Date: 29th April 2013 at 8:21pm
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This week’s Budesliga round-up courtesy of Bundesliga 365

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored three goals on his return as Schalke 04 thrashed Hamburg 4-1 in the final game of the Bundesliga weekend to move 3 points ahead of the chasing pack for a fourth place finish that would earn them a playoff spot in next season’s Champions League.

[button color=”eg. black, red, blue, orange, green, light” link=”” target=””]Hamburg become the Hunted[/button]

Hamburger SV’s outside chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League are all but buried following their 4-1 thrashing at Schalke on Sunday. Marcell Jansen had headed the visitors in front inside 5 minutes.

Schalke equalised less than five minutes later on the counter attack when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar played in team mate Michel Bastos. The Brazilian coolly rolled the ball home into the bottom corner from outside the penalty area.

Julian Draxler worked his magic inside the penalty area in the 21st minute to setup Huntelaar for an open-goal tap-in to give the Royal Blues the lead. The Dutch striker was playing his first match since the Revier derby on 9 March and picked up an injury.

Last season’s top goalscorer in the Bundesliga scored twice more in the second half to complete his first hat-trick of the season and take his tally up to 10 goals in the league this season. The 4-1 victory for Schalke moves them 5 points above Hamburg and 3 points above Eintracht Frankfurt who occupy fifth.

[button color=”eg. black, red, blue, orange, green, light” link=”” target=””]Battle for Europe[/button]

Earlier on Sunday Eintracht Frankfurt were held 0-0 at Mainz 05. Chances were few and far between at the Coface Arena. Andreas Ivanschitz put in a good performance in midfield for the home team. The Austrian midfielder is playing in his final few games for Mainz having been told he can leave on a free at the end of the season.

Frankfurt’s point was a point gained on the three teams directly below them who all suffered defeats over the weekend.

SC Freiburg were beaten 1-0 at Bayern Munich. Jupp Heynckes rested a number of players ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League second-leg in Barcelona. Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of the game with a direct free kick that flew past everyone inside the area and into Oliver Baumann’s goal.

The Swiss playmaker was the star of the game as the Freiburg defence failed to get the ball from Shaqiri’s feet. Bayern Munich’s win takes them to a record Bundesliga 84 points with three games still to play. They have scored 90 goals this season – 11 behind their record 101 set during the 1971-72 season.

Borussia Mönchengladbach were also beaten and dropped five points behind that final Champions League spot. The Foals were comprehensively beaten 3-1 at Wolfsburg. 18-year old Maximilian Arnold scored his third goal in four starts for the Wolves with an effort from the edge of the area that found its way past Marc-André ter Stegen.

Peniel Mlapa had equalised early in the second half for the visitors but Wolfsburg got their deserved 3 points with help from ter Stegen who allowed Ivica Olic’s shot through his legs just after the hour mark. The Croatian has now scored seven goals in his last eight Bundesliga matches since scoring just two in his first 21 games. Diego sealed the game by rounding the young German goalkeeper and finishing from a tight range with 15 minutes remaining.

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

At the other end of the table, Greuther Fürth said goodbye to the Bundesliga. The Clover Leaves were beaten 3-2 at home by Hannover 96 on Friday night and relegation was confirmed the following day when FC Augsburg beat Stuttgart. Greuther Fürth have failed to win any of their 16 home games with only Freiburg to play at the Trolli Arena. They have picked up just 4 points from those 16 games.

Augsburg’s 3-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart keeps them three points above 1899 Hoffenheim for the second automatic relegation spot. They also move on level points with Fortuna Düsseldorf who are now in serious danger of joining Greuther Fürth back in the 2. Bundesliga after coming up together last season.

Sascha Mölders headed Augsburg ahead just after the hour before Marcel de Jong scored one of the goals of the weekend with an excellent 20-year lob seven minutes from time. And just two minutes later Dong-Won Ji scored an acrobatic volley to record Augsburg’s biggest victory of the season.

Hoffenheim were more comfortable in their victory than the scoreline suggested with a 2-1 home victory over FC Nürnberg. Tobias Weis and Sejad Salihovic fired the home side two up inside 20 minutes of the first half in a game they were on top throughout.

Opposition goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer put in a man of the match performance making 9 saves throughout but wasn’t enough to rescue even a point for the Club. Timmy Simons scored from the penalty spot just before the hour but the visitors failed to test goalkeeper Koen Casteels afterwards.

Fortuna Düsseldorf are now only above Augsburg on goal difference heading into the final three games and are on a sequence of nine games without a win, picking up just 3 points in the process.

Their latest defeat came 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Nuri Sahin opened the scoring with a 35-yard strike curled into the top corner. A contender for goal of the season.

Within a minute of Robert Lewandowksi and Jakub Blaszczykowski being brought on in the second half, the latter doubled Dortmund’s lead. Adam Bodzek scored a late consolation for the home side, whilst the Borussians will secure second spot by matching Bayer Leverkusen’s result next weekend.

Robert Lewandowski scored 4 goals versus Real Madrid midweek but his failure to score in his 21 minute cameo in Düsseldorf brought an end to his 12-game scoring streak.

[button color=”eg. black, red, blue, orange, green, light” link=”” target=””]Leverkusen almost sure of Champions League[/button]

Bayer 04 Leverkusen confirmed a top 4 finish with a 1-0 win at home to Werder Bremen. Sidney Sam drew a foul on the onrushing Sebastian Mielitz inside the penalty area in the first half. The goalkeeper received a yellow card for his foul and Stefan Kießling converted the penalty kick.

Philipp Wollscheid missed a good headed opportunity early in the second half whilst Bernd Leno was called into action late on to make a few saves. In the first half, he’d saved well from Zlatko Junuzovic. Bayer 04 need to match Schalke’s result next weekend to secure a top three finish and automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League.

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

On Friday night, Eintracht Braunschweig confirmed they will be in the Bundesliga next season after a 28-year absence. The Lions are second in the 2. Bundesliga, 4 points behind leaders Hertha Berlin but 13 clear of third place FC Kaiserslautern.