- VfL Bochum – Borussia Mönchengladbach 2:2
- 1.FC Köln – Energie Cottbus 1:0
- Karlsruher SC – Bayern München 0:1
- Werder Bremen – Borussia Dortmund 3:3
- Hannover 96 – 1899 Hoffenheim 2:5
- Hertha BSC Berlin – VfB Stuttgart 2:1
- Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayer Leverkusen 0:2
- VfL Wolfsburg – Arminia Bielefeld 4:1
- Hamburger SV – Schalke 04 1:1
Talk about German football being boring as much as you want but this season seems to go against all odds. There has been at least one breath taking match in every round of play since the start of the competition. That’s what it feels like. And somehow the trademark of German football, a solid defense, looks like it’s way too oldfashioned for today’s display of offensive fireworks. Even when a game ends with a 1-0 which looks like a rather boring affair there had been hundreds of chances for lots of goals.
Still, considering all the explosives in the forward play of the Bundesliga teams, one might recognize a split in the competition with all teams above rank 9 either winning or drawing their games and the clubs below the line losing their matches. The bottom teams seem to have lost touch with the rest of the league. Frankfurt, Cottbus or Bielefeld were completely outplayed by their opponents. And a team like Hoffenheim tears through the lineups of their opposing clubs with such ease and brilliance that it is a pleasure to watch them play.
Speaking of Hoffenheim, they continue to impress everybody. Down 2-1 away against Hannover they kept their calm and outplayed the northern German side with such a beauty. Sure, there were quite a few mistakes in the Hannover defense, but Hoffenheim looked confident and very good. With every good display of them they look more like they are here to stay for a long time.
Elsewhere the offensive onslaught continued with Bremen and Dortmund both scoring three goals and still settling for a draw. Werder squandered a lead they had just gained in injury time. And the Sunday game saw a wonderful first half by Hamburg who should have scored a lot more than the one by Trochowski.
The reigning champions however don’t seem to get their campaign on track. Sure, it was a win against Karlsruhe, but Bayern didn’t look very convincing again. And no one understands why Lukas Podolski is sitting on the bench when both strikers on the pitch just don’t look like they score any goals. When Podolski came on for Luca Toni, who had to be replaced due to a rib injury, the Bayern game picked up.
Meanwhile Cologne is dreaming of the Champions League again. Three victories in a row. But they will have to prove that they can live up to the expectations by their fanbase in next week’s game against Leverkusen.