Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund dominates derby; Bayern, Leipzig win

Nicholas Mendola
·2 min read

The top three all won at home, a week after winning away and contesting midweek Champions League matches, as the top of the Bundesliga table will remain the same after Week 5.

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RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, and RB Leipzig will all be happy with their wins for varying reasons, as the leaders all improved their stock on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Schalke

Derby day came at a weird time for struggling Schalke, who claimed its first point of an insipid campaign last week and knew it would:

  • A) Not have to worry about a packed Westfalenstadion

  • B) Face a Dortmund team that faced Lazio at midweek

Regardless, they hung tight with their rivals into the second half, when an unlikely match-winner strode forward for BVB.

Manuel Akanji’s 55th-minute goal was soon joined on the scoresheet by a more traditional scorer, Erling Haaland putting a Jadon Sancho feed in the back of the net. Raphael Guerriero assisted BVB’s final goal, a Mats Hummels number.

U.S. international Giovanni Reyna subbed off after 72 minutes, as BVB held its 2-0 lead with 76 percent possession. Reyna finished with 71 touches, 12-of-18 duels won, and six fouls drawn. Six!

Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Robert Lewandowski scored another hat trick as Bayern battered Eintracht but not without bad news.

The dark clouds that loomed over the result had to do with a 3rd-minute exit from Alphonso Davies, who suffered ankle ligament damage and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Substitutes Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala also scored for Bayern, with Bouna Sarr, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, and Douglas Costa collecting assists.

Mainz 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Mainz’s woes continued with a thrown-away lead against Champions League-weary Gladbach at home.

Lars Stindl had put the visitors up early but a Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled had the pointless hosts in line for three points at the break.

But Gladbach boss Marco Rose brought on a flurry of stars between the 54th and 60th minute, with Jonas Hoffman, Florian Neuhaus, Alassane Plea, and Marcus Thuram entering the fray.

Sure enough, Hoffman converted a 76th-minute penalty and assisted Matthias Ginter’s 83rd-minute winner to keep Gladbach within sight of the leaders as one of three sides with a 2W-2D-1L record.

Mainz is now 0-5 with a minus-11 goal differential, and has already sacked a manager this season.

Elsewhere

Stuttgart 1-1 Koln — Friday
Union Berlin 1-1 Freiburg
RB Leipzig 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Wolfsburg v Arminia Bielefeld — 10:30 pm ET Sunday
Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim — 1 pm ET Sunday
Bayer Leverkusen v Augsburg — 3:30 pm ET Monday

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