Borussia Dortmund prevented the next mistake in the Bundesliga even without striker Erling Haaland. BVB defeated FC Augsburg 2: 1 (1: 1) on Saturday and is in contact with front-runners FC Bayern. With the 2-1 (1-0) away win, SC Freiburg increased the worries at Hertha BSC and coach Pal Dardai and moved up to third place for the time being. The Breisgauers are ahead of VfL Wolfsburg, who lost 1: 3 (1: 2) to Borussia Mönchengladbach. VfB Stuttgart moved away from the relegation zone with a 3-1 (1-0) win against TSG Hoffenheim.
In the evening game, runner-up RB Leipzig turned 3-0 (0-0) against newly promoted VfL Bochum after the break. Christopher Nkunku was the match winner in the mandatory victory of the Saxons with two goals within five minutes (73rd / 78th). The shortly before substitute André Silva had put the Leipzig in the lead (69.).
Unlike the 1-0 defeat at Gladbach a week ago, Dortmund was able to compensate for the lack of the ailing Haaland, but struggled at times. Raphael Guerreiro’s BVB lead in the tenth minute with a penalty kick equalized Augsburg’s Andi Zeqiri (35th) after a goal from Arne Meier. After a pass from captain Marco Reus, Julian Brandt (51.) scored the well-deserved Dortmund winner with a low shot.
Gladbach got off to a dream start in the first away win of the season, and was quickly ahead thanks to Breel Embolo (5th) and Jonas Hofmann (7th). Luka Waldschmidt (24th) scored the next goal for Wolfsburg, who ended the game after ten yellows for Maxence Lacroix (76th). The penalty after the VfL defender’s foul was missed by Lars Stindl, who failed with a weak shot at Koen Casteels. Gladbach’s Joe Scally (90th + 5) ended late.
In the Baden-Württemberg state duel, Stuttgart ended its negative run against Hoffenheim. Marc Oliver Kempf (18th), Konstantinos Mavropanos (60th) and Roberto Massimo (80th) ensured the first success after the 5: 1 at the start against SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The late goal by Jacob Bruun Larsen (84th) did not lead to a turning point for Hoffenheim. (dpa)