The top 10 matches of the 2021/22 season to date
A total of 473 goals have been scored in 153 games in the first 17 match days of the 2021/22 Bundesliga season. That’s more than three per game, including a classic Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, a total of four goals from Patrik Schick of Bayer Leverkusen and a nine-goal delight involving Hoffenheim.
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Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich
Goals: 1-0 Brandt 5 ‘(pass: Bellingham), 1-1 Lewandowski 9 ‘(pass: Müller), 1-2 Coman (44 ‘), 2-2 Haaland 48 ‘(pass: Bellingham), 2-3 Lewandowski (feather 77 ‘)
Only one point separated Dortmund and Bayern before the Matchday 14 meeting at Signal Iduna Park. The BVB struck early by Julian Brandt but Robert Lewandowski immediately responded. Kingsley Coman had the champions ahead at the break before Erling Haaland had his say right after the restart. Lewandowski would make sure it was Bayern day, however, with his penalty kick to send the league leaders four points ahead after a thrilling Klassiker.
Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Greuther Fürth
Goals: 1-0 Adli 12 ‘(assistance: Diaby), 2-0 Tapsoba 17 ‘(assistance: Wirtz), 2-1 Dudziak (33 ‘), 3-1 Hincapie 45 ‘(pass: Schick), 4-1 Schick 49 ‘(pass: Adli), 5-1 Schick 69 ‘(assistance: Diaby), 6-1 Schick (74 ‘), 7-1 Schick 76 ‘(pass: Wirtz)
Earlier the same day Leverkusen landed his own marker, especially from Schick. The Czech striker has scored four goals – the only player to do so this season – in the second half as Die myself did a light job of promoted Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga’s only eight-goal game this season.
Greuther Fürth 3-6 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 Leweling 22 ‘(pass: Hrgota), 1-1 Bebou 32 ‘(pass: Rutter), 1-2 Rutter 40 ‘(assistance: Raum), 2-2 Tillman 46 ‘(pass: Hrgota), 2-3 Rutter 57 ‘(assistance: Raum), 2-4 Bébou (62 ‘), 2-5 Meyerhöfer (or 66 ‘), 3-5 Hrgota 67 ‘(pass: Leweling), 3-6 Bebou 80 ‘(pass: Kramaric)
However, the most significant game of 2021/22 saw nine goals scored the week before. Fürth was the unlucky beneficiary again, although they scored three themselves for the very first time in a Bundesliga home game. The problem was, they dispatched six to the other end, including an Ihlas Bebou hat-trick – one of four goals from three or better in the league this season – and a double from Georginio Rutter.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-5 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski (assistance: Upamecano) 4 ‘, 0-2 Lewandowski (pass: Davies) 30 ‘, 0-3 Müller (pass: Süle) 34 ‘, 0-4 Gnabry (pass: Müller) 35 ‘, 0-5 Gnabry (pass: Goretzka) 37 ‘, 1-5 Schick (assistance: Wirtz) 55 ‘
Leverkusen also found out what it was like to be at the end of a beating at the BayArena this season as they suffered their heaviest home defeat in the Bundesliga. And all of Matchday 8’s damage was done in a murderous 37 minutes in the first half as overwhelming Bayern scored five unanswered goals from Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry (both braces) and Thomas Müller. Never before have the Munich club had a five-goal lead at half-time in the Bundesliga. Schick got consolation in the second half.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-6 Freiburg
Goals: 0-1 Eggestein 2 ‘(assistance: Schade), 0-2 Schade 5 ‘(pass: Günter), 0-3 Lienhart 12 ‘(assistance: Grifo), 0-4 Höfler 19 ‘(pass: Grifo), 0-5 Holer (25 ‘), 0-6 Schlotterbeck 37 ‘(pass: Grifo)
The aforementioned 14th matchday saw a total of 41 goals scored. Only the last weekend of 2001/02 saw more in a matchday this century (44). The last six on this occasion came from Freiburg to Gladbach, and all in the first 37 minutes. Never before have Freiburg scored six times in a Bundesliga game, let alone in the first half – Borussia had never conceded six times in the opening 45 minutes of a top-level game. It was the fifth time that a team has led 6-0 at halftime in the Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-4 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Wirtz 9 ‘(pass: Paulinho), 1-1 Haaland 37 ‘(pass: Meunier), 2-1 Schick 45 ‘(pass: Wirtz), 2-2 Brandt 49 ‘(pass: Haaland) 3-2 Diaby 57 ‘, 3-3 Guerreiro 71 ‘, 3-4 Haaland 77 ‘
Dortmund have played their second seven-goal game of the season on matchday four only as they and Leverkusen produced another of their thrilling encounters. Borussia came back from behind three times at the BayArena before Haaland eventually put them in front with a quarter of an hour remaining as he scored two of BVB’s four goals.
RB Leipzig 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Nkunku 29 ‘(pass: Gvardiol), 1-1 Reus 53 ‘(pass: Meunier), 2-1 Poulsen 68 ‘(pass: Nkunku)
Not all Bundesliga crackers have to score many goals. Sometimes a 2-1 win can be just as fun to watch, as Leipzig and Dortmund proved on Matchday 11. Christopher Nkunku continued his good form at the start of the season to forge himself. Die roten bullen ahead of the team they clinched in second place in 2020/21 by just one point. Missing Haaland, Borussia retaliated by captain Marco Reus early in the second half, but Nkunku again had the final say in preparing Yussuf Poulsen and ending an eight-game winless streak against BVB.
Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Goals: 0-1 Schick 5 ‘(pass: Andrich), 0-2 Schick (22 ‘feather), 1-2 Tuta (23 ‘), 2-2 Lindström 30 ‘(assistance: Sow), 3-2 Ndicka (50 ‘), 4-2 Jakic (66 ‘), 5-2 Sow 76 ‘(assistance: Borre)
Matchday 15 looked like the Schick Show in the Bundesliga again after scoring twice to carry Leverkusen 2-0 in the opening 22 minutes in Frankfurt. But the Eintracht fired back a minute later and added four more unanswered ones from five different players to completely turn the game around.
Bayern Munich 3-2 Cologne
Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski 50 ‘(pass: Musiala), 2-0 Gnabry 59 ‘, 2-1 Modest 60 ‘(assistance: Hector), 2-2 Uth 62 ‘(pass: Ehizibue), 3-2 Gnabry 71 ‘(pass: Kimmich)
Having drawn in the season opener at Gladbach, Bayern already had to chase after as they played on the final day of Matchday 2. with two quick goals after the break. Yet Cologne has proven that they will be great performers this season as well with an even faster brace in 120 seconds thanks to Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth. The Billy Goats continued to create chances, but Gnabry made his count for Bayern with the fifth goal in 21 minutes in the second half.
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 Reyna 49 ‘(pass: Bellingham), 1-1 Baumgartner 61 ‘(pass: Geiger), 2-1 Bellingham 69 ‘, 2-2 Dabbur 90 ‘(assistance: Akpoguma), 3-2 Haaland 90 ‘+ 1
Dortmund had it all at the start of the season, starting with a 5-2 win over Frankfurt, loss to Freiburg, and then kicking off Matchday 3 with a Friday night thriller. Gio Reyna opened the scoring on the day he became the youngest player at the time in 50 Bundesliga appearances, but BVB twice ceded the advantage to a tough Hoffenheim. The visitors equalized for the second time when Munas Dabbur turned for a corner in the 90th minute, but Haaland would have the final say less than 60 seconds later when he scored Borussia’s third of the night in added time.