Category Archives: German Football

Bayern 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt | Kovac delivers first trophy in 30 years and EL spot

Eintracht Frankfurt denied Bayern Munich and Jupp Heynckes a League and Cup double as they upset the Bavarian giants 3-1 in the DFB Pokal final. Frankfurt, who had lost the 2017 final to Dortmund, picked up the win thanks to Ante Rebic’s double, and will be competing in the Europa League season. Their manager, Niko Kovac, will be Bayern’s manager next season, and his first competitive game might be against his former charges when the two lock horns in the Super Cup.

It was a disappointing result for Bayern, who had been undefeated in their last fourteen games against Frankfurt going into this final in Berlin.

Heynckes Kovac

VAR again played a factor with Bayern claiming that Rebic’s second goal shouldn’t have been allowed because of a handball in the buildup. They were further incensed when Boateng’s kick on Martinez was not deemed worth of a penalty, with referee Felix Zwayer awarding a corner instead.

It was Bayern’s second straight loss in their new kit after falling to Stuttgart on the final day of the 17/18 league season. Perhaps, one could say, their minds weren’t quite in it after their agonising defeat in the semifinals of the Champions League to Real Madrid

Bayern 1 (Lewandowski) lost to Frankfurt (Rebic x2, Gacinovic)

Hoffenheim 3:1 Dortmund | TSG qualify for Champions League

An impressive performance from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim saw them beat Borussia Dortmund 3:1 and book their spot in the group stages of the 2018/19 Champions League. The result means that Hoffenheim will become the 13th different German team to appear in the main CL tournament (only Spain have had as many representatives)

At the beginning of the day, Hoffenheim, Dortmund and Leverkusen were all in with a shout, but TSG took third with their win, while Dortmund also qualified thanks to their superior goal difference, with Leverkusen’s 3:2 win over Hannover going in vain.

The 30.150 fans present at the Rhein Neckar Arena were delighted at the final whistle, as the pic below shows you.

TSG BVB

It was a disappointing end to the campaign for BVB, who failed to beat any of their fellow top-six sides in the league. It was also veteran goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s final game for the club- he was a late substitute for Roman Burki.

Hoffenheim 3 (Kramaric, Szalai, Kaderabek) beat Dortmund 1 (Reus)

Hamburg relegated from Bundesliga; HSV’s top flight stay comes to an end

Hamburg’s record of being the only Bundesliga club to have never been relegated from the top flight was broken as they were sent down by Wolfsburg’s 4:1 win over Koln. HSV needed to beat Borussia Monchengladbach, which they did, thanks to goals from Aaron Hunt and Lewis Holtby, but they also needed the Wolves to lose, but the latter triumphed at the Volkswagen Arena to send HSV down. Koln were also relegated while Wolfsburg will play a promotion-relegation playoff against Holstein Kiel.

HSV Relegated

Hamburg have flirted with relegation in the last four seasons but have always managed to pull a rabbit out the hat, but this time, there was to be no great escape for the northern outfit, who have suffered their first Bundesliga relegation since the competition was formed in 1963.

They had beaten Wolfsburg on the final day of the season to stay up in 16/17, and survived the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. Three managers have been in charge this season- Markus Gisdol, Bernd Hollerbach andChristian Titz.

Hamburg 2 (Hunt pen, Holtby) beat Borussia Monchengladbach (Drmic)

Bobby Wood sent off for Hamburg in the 71st minute of the game.

Dortmund & Atalanta fined by UEFA for Europa League transgressions

German outfit Borussia Dortmund and Italian side Atalanta have both been fined by European football’s governing organisation UEFA for their transgressions in the Europa League clash that took place between the two teams earlier this year.

Somewhat bizarrely, Atalanta, who had the charges of racist abuse towards BVB’s Michy Batshuayi levied upon them, were only fined 34,000 euros while Dortmund were slapped with a 40,000 euro fine. Belgian international Batshuayi, obviously not pleased with the verdict, took to social media side Twitter to sarcastically mock UEFA, saying “Lol, Must be my imagination. It’s just monkey noises who cares

Here are the charges and the full ruling below.

Dortmund Atalanta Fines UEFA

Gladbach 3:3 Hoffenheim | BMG come from behind to snatch draw

Borussia Monchengladbach came from behind not once, but THREE times as they drew against Hoffenheim at Stadion IM Borussia Park.

MGB, who had won only once in seven games coming into this fixture, went behind when Benjamin Hubner nodded home Andrej Kramaric’s corner. They equalised in somewhat controversial circumstances when Josip Drmic, an early sub for Bobadilla, scored in the 33rd minute. Hoffenheim were insistent that Drmic had handled the ball, but after a VAR referral, referee Martin Petersen allowed the goal to stand. It was the Swiss international’s first goal in 2 and a half years for the club.

Hoffenheim went ahead through Kramaric’s penalty close to the hour mark. That was cancelled out by Lars Stindl’s strike on 72 minutes, but Hoffenheim retook the lead almost instantly through Florian Grillitsch after MGB had lost possession in midfield.

There was however more late drama to come. A 90th minute corner was headed away by Hoffenheim, but it fell to Raffael, who drove it across the face of goal to the unmarked Ginter at the far post, who made no mistake from close range.

The goal denied Hoffenheim another consecutive win following their previous triumphs over Augsburg and Wolfsburg.

Gladbach’s next game is away at FSV Mainz while Hoffenheim will be at home to Koln.

Gladbach Hoffenheim