No doubt Stefan Kießling’s ‘phantom goal’ (see video below) was undoubtedly the biggest talking point on Matchday 9. The Leverkusen striker’s header sneaked into the back of the net through a hole in the side-netting, causing plenty of discussion and a fair share of embarrassment. The German Football Association (DFB) will now discuss any consequences of a goal which helped Bayer 04 Leverkusen beat 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 to move to the top of the table, albeit for only one night.
After 175 goal-filled days, the 999th goalless draw in Bundesliga history arrived on Saturday. SV Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg became the first two sides to fail to find the back of the net in one game since 1. FSV Mainz 05’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt ended goalless on 28 April 2013, almost six months ago to the day. Furthermore, with ‘only’ 26 goals, it was the least prolific weekend of the season so far, taking the total to 264 – more at this stage of the season than in any season since 1985.
What an impact! Taking to the field with his side trailing 1-0 at the start of the second half, Mario Götze took the bull by its horns, setting up two goals and having a telling hand in the third as FC Bayern München won 4-1 to retain their place at the top of the Bundesliga. “Mario’s slowly getting into his rhythm,” said Arjen Robben. “He just needs to get games in his legs.” When he finds that rhythm, the rest of the Bundesliga better watch out.
A 3-0 win over FC Schalke 04 followed by a 2-1 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern in February 2012 - that was the last time Borussia Mönchengladbach managed back-to-back victories. 60 games on and Gladbach have been alternating results without finding a regular winning path. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin was the latest chance wasted to build on a 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund, and they lost captain Martin Stranzl to a red card - his seventh in the Bundesliga.
1. FC Nürnberg, SC Freiburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hannover 96 tried but failed to win for the first time on the road this season, but VfL Wolfsburg managed to shake off their travel sickness in Augsburg. A first away win of the season for Dieter Hecking’s side and a first in precisely six months (since a 3-0 in Bremen on 20 April). Spare a thought for their Lower Saxony rivals Hannover, though - they have not even scored a goal away from home this season, losing all four of their trips away from the HDI-Arena.
Take a look for yourself at the Bundesliga Matchday 9 goal-that-never-was on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: