Borussia Dortmund’s Edin Terzić enjoyed a winning start as the club’s new head coach after they narrowly beat Werder Bremen 2-1 away to earn their first win in four league games.
Terzić, a former assistant coach, succeeds Lucien Favre who was sacked after Dortmund lost 5-1 to Stuttgart on Saturday.
Raphaël Guerreiro’s 12th-minute volley gave Dortmund a perfect start but the euphoria quickly fizzled out as Werder’s Kevin Möhwald levelled with a powerful shot in the 28th.
Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka was kept busy throughout and also denied 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko – making his first start in the absence of injured striker Erling Halaand – from becoming the youngest scorer in league history. Yet the keeper clumsily crashed into Manuel Akanji in the 78th minute to concede a penalty. He did well to save Marco Reus’s spot kick but was beaten by the Dortmund captain on the rebound.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Lars Stindl scored a hat-trick, including two last-gasp goals, as they came from 3-1 down to rescue a 3-3 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Gladbach, who will take on Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 in February, opened the scoring but conceded two strikes from André Silva and a wonderful solo goal from Aymen Barkok. However, they sprang into life after 90 minutes with a penalty by Stindl, who added a headed equaliser in the 94th minute.
Following on from their big win against Dortmund, Stuttgart rallied late to secure a 2-2 draw with Union Berlin, with Sasa Kalajdzic scoring twice in the final five minutes. It finished 0-0 between Hertha Berlin and Mainz.
Dortmund’s first win since mid-November moves them up to fourth place on 22 points. Werder are 13th on 11. Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, on 25, travel to Cologne on Wednesday, while champions Bayern Munich, a point behind in second place, host unbeaten Wolfsburg.
In Spain, Real Madrid were made to toil by the 10 men of Athletic Bilbao but eventually won 3-1 thanks to two strikes from Karim Benzema to go level on points with La Liga leaders Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid.
Athletic forward Raúl García was sent off in the 13th minute for a second booking, but Real only managed to take the lead right at the end of the first half thanks to a low drive from Toni Kroos.
The Basque side continued to cope well with their numerical disadvantage into the second half and grabbed an equaliser through Ander Capa in the 52nd minute before Benzema managed to head the champions back in front.
Athletic substitute Mikel Vesga then had a glorious chance to equalise in added time but was thwarted by an outstanding save from Thibaut Courtois before Benzema killed the game off by finishing a sweeping counter-attack immediately after.
In Serie A, Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio dropped more points as his brother Filippo’s Benevento frustrated their visitors to Campania in a 1-1 draw. Ciro Immobile scored a scorching 25th-minute volley to open the scoring for Lazio but a strike from Pasquale Schiattarella – who was later sent off – just before half-time levelled the scores.
This was only the second meeting between the Inzaghi brothers as coaches. Simone won the previous encounter, when Lazio beat Bologna, then coached by Filippo, in December 2018.
“It was really weird last night, as we spoke on the phone at about midnight, the way we usually do,” Filippo told DAZN. “We tend to chat about what we’re planning tactically, but obviously we had to steer clear of all that! It was a tricky conversation.
“It was tough celebrating a goal scored against my brother. We were quite reserved on the touchline compared to usual. It’s odd for our parents, his children, my nephews, but it’s the essence of football, being opponents for 90 minutes.”
Elsewhere, Udinese were held to a 0-0 draw by Crotone.