Saturday, 9 September 2017

Hoffenheim stun Bayern Munich while Dortmund are held by 10-man Freiburg

Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday as Hoffenheim triumphed 2-0 to stay unbeaten through three games. Mark Uth scored both goals for the hosts, who moved up to second place, just behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference. After Robert Lewandowski saw an early effort clip the woodwork, it was the hosts who stepped things up as Uth made the most of a quickly-taken throw-in to open the scoring after 27 minutes

After Robert Lewandowski saw an early effort clip the woodwork, it was the hosts who stepped things up as Uth made the most of a quickly-taken throw-in to open the scoring after 27 minutes. Uth later finished off a fine team move to double Hoffenheim's lead five minutes into the second half. Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti had rotated his squad, with one eye on next week's Champions League opener against Anderlecht, and despite sending on Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery for the closing stages, the champions could not find a way back into the match. Ten-man Freiburg halted Dortmund's promising start to the season in a goalless draw and also added to BVB's injury list. Dortmund defenders Marc Bartra and Marcel Schmelzer both went off in the first half and are doubtful for the Champions League opener at Tottenham on Wednesday. Tim Kleindienst had the best early chance for Freiburg but failed in a one-on-one with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki. Dortmund dominated possession afterward but lost Bartra and then Schmelzer as the home side pulled no punches. French midfielder Yoric Ravet was sent off on his Bundesliga debut for a cynical challenge on Schmelzer after referee Benjamin Cortus consulted with his video assistant. Cortus at first showed a yellow card but TV replays showed Ravet stamped on Schmelzer's right ankle. Freiburg coach Christian Streich applauded sarcastically, but Schmelzer was unable to continue. He was replaced by new signing Dan-Axel Zagadou. Down to 10 men, the hosts sat back, stayed compact and defended with every man they had. Dortmund are yet to concede a goal after three games but dropped points for the first time. Kevin-Prince Boateng earned Eintracht Frankfurt a hard-fought 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach but could not finish the game due to injury. Boateng fired home from close range in the 13th minute for his first Bundesliga goal since his return after spells at Milan and Las Palmas. The Ghana midfielder had to go off early in the second half. He received treatment toward the end of the first after receiving a blow from Jannik Vestergaard's elbow. Germany striker Mario Gomez injured himself in Wolfsburg while going for goal after missing the ball and colliding with Hannover goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner in the teams' 1-1 draw. Wolfsburg's Daniel Didavi scored with a free kick early in the second half, but Martin Harnik equalized by back-heeling the ball through the legs of Wolfsburg 'keeper Koen Casteels. Mainz came from behind to beat visiting Bayer Leverkusen 3-1, and Augsburg defeated Cologne 3-0.

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