Bayern have a blunder but bounce back with a bang: A double Bundesliga roundup

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Matchday 27

In the battle for a European spot, Milos Jojic scored his 2nd in as many games to help FC Köln take all three points against Frankfurt.

Bremen continued their progress and were clinical against Schalke. Gebre Selassie, Max Kruse and young prospect Max Eggestein got the goals in a fantastic 3-0 win for the Bundesliga’s in form side.

Hamburg, who have also been on a turn of form recently as they also are trying to avoid the drop, were unable to keep out Dortmund at the Signal Iduna. It ended up 3-0 to the home side with Gonzalo Castro opening the scoring. It wasn’t all plain sailing for BVB though and it wasn’t until the 81st minute when they managed to settle the score. Shinji Kagawa got the goal and it was all done and dusted in stoppage time when Aubameyang scored again.

Andrej Kramaric has really turned it on in the last six weeks, and he got the all important goal for Hoffenheim as they defeated Bayern, lifting some light between Hoffenheim and Leipzig to ensure they still have a chance of lifting the title.

Relegation six pointer time and it was Augsburg taking on Ingolstadt at the WWK Arena, a huge tie that could give an edge to the victor in their attempts to avoid the drop. A Sonny Kittel goal and a brace from Almog Cohen put Ingolstadt three up with just over 20 minutes left to play. Paul Verhaegh and veteran Halil Altintop got two back for Augsburg but it wasn’t enough. Advantage Ingolstadt, however, they still need more points to get out of the automatic relegation place.

With Bayern losing on Tuesday, the pressure was on Leipzig to win, and how they didn’t disappoint their fans. A convincing 3-2 win over the lacklustre Mainz puts Leipzig still in with a chance of catching Bayern. Goals from Marcel Sabitzer, Timo Werner and Naby Keita gave RB the victory. Jairo and Yushinori Muto pulled goals back for Mainz but they seemingly can’t grab a win even if it was handed to them. Their disastrous form continues and I’m really struggling to see them change their fortunes anytime soon.

Florian Niederlechner got the only goal in a cracking away victory for Freiburg. Wolfsburg have changed their fortunes with some decent results recently, however, the newly promoted side put an end to that.

Even with Leverkusen’s poor season, they still managed to put away helpless Dramstadt 2-0 at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion. Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland got the goals for Leverkusen, so can this inject some late form for Bayer?

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Laszlo Benes got the only goal as Hertha lost again. Is this Hertha’s European chance going begging again?

Match day 28

Zlatko Junuzovic and Fin Bartels put Bremen two up against Frankfurt before the break, but as the old saying goes, the next goal will change the match, and that it did. Mijat Gacinovic pulled one back three minutes after the interval. Marco Fabian got another for Frankfurt and that’s how it ended, 2-2.

A lower half of the table clash with two sides who would have hoped for better campaigns at the start of it. Schalke ran away 4-1 winners over Wolfsburg thanks to a brace from Guido Burgstaller, while Leon Goretzka and Daniel Caligiuri ensured the win. Mario Gomez pulled one back for the Wolves but it was merely consolation.

The Rhein Derby was a ding dong affair with Gladbach winning again, this time 3-2 over their close rivals FC Köln. Jannik Vestergaard opened things up with Frankfurt’s Christian Clemens levelling thing up. Ibrahima Traore restored Gladbachs lead with Anthony Modeste levelling again three minutes later. Things weren’t over there as Lars Stindl got the winner for the Foals in the 80th minute.FC Köln’s defeat left the door open for under the radar Freiburg to try and apitalize, and that they did. With the hopeless Mainz standing in front of them – who seriously look in danger now- Frieburg snatched the 3 points and sneak up towards the top 7. The only goal came from Nils Petersen. With 6 games to go now I can’t see Mainz turning things around, it pains me to say but I think they could be relegated, maybe even through a automatic spot!

FC Köln’s defeat left the door open for under the radar Freiburg to try and capitalise, and that they did. With the hopeless Mainz standing in front of them – who seriously look in danger now- Freiburg snatched the three points and sneak up towards the top seven. The only goal came from Nils Petersen. With six games to go now I can’t see Mainz turning things around, it pains me to say but I think they could be relegated, maybe even through an automatic spot!

Yussuf Poulsen kept Leipzig’s title hopes alive as they beat Leverkusen 1-0 to keep up the pressure on Bayern. Leverkusen, who thought they may have turned a corner midweek, came crashing back to reality suffering another loss.

After their famous win over Bayern in midweek, Hoffenheim were looking to keep up the chase with another win, except Hamburg had other ideas. A brace from Aaron Hunt gave HSV a 2-1 victory and three more precious points. Kramaric scored again for Hoffenheim in-between both HSV goals.

Dortmund won the first Der Klassiker of the season, however this time it was Bayern’s turn, and they certainly turned it on. Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and a brace from Robert Lewandowski saw the Champions come back from their midweek defeat in style. Raphael Guerreiro pulled one back for BVB on 20 minutes to make it 2-1, possibly giving us a game on our hands, but it was put to bed in the 2nd half. Bayern almost have one hand on the title.

John Anthony Brooks and Valentin Stocker turn Hertha’s fortunes around and seal a 2-0 win over Augsburg who need the points as the pack are chasing them.

That pack is Ingolstadt and Darmstadt, who faced off in a proper relegation battle. Pascal Groß put Ingolstadt ahead, but a brace from Mario Vrancic turned the game on its head and Darmstadt were in the lead. Almog Cohen had other ideas though and levelled it up for Ingolstadt, that was until Markus Suttner scored to put Ingolstadt ahead for the second time in the game and claim all three vital points. They are now only one point behind Augsburg and Mainz following their two victories this week. It’s going to make an exciting finish to the season. Darmstadt mathematically aren’t down yet, however they are 15 points from safety and with only 6 games to go it isn’t looking good. This time next week we could be waving good bye to Darmstadt.

It’s going to make an exciting finish to the season. Darmstadt mathematically aren’t down yet, however they are 15 points from safety and with only six games to go it isn’t looking good. This time next week we could be waving goodbye to Darmstadt.