Here is a look at how Round 12 of the Bundesliga went. The first five games of the round all went the way of the home side- it took Dortmund to break that duck with a 2:1 triumph away at Freiburg. Only one of the nine games ended in a draw- the last game of the match week between Koln and Hoffenheim.
The GW began with Werder picking up a 1:0 win over Hertha at home, with Niclas Fullkrug grabbing a 85th minute for SVW. Defending champions Bayern hammered Mainz 6:2, with six different scorers on target for the Bavarians- Gnabry, Musiala, Mane, Goretzka, Tel and Choupo-Moting. The Bavarian giants scored three goals in each half.
Leipzig might have mixed form on the road, but they’re always a formidable team at home, and that was again illustrated as Marco Rose’s men beat Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen 2:0, with Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner scoring for the hosts.
Bayern’s victory had put pressure on Union Berlin, but the latter responded with a fine comeback win over Borussia Monchengladbach. MGB thought they’d done enough for at least a point, but defender Danilo Doelkhi popped up with a stunning 97th minute winner for the hosts deep into second half stoppage time. Union surprisingly continue to top the Bundesliga standings– few would’ve expected them to be ahead of Bayern with nearly a third of the season done and dusted.
The other surprise package of this season have been Freiburg, and they stayed third with a 2:0 away win at struggling Schalke. S04 had appointed a new coach in Thomas Reis, but his first game in charge of the Royal Blues ended in defeat as Vincenzo Grifo grabbed a brace for Freiburg.
Elsewhere, Wolfsburg thumped Bochum 4:0 with Felix Nmecha, the younger brother of Lukas, scoring twice for the Wolves. Waldemar Anton’s late winner gave Stuttgart three priceless points (and some much needed breathing space in the bottom half of the table) as they beat Augsburg 2:1.
There was only one sending off in this round of fixtures and that went to former Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak, who was dismissed late in the Koln-Hoffenheim game.
Only eight points separate leaders Union from 9th place Mainz- that’s how crowded the top half of the league looks at this moment. A total of 28 goals were scored in nine fixtures- an average of 3.11 goals per game. This was of course aided a lot by the eight goal game between Bayern and Mainz- it drops to 2.5 without that fixture.