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BuLi Breakdown: Werner mauls Mainz, Schalke’s horror run goes on

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After Saturday’s exciting action, there are three more Bundesliga fixtures for our enjoyment on Sunday.

The first of the games took place in Gelsenkirchen as Schalke hosted Augsburg.

This is what went down …


Schalke’s horrible year gets worse

The first game of the day saw Schalke aim to bounce back from last week’s derby disaster but their woes were extended by a clinical Augsburg outfit.

After a Revierderby humiliation the previous week, Schalke knew the importance of a strong start to this one – and duly found themselves behind after six minutes.

Eduard Löwen produced a superb free-kick from 25 yards to brilliantly fire his side in front but again we did find ourselves wondering if Alexander Nübel may have kept it out had he been between the posts.

After the break, they almost had another from a free-kick as Philipp Max took over dead bull duties and almost celebrated his 150th appearance for the club with a goal, only to be denied this time.

With Schalke offering very little by way of a threat themselves, the Bavarians killed the game off with a second on 76 minutes.

A poor clearing header from Salif Sané was pounced upon by Noah Sarenren-Bazee and he kept a calm head to pick out the corner.

It got even better in injury time thanks to more shocking defending as they were caught on the ball, allowing substitute Sergio Córdova to run through and round the goalkeeper to score, meaning David Wagner’s men have won just once in 2020.


Hat-trick hero Werner gets Leipzig back on track

RB Leipzig got back on the title trail again by easing past a meek Mainz outfit at the Opel Arena, with hotshot Timo Werner bagging himself a hat-trick.

Having drawn each of their last three games, only a win would suffice for Julian Nagelsmann’s men to keep pace in the title race and they got off to the perfect start after 11 minutes.

Konrad Laimer engineered a yard of space on the right and drilled a low ball into the area where Timo Werner connected and although his finish wasn’t the cleanest, it found the corner nonetheless.

Shortly afterwards, another cross from the right caused more problems in the Mainz area, with Yussuf Poulsen squeezing home a header to mark his 250th appearance for the club with goal number 63.

He should have had 64 soon after as Leipzig began to cut their opponents open at will but fired wide from six yards, although Marcel Sabitzer made no such mistake when Mainz were caught in possession in midfield and a swift break ended with his perfectly-placed strike.

Leipzig were 8-0 victors in the previous meeting between the sides this season and a repeat of that score didn’t seem out of the question at the start of the second when Werner made it four after brilliant individual work from Kevin Kampl.

And with 15 minutes to go, he completed his hat-trick (his second against Mainz this season) with a nice lobbed effort, taking his tally for the season to 24 and cutting the gap at the top to seven points again.


Honours even as Köln stage dramatic late comeback

Köln came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Rheinisches derby rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf on Sunday.

The visitors went ahead through Kenan Karaman, whose shot from 18 yards was deflected past goalkeeper Timo Horn.

Mark Uth then had a chance to equalise for Köln but his penalty was fired against the post, before Erik Thommy doubled Düsseldorf’s lead minutes later.

Anthony Modeste gave the home side hope after scoring a header in the 88th minute, reacting well to Dominick Drexler’s cross.

Then it was Drexler again providing a dramatic injury time equaliser with another smart cross for Jhon Cordobá to head home.

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