Updated: Apr 2, 2020
By Ben Higlett and Dan Reuben
Die Mannschaft missed out on the opportunity to end a miserable year on a positive note, squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against the Netherlands at Schalke’s VELTINS-Arena. A 90th-minute equaliser from Virgil Van Dijk meant that Joachim Löw’s side have now not won in five competitive matches – the national team’s longest drought since 1979.
The equaliser spoiled Thomas Müller’s party – when he came on for Serge Gnabry to earn his 100th cap for his country, Germany were 2-0 up and in a commanding position, but the Dutch struck at the deathto rain on the Bayern striker’s parade. Perhaps that one substitution is a microcosm of Löw’s troubles in 2018 – favouring the old over the new.
For the first time in Bundesliga history, three goals were scored in the opening minute of a matchday on Saturday afternoon. However, it was the late show from lowly Fortuna Düsseldorf which heaped further pressure on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Dodi Lukebakio became only the 6th man to score a Bundesliga hat-trick at Bayern, and the first for 17 years, as Die Flingeraner struck twice in the final 15 minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw to prevent Bayern closing out what seemed an easy victory. It leaves Niko Kovac’s defending champions nine points behind leaders Dortmund, who left it late in Mainz before securing a 2-1 win. Mönchengladbach remain hot on their heels, however. Die Fohlen trounced Hanover 4-1 at home.