Berlin (dpa) – FC Bayern Munich can become the big winner of the 16th matchday in the Bundesliga.
The toughest competition in the title fight missed important points – with a success against SC Freiburg on Sunday, the Munich team would extend their lead in the table and make the Hinserien championship perfect. RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund remained without a win. And the basement duels also ended in a draw. The most important things about the matchday at a glance:
INCOLENTLY: Marco Reus was the symbol of Dortmund’s misery against the relegation candidate FSV Mainz 05. Only the BVB captain missed the greatest chance to lead (26th) in the first half, in the second half he scored a 1-1 with the final score Penalty missed the goal. “I actually have to apologize to the team. I could have decided the game or brought it in the right direction,” said Reus. For him it was already the second Bundesliga penalty in a row – Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka failed on matchday 12, but then converted the margin to the 2-1 winning goal.
DISEASED: After losing the cup at second division Holstein Kiel and a total of two competitive defeats in a row, Bayern are actually under a lot of pressure. However, the assembled competition failed to further exploit the current weakness. Like Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen with the 0: 1 at 1. FC Union Berlin on Friday evening, RB Leipzig also missed a great opportunity. “It’s not a natural law that all other teams win if Bayern don’t,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann after 2-2 at VfL Wolfsburg. “I’m not talking about hunting for Bavaria, but rather our own collecting of points.” This means that Munich can pull away from Leipzig by up to four points with a win against Freiburg (3.30 p.m. / Sky).
HOPELESS: In the second Sunday game, taillight FC Schalke 04 at Eintracht Frankfurt want to continue the mini upswing after the success against Hoffenheim and the end of the winless series (6:00 p.m.). The competition in the relegation battle got one point each: Due to the surprising draw in Dortmund Mainz moved past the Schalke players with equal points. 1. FC Köln against Hertha BSC and Arminia Bielefeld at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim each scored 0-0.
ERBOST I: Jonas Hofmann had to hold back. The controversial penalty in stoppage time in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2: 2 at VfB Stuttgart angered the national player. “That’s an absolute cheek, I don’t know what he’s thinking,” he said, looking at the referee, who only decided on the penalty after watching the video. “It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it. I don’t know what we got the video referee for.” Referee Felix Brych also admitted that Stuttgart should be “happy” with the penalty. Due to the late equalization, Gladbach missed the third league win in a row and remains seventh.
ERBOST II: Rafal Gikiewicz was visibly angry. The way his teammates from FC Augsburg dealt with the 2-0 defeat at Werder Bremen did not suit the Polish goalkeeper at all. “When I see our faces – we laugh after we lose 2-0, that’s not possible,” said the 33-year-old on Sky. “Maybe I don’t understand football, I can’t accept that.”