On part one of matchday 12 of the Bundesliga, in an English week, Dortmund won in Bremen on the debut of coach Edin Terzic. VfB Stuttgart came back late after falling behind 0-2 to Union Berlin, and Lars Stindl became a big spoiler very late in Frankfurt.
Reus secures BVB victory
Dortmund celebrated a 2-1 win at SV Werder Bremen on coach Edin Terzic’s debut on Tuesday night. The start for BVB was perfect: Guerreiro scored in the opening phase for the early lead. Subsequently, the guests controlled the action. Thus, the equalizer came out of nowhere after half an hour through a placed shot by Möhwald. The draw at the break was accordingly flattering for Bremen. After the change of sides, Dortmund struggled while SV Werder Bremen lurked. Moukoko, who made his starting debut, had a few good scenes but was not resilient enough in his finishing. It was a penalty, which Reus initially missed but then pushed over the line, that secured BVB the important victory after coach Favre was sacked only days ago.
Kalajdzic saves draw for VfB
The VfB got off to a completely false start, falling behind after just four minutes to a goal from Friedrich. The Swabians did not get into the game at all and hardly had any chances so that Stuttgart was still well served with the 0-1. The visitors, however, came out of the changing room with a vengeance – and Gonzalez narrowly missed the equalizer twice. Stuttgart lacked luck, and Castro also missed a great chance. Union Berlin, on the other hand, was more successful in the final third when Awoniyi headed in for 2-0. But VfB didn’t give up and scored two late goals from Kalajdzic to make it 2-2 in the end.
Stindl fouls and scores in injury time
For the ninth time in a row, Frankfurt failed to win in the Bundesliga. The 3-3 against Gladbach also had a bitter ending for the home side, but Adi Hütter’s team had digested the early deficit well. Silva turned the game around with a brace (including a penalty). Barkok then not only snubbed the defence but also immediately made it 3-1. The game took a break before things got wild at the end: First, Abraham was sent off the field with a yellow-red card. In overtime, the Hessians wobbled – and a late brace by Stindl, who thus scored all three goals, still brought the 3-3. Previously, Stindl had committed a foul, but the advantage ran for the SGE. In return, Stindl of all people scored.
Goalless draw in Berlin without highlights
The match between Hertha BSC and Mainz 05 was no feast for the eyes and offered only few highlights. The Berliners knew little to do with their possession (66 per cent in the first half). It wasn’t until just shortly before the break that everyone woke up when a Fernandes cross suddenly bounced off the crossbar. The Old Lady was still dominant and continued to set the tone in the second half, but its actions were too rarely compelling. You could not deny the will of both teams, but no goals were scored.
On Wednesday, Schalke will take on SC Freiburg in a new attempt to end its negative streak. Top-ranked Leverkusen is set to stay on the number 1 spot in the derby at Cologne and Lewandowski is chasing his 250th Bundesliga goal against VfL Wolfsburg. Coach Julian Nagelsmann returns to Hoffenheim with Leipzig.