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By Gavin Faucette Summer Staff Writer
It was quite a weekend in the Bundesliga World as both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were in action providing a much needed break from the monotony of quarantine
The first match of the weekend was the historic derby between formerly East German 1. FC Union Berlin and West German Hertha Berlin. The 2019-2020 season is 1. FC Union Berlin’s first season ever in the Bundesliga. Impressively, they are still around mid-table and won the first match between the two sides back in November. Throughout the first half Hertha had a multitude of chances but could not find the back of the net. Early on in the second half, the 35-year-old Bosnian forward Vedad Ibišević, headed home the first goal of the match giving Hertha the 1-0 lead. A minute later, Dodi Lukebakio increased the lead to 2-0 on a deadly counter-attack from Hertha. This gave Hertha control of the match, leading to the talented Brazilian forward Gunha netting his 4th goal in four matches. Dedryck Boyata wrapped up the scoring, heading home a corner to secure Hertha a 4-0 Berlin derby win.
It seems Mönchengladbach’s cardboard fans could not offer enough home support to garner a result. Kai Havertz continued to prove why he is one of the most sought after young players in the world netting two goals for Bayer Leverkusen. Marcus Thuram equalized for Mönchengladbach to make it 1-1 in the 52nd minute on an impressive half volley. However, Havertz answered by barely finishing off a penalty in the 58th minute. Sven Bender finished off the scoring on a header in the 81st minute to give Leverkusen the 3-1 win.
I guess Erling Braut Håland is human after all, the young Norwegian forward failed to score for only the 4th time since joining Dortmund. The American center back John Brooks shut down the Norwegian sensation who did not record a shot and had the least amount of touches out of all the starters. Despite Brooks’ effort, Dortmund managed to secure a 2-0 victory with goals from Raphaël Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi. This keeps Dortmund only 4 points behind leaders Bayern heading into their matchup today.
Bayern Munich continued their winning ways defeating Frankfurt 5-2. Lewandowski continued his fiery form netting his 27th Bundesliga goal of the season. Alphonso Davies proved again why he is one of the best young talents in the world assisting Müller and scoring in the 61st minute. The Frankfurt defender, Martin Hinteregger, had himself quite a game scoring two goals, three minutes apart, for his side but also scoring an own goal. Bayern looks to continue their good form today against title challengers Dortmund.
Well this game did not go according to plan for FSV Mainz 05. On the edge of the relegation zone, Mainz will need to find their form soon or it could turn into a devastating season for the club. RB Leipzig scored with ease, especially forward Timo Werner who bagged a hat trick. By the 5th goal it almost looked like he felt bad for scoring another or just for the Mainz keeper who was in a terrible position. Leipzig remains 7 points back of the leaders Bayern.
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