Bayern reverses deficit in success week against Augsburg, new thump Dortmund
Bayern Munich recorded its fifteenth win in the Bundesliga. The frontrunner won 5-3 over regional rival Augsburg and later saw fellow leader Borussia Dortmund suffer damage in the Revierderby.
In Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund came no further than 2-2 against lowly ranked Schalke 04.
Augsburg made it 1-0 as early as the third minute. Mërgim Berisha luckily got the ball at his feet, bypassed João Cancelo and scored. Bayern thus fell behind for the sixth time already in the league.
Unfortunate foul De Ligt
It failed to win the previous five times, but this time it was already 4-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Cancelo, Bejamin Pavard (2x) and Leroy Sané. After an unfortunate foul by Matthijs de Ligt, Berisha reduced the margin to two from a penalty.
Fifteen minutes before time, Alphonso Davies tapped in the 5-2 and the match was decided. In injury time Irvin Cardona made it 5-3, but that was only for the statistics.
It is a good week for Bayern anyway. On Wednesday, the Bavarian club – with an outstanding De Ligt – reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.
Not so for Dortmund, which just found its waterloo in the Champions League against Chelsea on Tuesday and got another tap on the chin tonight.
Points loss Dortmund
Indeed, Dortmund gave away a lead twice in the 160th Revierderby (also known to us as Kohlenpott derby) with Schalke 04: 2-2.
Things were fiery in the stands before the game, but the match only ignited after Schalke striker Rodrigo Zalazar wasted a giant chance. The striker was allowed to go at goalkeeper Alexander Meyer alone after a mistake by Mats Hummels, but shot impetuously over.
The until then passive Dortmund awoke and took control. Nico Schlotterbeck was given space to strike out and did just that: 0-1. After ball loss by Jude Bellingham, Schalke countered after halftime through Marius Bülter to 1-1.
After an hour of play, Raphaël Guerreiro put Dortmund back in the lead from a pass from Emre Can, but Schalke still cleverly fought their way past through substitute Kenan Karaman.
In the lively closing stages, both teams were close to the winning goal, but it did not come.