FEATURE | Bundesliga Review – Week 13: A Florian Wirtz masterclass, a ferocious Rheinderby & goals galore

Just when it looked as though the Bundesliga was going to be one-sided again, spectators were in for a treat on matchday 13 with 34 goals scored across nine games. Even though they scored three, Greuther Furth were unable to pick up their first win of the campaign after conceding six against Hoffenheim. Elsewhere, there was a high intensity Rheinderby between Cologne and Gladbach whilst Arminia Bielefeld almost held leaders Bayern Munich to a draw.

1 | Florian Wirtz become the first 18-year-old to score 11 Bundesliga goals. The youngster got Bayer Leverkusen off the mark in an impressive 3-1 victory away to RB Leipzig on Sunday. The in-form starlet now has two goals and three assists in his last four in all competitions. His side’s win moves them up to third on 24 points. It’s clear that Wirtz’ future is going to be bright and any club in world football would gladly accept his signature. Whether or not he can drag his side into a title charge remains to be seen. However, the future for Leverkusen certainly looks bright with Wirtz in their ranks.

2 | Eintracht Frankfurt claimed a crucial three points on Sunday with a 95th-minute winner against other European hopefuls, Union Berlin. Frankfurt took the lead just after the 20th minute through a stunning strike from Djibril Sow. Union only managed to half clear the corner before the Swiss smashed the ball into the top corner. The visitors found a way back into the game on the hour mark when Max Kruse converted a penalty. The game was won with literally the last kick of the game when Kostic’s fabulous cross was brilliantly met by the head of Evan N’Dicka. The win puts Frankfurt into 12th with just four points separating them and Freiburg in fourth. The European race is well and truly on in the Bundesliga.

3 | Erling Haaland took less than ten minutes to score after coming off the bench in a 3-1 victory to Wolfsburg. The Norwegian striker had been sidelined since mid-October but was finally fit enough to be on Borussia Dortmund’s bench. It was an entertaining game where Dortmund found themselves trailing after just two minutes when Wout Weghorst put the home side in front. Goals from Emre Can and Donyell Malen either side of halftime put Dortmund in front before Haaland sealed the tie. The win for Dortmund keeps them second and a point behind Bayern Munich ahead of next week’s clash with the Bavarians.

4 | FC Köln claimed a resounding derby day victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach. This lively encounter burst into life in the second half when the Billy Goats took the lead on the 55th minute courtesy of Dejan Ljubicic. Gladbach then went on the attack coming close on several occasions through Plea. The away side finally broke the Köln backline in the 74th minute when Jonas Hoffman found space inside the penalty area and calmly put the ball past the keeper. The joy of the equaliser wouldn’t last long, however. An awful pass by Florian Neuhaus in his own penalty box was rightly punished by Mark Uth. Just a minute later and the game was beyond Gladbach when Ondrej Duda made it 3-1. Köln topped off a fabulous win with a 93rd minute goal through Andersson. The win moves Köln 10th and puts them above their opponents in the table.

Jamie Allen

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