Date: 9th May 2013 at 8:35pm
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[button color=”eg. black, red, blue, orange, green, light” link=”” target=””]Still fighting for Europe[/button]

Hamburg were dealt a blow to competing in Europe next season after they were held 1-1 at home to VfL Wolfsburg in the final game of the weekend. The Old Dinosaur now trail Freiburg by 3 points.

Heiko Westermann gave the home side the lead on the stroke of half-time heading home Rafael van der Vaart’s deep free kick, 12 yards out. Earlier, a slip from the centre-back allowed a one-on-one for Ivica Olic but the Croatian striker failed to compose himself and fired tamely into the arms of Jaroslav Drobny.

Makoto Hasebe equalised for the visitors in the second half with a brave diving header from 5 yards out. The Wolves are now unbeaten in their last eight league games whilst HSV were the only team to climb the table this weekend, moving up one position into 7th.

[button color=”eg. black, red, blue, orange, green, light” link=”” target=””]Mid-table teams[/button]

Any slim hopes Hannover 96 may have had about qualifying for Europe were ended with a 2-2 draw at home to Mainz 05, who in the process are also going to finish mid-table this season.

Nicolai Müller’s solo effort on 25 minutes gave the visitors the lead at the AWD-Arena. Artur Sobiech headed home an equaliser for Hannover within a minute of replacing the injured Mohammed Abdellaoue. Christian Schulz was sent off for the home side 20 minutes into the second half for a second yellow card, but they would still take the lead 5 minutes later.

Mame Diouf was given the whole half to himself, racing onto Sobiech’s through ball. The Senegalese striker coolly slotted home. Müller rescued a point for the visitors with a late low driven effort, his seventh goal of the season – the most in any single season of his career.

[button color=”eg. black, red, blue, orange, green, light” link=”” target=””]Bottom two[/button]

1899 Hoffenheim gained 1 point on the two teams directly above them this weekend as they fought from 0-2 at half-time in Werder Bremen to snatch a draw.

Markus Gisdol’s side conceded a penalty after just 20 seconds when David Abraham clumsily brought down Aaron Hunt. The recipient picked himself up to coolly tuck home the penalty as Koen Casteels dived in the opposite direction.

The home side’s fans can be forgiven for thinking their team had 3 points secured at half-time after Kevin De Bruyne added a second at the midway point of the first half. Sven Schipplock would be the hero for the visitors as he scored twice in the final 6 minutes to claw Hoffenheim within 2 points of both Fortuna Düsseldorf and FC Augsburg. Werder Bremen are now winless in 11.

Hoffenheim host Hamburg next weekend, whilst Augsburg travel to Bayern Munich and Düsseldorf are at home to Nürnberg.

At the very foot of the table, Greuther Fürth recorded their biggest win of the season, a 3-0 victory at VfB Stuttgart. The home side may have felt they were on holiday after a mid-table position has been secured. The visitors recorded only their fourth win of the season and all of them have been on the road.

Courtesy of Bundesliga 365