Bundesliga 2017/18 – Game Week 2

1. FC Köln 1 : 3 Hamburger SV

FRIDAY, 25/08/2017 | 20:30 | RheinEnergieSTADION

With late goals, a surprise home defeat for FC Cologne (a bit of a drubbing at that), a decision overturned by the video ref, more tension than the entire series of Ozark and a Fallon D’Floor winning dive by Kyriakos Papadopoulos you’ll be hard pressed to find a more exciting game this season. André Hahn gave the Hamburgers the lead after 28 after they piled on the pressure with a succession of corners. Soccer champ Bobby Wood increased their lead just six minutes later with a shot to the bottom left corner, following another HSV set piece. Assisted by a Córdoba header, Freddy Sørensen pulled a late late goal back for Cologne in the 97th minute before Papadopoulos eventually picked up a yellow card for seemingly RKO-ing himself out of nowhere and spending what felt like 15 minutes clutching his chest and wriggling around on the floor whist seeking the referee’s attention, the exact kind of shit-housery which should warrant the introduction of red cards for play acting, in my humble opinion. Somehow there was even time for more late drama with a late late late Lewis Holtby goal from close range in the 100th minute of the game providing the icing on a rather large Hamburger cake. 1:3 it ended in Cologne.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2 : 2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

SATURDAY, 26/08/2017 | 15:30 | BayArena

After Leverkusen’s total domination of possession and chances, Hoffenheim will be counting their blessings having come away with a 2:2 draw. A penalty won by young Julian Brandt was converted neatly to the bottom right corner by the left boot of Mr Wendell after 32 minutes. Kramarić drew Hoffenheim level shortly after the break with a left footed shot straight down the middle. The achtzehn99ers weren’t level for more than 2 minutes when Karim Bellarabi put the Bayer boys back in front with a tidy assist from Admir Mehmedi in the 49th minute. The game was all square once again in 70th minute when Mark Uth tied it for the blue and whites with lofted shot down the centre of the goal. 2:2 it finished.

FC Augsburg 2 : 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

SATURDAY, 26/08/2017 | 15:30 | WWK Arena

The second 2:2 draw of the weekend was played out in a tight affair for Borussia Mönchengladbach away at Augsburg. Goals from Denis Zakaria and Oscar Wendt for Gladbach were bookended by early and late goals from Augsburg. A first minute strike from a man with a name for Game of Thrones, Alfred Finnbogason saw the men from Bayern take the lead before Sergio Córdova tied things up in the 89th minute. 2:2 the final score in Augsburg.

VfB Stuttgart 1 : 0 1. FSV Mainz 05

SATURDAY, 26/08/2017 | 15:30 | Mercedes-Benz Arena

There was relatively little to write home about in Stuttgart on Saturday outside of a sprinkling of yellow cards and attempts off target. Good Good Not Badstuber! Bundesliga vet, young Holger did give the red men the lead in the 53rd minute. A penalty awarded by the video ref in the 79th minute was missed by Simon Terodde who struck the left post with his attempt. Stuttgart’s lead remains at 1 goal as the game finishes 1:0.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0 : 1 VfL Wolfsburg

SATURDAY, 26/08/2017 | 15:30 | Commerzbank Arena

Daniel Didavi kept up his golden record against Eintracht by giving the Wolves the lead in the 22nd minute. After dominating on corners and attempts on goal, the Frankfurters will be disappointed they didn’t manage to take more away from the game. 0:1 it finished at the Commerzbank Arena.

SV Werder Bremen 0 : 2 FC Bayern München

SATURDAY, 26/08/2017 | 15:30 | Weser Stadium

Bong! Bayern Munich in winning game shocker! Just kidding, no surprises to see Bayern take all three points in this one. Perhaps even less surprising is the fact that Bayern cruised to a comfortable victory thanks to two Robert Lewandowski goals in close succession, in the 72nd and 75th minutes. 0:2 it finished.

Borussia Dortmund 2 : 0 Hertha BSC

SATURDAY, 26/08/2017 | 18:30 | SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

BVB closed the book on Ousamane Dembele’s Dortmund career in the best possible way with a 2:0 win against Europa League hopefuls Hertha BSC. Early season sparks from Matthew Leckie in the Hautpstadt were dimmed down slightly with this humbling defeat. Dortmund fans will be delighted to see PE Aubameyang step up to the mark once again as well as well-travelled club cult classic Nuri Sahin applying a 2nd in the 57th minute. 2:0 it finished in NRW.

RB Leipzig 4 : 1 Sport-Club Freiburg

SUNDAY, 27/08/2017 | 15:30 | Red Bull Arena

Drub-a-dub-dub! 4 goals past Sport-Club! Plus a late red card for Nicolas Höfler to add insult to injury for the Freburg men, though in truth the game was already over by then. They did take a shock lead in the 23rd minute as Florian Niederlechner silenced the suitably caffeinated crowd with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner assisted by Terrazzino. This was no marker for the afternoon Freiburg were about to endure as from there on out the energetic RB Leipzing buzzed to the finish scoring goals for fun along the way. A brace from Timo Werner was complemented by two more goals from Willi Orban and a late Bruma strike to seal the victory before Höfler saw red for persistent fouling. 4-1 it finished in Leipzig.

Hannover 96 1 : 0 FC Schalke 04

SUNDAY, 27/08/2017 | 18:00 | HDI Arena

The Jeckyll and Hyde of the Bundesliga. After having Schalke had another wobble against Hannover 96 just days after impressively casting the Red Bulls of Leipzig. In a relatively uneventful match which saw Hannover’s Jonathas bring the heat from the subs bench in the second half, the chances and possession where shared evenly. The Brazilian eventually popped up in the 67th minute, taking advantage of a Thilo Kehrer mistake to give Andre Breitenreiter’s side a hard fought three points.

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