The universe must have heard our complaints last weekend. We’ve arrived at that time of year when Bayern Munich randomly drops points to Borussia Mönchengladbach and suddenly everyone pretends that the Bundesliga is a perfectly competitive league again. After taking a 1-0 lead Gladbach held on for dear life, and despite surrendering an equalizer to Leroy Sané, managed to see out the match and escape with a draw.
Elsewhere, there was a wild match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, while Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig finally got their first wins.
SC Freiburg 1-0 VfL Bochum
Mainz 05 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen
RB Leipzig 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg
TSG Hoffenheim 1-0 Augsburg
Schalke 1-6 Union Berlin
Hertha Berlin 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
FC Köln 0-0 VfB Stuttgart
Werder Bremen 3-4 Eintracht Frankfurt
Yann Sommer Stands on His Head
I don’t know what deal Die Fohlen made with the devil that allows them to play so well against Bayern Munich when every other team in the league struggles, but whatever it is, my suspicion is it involves Yann Sommer. Sommer has declined overall in the Bundesliga over the last few years, but he always manages to stand on his head against the Bavarians, and he did so again against Bayern on Saturday. The Swiss stopper made a staggering 19 saves, giving up only one goal on 4.3 post-shot expected goals. It was one of the greatest goalkeeping performances I’ve ever witnessed.
Speaking of absurd xG oddities, Schalke was on the receiving end of one of the funniest stat lines I’ve ever seen. Despite out xG-ing Union Berlin by about 1.8-1.3, Schalke managed to lose 6-1. Union now shares the top of the table with Bayern:
How does Gladbach always manage to beat, or at least overperform, against Bayern Munich when every other club in the Bundesliga struggles to do so?