaway sealed the deal for the Old Lady