Uberprufung der Bundesliga: BVB humiliated, Cologne battered, Bremen in strong position
The Bundesliga was just six games from completion going into this weekend yet still had so many issues to resolve. Bayern were deprived of winning the league this weekend thanks to a loss in Leipzig a couple of weeks ago, so would have to beat Borussia Dortmund to make sure they could do it next week. Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Bull Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke would be hoping for a Bayern win to strengthen their claims of a Champions League place next season. At the other end of the table, wins for Cologne and Hamburg were vital, while Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen were looking to propel themselves away from the drop zone.
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Augsburg
Both of these sides were beaten in their last outings. Bayer Leverkusen went down 2-0 to bottom side Cologne, while Augsburg were disappointingly beaten 3-1 at home to Werder Bremen. Neither side was able to break the deadlock here though, with Augsburg and Leverkusen sharing a point each from a goalless draw.
Hannover 2-3 Red Bull Leipzig
These sides took on the top two last time out, with Hannover going down 1-0 in Dortmund and Leipzig extending Bayern’s wait for their twenty-eighth Bundesliga title with a 2-1 home win. Things got off to a good start when Emil Forsberg gave Ralph Hassenhutl’s side a 16th-minute lead. Willi Orban doubled that lead on 63 minutes before Salif Sane pulled one back on 71 minutes. Youssef Poulsen effectively sealed the win on 76 minutes but Niclas Fullkrug ensured a nervy finish which would in what would prove to be a frustrating game for Hannover.
Hoffenheim 6-0 Cologne
Hoffenheim played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Gladbach before the international break while Cologne were able to keep their hopes of survival alive thanks to a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. There would be no such heroism from the away side here though and Serge Gnabry scored on 22 minutes as a sign of thing to come. He doubled his tally and his teams lead on 57 minutes before Mark Uth made it 3-0 on 56 minutes. Lukas Rupp made it 4-0 for Julian Nagelsmann’s boys on 61 minutes before Uth got Hoffenheim’s 5th on 65 minutes. Stephane Zuber rounded off the scoring on 72 minutes to compound a miserable afternoon for Stefan Ruthenbeck’s men.
Schalke 2-0 Freiburg
These sides had contrasting fortunes before the international break. Schalke took a 1-0 win away from the Volkswagon Arena in Wolfsburg while Freiburg went down 2-1 at home to VfB Stuttgart. Things were going well for relegation-threatened Freiburg until Daniel Caligiuri scored from the penalty spot on 63 minutes. Nils Peterson was then sent off on 65 minutes for a second yellow card before Guido Burgstaller sealed the points on 73 minutes for Domenico Tedesco’s men, to deny Bayern the title for another week at least.
VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Hamburg
Stuttgart were able to defeat Freiburg 2-1 at home last time to virtually secure their Bundesliga future, while Hamburg stepped closer to the trapdoor with a 2-1 defeat in Berlin. Hamburg are in desperate need of wins and things started positively here when Lewis Holtby put them into an 18th-minute lead. However, they couldn’t hold on and Daniel Ginzcek equalised on the stroke of half time to ultimately claim a point for Tayfun Korkut’s side.
Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund
Bayern’s title party was delayed thanks to their 2-1 defeat in Leipzig last time out. Dortmund had a much better time thanks to a 1-0 home win over Hannover. Things didn’t start well here though for BVB when Robert Lewandowski fired Bayern into a fifth-minute lead. After having a goal disallowed, Franck Ribery would finally have his goal on 9 minutes to make it 2-0. James Rodriguez made it 3-0 on 14 minutes and Thomas Muller made it 4-0 on 23 minutes as Dortmund were sinking without a trace. Lewandowski has his second and Bayern’s fifth on the stroke of half time. He completed his hat-trick three minutes from time to heap mounds of pressure on Peter Stoeger and put Bayern within three points of their 28th Ligameister.
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Wolfsburg
Hertha Berlin were able to beat lowly Hamburg 2-1 before the international break to put plenty of breathing space between themselves and the drop zone. Wolfsburg weren’t quite as fortunate, coming away from their home game with Schalke on the wrong end of a 1-0 result. Neither side was able to breach the other’s net here though and both had to settle for a point.
Werder Bremen 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bremen’s quest for survival continued with a 3-1 win over Augsburg away during their last game, while Frankfurt’s search for European football next season also went on with a 3-0 win over Mainz. Bremen took the lead here through Zlatko Januzovic on 28 minutes but Luka Jovic levelled the scores on 53 minutes. It looked like the game would end 1-1 until a horrific error from Lukas Hradecky gifted Bremen the win thanks to an own goal from David Abraham 12 minutes from time.
Mainz 0-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Both of these sides will not have been happy with their performances before the international break. Mainz went down 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt while Gladbach drew 3-3 at home to Hoffenheim. This was another game in which neither side was able to break the deadlock though and both had to make do with a point.
Game Week 29 Fixtures
Friday 6th April
Hannover vs. Werder Bremen (19.30)
Saturday 7th April
Cologne vs. Mainz (14.30)
Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich
Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Hertha Berlin
Freiburg vs. Wolfsburg
Hamburg vs. Schalke (17.30)
Sunday 8th April
Borussia Dortmund vs. VfB Stuttgart (14.30)
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim (17.00)
Monday 9th April
Red Bull Leipzig vs. Bayer Leverkusen (19.45)