Schalke 04 will go into their first Champions League clash low on confidence as their dreary start to the new Bundesliga season continues.
Jens Keller’s side suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat away at Borussia Monchengladbach in their third game of the new campaign – dropping them down to 16th in the table.
New arrival, Andre Hahn from Augsburg, netted twice to put the Foals in front before Max Kruse and Raffael added a goal each. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored a consolation penalty for the Royal Blues as they failed to add to their one point from last week’s draw against Bayern Munich.
Both Julian Draxler and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar started on the bench yesterday whereas Kevin-Prince Boateng led in midfield but did little to impact on the game.
Their first installment of the new Champions League season kicks off at Stamford Bridge as they take on Chelsea for the second year in a row in the group stages.
The Wolves settle
VfL Wolfsburg are also in need of their first win of the season as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to 1899 Hoffenheim. Ivica Olic saved his side from defeat in the 89th minute as he scored the leveller in reply to Anthony Modeste’s earlier finish. The Croatian netted just a day before his 35th birthday.
The failure to bring in another talented forward has hindered the Wolves as reliance remains heavily on Olic. Nicklas Bendtner has failed to find his feet and Julian Malanda is also trying to find his after missing two big chances in the last two games which could have put his side in a better position before their Europa League tie with Everton.
Augsburg move off the bottom
After losing several of their stars from last season, fears were starting to creep in at FC Augsburg but they have now moved off the bottom of the table after a 1-0 win away at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The club lost Dong-Won Ji, Kevin Vogt and Matthias Ostrzolek, who all had major roles in the club’s strong 2013/14 campaign where they finished eighth. Nevertheless, they’re is finally up and running after Raul Bobadilla found the net just after half time which secured a win that pushes them up to 12th.
New boys remain unbeaten
Newly promoted SC Paderborn 07 and 1. FC Köln continued their unbeaten starts to the new season as they shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the Paderborn Arena. Both teams now sit on five points and for Cologne this is their third clean sheet in succession.
Elsewhere, Hamburger SV fell to the bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat to Hannover 96 along with VfB Stuttgart who lost by the same margin against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Hertha Berlin were victims to a 3-1 home defeat as prolific FSV Mainz 05 forward, Shinji Okazaki scored twice to break Yasuhiko Okudera's Japanese goal record in the Bundesliga.
And finally there were celebrations at the Westfalenstadion as Shinji Kagawa marked his return with a goal and an assist in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win against SC Freiburg.