ROUND-UP: Africans in Bundesliga – Week 3
Thomas Tuchel is consistently erasing the memoirs of a Jurgen Klopp sour-ending reign from Borussia Dortmund faithfuls; Pep Guardiola pulled yet another daring proactive stunt; Julian Draxler is no more Schalke’s headache as he’s now expected to step up a Kevin De Bruyne – or at least an Ivan Perisic – at Wolfsburg; but, with no significant transfer window deadline move by African players in/to the Bundesliga, let’s chirp into how much of an impression the African contingents left before they headed back for international duties.
Africa Football Shop’s German Bundesliga Correspondent Tolulope Olasoji reports.
Match day 3 was one to forget for two Cameroon internationals as defender Joel Matip and striker Eric Choupo-Moting were unable to prevent an assault by a De Bryune-less Wolfsburg. Schalke 04 were defeated 3-0, although the visitors had fashioned a chance to equalise when trailed by a lone goal, but a low cross from Choupo-Moting was blazed over by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The former however, lasted for just 59 minutes.
Leon Balogun played for 73 minutes as Mainz 05 grabbed a comprehensive victory over Hannover 96. Salif Sane was on for the entire duration of the match as his side was defeated 3-0 by Balogun’s Mainz – who are now fifth on the log with six points from three games.
Ivory Coast midfield enforcer Serey Die was back from injury to make his debut for Stuttgart but his 85 minutes on the pitch could not prevent his team from falling heavily at home at the hands of a rampaging Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1. His compatriot Constant Djakpa was again overlooked as he sat the entire duration on Frankfurt’s bench.
Marvin Matip’s Ingolstadt got back to winning ways as they snatched an away win from Augsburg who are still without Ghana defender Daniel Opare on injury grounds. The Cameroonian lasted 68 minutes of the encounter and the match ended one-nil courtesy of a Mathew Leckie 63-minute strike.
20-year old Ghanaian midfielder Gideon Jung was again in action for Hamburg as they were condemned to their second loss of the season at the hands of FC Cologne. With Hamburg taking the lead early in the second half through a Lewis Holtby strike, they surrendered almost at the death with Emir Sphahic’s red card paving the way for a nicely converted match winner from Cologne striker Anthony Modeste.
Mehdi Benatia suffered a thigh injury last week and with his partner Jerome Boateng just starting to serve his suspension, Pep Guardiola was left with less choice and he surprisingly executed the game against Bayer Leverkusen with no natural central defender. Unfazed by that, the Die Roten treated their opposition with three unreplied goals.
Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand to help his Borussia Dortmund side maintain their 100 percent record under the reign of Tuchel. Aubameyang doubled Dortmund’s lead in the 51st, but it took his Ivorian counterpart just seven minute to announce himself. Salomon Kalou was introduced in the 71st minute, scored in the 78th minute, but it wasn’t enough to spur Hertha Berlin back into the game as former Berlin striker Ramos settled the tie with a last gasp goal.
Anthony Ujah produced a man-of-the-match performance as he helped Werder Bremen see off Borussia Mochengladbach’s challenge. The Nigeria striker who registered a staggering eight shots registered an assist as he won a penalty that was converted by his striker partner Aron Johannsson – the first of a 2-1 win. Just like Ujah, Congo DR defender Assani Lukimya saw out the entire duration of the match. Mali international Ibrahima Traore was missing in action for the Foals.