Borussia DortmundEdin Terzić got off to a winning start as the club’s new manager after beating slightly Werder Bremen 2-1 away for their first win in four league games.
Terzić, the former assistant manager, succeeds Lucien Favre who was sacked after Dortmund lost 5-1 to Stuttgart on Saturday.
Raphaël Guerreiro’s volley in the 12th minute gave Dortmund a perfect start, but the euphoria quickly faded as Werder’s Kevin Möhwald equalized with a powerful shot in the 28th minute.
Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was kept busy the entire time and also prevented 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko – on his first start in the absence of injured striker Erling Halaand – from becoming the youngest scorer in league history. Yet the goalkeeper clumsily bumped into Manuel Akanji in the 78th minute and suffered a penalty. He did well to save Marco Reus’ penalty but was beaten by the Dortmund captain on the rebound.
Borussia MönchengladbachLars Stindl scored a hat-trick, including two short-term goals, from 3-1 to save a 3-3 over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Gladbach, who will face Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 in February, opened the scoring but conceded two goals from André Silva and a magnificent solo goal from Aymen Barkok. However, he sprung to life after 90 minutes with a Stindl penalty, adding a header tie in the 94th minute.
After the big win against Dortmund, Stuttgart he recovered late to secure a 2-2 with Union Berlin, with Sasa Kalajdzic scoring two goals in the last five minutes. It ended 0-0 between Hertha Berlin is Mainz.
Dortmund’s first victory since mid-November brings them to fourth place with 22 points. Bremen are 13th out of 11. Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, 25, are on their way to Cologne on Wednesday, while champions Bayern Munich, one point behind second place, play host to the unbeaten Wolfsburg.
In Spain, real Madrid were forced to toil by the 10 men of Athletic Bilbao but in the end he won 3-1 thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema to equal points with Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid, leaders of La Liga.
Athletic striker Raúl García was sent off in the 13th minute for a second yellow card, but Madrid only managed to take the lead at halftime thanks to a low drive from Toni Kroos.
The Basque side continued to face the numerical disadvantage in the second half and equalized with Ander Capa in the 52nd minute before Benzema managed to put the champions back in front.
Athletic substitute Mikel Vesga then had a glorious chance to equalize in injury time, but was thwarted by an exceptional save from Thibaut Courtois before Benzema interrupted the match and finished a large counterattack soon thereafter.
In Serie A that of Simone Inzaghi Lazio he lost more points than that of his brother Philip Benevento frustrated their hosts in Campania in a 1-1 draw. Ciro Immobile scored a scorching volley in the 25th minute to open the scoring for Lazio, but a shot from Pasquale Schiattarella – later sent off – just before half-time evened the score.
This was only the second meeting between the Inzaghi brothers as coaches. Simone won the previous match, when Lazio beat Bologna, then coached by Filippo, in December 2018.
“It was really strange last night, we talked on the phone around midnight, as we usually do,” Filippo told DAZN. “We tend to talk tactically about what we are planning, but of course we had to stay away from it! It was a complicated conversation.
“It was hard to celebrate a goal scored against my brother. We were quite reserved on the sideline than usual. It’s strange for our parents, his children, my grandchildren, but it’s the essence of football, being opponents for 90 minutes. “
Somewhere else, Udinese were held back 0-0 by Crotone.