Bundesliga Game Week 2: What We Learned – Dortmund Back In Action


The second round of games in Germany’s top tier has come to a close and we have the usual suspects at the top of the table. Not that you should read anything into a league table two games in.

I’m sure Borussia Dortmund’s fans are delighted looking at it after their result this afternoon (Sunday). That also goes for the Borussia Monchenglabach fans, although come the end of the month if you are still sitting at 0 points then it might be time to get a bit jittery..

Double 4’s for Dortmund:

It’s been a good start for Thomas Tuchel the new Dortmund Head Coach. He’s seen his new charges dispose of Gladbach in the opening round of the Bundesliga by an impressive 4-0 score-line.  So he must be doubly delighted as they obliged again with the same score-line on their second league outing. This time they were facing the newly promoted Inglostadt at the Bavarians home ground. Goals from Matthias Ginter, Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang see the men from the Ruhr lead the way with eight goals score and none conceded.

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Franck Ribery is probably the only person not delighted with Douglas Costa:

Bayern Munich kept up their 100 percent start with a 2-1 win away to Hoffenhiem. The game exploded into life inside 10 seconds, with the Bundesligas joint fastest ever goal gifted to Hoffenhiem.  David Alaba, the usually reliable Munich defender, decided to make things a bit interesting by passing straight to Kevin Volland after receiving the kick off.

The delighted Volland took it upon himself to do the correct thing and lash it past the hapless Manuel Neuer. This didn’t seem to faze Bayern nor the aforementioned Douglas Costa who once again was showing why he has many admirers. The young Brazilian was rampant down the wing and his powerful shot on the 41st minute could only be parried by Bauman in the Hoffenhiem nets straight onto the Knee of Thomas Muller.

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  • The second half could have and actually should have seen more than just the one goal. We had Jerome Boateng conceding a penalty and subsequently getting himself sent off. That penalty however was missed by Hoffehiem who would rue this on the 90th minute. Douglas Costa, again the provider, out-pacing his man down the line before passing across goal to Lewandowski to slot home and win all three points for the champions. In his first two league outings for Bayern Costa he has provided 5 assists and 1 goal. Franck Ribery may have to get used to the bench when he attempts to make his comeback.

    Two Arsenal Old boys come to the rescue

    Johan Djourou and Nicklas Bendtner; two bastions of Arsenal football club (cheap laugh) came to the rescue for their respected clubs. Nicklas Bendtner the greatest ever Danish footballer (in his own head) popped up with a timely equalizer for Wolfsburg away to FC Koln. The focus on this game was surrounding the impending departure of Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne but Big Nick has shown Die Wolfes that he can be the man to step up and lead as the team’s main man.

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    Well at least he will believe that anyway. The other ex-Arsenal player to delight his team’s (Hamburg) fans was Johan Djourou. It didn’t look too clever for Hamburg as they went into half time on Saturday evening’s late game, trailing 2-1 and looking a little out of sorts.

    However they rallied in the second half and with 6 minutes to go turned the game on its head. The winner by Djourou epitomised the effort and heart Hamburg’s captain put into the game. The move was started by Djourou on the half way line, he then made a lung busting run to get into the box before calmly slide footing the ball past the onrushing Stuttgart keeper, sending the stadium into hysterics. Hopefully for the Hamburg faithful this can be the result that sets them off on a more promising campaign than last term.

    The weekend’s opening tie on Friday evening saw both teams cancel each other out as Hertha Berlin were pegged back and held to a 1 all draw at home to Werder Bremen.In the remaining at the weekend there were wins for Bayer 04 and Mainz over Hannover 96 and Borusia Monchenglabach. Shalke were held at home by SV Darmstadt, Eintracht Frankfurt drew at home with Augsburg.