This weekend in the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich clinched their 22nd championship and in record quick time as their 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt wrapped up the title with a staggering six games remaining.
Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the only goal of the game 7 minutes into the second half with a cheeky flick six yards out from goal, connecting with Philipp Lahm’s low right-wing cross. Bayern Munich were in control for the majority of the game but were holding on in the final 10 minutes – Manuel Neuer making two fine saves to keep the clean sheet and secure the championship on 6 April.
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Borussia Dortmund fought back from a 1-2 half-time deficit over relegation-threatened FC Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. After falling behind to a Julian Schieber strike midway through the first half, Daniel Baier struck a sweet volley from 20 yards to equalise before Kevin Vogt rebounded Roman Weidenfeller’s parry a minute later. Both goals inside the final 3 minutes of the first half.
Jonas Hoffmann on his first start for Borussia Dortmund created a tap-in for Schieber to equalise early in the second half before the former champions retook the lead on 64 minutes when Neven Subotic poked home Mario Götze’s free kick from a yard out. Some good work by Götze inside the penalty area in stoppage time allowed Robert Lewandowski a backpost tap-in to make it 4-2. The Polish striker has now scored in a club record 10 consecutive Bundesliga matches. Only Gerd Müller (16) has scored in more Bundesliga matches on the bounce.
Bayer Leverkusen slipped 6 points behind second place Borussia Dortmund after Sami Hyypiä and Sascha Lewandowski’s side were held 1-1 at home by VfL Wolfsburg. André Schürrle had given the Werkself an early lead before Simon Kjær rescued a point for the visitors 20 minutes from time.
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Schalke 04 improved their chances of Champions League football next season with a 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen. For the second week in a row the Royal Blues had been held goalless at half-time before winning the match in the second half. Julian Draxler opened the scoring with his fourth goal in five Bundesliga games. The 19-year old is really making a name for himself around Europe with his performances getting him noticed of late. Ciprian Marica scored the second; only the Romanian striker’s fifth Bundesliga goal in 32 appearances for Schalke. Werder Bremen remain 7 points above the relegation playoff place.
SC Freiburg moved up to 5th place with a 1-0 win in Hamburg. Jonathan Schmid scored the game’s only goal midway through the second half. Back-to-back victories for the Breisgau-Brasilianers has kept their Champions League chances alive. SC Freiburg host Schalke on the final day of the season. HSV have now lost three in a row and drop into the bottom half.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s defeat to Bayern Munich sees them drop down to 6th. Borussia Mönchengladbach moved to within 1 point of the Eagles and a Europa League spot with a narrow victory over Greuther Fürth. Luuk de Jong scored the only goal of the game 16 minutes from time. The visitors are now eight games without a win and nine points below the relegation playoff spot with just six games remaining.
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Mainz 05 were defeated 2-1 at FC Nürnberg on Sunday. Defender Per Nilsson scored both goals for the home team either side of Nicolai Müller’s equaliser. Mainz have now won just one of their last nine and only two since the winter break. This was only their second defeat in 2013 but too many draws Thomas Tuchel have hindered their chance of playing in Europe next season. The O-Fives are 6 points behind Schalke 04 as far as their Champions League hopes are concerned. Nürnberg are only below Mainz on goal difference now.
Hannover 96 were held 0-0 at home by VfB Stuttgart in the final Bundesliga game of the weekend. The 96ers have six games left to qualify for Europe for a third consecutive season. There wasn’t much to report in this game but the visitors looked the more-likely to score. Ron-Robert Zieler saved well from Alexandru Maxim in the final minute to save a point for Mirko Slomka’s side.
Hoffenheim pick up valuable 3 points
1899 Hoffenheim picked up a big 3 points with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday night. They saved one of their best performances of the season in the relegation battle and they looked quite comfortable ever since Roberto Firmano put them ahead of 11 minutes. The Brazilian finished an early counter attack with a powerful strike in off the underside of the crossbar.
With 15 minutes to go, with Fortuna Düsseldorf not offering much threat to this point, Hoffenheim secured the 3 points with help of Andreas Lambertz heading a corner into his own net. Kevin Volland added a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time on a counter attack that saw the German under-21 international go one-on-one with Fabian Giefer, going around the goalkeeper and blasting into the empty net.
With FC Augsburg losing on Saturday, Hoffenheim are now within 1 point of the relegation playoff and only 6 points behind Düsseldorf for automatic safety.