There is a very German feel to Europa League action on Thursday when Schalke play Moenchengladbach in an all Bundesliga encounter. The contest will feel even more familar given the sides played each other last weekend, with Gladbach prevailing.
Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke head into their derby as clubs moving in opposite directions. While Schalke are near the top of the table, Dortmund are mired in a downward spiral.
A second half capitulation against Tottenham leaves Borussia Dortmund short of even guaranteed Europa League football. Goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung Min overturned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first half strike.
Germany's representatives in the Europa League are approaching tough challenges in different ways. Hoffenheim have renewed confidence after their first win but it's all about pride and experience for Cologne & Hertha.
Bayern Munich's defeat of Augsburg had special significance for head coach Jupp Heynckes. Elsewhere, Schalke seized upon a chance to go second, while Bremen picked up a first win of the season.
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