BUNDESLIGA, Round 33

It’s mostly over, although the last round has some interesting things going on, as Freiburg and Schalke battle for the Champions League, and the relegation spot is still open.

Bayern was ho-hum in the Bavarian derby with Augsburg, doing just what was necessary to get a comfortable win. Augsburg never really had a chance, but managed to hold out for a long period before the dam broke. However, their eyes are really on the another derby, as they face relegated Greuther Fürth next week at home where a win probably saves them.

Schalke laid a huge egg by losing at home to Stuttgart. Now the Champions League is dubious, as the Blues must travel to Freiburg next week and get a result – and their hosts qualify with a win.

Leverkusen had an easy win against Hannover, ending any 96er hope for Euro play next season.

Wild match in Wolfsburg, where Dortmund pulled out a draw in a desperate end run. Funny story is the BVB coach Jürgen Klopp gave former Dortmund player Ivan Perisic a pair of tickets to the upcoming Champions League final. Valuable present, since over 600,000 Dortmunders have tried to get these rare tickets. However that ingrate Perisic, instead of showing his gratitude by making an own goal or getting his ass sent off early, banged in two goals and had the Neons on the ropes. Exciting match where both sides had really nothing to play for. Well, I guess Perisic won’t be getting any World Cup final tickets from Klopp…

Werder Bremen got the needed result to fend off relegation. Frankfurt still has minute chance of sneaking into the Champions League, but will probably be happy to hold onto a Euroliga spot.

The 2.Liga train has left the Sinsheim station – and Hoffenheim has evidently climbed aboard. The Hoppers needed a win against HSV and instead got kicked in the balls. The home side played hard, but mostly ran around a lot like chickens with their heads cut off. Meanwhile Hamburg was ruthless on counterattack and keeps their Euro hopes alive. Now the Hoffenheimers are reduced to hoping that Jürgen Klopp gives them tickets to a whole Wembley section, as they need to win at Dortmund next week to have any chance.

Mainz has totally collapsed down the stretch and they continued their woeful performance getting reemed at home by Gladbach. Eight matches without a win, and Euro nowhere in sight. Gladbach could still sneak in, but seems unlikely. They’ve been up and down as well, but showed little sympathy with their hosts, preferring instead to kick them when they’re down.

Fürth has completed a memorable record by having no wins at home. However they were trying hard to give one for their home fans, and Freiburg was cooperating, having a hard time figuring them out. In the end SCF finally put it together and grabbed a tough win, setting up a Champions League qualifier against Schalke next week.

Düsseldorf may be going down. Fortuna was outplayed at home by Nürnberg in a suprisingly lame effort for a club that needed something. A win might have kept their Bundesliga status, but they were flat. FCN gifted Düsseldorf a goal, but eventually got things together for a deserved win. Now there’s a good chance that Fortuna has to play the relegation playoff (most likely with Kaiserslautern). They travel to Hannover next week, but they’ll likely need a win, as Augsburg probably figures to beat Fürth at home.

Total attendance 369,042 (avg 41,007), sellouts in München, Schalke, Bremen, Wolfsburg, Mainz, Hoffenheim and Düsseldorf

Bayern München	       -    FC Augsburg	          3:0 (0:0)   71,000 *

                      1:0  T. Müller (69.,Dante)
                      2:0  Shaqiri (82., Ribery)
                      3:0  Luiz Gustavo (88., Ribery)

FC Schalke 04	       -    VfB Stuttgart	  1:2 (0:1)   61,673 *

                      0:1  Ibisevic (24., Traoré)
                      0:2  Ibisevic (66., Gentner)
                      1:2  Niedermeier (90. + 2, own goal, Huntelaar)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen    -    Hannover 96	          3:1 (2:0)   29,904

                      1:0  Hegeler (6., Schürrle)
                      2:0  Kießling (28., Carvajal)
                      3:0  Hegeler (59., L. Bender)
                      3:1  Sobiech (71., H. Sakai)

VfL Wolfsburg	       -    Borussia Dortmund	  3:3 (3:1)   30,000 *

                      0:1  S. Bender (5., Sahin)
                      1:1  Perisic (14., Olic)
                      2:1  Perisic (23.)
                      3:1  Naldo (26., Polak)
                      3:2  Reus (84., Gündogan)
                      3:3  Reus (88., Piszczek)

Werder Bremen	       -    Eintracht Frankfurt	  1:1 (1:0)   42,100 *

                      1:0  de Bruyne (22., Bargfrede)
                      1:1  Lakic (51., Matmour)
 
1899 Hoffenheim	       -    Hamburger SV	  1:4 (0:2)   30,150 *

                      0:1  Son (18., Diekmeier)
                      0:2  Aogo (35., Son)
                      0:3  Jiracek (60., Jansen)
                      1:3  Volland (61., Salihovic)
                      1:4  Rudnevs (88., Badelj)

1. FSV Mainz 05	       -    Borussia M'gladbach	  2:4 (1:1)   34,000 *

                      1:0  S. Parker (12., Pospech)
                      1:1  Hrgota (39., penalty, Hanke)
                      1:2  Hrgota (59.)
                      1:3  Hanke (65., Herrmann)
                      1:4  Hrgota (80., Hanke)
                      2:4  Ivanschitz (90. + 1, penalty)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -    SC Freiburg	          1:2 (1:0)   16,735

                      1:0  M. Zimmermann (3., Prib)
                      1:1  Schmid (69., Rosenthal)
                      1:2  M. Kruse (78.)

Fortuna Düsseldorf     -    1. FC Nürnberg	  1:2 (1:0)   53,500 *
	
                      1:0  Balitsch (23., own goal, Lambertz)
                      1:1  Mak (58., Klose)
                      1:2  Plattenhardt (64., direct freekick)



 1  Bayern München	  	33    28   4   1     94:15  +79     88 
 2  Borussia Dortmund (M, P)	33    19   9   5     80:40  +40     66 
 3  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	33    18   8   7     64:39  +25     62
 4  FC Schalke 04	  	33    15   7  11     56:49  +7 	    52
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 5  SC Freiburg	  	        33    14   9  10     44:38  +6 	    51 
 6  Eintracht Frankfurt (N)	33    14   8  11     47:44  +3 	    50
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 7  Hamburger SV	  	33    14   6  13     42:52  -10     48 
 8  Borussia M'gladbach	  	33    12  11  10     42:45  -3 	    47 
 9  Hannover 96	  	        33    12   6  15     57:62  -5 	    42 
10  VfL Wolfsburg	  	33    10  12  11     45:50  -5 	    42 
11  VfB Stuttgart	  	33    12   6  15     35:53  -18     42 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	33    10  11  12     40:42  -2 	    41 
13  1. FC Nürnberg	  	33    10  11  12     36:45  -9 	    41 
14  Werder Bremen	  	33     8  10  15     48:63  -15     34 
15  Fortuna Düsseldorf (N)	33     7   9  17     39:54  -15     30
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16  FC Augsburg	  	        33     7   9  17     30:50  -20     30
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17  1899 Hoffenheim	  	33     7   7  19     40:66  -26     28 
18  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (N)	33     4   9  20     25:57  -32     21


M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokal, defending Cup winner
N = Neuling, newly promoted

1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

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