German Bundesliga

The German Bundesliga restarts as football take center stage

German Bundesliga
The German Bundesliga restarted today as Augsburg hosted Wolfsburg at the WWK Arena. It was played without fans as the Coronavirus pandemic is yet to be contained. The game was played with no fans and following strict social distancing guidelines as a result of COVID-19.

It was a game that saw substitute players socially distancing themselves while putting on the face mask. It is, however, laughable because the 22 players on the pitch weren’t putting on a face mask. They weren’t also keeping the mandatory 2 meters distance from each other socially. The away team took the lead in the 43rd minute through Renator Steffen who scored a brilliant header from 14 yards out.

Ausburg, however, equalized in the 54th minutes of the game through Tim Jedvaj and would have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty. Substitute Felix Udokhai, however, missed the penalty kick. Wolfsburg made the difference when they scored the winner in the 90th minute of the game through Daniel Ginczek. The amended rules for 5 substitution due to the corona pandemic came into play as Ausburg made 4 substitutions while Wolfsburg made the usual 3.

In the other German Bundesliga games played today, Borussia Dortmund hammered Shalke 4-0. Erling Haaland continued his hot scoring form when he opened the scoring in the 29th minute of play. It was his 13th goal in 12 matches for the German club side. Raphael Guerreiro added a second in the 45th minute. Thorgan Hazard then struck the 3rd goal in the 48th minute of the one-sided encounter. High flying Raphael Guerreiro completed the rout in the 63rd minutes when he added the 4th goal.

Fortuna Dusseldorf and Sporting Club Paderborn played out a scoreless draw at the Merkur Spiel Arena. Herta Berlin shocked Hoffenheim at home with an emphatic 3-0 victory. Kevin Akpoguma scored an own goal in the 58th minute. Vedad Ibisevic added a second in the 60th minute of play. The game was put beyond the reach of Hoffenheim when Matteus Cunha added a 3rd goal in the 74th minute of the encounter played at the Prezero Arena.

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig and Freiburg played out a 1-1 draw at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig. The visitors took a surprising lead in the 34th minute through Manuel Gulde. Leipzig, however, got a deserved equalizer in the 77th minutes of play through Yussuf Poulsen. Robin Koch missed a golden opportunity to grab all 3 points for the visitors when he missed a penalty in the 90th minute of the game.

In the final game of the weekend, Eintracht Frankfurt started so poorly.  They were beaten at home by Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at the Commerzbank Arena. Alassan Plea scored one of the fastest goals in the Bundesliga when he struck in the 1st minute of the game. Frankfurt’s misery was compounded in the 8th minute of play when Marcus Thuram scored the second. The game was put beyond the reach of the home side when Ramy Bensebaini scored an own goal to make it 3-0. Andre Silva, however, gave Frankfurt a consolation goal in the 81st minute of the game

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