Bundesliga

Bundesliga: Stindl best of the Bundesliga but Bayern players dominate again

The Gladbach striker was the match winner as Augsburg were defeated 3-2

 
8:00am on Monday 2nd March 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Lars Stindl
S, AM (C) - M - 31 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
86'
9.7
Feb 29, 2020

Gladbach stayed within touching distance of the leading pack in the Bundesliga after overcoming Augsburg 3-2 away from home, with Lars Stindl contributing to all three goals.

The first goal came via his solitary assist of the day, as he bravely got ahead of the goalkeeper just to poke the ball into the path of Ramy Bensebaini to slot home.

Thereafter, it was all about Stindl, though. For his first goal, Gladbach benefited from some poor play at the back from Augsburg which eventually saw the ball come to the striker, who beautifully stroked a finish into the bottom corner.

To score his second, which proved to be the winning goal in the end, he displayed impressive strength to hold off the attentions of his marker before spinning inside the box to send a scruffy strike into the right corner.

As the focal point of the attack, he had 55 touches in total, but also continually introduced team-mates into the action with a fantastic 37/39 attempted passes completed.

Philippe Coutinho
AM (C), W (L) - Bayern - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.3
Feb 29, 2020

The Bayern match versus Hoffenheim was overshadowed by the stoppages to play due to a banner by the visiting fans criticising the Hoffenheim owner.

However, before that, six goals were scored, with Philippe Coutinho helping himself to two.

The champions were already 3-0 up when he scored his first, and it came in relatively fortuitous fashion as his whipped strike from inside the box took a wicked deflection over the helpless keeper.

He would gain his second not long after, though, as he brilliantly finished off a Thomas Muller cross with an emphatic finish into the near corner.

The Brazilian completed 46/49 passes, 22 of which were sent into the final third.

Serge Gnabry
AM (RL) - Bayern - 24 yrs
90'
8.9
Feb 29, 2020

Serge Gnabry's outrageously good recent form continued this weekend as he followed up his double against Chelsea by scoring the opener against Hoffenheim with just two minutes on the clock.

Breaking in from the right wing, he latched on to an excellent cross from Thomas Muller to turn the ball home from a tight angle via a touch from the defender.

He enjoyed 12 touches inside the opposition box which was more than anyone else in this round of fixtures, while he also sent 22 passes into the final third and five crosses into the box.

Thomas Müller
AM (CR) - Bayern - 30 yrs
56'
8.6
Feb 29, 2020

Thomas Muller may not have got on the scoresheet for Bayern, but he was still key to the 6-0 win as he set up two of the goals with a pair of precision crosses.

In the absence of Robert Lewandowski, Muller became the most experienced head in the Bayern attack, and utilised runs into the channels well to assist his team-mates.

The first came for the aforementioned Gnabry goal two minutes in, as he found himself with a pocket of space in the right channel which allowed him to flight a perfect cross to the back post.

Coutinho benefited from the next one - a curled delivery from the right wing this time.

He won 5/11 duels, and misplaced just two passes in the game.

Robin Zentner
GK - Mainz - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Feb 29, 2020

Mainz secured a potentially vital three points in their battle against relegation in the Bundesliga as they defeated Paderborn 2-0.

They didn't have things all their own way, though, as they had to rely on goalkeeper Robin Zentner making four huge saves between the sticks.

Even though he was, obviously, in goal, he won 100% of his duels (3.3), 100% of his tackles (1/1), and 100% of his aerial duels (2/2), while he also made 13 ball recoveries.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Joshua Kimmich (8.4) was another member of the Bayern contingent to impress against Hoffenheim. As well as completing 66/74 attempted passes and making nine ball recoveries, he got on the scoresheet with a gorgeous, composed finish into the bottom right corner.

ROUND TO FORGET

No surprise to see a couple of Hoffenheim names in here. As well as conceding six goals, defenders Benjamin Hubner (4.1) and Havard Nordtveit (4.5) failed to win a single tackle, between them, the entire game, while the former made one error that led directly to a goal.

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