Bayern held, Hamburg’s problems worsen, one nil to Stuttgart again

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After 12 league games and some three months, Bayern Munich have finally failed to win a Bundesliga game. The log leaders were overwhelming favourites to win this match (just like every Bundesliga game there is) when mid-table Hertha Berlin came to the Allianz Arena, but Die Roten found visiting goalkeeper Rune Jarstein in inspired form, as the likes of Arjen Robben and David Alaba were denied by the shot-stopper, as Hertha held on for a goalless draw.

It’s a stalemate of stats as well, as for the first time this season, Robert Lewandowski didn’t score in a home league game. The draw also means Bayern have failed to score at home for the first time in 16 outings, while Hertha are unbeaten against the defending champions in three consecutive matches. By Bayern’s lofty standards, that bothers on sacrilege.

It’s a move from one end of the table to the other, while Bayern’s draw looks likely to cost them little up top (they’re 20 points ahead of

second-placed Dortmund, albeit with a game more), 17th-placed Hamburg are in deeper mire after falling at Werder Bremen. With 86 minutes gone, the score was goalless, a result that was not going to help Die Rothosen anyway, and then it got worse when Rick van Drongelen contrived to turn the ball into his own net, to hand Bremen three points that takes them nine ahead of Hamburg.

As for Hamburg, Bernd Hollerbach’s team are only off the foot of the table on goal difference, after bottom club Koln won at RB Leipzig. It didn’t quite look like it would be going Koln’s way after Jean-Kevin Augustin gave Leipzig the lead inside five minutes, but goals from Vincenzo Koziello and the returning Leonardo Bittencourt, both in a seven-minute spell inside the final 20 minutes, gave the visitors three points. Whether those points would act as a catalyst for a survival push, however, is still open to debate.

Elsewhere, it was a first league goal for Wolfsburg’s Josip Brekalo, as a sixth-minute strike got the Volkswagen club off to the perfect start in Bruno Labbadia’s first game in charge, but hosts Mainz would salvage a point, Yushinori Muto’s goal just before halftime meant the spoils would be shared and Mainz remain a point and a place below their 15th placed opponents.

Daniel Ginczek, Mario Gomez, and now Erik Thommy. These three players have been involved in three separate 1-0 wins for Stuttgart in as many games, as Frankfurt followed Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg as the latest side to have lost to Die Schwaben. 13 points above the automatic relegation spots now, the effects of the new manager bounce under Tayfun Korkut hasn’t worn off.

Schalke climbed into the top three, after goals from Guido Burgstaller and Nabil Bentaleb saw off Leverkusen, while Borussia Monchengladbach ended their sticky spell with a win at Hannover, Andrej Kramaric’s free-kick wasn’t enough for Hoffenheim, who could only draw at home to Freiburg.

Borussia Dortmund host Augsburg on Monday night, a football date that hasn’t gone down well with the German fans. Expect protests at the Signal Iduna Park.

Results

Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha BSC
Mainz 1-1 Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen 1-0 Hamburg
RB Leipzig 1-2 Koln
Stuttgart 1-0 Frankfurt
Hannover 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Hoffenheim 1-1 Freiburg
Leverkusen 0-2 Schalke

About Olakunle Ajao 191 Articles
Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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