On a day when there were 25 goals scored across the other 5 Bundesliga matches, Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg clawed each other out for a run-of-the-mill 1-1 draw. Arguably the biggest news of the day is that Julian Weigl is injured, having gone down from a challenge in the first half. The last reports were that he was going to the hospital to have his ankle looked at. In all likelihood his season is over.
The lineup that Tuchel decided upon was a 5-2-3 with Guerreiro playing as a left wing back, and Shinji and Weigl in midfield. When Weigl got injured, Tuchel inexplicably brought on Erik Durm, moved him to right back, and brought Ginter into the midfield. This worked about as well as you would have expected.
Augsburg struck first when, after an Aaron Rodgers-esque hail mary pass from keeper Andreas Luthe, left back Philipp Max struck a shot on goal. Bürki pushed the ball straight into the path of Icelander Aldreð Finnbogason (great name), who tapped the ball into the back of the net.
Dortmund equalized a couple minutes later. Shinji Kagawa took a shot from the top of the box, and Aubameyang redirected it passed the keeper.
The second half started, and absolutely nothing of importance happened. To try and grab the lead, Tuchel brought on Christian Pulisic and Sebastien Rode (?). Although Pulisic created some decent chances, he didn’t have enough time to grab a goal. Rode didn’t do anything. Surprise, surprise.
The match ended 1-1, which means that Hoffenheim and Dortmund are now level, with BVB ahead on goal difference.
Other thoughts/my random musings
- Marco Reus did not have a good match at all. His touches were heavy, his passes were off, and he missed a pretty good chance towards the end of the second half.
- Ousmane Dembélé was the best player on the pitch today, and the only one who really looked like he was trying (except for Pulisic when he came on).
- Bayern beat Leipzig, so BVB have no one to blame but themselves for ceding 2nd place to the Red Cows.
- I know they got thrashed, but I’d like to thank Werder Bremen for making the effort to score 3 goals towards the end of the match. That doesn’t sound like much, but if they hadn’t, Hoffenheim would have only been a goal below us on goal difference instead of 4 goals below us.
- The match between Wolfsburg and Mönchengladbach was interrupted by a hailstorm. It was still more exciting than the second half in Augsburg.