BundesligaWith his first two international matches for the Orange, it was a good week for Mark Fleks, but the SC Freiburg goalkeeper was unable to continue the beautiful feeling of his matches against Denmark (4-2) and Germany (1-1) in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich was too strong 1-4.
After a scoreless first half, it was Fleks himself who announced a negative lead in the first goal of the game. The brand new Orange-international missed a pass, after which Leon Goretzka could easily work the ball in. Soon after the game, Fleks decided to apologize for his major mistake via his Instagram page. ‘Sorry guys, it wasn’t my best day’, according to the Limburg closing post.
That opening goal started the game. SC Freiburg did not take long to equalize. Nils Petersen came on the field four minutes after the 0-1 and a minute later he made the 1-1 with a bang in the far corner.
Unfortunately for Flek, he then had to concede three more goals. Serge Gnabry took advantage of tinkering in the SC Freiburg defence, after which Kingsley Coman managed to outwit the Dutch goalkeeper in the short corner with a hard bang. In the absolute final phase, Marcel Sabitzer determined the final score at 1-4.
Bayern briefly played with twelve men. Trainer Julian Nagelsmann brought in Marcel Sabitzer and Niklas Süle in the 86th minute, but only one player left the field. The foul was noticed almost immediately by Freiburg players, after which the referee interrupted the game and went to the sidelines. ,,I noticed that Niklas came in and nobody got away from it,’ said Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck to TV channel Sky.
The incident lasted about 20 seconds. Bayern led 3-1 at that time. Sabitzer made it 4-1 in stoppage time. It is not yet clear whether the incident has consequences for Bayern Munich. The chance of this does not seem great, German media report, which is based on the rules of the German Football Association DFB.
Freiburg doubts whether the protest should register against the course of events in the lost league match. ,,I’m convinced that we don’t have to object, we have the regulations for that,” said Freiburg coach Christian Streich.
“We are bound by these rules and we act accordingly.” A spokesperson said on Sunday that the club management has not yet made a decision. Freiburg has until Monday to file an official protest with the German federation DFB. If the club doesn’t, the DFB will let the matter rest.
Borussia Dortmund has fallen further behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The number 2 suffered a clear defeat in front of his own audience against RB Leipzig, which is fourth: 1-4. Borussia Dortmund are 9 points less than Bayern. The German top club hardly seems to be able to miss the title with six rounds.
Konrad Laimer claimed the leading role at Leipzig in the first half with two goals. With his second goal, the ball was changed direction, so goalkeeper Gregor Kobel had no chance. Christopher Nkunku made it 0-3 with his sixteenth goal of the season in the 58th minute. Substitute Donyell Malen gave Dortmund a little bit of hope in the 84th minute, but the last word was left to Leipzig. The Spaniard Dani Olmo took care of the final score in the 86th minute.
Malen was often a basic player at Dortmund in the first months of this year, but the former PSV player had to settle for substitutes in the last few matches.
Mitchel Bakker was the only Dutchman with a basic place at Bayer Leverkusen – Hertha BSC. Bakker and his teammates won 2-1. Daley Sinkgraven was on the bench for the entire match. Jeremie Frimpong and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were missing from Bayer Leverkusen. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp was also not present at Hertha BSC.
Nick Viergever and Jetro Willems took a point with Greuther Fürth on a visit to Eintracht Frankfurt, where Sam Lammers saw it end in 0-0 from the bench. Hoffenheim – VfL Bochum, where Jürgen Locadia was missing, ended in 1-2. At Arminia Bielefeld – VfB Stuttgart, there were no Dutch inside the lines. That game ended 1-1.
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