KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 5, 2020
Giovanni Reyna shined as he bagged a hat-trick of assists in Borussia Dortmund's big win over Freiburg while Chris Richards got his first start and assist for Bayern Munich in their win.
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Freiburg
Giovanni Reyna supplied the goals for Erling Haaland and Emre Can while Felix Passlack added a strike late in the game as Borussia Dortmund cruised to a big win over Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park.
Reyna would play 81 minutes as he was subbed off to a standing ovation for his performance on a day when BVB needed a response following last weekend's frustrating loss to Augsburg and a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup.
The host were on the offensive from the start as they used their high-pressure strategy against their foes. And it led to their first goal just after the half-hour mark. Dortmund captain Marco Reus dispossessed Nicolas Hofler of the ball before passing it on to Reyna. The 17-year-old then provided an excellent weighted pass to Haaland to slot home.
The wunderkind came close to doubling Dortmund's lead just seconds after the restart when he had an opportune chance from just inside the area, but the ball rolled just wide of the post. The miss may have been disappointing, but his day was not over as he would provide in other ways to help his team to the win.
Reyna got his second assist just two minutes into the second half when his corner kick from the right side found Can in the area, and the German international would head the ball past Freiburg goalkeeper Florian Muller.
The dynamic duo of Haaland and Reyna would make their presence known again in the 66th minute when they linked up again for another goal. The attacking midfielder would pounce on the loose ball in midfield before sending another brilliant pass into the path of the Norwegian international as he blasted it home.
Haaland then turned provider in stoppage time as he showed his unselfishness to tee up Passlack for the easiest goal he'll most likely ever score.
A comprehensive win for BVB as their fans hope they are back on track.
Dortmund sits in fifth place in the standings with six points.
Bayern Munich 4-3 Hertha Berlin
Bayern Munich bounced back from their first loss of the season thanks to Robert Lewandowski's four goals in their narrow win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena.
Chris Richards got his first start for Bayern as he played 65 minutes in the right-back position, showing that head coach Hansi Flick will be relying on him and other younger players during the season as he is concerned about squad depth.
Following last weekend's shock 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim, the reigning Bundesliga champions were looking to return to form. Their win over Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup at mid-week should have given them some confidence, but concerns remained as the team is still coming off a short break from last season.
The host showed their aggressiveness from the opening whistle as they pushed for a goal in the first ten minutes. Lewandowski had two good chances to score, but Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow was on the spot to make some crucial saves to keep the game scoreless.
Richards, who is more accustomed to playing at center-back for Bayern Munich II, showed some nerves early in the game, but he gradually got into the action. He thought he had registered his first assist for the first team in the 35th minute when his cross found Thomas Muller in the area to head into the back of the net. However, a review from the video assistant referee ruled that the former German international was slightly offside, thus, disallowing the goal.
However, Bayern would find break the deadlock in the 40th minute through Lewandowski. Richards sent in another excellent cross that the Polish international would head on target. Schwolow made a fantastic save, but his backline failed to clear the ball from the area, allowing Bayern's No. 9 to have another go, and he would not miss the second time as his fired his shot into the back of the net.
The Bavarians doubled their lead in the 51st minute as Richards' effort finally saw him get the assist he rightfully deserved. Serge Gnabry would pass the ball out wide to the young American as he sent a low cross into the area. None of the Hertha defenders seemed enthusiastic to cut off the pass, which allowed Lewandowski to pounce and find the target again.
Bayern should have rolled on from that point, but the visitors made a game of it as they cut the deficit in the 59th minute. Jhon Cordoba rose up to head in a free-kick from Matheus Cunha.
Hertha leveled the score in the 71st minute when Matheus Cunha turned from provider to goalscorer as he muscled his way into the area after linking up with Krzysztof Piatek to slot his shot past Manuel Neuer.
If the capital team's fightback made this game dramatic, fans were in for a treat in the final minutes of the game as both teams pushed hard for more goals.
Lewandowski gave Bayern Munich the lead again in the 85th minute when Muller somehow got his foot on a free-kick and directed the ball into the path of the striker to tap in from close range.
Hertha responded three minutes later as Jessic Ngankam would be in the right place to head in a long-range cross from his teammate Maximilian Mittelstadt to level the score again.
It would have a well-earned point for the visitors, but they let themselves down in the end when the referee pointed at the spot for a penalty in stoppage time. Video replays showed Mittelstadt committing an unnecessary foul as he pulled Lewandowski down in the area.
All that was left was for the Pole to convert the penalty and he did so to give the champions the win in a thrilling game.
Bayern Munich sits in fourth place in the standings with six points.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Josh Sargent played 81 minutes as Werder Bremen won their second game of the season following a 1-0 defeat of Arminia Bielefeld.
John Brooks and Wolfsburg played out a 0-0 tie with Augsburg.
Timothy Chandler came off the bench to play three minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.
Julian Ryerson played 26 minutes as Union Berlin routed Mainz in a 4-0 victory.
Tyler Adams was scratched from the line-up due to a back injury as RB Leipzig crushed Schalke in a 4-0 win.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green played 85 minutes while Timothy Tillman played the last 13 minutes as Greuther Further needed a stoppage-time goal to secure a 2-2 tie with Wurzburger Kickers.
Leon Flach watched from the bench as St. Pauli gave Sandhausen the 1-0 win thanks to an own goal.
Down in the 3. Liga, Malik Tillman started but was replaced after 14 minutes as Bayern Munich II cruised to a 3-0 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Ryan Malone went the distance as Lubeck shared the points with Duisburg following a 1-1 tie.
Both Justin Butler and Jalen Hawkins would come off the bench for Ingolstadt, but they could not do much as they fell to Unterhaching in a 1-0 loss.
Terrence Boyd and Hallescher FC were no match for Saarbrucken as they were thrashed in a 4-0 defeat.