Before i get into the main story of this post, focus must be drawn to the most unexpected result of the weekend. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to second place Borussia Dortmund yesterday.
The loss means that Bayern’s 2 closest challengers for the Bundesliga crown Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mochengladbach remain only 2 points behind them in the title chase. Now, many Bayern fans were not expecting an easy match, but they were not also expecting to lose in front of their fans.
After going through what was probably their greatest unbeaten run in the past few years, the Bavarian club looked unstoppable ahead of Saturday’s fixture. A second half Mario Gotze goal was enough to condemn Bayern to only their 3rd loss of the season.
Speaking after the match, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes expressed his displeasure with the result.
“When you play against Borussia Dortmund, you need to pose much more pressure than we have done today,” Heynckes said.
“We have had until the final phase, when we had two clear chances to score. The goal was very unfortunate, and in my view this was a typical 0-0 game.”
Meanwhile, Cologne’s match against Mainz was postponed after the referee who was to officiate the match was found to have attempt suicide. Babaki Rafati was found in his hotel room before the match started in a state of distress.
It is still not clear why the ref attempted to take his own life and though he was later rushed to hospital, the match could not go on because a replacement could not be found.
Seeking to defer attention from this otherwise bad publicity, Cologne hurriedly organized a press conference where they gave the reason for postponement as an accident.
“It is only considerate and correct that we do not go into details. The rest will be taken care of by the media department of the DFB (German Football Association) and DFL (German Football League),” Cologne’s sporting director Volcker Finke said.
“All we can confirm is that the game will not take place due to an accident.
“It was not a decision by Cologne and Mainz and I cannot reveal any further details.”
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