Goal scorer Patrik Schick led Christmas champions Bayer Leverkusen to the sole starting record in German professional football with a hat trick. Thanks to the confident 4-0 (3-0) win against VfL Bochum, coach 83 across all competitions had not lost 24 games at the start. Schick, who only celebrated his comeback a few weeks ago after a long-term adductor injury, scored with a penalty kick (30th), with a direct shot (32nd) and with a header (45th + 1). Joker Victor Boniface made the final score (69′). After matchday 16, the Werkself are at the top with 42 points at Christmas. The Alonso team only dropped points against their closest rivals Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart and are entering the new year as hot title contenders – in three competitions.
Thanks to its goal-scoring duo Serhou Guirassy and Deniz Undav, VfB Stuttgart successfully completed its successful football year and set a club record. A good six months after being relegated, the Swabians pushed past RB Leipzig with a 3-0 (2-0) win against FC Augsburg on Wednesday and said goodbye to the Christmas break in third place. Undav (18th minute), Guirassy (45th + 1) and Chris Führich (69th) led the hosts to their eleventh success in the first half of the season, which only ended in January. Stuttgart have never had so many wins in the first half of the Bundesliga season – not even in 1991/92, when they became German champions. The fact that VfB already has more points (34) than at the end of the entire last season (33) underlines the impressive development. At the beginning of June, the Swabians avoided a debacle in the relegation against Hamburger SV.
With a very late double pack, Eintracht Frankfurt managed to say goodbye in a conciliatory manner. Aurélio Buta (90.+2) and Robin Koch (90.+7) ensured the flattering 2-1 (0-1) against Borussia Mönchengladbach with their goals in stoppage time and prevented another setback for the Hessians in the fight for the European Cup places. The guests, however, missed the connection with Frankfurt and remain in the bottom half of the Bundesliga table. In front of 58,000 spectators, Maximilian Wöber (27th minute) initially took the lead for the Lower Rhine club. But in a turbulent final phase, the defender initially saw a yellow-red card (88th), and a little later the Frankfurt team were able to celebrate.
Meanwhile, they suffered a defeat thanks to an own goal in stoppage time and despite a brace from Lucas Höler. The Baden team had to admit defeat 2:3 (1:0) in the state duel against 1. FC Heidenheim on Wednesday. Matthias Ginter ended up tumbling the ball over his own line (90th+2). Freiburg, who had previously won three times in a row in the Bundesliga, slipped out of the European Cup places. The upcoming break will probably come in handy because of their personnel problems. Höler scored in front of 15,000 spectators on the Ostalb in the 7th and then in the 64th minute with a penalty kick. Eren Dinkci (52nd) and Kleindienst equalized twice for Heidenheim. Thanks to Ginter’s misfortune, the newcomer crowned his extraordinary year with another sense of achievement and is now a comfortable ten points clear of the relegation zone.