Round 5 fixtures in midweek threw up little surprise, with Bayern and Dortmund both claiming emphatic victories. Round 6 fixtures promised to give us plenty more entertainment, including the derby between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park. Hannover also hosted Cologne with the away side looking to get off the bottom of the table with their first win of the season.
Bayern Munich 2-2 Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg will most likely have come into this game with little hope of coming away with any points. Having drawn 1-1 with Werder Bremen on Tuesday and Bayern beating Schalke 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen, the odds of a positive result for the away side were long – but that was exactly what they got on Friday night. Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty and Arjen Robben had a shot deflected beyond Koen Casteels to give the Bavarians a 2-0 lead at half-time. But stand in Bayern ‘keeper, Sven Ulreich, was left red-faced when he feebly pushed Maxi Arnolds long range free-kick into the net. The comeback was complete seven minutes from time when Daniel Didavi headed home an equaliser from Paul Verhaegh’s cross to snatch a point.
Mainz 1-0 Hertha Berlin
These sides went into this game with contrasting fortunes from their midweek fixtures. Mainz threw away a 2-0 lead to gift Hoffenheim a 3-2 win at home on Wednesday, while Hertha comfortably beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home. However the roles would be reversed here as Mainz came away with all the points thanks to a solitary effort from Pablo De Blassis from the penalty spot. Kerim Rekik’s foul had to be confirmed by the video ref, but, when the penalty was finally given, De Blassis made no mistake in converting the spot kick. Hertha had the lions-share of the possession but their misery was compounded in the last minute when Vedad Ibisevic was sent off.
Red Bull Leipzig 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
These were two sides who, much like Mainz and Hertha, came into this game on the back of varying results. Leipzig were beaten by Augsburg 1-0 on Tuesday, whereas Frankfurt deepened Colognes worries by inflicting a 1-0 defeat on them on Wednesday. Jean-Kevin Agustin gave the home side the lead in the 28th minute and it took them until the 67th minute for Timo Werner to double that lead. Ante Rebic set up a nervy finish but Leipzig held out to seal the points.
Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg
Bremen claimed a decent draw away to Wolfsburg on Tuesday, while Freiburg also claimed a credible draw at home to Hannover. This game also ended in a draw as both sides cancelled each other out. The chance of the game fell to Florian Niederlechner, whose shot from the penalty spot was right at Jiri Pavlenka in the Bremen goal.
VfB Stuttgart 0-0 Augsburg
Stuttgart were back in front of their own fans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena after being beaten 2-0 in Gladbach on Tuesday, while Augsburg were coming into this game in good form having overcome Red Bull Leipzig 1-0. However this turned out to be another game were both sides couldn’t be separated and failed to breach each other’s goals.
Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke
Hoffenheim have had a steady start the season which continued with a resilient 3-2 comeback win over Mainz in midweek. Schalke have been inconsistent and were put to the sword at home to Bayern, going down 3-0. They would suffer defeat again on Saturday and that started with Dennis Geiger’s long range effort on 13 minutes, which put the home side ahead. Schalke then edged the play and were unlucky not to equalise on a couple of occasions. They were forced to pay for missed opportunities on 93 minutes, when substitute Lukas Rupp put the points beyond them and consigned them to another defeat.
Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Both Dortmund and Gladbach had won in midweek. Dortmund defeated Hamburg 3-0, while Gladbach were able to see of Stuttgart 2-0. Gladbach faced a stern test here however against the side yet to conceded in the league this season. It took 29 minutes for the inevitable to happen, but Maxi Philipp finally put the home side ahead tapping in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross. Nine minutes later Philipp doubled his and Dortmund tally, converting another cross from Jeremy Toljan. On the stroke of half-time, Philipp turned provider to set up Aubameyang to score Dortmunds third. Four minutes after the break, Aubameyang scored from close range following a corner to make it 4-0. On 62 minutes Mahmoud Dahoud broke forward and set up Aubameyang for his hat-trick and Dortmund’s fifth. Lars Stindl pulled one back for the away side, but Julian Weigl, returning from injury, ensured it was the fans of the yellow wall who went home happy following this derby win for BVB.
Hannover 0-0 Cologne
When these two sides met on Sunday afternoon at the HDI-Arena, a home win seemed a foregone conclusion given the form of the two sides. Even though Hannover drew last time out against Freiburg, Cologne remain rooted at the foot of the Bundesliga, a misery deepened following another loss in midweek against Eintracht Frankfurt. The predicted result did not come to pass however, as Cologne managed to pick up their first point of the season and Hannover were only able to claim another draw.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Hamburg
Having been beaten 3-0 at home in midweek by Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg will have been hoping to put that result behind them and get back on track against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena. Leverkusen had a wrong of their own to right after losing 2-1 in the capital on Wednesday. It was the home side who got off to a good start when Kevin Volland put them ahead with a shot from the corner of the area. Lucas Alario got his first goal for his new club three minutes later to double Leverkusen’s lead, converting a Leon Bailey cross. It took until the 83rd minute for Volland to get his second of the game and round off the scoring to consign Hamburg to a second 3-0 drubbing in a week.
Round 7 Fixtures
Friday 29th September
Schalke vs. Bayer Leverkusen (19:30)
Saturday 30th September
Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Hannover 96 (14:30)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. VfB Stuttgart
Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
Wolfsburg vs. Mainz
Hamburg vs. Werder Bremen (17:30)
Sunday 1st October
Freiburg vs. Hoffenheim (12:30)
Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich (14:30)
Cologne vs. Red Bull Leipzig (17:00)