Bundesliga - Football - November 4, 2019

Bundesliga: Winners and Losers from Matchday 10

BMG go 3 points clear at the top, Wolfsburg lose unbeaten streak, Leipzig hit Mainz for 8, Bayern get hit for 5, Union Berlin win Berlin Derby and David Wagner in the midst of a career renaissance

Bundesliga has been in anarchy this season with the top half separated by just 5 points. In a game week in which 35 goals were scored and 3 red cards were dished out, let’s have a look at the winners and losers from this Matchday.

Winner: BMG go 3 clear at the top of Bundesliga

Thuram after scoring against Leverkusen, 02 November 2019

BMG took advantage of Bayern shipping 5 away to Frankfurt by winning 2-1 away at Leverkusen. They got through a tough game against Bayer Leverkusen where they ceded 62% possession to them and were out-shot 25 to 7. With this win, they went 3 clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

They took the lead through Oscar Wendt ghosting into the box in the 18th minute to score. Leverkusen equalised in the 25th minute with Lucas Alario releasing Kevin Volland through for him to score. BMG took the lead again through Marcus Thuram finding himself at the end of a pinpoint pass from Patrick Hermann. The scoring ended there with BMG weathering the Leverkusen storm after the break to stay on top of the Bundesliga. They would be looking to continue their good turn as they host Werder Bremen. For more on BMG, read this article about them.

Losers: Wolfsburg lose unbeaten start to Bundesliga

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Hazard after scoring against Wolfsburg, 2 November 2019

Wolfsburg lost away to Borussia Dortmund 3-0, thereby losing their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga. This game saw them slip down to 8th position. Wolfsburg conceded 3 second-half goals with Thorgan Hazard, Rafa Guerreiro and Mario Gotze scoring.

This is worrying as this defeat comes on the back of a 6-1 mauling against Red Bull Leipzig. They would be looking to be a bounce-back at home against Leverkusen.

Winners: Leipzig bounce back by hitting Mainz for 8

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Timo Werner after scoring his hat-trick against Mainz, 02 November 2019

Red Bull Leipzig got back on track in the Bundesliga by snapping a run where they were winless in 5 out of the previous 6 games by thrashing Mainz 8-0 at home. This game saw them rise to 3rd, a point behind Dortmund and 4 behind BMG.

This game saw Timo Werner have an unreal game where he scored a hat-trick and also provided a hat-trick of assists. Sabitzer, Nkunku, Halstenburg, Poulsen and Mukiele scored the other 5 goals. They would be looking to pile the pressure on Hertha Berlin as they go to the Olympiastadion.

Losers: Bayern hit a nadir

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Bayern Munich had a shocker of a game as they shipped 5 goals away to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena. This defeat saw them slip to 4th, 4 points behind BMG at the top. The fallout of this game saw Niko Kovac get sacked which is covered in this article.

The game started on a bad note for them as a bad tackle by Jerome Boateng, saw him receive a red card. Frankfurt took full advantage of this by taking a 2 goal lead through Kostic and Sow. Lewandowski pulled one back for Bayern, 8 minutes before the break, thereby scoring in 8 consecutive Bundesliga matchdays. Then, Abraham, Hinteregger and Paciencia scored 3 second-half goals to put Bayern to the sword. Bayern will next be looking to get a result against an in-form at home to Dortmund.

Winner: Union Berlin win the first Berlin Derby in the Bundesliga

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Union Berlin celebrating after Simon Polter scores the pressure penalty in the Berlin Derby, 2 November 2019

Union Berlin continued their encouraging start to the Bundesliga, winning 1-0 at home to Hertha Berlin in the first Berlin Derby to be played in the Bundesliga. They won through a pressure Simon Polter penalty. This small punk team from Berlin have been punching above their weight this season gaining 3 wins, thus far. This game saw them go 3 clear of the relegation playoff place and be a point behind neighbours Hertha. They next play away at a smarting Mainz at the Coface Arena.

Winner: David Wagner’s career renaissance

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David Wagner giving tactical instructions

David Wagner was able to continue his great start to the Bundesliga, with his Schalke side getting a great come from behind 3-2 win at Augsburg. This is in stark contrast to the situation he was in this time last season when he was stuck at a dire Huddersfield. This win saw them go to 6th position, the final European place in the Bundesliga. Schalke next plays Fortuna Dusseldorf at home at the Veltins Arena.

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