Good morning, Fear the Wall!
Before I get to today’s match day recap, please let me rant about I’m still absolutely buzzing from Erling Haaland’s four-goal performance against Hertha Berlin, and I’m so happy that I’m going to have another chance to watch him on Tuesday against Club Brugge. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to watch a player from one of my favorite teams, perhaps other than Harry Kane when he was first breaking out. With Haaland leading the line, I don’t think there’s a single club in the world that BVB can’t beat on a good day.
Borussia Dortmund’s coaching staff and management were equally mesmerized by Haaland’s performance. After Haaland was subbed off, he and Favre had this funny interaction, in which Favre appeared to lose track of how many goals Haaland had scored:
In a post match interview, Haaland revealed that he didn’t actually want to be subbed off after scoring four goals, and joked that he was mad at Favre for taking him off. Favre responded humorously that he now expects five goals from Haaland in his next match.
Once again, the possibilities are endless with this kid. I’m so excited to see what he’s going to accomplish this season.
Matchday Eight Recap
It was a great weekend for Borussia Dortmund, as RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich, the two other clubs most likely to fight for the Meisterschale, both dropped points. Bayern Munich faced stiff resistance from Werder Bremen, who managed to take the lead against Bayern in the first half off a wonderful team goal, finished by Maximilian Eggestein and assisted by none other than America’s own Josh Sargent:
Josh Sargent even had a chance to win it for Werder Bremen in the final minutes of the match, but was denied in a one-on-one by Manuel Neuer.
RB Leipzig also bagged a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. Like Bayern, Leipzig fell behind in the first half. The Red Bulls completely fell asleep on a simple lobbed ball towards the penalty box from practically the halfway line. Dayot Upamecano leaped for the ball and completely missed it, and Aymen Barkok latched onto it and buried it past Gulasci. Leipzig managed to equalize on a fabulous goal by Yousuf Poulsen. The Danish striker managed to chip a ball first-time off a cross using the tip of his boot, and poke it into the top corner. The match ended 1-1.
Elsewhere, 10-man Augsburg managed to equalize against Borussia Mönchengladbach with an 88th minute goal from Daniel Caligiuri, and Bayer Leverkusen overcame a crazy own goal from goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to defeat Arminia Bielefeld 2-1. Union Berlin continued their fine start to the season with a 2-1 victory over FC Köln. VFB Stuttgart secured a point against Hoffenheim with a stoppage time equalizer to bring the score level at 3-3. At the bottom of the table, Mainz got their first win of the season, officially kicking them above Schalke, who now sit, you guessed it, at the bottom of the table.
What a weekend it was for BVB indeed!
The Daily Buzz
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