Both Borussias, Monchengladbach, and Dortmund posted convincing wins today, improving their position in the Bundesliga standings, they are now sitting second and third, holding the Champions League spots at the moment.
Monch Routinely against Union Berlin
The hosts won with 4-1 today, with Marcus Thuram scoring two goals. It was Florian Neuhaus who opened the show in the 17th minute, before Thuram’s two goals. The first one came in the 41st minute, and the second in the 59th. In between Union decreased the lead, through Sebastian Anderson after 50 minutes. The final result was set nine minutes before the end of the regular time, through Alassane Plea
We need to say that the result might be a bit higher than it should be because the Union didn’t deserve to lose with such a difference. The Iron Ones were ok in some parts of the match.
What drew the attention of the fans and the media around the world was Marcus Thuram’s goal celebration after his first hit. Monch’s player kneeled down and took a prayer for the late George Floyd, whose death caused riots all over the United States.
In the meantime, Monch took over the third position in the standings with 56 points, the same as Leverkusen, and one more than the fifth-placed Red Bull Salzburg, who is yet to play its game tomorrow against Koln.
This was a huge win for the hosts, as they play against Freiburg and Bayern on the road in the next two rounds.
Sancho’s Hat Trick in Paderborn
Nobody hoped to see seven goals in the second 45 minutes of the game in Paderborn. The Millionaires from Dortmund netted six times, with one of the most talented players in the world delivering three hits. In the end, it was 1-6 for the guests, who are now seven points behind Bayern Munich.
Apart from Sancho, Schmelzer, Hakimi and Thorgan Hazard scred goals for Borussia, while Hunemeier netted for Paderborn.
Even though some folks hope that there could be a miracle and that Dortmund might jump over the champions, the prospects of seeing something like that are way too low.
After losing against the Bavarians last Tuesday, it appears that the team from Munich reserved another star and that they received a massive boost of morale, which will carry them through the rest of the campaign.
The way Hansi Flick’s team plays losing points down the road would be pretty tough, so Dortmund should focus on keeping the Champions League spot, rather than chasing the title. The situation in the standings is rough, with several of their rivals pretty close, which could create additional pressure on Lucien Favre’s side.
Meanwhile, Paderborn is dead last and they are most likely heading back to the second tier. This team is too weak for the Bundesliga competition, and can’t endure the race with other sides. Also, it is a small organization without some notable financial sources, which makes their position even more complicated.