Matchday 25 was a crucial one in the battle to avoid relegation, lets see who were the real winners and losers at the weekend.
FC Augsburg v FC Schalke 04 1:2
Friday night saw Europa League hopefuls Augsburg take on Champions League contenders Schalke at the SGL Arena.
The game got of to an awful start for Schalke when a mistake from Tim Hoogland allowed Timo Werner in on goal, who obliged to make the score 1 nil to Augsburg. But two goals from Schalke talisman Klaas Jan Huntelaar gave Schalke all three points. The second being a lovely move, with Kolasinac setting up the Dutchman for his second.
The win gives Schalke some nice breathing space in the Champions League places, whilst Augsburg have some work to do if they want to qualify for Europe next season.
Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Monchengladbach 1:2
Another defeat at Signal Iduna Park for Borussia Dortmund just adds to a disappointing season in the Bundesliga for Jürgen Klopps men, albeit an injury stricken one.
Goals from ‘Gladbachs star men, Raffael and Max Kruse gave the visitors a 2-0 half time lead. Dortmund’s Serbian starlet Milos Jojic, pulled one back for the hosts mid way through the second half, and after Havard Nordtveit saw red it looked like Dortmund would equalise. They thought they had when Marvin Ducksch put the ball into the back of the net from close range, but the goal was dubiously disallowed for a foul on Marc Andre Ter-Stegen. ‘Gladbach then held on for all three points.
Werder Bremen v Stuttgart 1:1
Bremen v Stuttgart saw Huub Stevens manage Stuttgart for the first time after Thomas Schneider was sacked last week. It was a huge match on both parts, as both historic teams have been threatened with relegation.
It looked to be the perfect start for Stevens when Goerg Niedermeier, on his 100th Bundesliga appearance, scored for the Reds within ten minutes of the restart. But the man in from, Aaron Hunt, equalised with a superb free kick on 79 minutes.
Hertha Berlin v Hannover 96 0:3
Hannover had a brilliant win at the Olympiastadion thanks to goals from Lars Stindl, Jan Schlaudraff and Szabolcs Huszti. A win was needed for Hannover and it has pulled them 7 points away from the relegation places. Hertha meanwhile, remain in mid table. But still a good first year back in the Bundesliga for them.
Eintracht Braunschweig v Wolfsburg 1:1
The reverse fixture saw Braunschweig win 1:0 in the first Lower Saxony derby, and the Lions were hoping to repeat this at Eintracht-Stadion.
After a scramble in the box Luiz Gustavo gave the Wolves the lead, and there was expected to be only one winner. But in the 48th minute Karim Bellarabi equalised for the hosts. The draw could be a valuable point in Braunschweig’s outside chance of survival, but it will be seen as 2 points dropped for Wolfsburg.
Hoffenheim v Mainz 2:4
Hoffenheim are always involved in high scoring games aren’t they?! Saturday was the 5th time this season they have surrendered a two goal lead. Two stunning goals from midfielders Eugen Polanski and Roberto Firmino looked to have confirmed the points but 4 goals in 23 minutes stole all three points for Mainz.
The 3 points puts Thomas Tuchel’s Mainz in with a very good chance for the Europa League, and it would be a fitting way to cap a great season for the club.
Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen 2:1
You cant stop the Bayern juggernaut, even with a ‘weakened team’ they still managed to beat one of the better sides in the league, albeit one in awful form.
Goals from Croatian football of the year Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Bayern a 2-0 lead, until the closing stages when Stefan Kießling pulled one back for the visitors.
Hamburg v Nuremburg 2:1
Sunday was the day for relegation six pointers and a lot was learn from the two games played. Goals from Turkish prospect Hakan Calhanoglu and an own goal from Mike Frantz gave HSV a two goal lead, Josip Drmic pulled back a consolation goal for Nuremburg. This match could prove vital in the outcome of relegation this year, and Mirko Slomka will be extremely pleased his side got all three points.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Freiburg 1:4
Another relegation six pointer and it was Freiburg that took the points, in remarkable fashion also. Julian Schuster and Karim Guede gave Freiburg a two goal lead, only for Spanish striker Joselu to reduce the deficit 5 minutes later. But two more goals from Felix Klaus and another from Karim Guede gave Freiburg an emphatic victory. Both sides still have a lot to do, in order to stay up, but the victory will have given Christian Streich’s men a lard morale boost. Armin Veh’s side must do better.
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