Wolfsburg held at home as Bayern Munich stay ahead of Bundesliga



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Wolfsburg lost their 100% record on Sunday, missing the opportunity to regain first place in the Bundesliga as their 1-1 home draw against Eintracht Frankfurt meant defending champions Bayern Munich ended the week. -end first in the standings on goal difference.

After winning their previous four league games, Wolfsburg’s draw leaves them tied with 13 points but second on goal difference behind Bayern, who beat Bochum 7-0 on Saturday.

Wolfsburg fell behind when Frankfurt striker Sam Lammers curled his shot inside the post and out of reach of goalkeeper Koen Casteels just before the break.

Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst slammed his fists into the turf after shooting a golden chance over the bar, but made amends by leveling the hosts 20 minutes to go, shooting at an angle tight after Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp parried Lucas Waldschmidt’s shot.

Wolfsburg had the ball in the net in injury time when Weghorst’s header bounced off Lukas Nmecha and crossed the line, but the goal was ruled offside.

Earlier, Erling Braut Haaland scored with a stunning lob as his two goals helped Borussia Dortmund resist Union Berlin with a 4-2 home win to finish third, one point behind Bayern and Wolfsburg.

Haaland, 21, passed the ball over the Union keeper from the edge of the box seven minutes to go to knock out Union who had hit back with goals in the second half.

“Erling is just a goal-chasing machine. When he sees a chance to put the ball into the net, his eyes light up and a fire is lit,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told DAZN.

However, the Dortmund defender was less impressed with the way the hosts allowed Union to return to the game.

Erling Braut Haaland scored with a superb lob in a two-goal goal for Dortmund on Sunday Ina Fassbender AFP

“I was very happy until 3-0, then we allowed an opponent to come back into the game that ended,” he said.

Union forward Taiwo Awoniyi had the ball in the net after 40 seconds, but Dortmund took the lead with three unanswered goals.

Raphael Guerreiro put Dortmund ahead with a superb volley at Signal Iduna Park before Haaland gave up a header.

Union were down 3-0 early in the second half when defender Marvin Friedrich turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Haaland.

However, German striker Max Kruse netted a penalty for Union before his replacement Andreas Voglsammer brought the visitors back into the game with nine minutes remaining.

Haaland settled the matter when he spotted Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe out of his line and rushed in to throw the ball into the net.

Having also managed a hat-trick in the German Cup this season and also scored in the Champions League victory at Besitkas on Wednesday, Haaland has scored 11 goals for Dortmund this season, including seven in five league appearances, making him the common summit of the Bundesliga. -staff alongside Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.

Earlier, teenager Florian Wirtz inspired Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 victory in Stuttgart despite the visitors only playing with 10 men for an hour after Robert Andrich was sent off for a red card in the premiere half time.

Florian Wirtz (L) scores the decisive goal to seal Leverkusen's 3-1 victory in Stuttgart on Sunday
Florian Wirtz (L) scores the decisive goal to seal Leverkusen’s 3-1 victory in Stuttgart on Sunday THOMAS KIENZLE AFP

Wirtz, already a full-fledged German international who turned 18 last May, scored Leverkusen’s third home goal to kill Stuttgart’s retaliation after Andrich saw red with just 30 minutes left.

Leverkusen took a 2-0 lead after goals from Andrich and Patrik Schick, but Stuttgart fell behind Belgian attacking midfielder Orel Mangala before Wirtz grabbed the winner with 20 minutes remaining.

The win puts Leverkusen in fourth place, three points behind Bayern, while Stuttgart are in 14th place with just four points in their opening five games.


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