Bundesliga roundup: Bayern drop points as Szoboszlai stunner sees off Dortmund

Bundesliga roundup: Bayern drop points as Szoboszlai stunner sees off Dortmund
Bundesliga roundup: Bayern drop points as Szoboszlai stunner sees off Dortmund
Bundesliga roundup: Bayern drop points as Szoboszlai stunner sees off Dortmund
RB Leipzig were the big winners on a busy afternoon of Bundesliga action as the side, who saw their manager sacked in midweek, ran out 3-0 winners over Borussia Dortmund. Elsewhere Stuttgart stunned reigning champions Bayern Munich with a late, late leveller to hand Bayern their third-straight draw as the teams finished the encounter 2-2.

Bayern - Stuttgart 2-2

Despite netting a stoppage-time penalty to claim a famous 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich, VfB Stuttgart created a piece of unwanted club history at the Allianz Arena, slipping to a sixth-successive Bundesliga match without a win for the first time ever.

In the unusual position of fifth after matchday five, Bayern were tasked with regaining top spot in their bid for an 11th-straight Bundesliga title.

While a Joshua Kimmich free-kick didn’t test Muller, Mathys Tel did just before the half-hour mark, firing straight at the Stuttgart stopper before Serge Gnabry’s follow-up was again smartly stopped by Müller.

It didn’t take Bayern much longer to establish a lead, though, and it was 17-year-old Tel who became Bayern’s youngest-ever Bundesliga goalscorer when he swept home Alphonso Davies' pinpoint delivery.

After the break, it was actually Stuttgart who began in the ascendancy, and the visitors thought they had levelled the scores when Chris Führich picked the pocket of Kimmich in the area before squaring the ball for Serhou Guirassy to hap home.

However, Stuttgart’s joy was short-lived, as VAR judged Fuhrich to have pulled the shirt of Kimmich when pinching the ball off his toe.

That disallowed goal didn’t deter Stuttgart, and they eventually reaped the rewards of their pressure when Fuhrich redeemed his early infringement by firing home an equaliser which this time did stand.

Stuttgart should’ve known Bayern wouldn’t lie down, and within minutes of drawing level, the visitors found themselves behind again when Jamal Musiala’s dancing feet opened a yard for the youngster to fire Bayern ahead again.

It wasn’t quite Guirassy’s afternoon, as the Stuttgart frontman had yet another goal chalked off, again for a foul on Kimmich, or so he thought.

Guirassy was to have the last laugh, winning a penalty in stoppage time before dusting himself off to ensure Bayern slipped to a third successive Bundesliga draw.

Flashscore Man of the Match: Serhou Guirassy (VfB Stuttgart)

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Frankfurt - Wolfsburg 0-1

A second-half header from Maxence Lacroix proved enough to help Wolfsburg beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 at Deutsche Bank Park, securing the visitors’ first victory of the Bundesliga season.

Despite only being appointed in the summer, Wolfsburg boss Niko Kovac entered the encounter against his former club knowing that his job was under pressure, following a five-game winless start to the Bundesliga season.

But his men nearly received a much-needed boost in the 15th minute, when Bartol Franjic found space at the back-post to nod Mattias Svanberg’s corner towards goal, only for Kevin Trapp to react well and save the downward header.

Moments after the half-hour mark, Trapp found himself in a rematch with the Swede and prevailed again, with Svanberg’s driven effort forcing the Frankfurt goalkeeper to produce another fine stop.

While they were denied an opener on a couple of occasions after a positive start, Wolfsburg were also fortunate to be level at half time, with the woodwork coming to their aid in thwarting Kristijan Jakic’s thunderous strike.

Although Trapp enjoyed a superb first-half performance, he experienced a forgettable moment on the hour mark, which gifted Wolfsburg the lead.

The 32-year-old found himself in no man’s land from Josip Brekalo’s corner, allowing Maxence Lacroix to easily head home Wolfsburg's first away league goal of the season.

Clearly rattled, Trapp was fortunate that another mistake moments later did not prove costly, with Lukas Nmecha’s effort ruled out for offside.

After scoring four goals in both of their last two Bundesliga games, Frankfurt may have been quietly confident of finding an equaliser.

However, their late efforts to find a leveller proved to be fruitless, with Koen Casteels and the Wolfsburg defence remaining firm to clinch their first away clean sheet of the Bundesliga campaign.

Flashscore Man of the Match: Maxence Lacroix (Wolfsburg)

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Hertha - Leverkusen 2-2

Hertha Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Olympiastadion, extending the visitors’ disastrous start to the season to just four points from their opening six matches. 

Coming into the contest on the back of a 2-0 win over Augsburg last time out, Hertha started in confident fashion, with Dodi Lukebakio heading a good early chance wastefully over the bar.

Despite their dismal run of form, the visitors responded well to Hertha’s bright start, and came close to opening the scoring when Patrik Schick and Adam Hlozek both saw strikes thwarted by Oliver Christensen.

