Bayer 04 Leverkusen rattled in four quality goals in thirteen second half minutes to add to a first half strike to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-0 at BayArena, ending Andre Schubert's unbeaten start in charge of die Fohlen.
Roger Schmidt's team went to Borussia Dortmund in good spirits following their emphatic midweek win in the Champions League, but return home with another heavy loss against Thomas Tuchel's rampant side. Continue reading Leverkusen Suffer Another Damaging Defeat
Two ridiculous penalty decisions condemned Bayer 04 Leverkusen to a 3-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena, but the scoreline nowhere near reflects the game.
Both Bracknell Town and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have big home games this week, as they try and get vital wins.
The 52nd Bundesliga season finally got underway last weekend, and threw up some interesting stories. For Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a 2-1 comeback victory at the BayArena against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim saw old and young score the goals. Stefan Kießling and Julian Brandt secured the points for die Werkself, and for Kießling it was a particularly significant strike. His equaliser on the stroke of half time was the fourth year in succession that he has netted on the opening day, setting a new record. Schalke 04 hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also achieved this feat in his side’s 3-0 win at Werder Bremen. Kießling has now scored seven goals in his last six appearances against Hoffenheim.
Thomas Tuchel’s reign as Jurgen Klopp’s successor at Borussia Dortmund started in spectacular fashion, with a stunning 4-0 victory over last season’s third place finishers Borussia Moenchengladbach. Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the star of the show, scoring twice. Wolfsburg – last season’s runners-up and tipped by many to close the gap to the champions this year – toiled to a 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. If the Wolves are to mount any kind of serious challenge to Pep’s Bayern, they need to rebuff Manchester City’s advances towards their star asset Kevin de Bruyne.
The star team of week one, though, has to be Ingolstadt. This is their first ever season in Germany’s top flight, and they started off with a single goal win at Mainz 05. Mainz have lost some key players over the summer, most notably striker Shinji Okazaki to Leicester City, and they could well struggle this season if this result is anything to go by. The other promoted club, Darmstadt, got a respectable 2-2 draw at home to Hannover 96, who are expected to be involved in the relegation battle too.
Recent overachievers Augsburg, who finished sixth and fifth in the last two seasons, lost 1-0 at home to Hertha Berlin, and FC Köln won 3-1 at Stuttgart.
And as for Bayern Munich? Well, they won 5-0 against hapless and hopeless Hamburg, and are top after week one. Might as well start as you mean to go on!
This article will be published in Bracknell Town’ match day programme this weekend.
On a day when the Bundesliga served up twenty six goals in the five afternoon matches, Bayer Leverkusen suffered stoppage time heartbreak as second placed Wolfsburg left the BayArena with victory in a nine goal extravaganza which saw two players score hattricks. Continue reading Nine Goal Thriller at BayArena
German football now goes on its customary five week hiatus, leaving fans to ponder their club’s first seventeen matches. It has been an exceptional hinrunde, with overachievers and underachievers alike, and a side so dominant they look unstoppable. Continue reading Bundesliga Half-Season Review
Stefan Kießling made a welcome return to the scoresheet as he nets a late winner at TSG Hoffenheim on matchday sixteen.
Simon Rolfes announces his intention to bring an end to his playing career at the end of the current season. Continue reading Leverkusen Legend Rolfes Retires
After slaughtering the Billy Goats last week, matchday 14 sees Leverkusen travel to Bavaria for the round’s top spiel. Continue reading Bayern Up Next For Werkself