FEATURE | Bundesliga Review – Week 15: Domenico Tedesco off to winning start at RB Leipzig, Bochum hold Borussia Dortmund & more

Another defeat for Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern Munich move six points clear of closest challengers Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt produced an incredible comeback against Bayer Leverkusen. It all happened in the Bundesliga this weekend, find out how it unfolded with talking points from Get German Football News’ Jamie Allen.

1 | Greuther Fürth secured their first of the season thanks to a 1-0 win over high-flying Union Berlin. Håvard Nielsen’s 55th minute strike was the difference between both sides in a game that the visitors mainly dominated. As well as being Fürth’s first win of the season, it’s their first-ever home win in the Bundesliga. Due to restrictions, no fans were allowed into the stadium to see history being made. Fürth still have a lot of work to do if they’re to pull off a great escape bit this weekend’s result was cause for celebration regardless.

2 | Eintracht Frankfurt staged a stunning comeback to beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-2 in the Deutsche Bank Park. Patrik Schick scored a brace with just 22 minutes on the clock to give Bayer a firm grip on the game. However, Frankfurt pulled level through goals from Tuta and Jesper Lindström before halftime. A second-half frenzy from Frankfurt blew Bayer out of the water who looked somewhat stunned and helpless as to what was happening. The win puts Frankfurt into ninth and may just spark their season after a difficult start.

3 | A resilient Bochum held Borussia Dortmund to a 1:1 draw at the Ruhrstadion. It was a game in which the visitors dominated the ball as expected. Countless chances fell their way in the opening stages but Bochum’s goalkeeper, Manuel Riemann, was a man on a mission. Just before halftime, Bochum’s efforts were rewarded when Sebastian Polter converted from the spot. That’s six goals in total for the in-form striker whose previous four have come in his last three outings. In the 54th minute, Dortmund thought they’d drawn level when Marius Wolf put the ball into the corner of the goal. However, upon closer inspection, Jude Bellingham was in an offside position and interfered with Manuel Riemann’s line of sight. From then on, it was constant pressure from Dortmund who finally got the equaliser just five minutes from time. Erling Haaland’s cross was met on the volley by Julian Brandt. Bochum might have felt slightly disappointed to concede late on but a well-earned point as they stay sat 10th overall.

4 | Borussia Mönchengladbach’s woes continued this weekend as they suffered a 4:1 loss away to RB Leipzig. The home side were comfortably in control of this one thanks to first-half goals from Josko Gvardiol and Andre Silva. It was a game that Gladbach never really got going until late on when Ramy Bensebaini half the deficit with two minutes to go. However, as the foals went in search of a point, they were hit twice in quick succession through Christopher Nkunku (90+1) and Benjamin Henrichs (90+4). That’s now an astonishing 14 goals conceded in Gladbach’s last three Bundesliga matches. The loss puts them in 13th position and just two points off the relegation play-off place.

5 | Bayern Munich were given an early scare when Mainz forward Karim Onisiwo opened the scoring on Saturday afternoon. The Austrian was perhaps motivated after Kicker noted that along with Lionel Messi, Onisiwo has one of the worst conversion rates in Europe’s top five leagues. But Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich responded well in the second half. Kingsley Coman continued his excellent form, equalsing before Jamal Musiala netted the winner 15 minutes from time. The reigning champions are now six points clear of Borussia Dortmund.

Jamie Allen

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