Egypt signs agreement with China to boost technical education    Egypt's minister Nasr calls on investors to take advantage of opportunities in tourism    Trump says it is getting harder for him to want to negotiate with Iran    Air strikes kill at least 32 in rebel-held city in Syria, rescuers say    Russia, Turkey are in talks on joint production of S-400 missile parts: TASS    Egypt's Salah, Senegal's Mane should be quickly fit: Liverpool boss    Olympic robots offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field    Tennis: Jarry joins grandfather as ATP title-winner with Swedish Open win    Tennis: Australia's McNamara dies at 64 after quiet cancer battle    Dubai's Emaar, Beijing Daxing International Airport in deal on $11bn flagship    Iran's actions are unacceptable, says Saudi minister    Egypt's finance ministry auctions EGP 18.7 bln in T-bonds    Apologize to America, U.S. PresidentTrump tells Democratic congresswomen    New terms for firms working in free zones: Egypt's GAFI    Asian markets trade lower; Shanghai debuts Nasdaq-style tech board    Egypt's population hits 99 million – CAPMAS    Egypt extends state of emergency for three months: Official gazette    In Photos: 1st phase of Roxy Garage inaugurated on the 1,050th National Day of Cairo celebrations    Egypt urges nationals to abide by Schengen travel rules    Egypt's Sisi attends graduation ceremony for police cadets    Algeria crowned Africa Cup of Nations Champions after Senegal win    Sisi: Egypt supports development efforts in all Nile Basin states    Egypt's PM supervises implementation of Luxor's Corniche project    After appointing new female judge, will Egypt see more women in courts?    Egypt's PM follows up implementation of Luxor's Corniche development project    Egypt tells citizens that Saudi e-visa not meant for hajj    Algerian team came to Cairo to win AFCON title: Djamel Belmadi    Egypt, Uzbekistan study establishing pharmaceutical plant    Belgium's Port of Antwerp to develop bunkering activity in Egypt    Sudan's military, opposition sign 1st part of power-sharing deal    Peace with Egypt must be made: Turkey's main opposition leader    Egyptians Brace for Rising Prices Due to Subsidy Cuts    King Tut's golden coffin undergoes first restoration since 1922 discovery    Changing dominant narrative of women on stage    Explorations of music, sound, architecture of Islamic Cairo and everyday life    Farewell to Italy's best-loved writer Andrea Camilleri    Parliament Speaker announces end of fourth legislative term    Total of 59,455 expats in Egypt have undergone virus C screening    Renovation of Egyptian Museum to include installing new lighting, display systems    Egypt's parliament starts new NGO law discussion    Egypt's parliament's 5th convocation sessions to be aired live: Parliament speaker    Cairo hosts 6th meeting of Egyptian-Sudanese military committee    Egypt's parliament Oks new NGO law    Egypt inaugurates museum to honor late novelist Naguib Mahfouz    Bookmakers expects Egypt's Mo Salah might miss the year's Ballon D'or award    Fired MP detained pending investigations over corruption charges    Orange Egypt removes Warda from ad campaign after harassment case    Egypt sees national population growth rate to halve before 2052    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Bundesliga Bulletin: Borussia Dortmund flying, Bayern Munich tumbling
Published in Daily News Egypt on 07 - 10 - 2018

What a weekend! League leaders Dortmund produced the game of the season so far as champions Bayern slipped deeper into crisis. Frankfurt's good form continued and the league also has its first coaching casualty.Good week for: Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Hannover, the Bundesliga
Bad week for: Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich, Tayfun Korkut, Nuremberg
The lowdown:
– Borussia Dortmund 4-3 Augsburg was a contender for the game of the season. Goals, saves, penalty claims, shots off the bar and a dramatic final 10 minutes made this one a real thriller. Paco Alcacer scored a hat-trick, including a 30 yard free kick to seal the win in the 96th minute. There will be defensive questions for both sides, but it was a breathtaking match.
Opinion: Forget the title talk, let's just enjoy this Borussia Dortmund team
– The pressure is always on Bayern Munich, but even more so after Dortmund's win. And yet another disappointing performance followed as a ruthless Gladbach side left the Allianz Arena with an historic 3-0 win. Niko Kovac's team never really looked like scoring, which is the biggest concern of all. Four straight games in all competitions now without a win for Kovac and his team. As Oktoberfest ends, the hangover has started to set in for Bayern, and Kovac is under pressure.
– While it's been a bad few weeks for Bayern fans, it's a great moment for fans who have longed for more competition in the league! With seven games played, four clubs (Gladbach, Bremen, Hertha & RB) are level on points behind Dortmund. Bayern finished the weekend languishing in sixth. Could we really have a title race this season?
Analysis: What's wrong with Bayern Munich?
– It was a great weekend for a couple of Americans in the league. Weston McKennie scored the opener for Schalke (his second in the week after scoring in Moscow on Tuesday) and delivered yet another battling performance for the club, pushing his body to the limit. Hannover's Bobby Wood also scored a brace to give his club their first win of the season – and his first was a particularly impressive header.
