The Bundesliga Diaries Editorial – Match Day 12

Leaving Mainz with three points on a cold, windy afternoon: those are the moments that win Championships. And that’s exactly what Borussia Dortmund did in a contest that could had gone either way (1-2). BVB’s incredible rate of goals (35 out of 12 outings) is keeping their momentum going. But there is still a long way to go before they can think about clinching the Bundesliga title. It seems that both Borussias are on form, as Mönchengladbach also won, proving to be the only team currently able to keep pace with Die Schwarzgelben. Even though the Foals conceded after just 24 seconds, Thorgan Hazard led them to a convincing 4-1 victory over Hannover 96. But could Eintracht Frankfurt be this season’s dark horse? A first victory at Augsburg in their history (1-3), proved to be another impressive attacking performance by one of the most in form strike forces in Europe.


And what about Bayern? Well, you have to scroll down to fifth to find them, as they once again dropped points late on. This time their foe was Fortuna Dusseldorf (3-3). With fifteen minutes to go it seemed as if the three points were to stay at the Allianz Arena. However, Dodi Lukebakio had different plans. The Belgian’s hattrick made him the sixth player to do so against Bayern in Münich and he earned a priceless point for his team. Julian Nagelsmann will also feel disappointed as he saw his Hoffenheim team bottle a two-goal lead against Hertha BSC (3-3). The South-German outfit are following a predictable pattern. They dominate games, create chances, score goals but still fail to see matches out. This is something they need to rectify if they are to compete in the Champions League again next season.


Freiburg hosted Werder Bremen at the Schwarzwald Stadion in what turned to be an extremely enjoyable game. It ended as a 1-1 draw that will infuriate Christian Streich, with the home side conceding a 90 minute equalizer. The happiest team of the matchday will surely be Schalke 04! Results in other encounters have helped to put some space between themselves and the relegation positions after a hesitant start to the season. Domenico Tedesco’s boys were clinical, unlike in recent weeks, putting five past Nürnberg (5-2).  The next step for them will be to put a run together and climb up the league as soon as possible.