Matchday 19 did not produce quite as many goals or headlines as Matchday 18, but after the second round of matches in 2015, there are still talking points aplenty, not least the continuing struggles of Borussia Dortmund. bundesliga.com brings you the best of the reaction to the midweek action...
MATCHDAY 19 RESULTS
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 FC Augsburg
Hertha Berlin 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1. FC Köln 0-0 VfB Stuttgart
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-2 SV Werder Bremen
SC Paderborn 0-3 Hamburger SV
FC Bayern München 1-1 FC Schalke 04
VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hannover 96 1-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 SC Freiburg
Thursday 5 February
And with the news of Ibrahima Traore's return to training for Gladbach, we bring an end to our minute-by-minute coverage of Matchday 19 and turn our attention towards Matchday 20, starting with Gladbach's trip to Schalke. Join us tomorrow on bundesliga.com for the build-up to the next round of exciting Bundesliga action. Bis dann!
The numbers from Matchday 19 have been crouched, and there's an array of firsts, milestones and records to satisfy stats fans. Of the interesting facts to emerge in midweek, two involved Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward Stefan Kießling (r.). Click here to find out what they were.
I would like to take this opportunity to speak with my heart and tell you that I am fully concentrated on all my duties with @BVB.— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) February 5, 2015
Right now we may be going through a tough situation in the Bundesliga, but together we will fight to get out of it. My heart is with @BVB.— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) February 5, 2015
Drawing 1-1 at home to Schalke and losing their perfect home record so far this season would not be expected to bring the words "very, very happy" out of Pep Guardiola (l.), but the Bayern coach only had words of praise for his side at the post-match press conference on Tuesday night. Click here to find out what else the Catalan had to say.
It was a dream debut for FC Schalke's 19-year-old goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther (l.) on Tuesday as he faced arguably the most fearsome attack in European football. An injury to Fabian Giefer, with regular number one Ralf Fährmann also out injured, means the rookie will start against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday night. Cause for concern? Unlikely! "The lad's one of us and we trust him," said Royal Blues' coach Roberto Di Matteo.
1. FC Union Berlin have given midfielder Benjamin Köhler (r.) a new one-year contract extension after he discovered he has Hodgkin's lymphoma of the stomach. The 34-year-old has already started treatment. "It's a massive blow for my family and I," Köhler said. "First I've got to process it, but then I'm going to fight it with everything I've got."
Want to know the movers, the shakers and the headline-makers from Matchday 19? As always, bundesliga.com have summarised all the big stories from the midweek round of matches and compiled them in a more digestible format. Click here to find out all the most important details about Matchday 19.
Christoph Janker is to miss FC Augsburg's coming games against Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen after being banned for two games for his red card in Dortmund on Wednesday. His club have already accepted the German Football Association's sanction.
Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp (l.) was in defiant mood today, the day after his side's 1-0 defeat to Augsburg, a result which leaves the Westphalians rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga. "I fully charged my batteries during the winter break and they're not empty after just one game," he said. "Quite the opposite - I am still absolutely convinced our mission will be successful, like I always was." Dortmund travel to fellow strugglers SC Freiburg on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund's plight continues to be of great interest in the Bundesliga, but the captain of their antagonists for the past two seasons Philipp Lahm does not share the growing concern. "I'm not at all worried about Dortmund," Lahm told Sport1. "I think they'll get out of there. It's not easy and a different situation to what Dortmund have been used to in recent years."
Pictured here receiving flowers from sporting director Michael Preetz on his final game as a professional footballer in 2011, Pal Dardai has now received the reins to Hertha Berlin, at least on a temporary basis, following the dismissal of Jos Luhukay. "There can be no excuses - we've got a lot to improve," Dardai said. "I don't want the fans to be worried about relegation for a long time, though. We have the quality."
Bayern may have to do without Jerome Boateng in the coming three games after the World Cup-winning centre-back was red-carded in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at home to Schalke. If the ban, ordered by the German Football Association, is confirmed, Boateng will miss the Bundesliga leaders' encounters with Stuttgart, his former club Hamburg as well as Paderborn.
VfB Stuttgart were held to a goalless draw by a stubborn Köln on Wednesday evening, but head coach Huub Stevens (r.) nevertheless felt there were lots of positives to be looked at. “We wanted to operate from a well-organised defence and deny our opponents chances, and both worked out well. We were the better side and also looked more comfortable with the ball than [in the defeat] against Mönchengladbach."
“In case you weren’t aware: avoiding the drop is all Borussia Dortmund are playing for this season,” comments Dortmund-based newspaper Ruhrnachrichten. “The Augsburg loss finally made it clear there is no other target to be reached this season.” Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, meanwhile, says the struggling five-time champs “could have been down three goals after half an hour already. [...] Dortmund didn't do enough to earn a comeback.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung examines Bayern’s 1-1 draw at home to Schalke on Tuesday, which leaves the defending champions without a win in the current year. “The Bundesliga leaders appeared sloppy on several occasions, which can’t be explained purely by [Jerome] Boateng’s early red card. Their dominance in possession didn’t pay dividends.” Sports magazine kicker wrote that “FC Bayern were lacking the dominance they were showing in the first half of the season.”
