Bundesliga scores, takeaways: German league showing there's no home-field advantage without fans
Home teams are 3-7-12 while playing behind closed doors
Matchday 28 of the Bundesliga is halfway over. In the league's biggest game since its return, first-place Bayern Munich went to second-place Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday and took home a 1-0 win to move seven points clear atop of the table. The result leaves Dortmund's title hopes hanging by just a thread.
In other action, Wolfsburg made a statement, Werder Bremen earned a good point in its fight for survival and more.
Here are the scores for the matchday, the remaining schedule and three takeaways.
All times Eastern
Tuesday, May 26
Bayern Munich 1, Borussia Dortmund 0
Wolfsburg 4, Bayer Leverkusen 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 3, Freiburg 3
Werder Bremen 0, Borussia Monchengladbach 0
Wednesday, May 27
RB Leipzig vs. Hertha Berlin, 12:30 p.m.
Hoffenheim vs. Cologne, 2:30 p.m.
Fortuna Dusseldort vs. Schalke, 2:30 p.m.
Augsburg vs. Paderborn, 2:30 p.m.
Union Berlin vs. Mainz, 2:30 p.m.
1. No fans, no advantage?
There is nothing like playing at home, especially when the stadium is filled with fans that provide that extra jolt of energy when you really need it. Fans add belief, passion and comfort for the home team and make it more challenging for the visitors — at least they did.
Without fans in the Bundesliga during the coronavirus pandemic, the home-field advantage is gone, and the numbers show it. Out of 22 matches since the league came back May 17, only three teams have won at home. Officially, it's three wins, seven draws and 12 losses.
Out of 22 matches, only one team not named Bayern Munich or Dortmund won at home, and that was Hertha Berlin. No home teams won any of the league's four games on Tuesday.
At first it seemed just like a coincidence, but now it looks like a real trend. It seems each match is basically a neutral-site game with an even playing ground for both.
2. Bayern on verge of wrapping up title
It would take a major slip-up for Bayern Munich to let go of the 2019-20 Bundesliga trophy after Tuesday's result. Bayern would have to lose three of its remaining six games and Dortmund would have to win out. Considering that Bayern has only lost four of its 28 games this season, it's nearly impossible to see the club losing three of six to close it ou,t especially with the team on a fine run of form and a favorable schedule.
They might as well go ahead and start engraving Bayern's name on the trophy.
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3. Brooks put together a fantastic performance
Bayer Leverkusen was humbled by Wolfsburg on Tuesday, and American John Brooks was a big reason why. The United States men's national team's top centerback had himself a game after a rough showing against Dortmund over the weekend. He came out with his team up 4-0, and Leverkusen scored just moments after he left the pitch. But while he played, he won 100 percent of his tackles, recovered the ball nine times, had three interceptions and bottled up one of the league's top players in Kai Havertz.
His timing was near perfect and the American put forth one of the better defensive performances we've seen since the Bundesliga returned.