Bayern recovers, Leipzig nibbles

The day after Borussia Dortmund’s victory, Bayern regained a six-point lead in the Bundesliga thanks to their success in Cologne (0-4). Corentin Tolisso took the opportunity to end eleven months without scoring in the league, while Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick. The Leipzig of striker Christopher Nkunku for his part carried out the fine operation of the afternoon by dominating Stuttgart to come back to three small points from third, Hoffenheim, defeated by Union Berlin (2-1).

Cologne 0-4 Bavaria

Buts: Lewandowski (9e, 62e, 74e) and Tolisso (25e)

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Net and without Bavaria. Beaten for the third time in the league last weekend, Bayern spent their nerves on Cologne. Still deprived of Lucas Hernández, Kingsley Coman or even Leon Goretzka, the champion has however recorded the returns of Manuel Neuer and Corentin Tolisso. The latter did not miss his comeback, scoring with a nice half-volley after a stint with Thomas Müller (25e). The German’s second assist this Saturday, since he also found Robert Lewandowski (9e). The Pole then offered himself a hat-trick by planting on two passes from Leroy Sané, bringing his total to 23 league goals. Cologne is definitely doing well for him, Bayern’s lethal weapon having now scored eighteen times in seventeen games against the Goats. The locals leave empty-handed, despite a crossbar (72e).

Stuttgart 0-2 Leipzig

Buts : Silva (11e sp) and Nkunku (70e)

It is not today that Stuttgart will finally beat Leipzig, in the Bundesliga. Domenico Tedesco’s players have indeed enforced the hierarchy at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The referee designated the penalty spot following a handball from Konstantínos Mavropános, and André Silva quietly took the goalkeeper on the wrong foot (11e). The Portuguese striker’s sixth goal in the last seven days. Far from the team which was unable to beat the bottom Greuther Fürth seven days earlier, Stuttgart was able to react by jostling its opponent (eight shots to two, in the first period). Tanguy Coulibaly was particularly stirring. But realism was lacking at the Swabian club, disgusted by Péter Gulácsi (56e, 63e, 67e). Quite the opposite of the camp opposite, sheltered by Christopher Nkunku, who now has nine goals and seven assists in the league (70e). The Red Bulls continue their recovery, and are only three points behind on the podium. On the side of the men of Matarazzo, there is only one thing left to do to stay out of the red zone this weekend: tighten the buttocks.

Union Berlin 2-1 Hoffenheim

Goals: Voglsammer (22e) and Promel (73e) for Union Berlin // Baumgartl (16e CSC) for Hoffenheim

Setback for Hoffenheim, the beautiful series of seven games without defeat of the TSG having come to an end in Berlin this Saturday. A result that reshuffles the cards again, in the race for the C1. Ihlas Bebou had however put Hoffenheim on the right track, escaping on the right side and centering in front of the cage. No teammate at the reception? The unfortunate Timo Baumgartl, however, scored against his camp, wanting to ward off the danger (16e). With the very involuntary help of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, Andreas Voglsammer quickly put the two teams back on an equal footing by taking a cross from Bastian Oczipka (22e). Already author of a double against Leverkusen, Grischa Prömel gave the victory to the locals with the head (73e). The Union have only conceded two defeats at home since September 19, 2020. Above all, the Berliners are now fourth and come back up to their victim. The smell of blood…

Wolfsbourg 0-0 Hertha

On August 21, Wolfsburg overthrew Hertha in Berlin and took over the reins of the Bundesliga, leaving their opponent in last place in the standings. Five months later, to say things have changed a lot is an understatement. Wolves have at least stopped the bleeding by taking a point, after six consecutive losses. Jérôme Roussillon was the source of two big chances, but neither Luca Waldschmidt (16e) or Weghorst Road (18e) found the flaw. The very permeable Berlin defense (already conceded 38 goals) held firm, which is not necessarily surprising when you know that VfL have scored only seventeen goals since the start of the championship… Well placed for the n Europe in November, Florian Kohfeldt’s men have not won since November 6. Without Kevin-Prince Boateng or Stevan Jovetić, Hertha will certainly be satisfied with a result that allows them to stay ahead of their opponents. Myziane Maolida played 78 minutes, 77 more than Lucas Tousart (still a substitute, and entered in the 90e+3).

Mainz 1-0 Bochum

Goal: St. Just (48e)

A mid-table duel, and a small 1-0. Jonathan Burkardt didn’t score for the fifth game in a row, but Mainz’s Mister Plus did score. His pass indeed ended at the feet of Jerry St. Juste, who unblocked the situation (48e). Manuel Riemann had delayed the deadline by opposing Leandro Barreiro (26e) and in Burkardt, precisely (47e). Faced with the second best defense in the championship, Bochum remained faithful to its bad offensive habits (only seventeen goals scored, after nineteen days). Sebastian Polter could have remedied the problem, but he missed his penalty (32e). Robin Zentner held the house until the end by flying to deflect the shot from Jürgen Locadia, who had just arrived from Brighton (90e+5). Mainz, which was able to count on the return of Moussa Niakhate, rose to ninth place in the standings.

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