Berlin, September 25 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – September 26, 2021): Defending champions Bayern Munich will end the weekend three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga standings after close rivals the Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg both suffered away losses on Saturday.
Without injured star striker Erling Braut Haaland and club captain Marco Reus, Dortmund sent off midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud for two yellow cards in the first half as their 1-0 defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach left them fourth of the rank.
Earlier, Wolfsburg lost 3-1 to Hoffenheim, falling to third place and losing second place on goal difference to Bayer Leverkusen, whose 18-year-old Germany international Florian Wirtz sealed a 1-0 victory over Mainz to become the youngest player to reach the 10-goal stage in the Bundesliga.
After losing Haaland and Reus to training injuries on Friday, the visitors struggled in front of goal as Moenchengladbach fans whistled Dortmund coach Marco Rose on his return to Borussia Park, where he was in charge for two years before leaving to join their Bundesliga rivals. .
The game was decided shortly before half-time when Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria beat England midfielder Jude Bellingham on the ball and shot the hosts in the lead with the game’s first clear chance.
The emotion was at the rendezvous and referee Denis Aytekin distributed eight yellow cards, including two to Dahoud.
He was cautioned early for fouling Gladbach captain Lars Stindl, then sent off 40 minutes for a late tackle on US defender Joe Scally.
Dortmund wasted the opportunity to secure a late equalizer when Belgian winger Thorgan Hazard stepped into added time.
Haaland and Reus face a race against time to be fit for Tuesday’s Champions League home game against Sporting Lisbon as Saturday’s victory lifted Gladbach from relegation places to 11th place.
Wolfsburg took the lead at Sinsheim when winger Ridle Baku unleashed a superb long-range shot from the left flank, but Andrej Kramaric, Christoph Baumgartner and Pavel Kaderabek scored three unanswered goals for Hoffenheim.
“It’s a shame we didn’t take the points, but Hoffenheim were very efficient – better than us in this regard,” Wolfsburg head coach Mark van Bommel said after his first league loss.
– Nkunku in song – RB Leipzig gained a much needed boost of confidence ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League home game against Brugge with a 6-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin.
Three losses in their first five league games, as well as a 6-3 loss to Manchester City in Europe, had put pressure on Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch.
The American responded by replacing Danish striker Yussuf Poulsen with struggling new striker Andre Silva.
Poulsen has teamed up with French winger Christopher Nkunku to wreak havoc in the Hertha defense.
Nkunku was exceptional with two goals and two assists, while Poulsen, Nordi Mukiele, Emil Forsberg and Amadou Haidara also scored the scoresheet.
Union Berlin are unbeaten in their last 20 home league games after a 1-0 win over Bielefeld in the capital.
Substitute striker Kevin Behrens has come off the bench to score his first Bundesliga goal in his fourth game only for the Union.
However, the victory was overshadowed by the injury of Union defender Timo Baumgartl, who was knocked out in a first-half collision and rushed to hospital.