Madness in Dortmund: BVB won against FC Augsburg thanks to a triple pack from Paco Alcácer. Schalke continued his run in Düsseldorf – and Hanover celebrated its first victory of the season.
Borussia Dortmund – FC Augsburg 4:3 (0:1)
Sieben-Tore-Wahnsinn in Dortmund: Paco Alcácer helped BVB to win against FC Augsburg with three goals. The decisive goal was scored in the sixth minute of injury time. After the glittering success in the Champions League on Wednesday against Monaco (3-0) Dortmund struggled against Augsburg for a long time. The visitors played courageously and took the lead through Alfred Finnbogason (22nd minute). For the Icelander it was – after the hat-trick the week before – the fourth goal in the last two Bundesliga matches. The BVB reacted furiously and had two good chances with Achraf Hakimi (24th) and Axel Witsel (25th), but FCA could maintain their lead for the time being.
This changed in the second half: Paco Alcácer scored his fourth goal of the season (62nd) only three minutes after his substitution. Jadon Sancho once again provided the template. For the English international it was already the seventh assistant of the current season. After the equaliser, the leaders were lucky that Finnbogason (64th) and Caiuby (69th) missed two big chances. Philipp Max did a better job: The defender brought his team back into the lead after an accidental shot by André Hahn (71). But also this time the favourite struck back. Alcácer scored to 2:2 (80.).
Then Mario Götze provided for a special story: After the 2014 World Champion had not been in the squad several times, he scored after his substitution the 3:2 (84.). After Michael Gregoritsch (87th) had equalised, it was Alcácer who let his team cheer again. With a free-kick in the 96th minute, the Spaniard scored to 4:3.
Axel Witsel Honours
- Belgian Pro League: 2007–08, 2008–09
- Belgian Cup: 2010–11
- Belgian Supercup: 2008, 2009
- Taça da Liga: 2011–12
- Russian Football Premier League: 2014–15
- Russian Cup: 2015–16
- Russian Super Cup: 2015
- FIFA World Cup third place: 2018
- Belgian Young Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
- Belgian Golden Shoe: 2008
- O Jogo Team of the Year: 2012
Fortuna Düsseldorf – Schalke 04 0:2 (0:0)
Schalke leaves the table cellar: Weston McKennie, who had secured the Champions League victory over Lok Moscow for the Royal Blue team, scored the leading goal (48th minute) in the match against Fortuna Düsseldorf in the second half. Guido Burgstaller scored with his first goal of the season (53.).
Fortuna, who had kept up well in the first half, could not oppose anything more. The FC Schalke, which could register only one league victory in this season so far against Mainz, stands after the away success provisionally on the 14th table place (6 points). Düsseldorf has taken one point less (17th place).
FSV Mainz 05 – Hertha BSC 0:0 (0:0)
After a 2-0 victory over Bayern, Hertha confidently entered the match against Mainz. With 13 points after six games, the Berliners had also set their own club record. In Mainz, however, they could not get past a goalless draw. Hertha’s mini-negative series against Rheinhessen will thus continue: In the past four duels, Berlin failed to score a goal against the 05ers.
The Mainz team entered the match with the youngest starting eleven of their Bundesliga history as well as with a lot of momentum. Jonathan Burkardt missed the first chance for Mainz (10th). There was not much to see of Hertha until the 27th minute, when Vedad Ibisevic headed the ball to the right post after a cross from Valentino Lazaro. Shortly before the half-time break, Jean-Philippe Gbamin was in a promising shooting position for the Mainz side on the penalty spot, but Rune Jarstein cleared the ball with his foot (39th). Also in the second half the Mainz team tried hard, but none of the offensive actions was crowned with success. With 14 points Hertha is third in the table, Mainz seventh (9th).
Hanover 96 – VfB Stuttgart 2:1 (2:0)
First win of the season for Hannover 96: Coach André Breitenreiter’s team beat VfB Stuttgart 2:0 (2:0) 2:0 and handed the Swabians the last place in the table. Bobby Wood provided in the first run with two worth seeing header goals for a calming break lead (30./45.). But the suspense came again when Mario Gomez shortened to 1:2 a few minutes after the restart (50th). Despite good possibilities by Wood and Niklas Füllkrug the 96’s had to tremble until the last minute. Only Ihlas Bebou saved Hanover in injury time (90.+1). Check LadyLucks for more details.