With half time approaching, the hosts looked to regain control of proceedings, but Wilfried Kanga wasted their best opportunity as he fired against the post from close range.

This was as good as it got for either side in a scrappy, tightly-contested opening period, leaving both managers with plenty to ponder at the break.

Having conceded the opening goal in five of their last six away matches in all competitions, Leverkusen knew the importance of a fast start to the second half.

This was on full display as they broke the deadlock within five minutes of the restart, Kerem Demirbay curling a superb free-kick into the top-right corner.

Undeterred by the setback, Hertha hit back with an immediate response, as Suat Serdar found himself unmarked in the box to slot home from a perfectly-weighted Chidera Ejuke pass.

With time ticking into the final 20 minutes, Hertha completed a remarkable turnaround when Marco Richter fired a stunning long-range volley beyond the outstretched dive of Lukas Hradecky to give the hosts the lead.

However, the celebrations of the home fans were short-lived as Schick clinically dispatched a close-range effort six minutes later to level the scores, and earn his side a much-needed share of the spoils.

Flashscore Man of the Match: Patrick Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)

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Hoffenheim - Mainz 4-1

Mainz failed to win consecutive Bundesliga’s matches for the second time this season after falling to Hoffenheim 4-1 at the PreZero Arena, with Die Kraichgauer boosted by playing with an extra man for the entire second half.  

Mainz enjoyed the bulk of the scoring chances early on, and with a healthy away support behind them, took the game to Die Kraichgauer from the opening whistle. And while proceedings were looking ominous for the hosts, the game was flipped on its head just before the break.

After being played in behind the Mainz defense, Georginio Rutter looked to be clean in on goal but was taken down from behind by Alexander Hack, forcing the referee to send the Mainz defender off and award Hoffenheim a penalty-kick.

However, the attempt from the spot was sent wide in stunning fashion by Andrej Kramaric, seeing the scoreline remain level at half-time.

With a numerical superiority, Hoffenheim were free to flex their attacking muscles in the second half, in search of the opening goal, and it did not take them long to find it.

Inside 10 minutes into the period, the hosts put together a well-worked counter-attack which was capped off by the two players at the heart of everything.

A flicked ball across the face of goal by Georginio Rutter found Andrej Kramaric all alone at the back post, and the forward redeemed his first-half penalty miss by stabbing home to give the home side the lead.

The final nail in Mainz’s coffin came with just over 20 minutes remaining when Grischa Prömel slotted the ball into the back of the net after being neatly set up by Christoph Baumgartner, doubling Hoffenheim’s lead.

Second-half substitute Mu'nas Dabbur left his mark on the match with a superb back-heel goal in the final 10 minutes, and despite a consolation strike from Dominik Kohr, which gave the Mainz faithful something to applaud, the goal was answered by Pavel Kaderabek, who struck in stoppage time to seal a 4-1 victory for the hosts and their fourth win in the opening six Bundesliga matches.

Flashscore Man of the Match: Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)

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RB Leipzig - Dortmund 3-0

RB Leipzig handed Borussia Dortmund their first away loss of the season, as Domink Szoboszlai scored one and created another in a 3-0 win at the Red Bull Arena. 

On the back of two heavy defeats, conceding four in each, Leipzig pulled the plug on Domenico Tedesco, appointing Marco Rose his replacement.

The German’s first assignment was the visit of former employers Dortmund, who sacked Rose at the end of last season. His inside knowledge of the visitors came in handy almost immediately, as Die Roten Bullen took the lead inside six minutes.

Szoboszlai’s corner found Willi Orban, who had made a darting run towards the near post and escaped the attention of Nico Schlotterbeck, and the Hungarian stooped to head home.

Dortmund were offering nothing going forward while looking susceptible at the back, with Timo Werner’s pace presenting a problem. However, his finishing was letting him down, as he spurned a chance to double the lead before the break.

On hand to spare his blushes was Szoboszlai, who found space on the edge of the box and unleashed a venomous, dipping, swerving strike that left Alexander Meyer with no chance of stopping it.

A truly spectacular strike left Die Schwarzgelben with a mountain to climb in the second half.

The introduction of Giovanni Reyna certainly injected some impetus into the visitors’ attack. Within minutes of coming on, the American delivered a brilliant cross to Anthony Modeste, but the Frenchman missed the target with a wayward volley.

Leipzig soon got to grips with the youngster though, leaving Edin Terzic’s men looking rather toothless in an attacking sense once more.

Die Roten Bullen seized on sloppy work in possession by Thomas Meunier to score a third in the closing stages. Christopher Nkunku slotted in Werner, who unselfishly squared to Amadou Haidara for a tap-in to seal the points.

A turgid away display never got going for Dortmund, who failed to register a shot on target, bringing an end to a 16-match streak of scoring in Bundesliga away games.

Flashscore Man of the Match: Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig)

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