– "We will learn from this," promised Nuremberg coach Michael Köllner after his side crashed to a 7-0 defeat away at Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago – but few lessons appear to have been learned as "The Club" shipped six away at RB Leipzig, who went joint second. Yet while Nuremberg's away form is disastrous (played four, won none, scored one, conceded 15), they remain unbeaten at home.
– Werder Bremen beat Wolfsburg 2-0 on Friday night thanks to a Davy Klaassen masterclass. The result keeps giving life to Bremen's publically declared European charge. The win came on Florian Kohfeldt's birthday too, which was a nice touch.
Report: Redemption for classy Klaassen as Werder Bremen impress again
– There were mixed fortunes for the Bundesliga's Europa League representatives. Eintracht Frankfurt built on their 4-1 win over Lazio with an impressive 2-1 victory away at Hoffenheim, with Ante Rebic scoring from distance before being sent off. But Bayer Leverkusen struggled to a flat goalless draw away at Freiburg which will increase the pressure on coach Heiko Herrlich.
– Tayfun Korkut (below) became the first coaching casualty of the season after being relieved of his duties at VfB Stuttgart. Despite being the second-best team in last season's Rückrunde, the Swabians have only won of their opening seven games. Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Hannover was the nail in the coffin for coach Korkut – and also the first win of the season for Andre Breitenreiter's Reds.
The stats:
– Gladbach sit ahead of Bayern Munich in the table for the first time since February 2012
– This is Bayern Munich's worst start to a season in eight years and the first time since May 2015 that they have lost two consecutive Bundesliga games.
– Paco Alcacer has needed just 81 minutes to score six Bundesliga goals – this has never happened in the Bundesliga before.
– Borussia Dortmund's subs have scored nine goals after seven games – no Bundesliga team has ever had subs score as many goals in league history before.
– After Werder Bremen's 2-0 home win against Wolfsburg, Bremen have extended their unbeaten run at home to 17 games under Florian Kohfeldt. If the Weserstadion remains a fortress, Europe could well be calling.
– RB Leipzig's 6-0 win over Nuremberg was the highest win in the club's Bundesliga history … if that means anything.
– Augsburg's defeat in Dortmund was their 100th Bundesliga defeat.
– Mario Gomez (below) is now number 11 on the Bundesliga's all-time goalscorer list after scoring his 166th Bundesliga goal.
– Bayer Leverkusen's 0-0 draw away at Freiburg has made it the Werkself's worst start to a season in 21 years.
The quotes:
"Maybe we thought everything would iron itself out. When things were going well, perhaps they were going too well. We're all human and we got a bit complacent and comfortable."
– Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac BEFORE his team's 3-0 defeat to Gladbach.
"That's not Bayern Munich. That's not enough."
– Bayern captain Manuel Neuer post-defeat.
"This wasn't our best game, but it was fantastic for the fans and for us."
– BVB coach Lucien Favre after the 4-3 win against Augsburg
"Sehr, sehr, sehr guter Transfer!" (Very, very, very good transfer!)
– Lucien Favre on Paco Alcacer
"Incredible. We've seen him score free-kicks in training and hoped he would score, and he did. Sensational. He played for 30, 35 minutes and scored three goals. What can you say? It doesn't get any better."
– Marco Reus, running out of superlatives to describe Alcacer
"I feel really comfortable in Dortmund. I can definitely imagine staying on at the end of the year."
– Paco Alcacer on his future
"We're a pretty awesome group."
– Schalke goalscorer Guido Burgstaller after their 2-0 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf
"Sometimes, you just have to leave the church in the village."
– Freiburg coach Christian Streich after his team's 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, using a German expression which means there's no need to exaggerate.
"The overall results at the start of this season were completely unsatisfactory."
– Stuttgart sporting director Michael Reschke on Tayfun Korkut's dismissal.
"It's perverse, the speed at which these topics become issues. The coach can't always be the fool, that's not right."
Germany legend Matthias Sammer on Stuttgart's dismissal of Tayfun Korkut and the pressure on Niko Kovac in Munich.
The weird:
This week's weird moment comes from Bundesliga 2! In the 94th minute of Union Berlin's home game against Heidenheim, the hosts were trailing 0-1 and on the verge of losing their unbeaten record in the league this season – until Polish goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz popped up at the back post to head home a late cross and rescue a point!
"My twin brother is an outfield player, so maybe I learnt it from him!" said the 30-year-old post-match.
The fans
Fortuna Düsseldorf ultras produced their biggest ever pre-match choreography ahead of kick-off against Schalke on Saturday. The circus-themed display covered both tiers and stretched around half of the Merkur Spiel-Arena. While fans waved red and white flags and held up pieces of red card, a huge image of a circus was hoisted up from the roof behind the goal – even the capo, the ultra with the megaphone, was dressed as a circus ringleader. "We're a circus club – it's always drama here!" one ultra told DW, while collecting donations to cover the €17,000 ($19,600) cost of the display, "and the circus is back in town!"

Clic here to read the story from its source.