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By Gavin Faucette
In a chaotic filled weekend, the Bundesliga was back in action as one of the only professional sports leagues to hold matches and although there were no fans, there was certainly plenty of action on the pitch…
Kai Havertz scored the lone goal in the game making him the highest-scoring Bundesliga player ever before his 21st birthday with 35 goals in total. The young German will be highly sought after this summer. Freiburg had multiple chances to equal the score but failed to convert. The Jamaican Leon Bailey set up the Leverkusen goal with a beautiful pass to Havertz. Leverkusen will look to climb to 3rd place next week.
Bayern has now scored five goals in two matches since returning from the break. The scoring started with an unfortunate Dusseldorf own goal. Bayern notched a second on a corner from a Benjamin Pavard header. At this point, Bayern had complete control of the game only allowing a couple of half-chances to Dusseldorf. Lewandowski proceeded to score his 28th and 29th Bundesliga goals. The young Canadian left back Alphonso Davies continued his incredible form and finished off the scoring in the 52nd minute.
Schalke cannot seem to catch a break; they have now gone 10 games without a win in the Bundesliga. Werder Bremen deservedly took the lead in the 32nd minute on an incredible strike from outside the box by Leonardo Bittencourt. The American Weston Mckennie who was wearing a “Justice for George Floyd” armband had one of Schalke’s few chances in the game from a free-kick. Mckennie’s American opponent Josh Sargent had a quiet 70 minutes for Bremen. The win was huge for Werder Bremen who now only need a couple more wins to climb out of the relegation zone.
Before kick-off, the two teams had only allowed one goal since the restart, impressive for relegation side Paderborn. The scoreless first half displayed the two sides’ defensive fortitude. Shortly into the 2nd half, Dortmund got their opening goal from Thorgan Hazard. Three minutes later Dortmund beautifully passed their way through the Paderborn defense as Julian Brandt assisted Jadon Sancho. Sancho immediately removed his jersey displaying the message “Justice for George Floyd” on his undershirt. Sancho looked much improved after his disappointing performance against Bayern midweek. He added a left-footed goal from just inside the box and got his hat trick by finishing off a counter-attack in the last minutes. Gio Reyna eventually came on putting in a solid 10 minute performance drawing multiple fouls and his only shot was barely saved. Until the last 20 minutes Paderborn was playing well but Dortmund’s quality proved too much as they secured a 6-1 victory.
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