Bundesliga giants upset by newly promoted club
Round 22 in the Bundesliga was an interesting weekend to say the least. The table and position battle for European spots and relegation spots all tightened up.
There is one huge talking point this weekend that overshadowed everything in German football. Bayern Munich suffered a shock defeat to massive underdogs Bochum.
Soccer / football fans around the globe — before the match even kicked off — were already awarding Bayern Munich 3 points for an easy win over Bochum. There are no guarantees in life, such the same with sport and it was clearly on display in this match.
Bochum were playing in the 2.Bundesliga last season, and their hopes for this year are centered on surviving all 34 matches and remaining in the Bundesliga next season. With their famous win on Saturday, those 3 points will prove to be vital.
In minute 9, it looked like yet another runaway win for Bayern when Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring to add to his league leading total. Earlier this season, Bayern defeated Bochum 7-0 and it was looking like a repeat scoreline again for the German giants.
It went all downhill after that for Bayern as Bochum rattled in four straight goals in the first half to stun the away side. Four different players found the score sheet Antwi-Adjej in the 14th, Locadia in the 38th ( pen. ) Gamboa in the 40th and Holtmann in the 44th minute.
Lewandowski managed to get his second goal of the game in the 75th but it was too little too late as Bayern suffered their fourth loss of the 2021-22 campaign. Safe to say maybe Bayern were victim of the looking ahead to their upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture with RB Salzburg on Wednesday.
The Christopher Nkunku show
The RB Leipzig French starlet is on a tear this year and the 24-year-old bagged another goal for his club. Nkunku got his 11th goal in the 25th minute as Leipzig added another two goals and conceded one to earn a 3-1 victory over Köln. The win bumped Leipzig back into the all-important UEFA Champions League places.
Massive win for Borussia Dortmund
No Haaland, no problem for Borussia Dortmund as they picked up a key victory over Union Berlin. The veteran for the Bees, Marco Reus, stepped up in place of the injured Bundesliga superstar, netting two first half goals in the 18th and 25th minute. Left back Raphael Guerreiro scored the insurance marker in the second half in minute 71.
It was a class performance for the Bees and a nice rebound from last week’s defeat. The win brings Dortmund within 6 points of Bayern Munich and still sitting comfortably in second place.
The defeat impacted Union Berlin more than just a loss. They failed to gain the last Champions League spot in the table. Now the club is chasing the coveted top four spot, while still owning a Europa League spot for the time being.