Schalke Falls to Leverkusen; Bayern Maintains Big Lead Atop Table

Christof Koepsel

Despite a disappointing draw in today's Bavarian derby, FC Bayern Munich actually managed to increase the lead in the Bundesliga to 8 points. Schalke 04 fell to Bayer Leverkusen, and are now tied in 2d place with Eintracht Frankfurt, with Dortmund directly behind.

Despite giving up 2 goals, Schalke GK Lars Unnerstall played pretty well, making a crazy reaction save and also stuffing a penalty. It was the S04 midfield offense that failed, struggling to create any consistent attacking threat and allowing Leverkusen to effectively work the counter. After an earlier stretch of excellent play, Schalke has slid back down into "very good" rather than excellent (though they're still a threat).

The 1. Bundesliga standings currently look as follows:

Club Played W L D Points
Bayern 12 10 1 1 31
Schalke 12 7 2 3 23
Frankfurt 12 7 2 3 23
BVB 12 6 4 2 22
L'kusen 12 6 3 3 21

So, Leverkusen's win is pretty big: thrusts them back into the discussion for those Champions League spots, brings them within touching distance of the team they just beat, and shows they can handle a good opponent. Also, the announcer for that S04-Leverkusen match was just brutally criticizing Jogi for not considering Kiessling for the Germany squad. Interesting ...

Below Leverkusen, there are 3 teams on 17 points (Hannover, Mainz, Hamburg). Those are all decent teams, but unlikely to make a challenge for the title. As far as the Bundesliga this year, looks like we're looking at a 5-horse race. Should be interesting.

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