How the Bundesliga world reacted to Bibiana Steinhaus' first game
She may have tried her best to ensure she wasn't the center of attention but Bibiana Steinhaus was the story of the Bundesliga weekend. Here's how those in the game reacted to her debut on Sunday.
"For us, the main thing is not to be in focus at the end of the 90 minutes. We managed that and that's why we're very happy."
Steinhaus at the press conference afterwards
"I'm just relieved it's all over. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and everything returning to normal!"
Steinhaus when asked how she felt about her debut
"I just didn't read any newspapers."
Steinhaus on how she dealt with the hype around her debut
"She was under unbelievable pressure and to then make the right decision in all the key moments - that's a commanding performance."
German FA (DFB) preisdent Reinhard Grindel
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"I said before the game that it doesn't matter whether a man or a woman is referee. What matters is the performance, and that was okay today."
Werder Bremen's head coach Alexander Nouri
"Regardless of whether it's a man or a woman, the most important thing is that the referee has a strong personality. And she definitely showed that today."
Werder Bremen's Thomas Delaney
"She's been a great referee for years now and she's proved you can’t make a judgement based on gender."
Werder Bremen's Max Kruse
"I can only praise Bibiana Steinhaus, especially for the play ahead of the first goal where she played advantage. That speaks for experience. Big respect, she let a lot of the game flow even though it was a physical one."
Hertha Berlin's head coach Pal Dardai
"She did well, but that's no surprise."
Hertha Berlin's Sebastian Langkamp
"Big respect. I wouldn't have anything against more women being referees in the league."
Hertha Berlin's Vedad Ibisevic
"Even Per Skjelbred has to shut his mouth when a woman stands in front of him."
Hertha Berlin's Per Skjelbred on the yellow card Steinhaus gave him
Schalke 3 - 1 Stuttgart
Two goals in quick succession following the second half restart secured Schalke a second win of the season in the last game of the matchday. Naldo (pictured) headed home on his birthday then super sub Guido Burgstaller dinked in a third just 82 seconds later. Chadrac Akolo had earlier drawn Stuttgart level after Schalke scored a VAR-awarded penalty just four minutes into the game.
Hertha Berlin 1 - 1 Werder Bremen
Thomas Delaney's lovely piece of second half skill earnt Bremen a deserved point at the Olympic Stadium. The Dane picked up a bouncing ball with his back to goal, feinted and then clipped it over a Hertha defender before volleying cooly home. The hosts had gone in front thanks to Mathew Leckie's third goal in three games as Bibiana Stenihaus (left) became the Bundesliga's first female referee.
Freiburg 0 - 0 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund's 100 per cent record ended after they failed to break down 10-man Freiburg. Yoric Ravet saw red from the VAR just before the half hour mark after catching Marcel Schmelzer on the ankle with a poor challenge. But Dortmund still couldn't find the breakthrough. Christian Pulisic was among those to spurn second half chances as BVB lost Schmelzer (pictured) and Marc Bartra to injury.
Hoffenheim 2 -0 Bayern Munich
The bad day for the Bundesliga's big two continued in Saturday's late game, as a brace from Mark Uth led Hoffenheim to another positive result against the champions. First Uth caught Mats Hummels sleeping as he collected a quick thrown in to slot home in the first half, then he swept home Steven Zuber's cutback after the break. Julian Nagelsmann has now taken 7 points from 3 games against Bayern.
Mainz 3 -1 Bayer Leverkusen
Mainz came back from behind to win their first points of the 2017/18 season. A powerful midfield run from Wendell allowed Dominik Kohr to grab the opener for Leverkusen. But the hosts restored parity before the break, Yoshinori Muto (pictured) adjusting his body well to volley home, before Abdou Diallo beat Bernd Leno to a free-kick to nod in the second. Suat Serdar struck late to seal it.
Augsburg 3 - 0 Cologne
Augsburg picked up their first win of the campaign thanks to a hat-trick from Alfred Finnbogason (right). The Icelandic striker gave the hosts the lead in the first half when he powered home a free header. Things quickly got worse for the visitors, as Jonas Hector hauled down Marcel Heller in the box and Finnbogason tucked home from the spot before knocking in a late rebound for the treble.
Gladbach 0 - 1 Frankfurt
Kevin Price Boateng was centre of attention as his early goal decided the game. His first strike for his new club came at the end of an eventful period. Boateng thought he’d opened the scoring only to be ruled offside then made amends shortly after, sweeping in a loose ball in the 13th minute. He dedicated his goal to Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed while playing for Ajax earlier this year.
Wolfsburg 1 -1 Hannover
In a scrappy Lower Saxony derby, Mario Gomez had the best first-half chance but somehow missed his kick when clean through. Daniel Didavi looked to have saved the Germany striker’s blushes just after the break as his free-kick bounced past Koen Casteels to give Wolfsburg the lead. But the visitors kept their unbeaten league record alive, Martin Harnik scoring an equalizer 15 minutes from time.