- A weekend of super-subs in the Bundesliga.
- Pohjanpalo nets late hat-trick; Kimmich off the bench to score.
- Promoted sides give as good as they get.
Late drama was the order of the Matchday this weekend in the Bundesliga, with super-subs ensuring eyes were glued to the action right until the final whistle.
bundesliga.com rounds up the five main talking points to emerge from an enthralling Matchday 2…
The weekend of the super-subs…
Matchday 2 belonged to the super-sub. From Joshua Kimmich to Joel Pohjanpalo, via Julian Schieber, Naby Keita, Mark Uth and Nils Petersen, it was a weekend that will live long in the memory for late drama by the bucketload. Substitute Schieber's 86th-minute goal in Hertha Berlin's 2-0 win over FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday afternoon means he has scored two goals in only 18 minutes of action this season. Elsewhere, Petersen's penalty six minutes after coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute for SC Freiburg ensured a 3-1 triumph against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Indeed, in total 11 goals were scored by substitutes on Matchday 2 - a Bundesliga record.
…but Pohjanpalo steals the headlines
The best of the super-subs this weekend, though, was undoubtedly Pohjanpalo, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Finnish striker. Summoned from the bench by coach Roger Schmidt in the 72nd minute with Leverkusen a goal down to Hamburger SV, Pohjanpalo proceeded to score a 15-minute hat-trick. His 79th-minute goal levelled proceedings at 1-1 at the BayArena, before two strikes in injury time made certain of a first win of the season for Die Werkself. It is now four goals for Pohjanpalo this season – already double his return from 26 appearances for Fortuna Düsseldorf in Bundesliga 2 last season – in only 32 minutes of action.
Bayern's new scoring sensation?
FC Bayern München, meanwhile, may have found a new scoring sensation to rival the phenomenon that is Robert Lewandowski. Another late substitute, Kimmich rounded off his side's 2-0 win against FC Schalke 04 with a calm finish on Friday night for his first Bundesliga goal – only five days after scoring his first international goal in Germany's 3-0 win against Norway. "Making it 2-0 is always the nicest goal," said Kimmich afterwards. "It gives you a little bit of breathing space. I don't really have a favourite goal of the two, both were equally nice – my first international goal and my first Bundesliga goal."
Freiburg and Leipzig here to stay
Matchday 2 was also a weekend that the two promoted sides – Freiburg and RB Leipzig – underlined that they are here to stay. The Black Forest outfit – beaten in heartbreaking fashion by Hertha on Matchday 1 – came from a goal down to inflict a first defeat of the season on Gladbach thanks to a brace from Maximilian Philipp and Petersen's 88th-minute penalty. Leipzig left it even later to pick up a first ever Bundesliga win, but did so in memorable fashion. Substitutes Oliver Burke and Keita combined brilliantly for the Guinean to net an 89th-minute winner against the mighty Borussia Dortmund, crowning the Easterners' maiden Bundesliga game at the Red Bull Arena in style.
Watch: hear what Burke had to say after setting up Keita's winning goal on debut
A super Sunday evening
"I got a bit loud in the changing room at half-time," conceded TSG 1899 Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. With his side 4-1 down at the break and being outplayed by 1. FSV Mainz 05, as well he might have done. What happened next, though, will go down in Bundesliga folklore. After Mainz's Gaëtan Bussmann was dismissed in the 58th minute, the visitors attacked furiously. It was – unsurprisingly on this weekend – two substitutes who were key as Hoffenheim came back to draw 4-4. First, Uth netted a brace, bringing his side to within a goal of the 05ers, before Adam Szalai popped up in the 84th minute to score his first Bundesliga goal since December 2014 and level proceedings. "We could even have won it at the end," said Nagelsmann. Everyone else, meanwhile, was still trying to catch their breath.