Jupp Heynckes was absent for Bayern Munich, but he’ll no doubt have watched on with a tinge of satisfaction, perhaps mixed with envy as Die Roten faced Schalke on Saturday.
It was a routine result for FC Hollywood, as the log leaders saw off their visitors 2-1 to maintain their 18-point lead at the top, but the momentous occasion of the game came when Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern, as his early strike means he has now scored in all 11 home league games this season, a Bundesliga record once held by a certain Jupp Heynckes, with Borussia Monchengladbach in 1972.
Speaking of Gladbach, they had the chance to move into the European spots this weekend, all they had to do was win at struggling Stuttgart. But it was the hosts who left with all the points, Daniel Ginzcek’s fifth minute goal enough to separate both sides, and Gladbach reside in the bottom half of the table.
That the Rhein club are in 10th place, despite a more than realistic chance of European qualification, is proof of how congested the log is, after Bayern Munich, that is, as Leverkusen dropped from second to fifth place, following a home loss to Hertha Berlin, and saw their place behind Bayern taken by Leipzig, last season’s number two, who owed their win against seventh-placed Augsburg to goals from Dayot Upamecano and the departing Naby Keita.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain weren’t particularly comfortable away at Toulouse, but a solitary goal from Neymar was enough for all three points, as Le Parisiens prepared for their trip to Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Their lead is now 12 points, thanks in no small part to Marseille failing to win at St. Etienne, as Rudi Garcia’s side drop from the top two altogether, following Monaco’s rampant win at Angers, with Stevan Jovetic bagging a double.
Marseille’s slip offered a window of opportunity to Lyon, to close the gap on the Champions League places, but Les Gones floundered once again, losing to Rennes in their own backyard. Since that seemingly morale-boosting win against PSG, Bruno Genesio has watched his side lose three in a row, and slipped to fourth, 17 points behind the top.
Elsewhere, Bordeaux continued their re-awakening under Gus Poyet with a 3-2 win over Amiens to go seventh, while Frankfurt climb into the top four in the Bundesliga, following a 4-2 win over Koln, who seemingly look set for relegation.
Marco Reus made his first Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund since the end of last season, after a long lay-off, as Michy Batshuayi continued his dream start to life at the Signal Iduna Park by scoring in the club’s 2-0 win over Hamburg, another side threatened by relegation.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 2-1 Schalke; Dortmund 2-0 Hamburg; Frankfurt 4-2 Koln; Stuttgart 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach; Leverkusen 0-2 Hertha BSC; RB Leipzig 2-0 Augsburg; Werder Bremen 3-1 Wolfsburg; Hoffenheim 4-2 Mainz; Hannover 2-1 Freiburg.
Ligue 1: Toulouse 0-1 PSG; Lyon 0-2 Rennes; Metz 0-1 Montpellier; Nantes 2-2 Lille; Angers 0-2 Monaco; Dijon 3-2 Nice; Strasbourg 2-1 Troyes; Guingamp 0-0 Caen; St. Etienne 2-2 Marseille; Bordeaux 3-2 Amiens