Coach Jürgen Klopp made no secret of his disappointment following cellar dwellers Dortmund's 1-0 defeat at home to Augsburg. “The result hurts. […] We were a bit nervy which is not surprising considering our current situation. We’re right to be criticised tonight, but we won’t give up. There were also positives to our game tonight. We have to make sure we’re more clinical and use our chances though. [...] We're lacking confidence in that department.“
Wednesday 4 February
Very important victory tonight!!! Happy for the goal and the great performance of the team!!! Let's go Werder!!! ⚽️✌️ pic.twitter.com/hMupLM6nkG— Franco Di Santo (@fdisanto9) February 4, 2015
Once again, BVB have failed to score and once again they've been beaten. This evening it was FC Augsburg that did the damage, Raul Bobadilla's goal giving them a 1-0 win at Signal Iduna Park. BVB have now scored just 18 goals and lost 11 of their 19 games. The sight of Mats Hummels remonstrating with the fans and wondering what is to be done was one of this evening's more enduring images. Here's the best of the post-game reaction.
Don't forget to follow all tonight's action via our Twitter channel, which will be providing you with live updates throughout the evening. You can also listen to Borussia Dortmund's match with FC Augsburg live on Bundesliga radio. We'll be back later on with immediate post-match reaction to Wednesday's encounters.
Former Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Bayern München head coach Udo Lattek passed away today at the age of 80. Lattek, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia, is widely regarded as the Bundesliga's best ever head coach, having won eight league titles during his long and distinguished career.
FC Schalke 04 goalkeeper has been ruled out of Friday's game with Borussia Mönchengladbach, according to the club's official Twitter channel. The former Fortuna Düsseldorf custodian picked up a groin injury in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at FC Bayern München, before being replaced by 19-year-old Timon Wellenreuther. The Royal Blues are already without first-choice stopper Ralf Fährmann (knee).
Ausgburg striker , who returned to the club on a permanent deal during the winter transfer window following an injury-hit spell with Dortmund, says he's delighted to be back under Markus Weinzierl's wing: "I'm lucky and pleased to be here again. It's like a family. I scored just one goal last season, that's not enough. I need to play more, fight hard, run and score to be of use to the team." What better time to do all of the above than tonight at the Signal Iduna Park.
Unlike Bayer's Son, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim left-back could feature on Matchday 19 after helping South Korea to the final of the Asian Cup. "He made a really good impression on his return to training," said Hoffenheim head coach Markus Gisdol. "I wouldn't rule him out starting tonight."
As well as Asian Cup finalists Robbie Kruse (Achilles) and Heung-Min Son (extended break), Bayer 04 Leverkusen will also be without Bosnian international defender Emir Spahic (cold) and Swiss striker Josip Drmic (calf/ Achilles) for tonight's trip to Berlin. FC Schalke 04 loanee Kyriakos Papadopoulos will most likely start at the back as a result, while 17-year-old youth player Lukas Boeder has been drafted in to beef out the matchday squad.
There were both good and bad news for Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar today, who learned that despite being handed a six-match ban for a foul on Hannover's Manuel Schmiedebach last weekend, he will be able for the Ruhr derby against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund on 28 February. The German Football Association's disciplinary board ruled that two games of the six-match ban would be suspended, the full six-game ban coming to effect should Huntelaar see another red either this or next season.
Arjen Robben cut a rather frustrated figure after Bayern München were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke, insisting the Bundesliga leaders should've done better in denying Benedikt Höwedes the equaliser. "If you go 1-0 in front then you need to kill the game off. We all know that Höwedes is Schalke’s best player in the air, and he’s one of the best aerial players in the Bundesliga, so we shouldn’t leave him free," said the Netherlands star. Click here to find out more.
Hello and welcome to day two of our Matchday 19 coverage. Borussia Mönchengladbach were the big winners on Tuesday, emerging as the only winners last night, but there are five more matches to look forward to today, including Marco Reus (l.) and Borussia Dortmund's clash with FC Augsburg in front of a sell-out crowd at Signal Iduna Park.
Tuesday 3 February
Click on the links below for reaction to tonight's matches at the Allianz Arena, the Commerzbank Arena and the Borussia Park:
FC Bayern München 1-1 FC Schalke 04
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 SC Freiburg
With the Tuesday-night action about to get underway, it's time to head over to our Twitter channel for live updates from all tonight's matches. You can also follow tonight's blockbuster encounter between FC Bayern and FC Schalke 04 on Bundesliga radio. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Up for the challenge
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After their expansion of the Allianz Arena was approved in January, tonight's encounter against Schalke will be Bayern's first experience playing in front of a crowd of 75,000 at their home ground. Naturally, the game is a sell-out, so that means an even better atmosphere in the Bavarian capital.
Ahead of their Schalke's trip to Bayern tonight, the Reds' Jerome Boateng has opened up to fifa.com about playing against his brother Kevin-Prince, admitting that he is a very sore loser. "We're used to playing each other in big games. As kids we never played together, and it was the same at Hertha. Ever since I was young, I've hated losing." Jerome prevailed in both league encounters last season and has won one and drawn one in two meetings for Germany against Kevin's Ghana.
Freiburg will be on cloud nine after their stunning turnaround in beating Frankfurt 4-1 at the weekend, but they will have to take on Gladbach without Admir Mehmedi this evening, after the Swiss international injured an ankle on Saturday, ruling him out for an expected three to five weeks.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has used the example of Dortmund to make sure his players take nothing for granted against Schalke tonight. "BVB are a top team, with super players and they're bottom of the league. Exactly the same thing could happen to us. Be in no doubt about it."
What better start to the second half of the season could you have wished for? Bayern could have gone 14 points clear by beating Wolfsburg; instead they were sent packing back to Munich to the tune of a 4-1 thrashing. Dortmund, meanwhile, are bottom of the table and Freiburg have a first win of the season thanks to hat-trick hero Nils Petersen. If you missed Matchday 18, make sure you're available for the next two evenings, as there'll be plenty more drama on offer.