BUNDESLIGA, Round 33: Who still has hope?

The only thing really left is who will have a chance to survive via the relegation playoff.

Hamburg, Nürnberg and Braunschweig all sucked and lost at home. But they all still have a chance to finish 16th and thereby keep one last hope in the playoff. The likely opponent will be last year’s relegated squad, SpVgg Greuther Fürth (now that would be an intense Franken-derby if it turns out to be Nürnberg, as the two cities are neighbors). All three clubs are on the road next week. Hamburg as a tough assignment, at Mainz. Mainz needs to win to assure that they qualify for Europe, so they’ll certainly be motivated. Nürnberg is at Schalke, who need a point to assure 3rd place. But if Schalke gets that point, Nürnberg is down. There is a “traditional” friendship between the two clubs supporters, but I wouldn’t expect that to play much of a role. Perhaps the Schalke fans will sing a sad goodbye song if der Club goes down. Ironically, Braunschweig has the “easiest” assignment: they’re at Hoffenheim. The Hoppers have nothing to play for, but in fairness, they’ve been playing pretty hard recently. And they score a lot of goals, which isn’t good for Braunschweig.

HSV was without a chance as they faced Bayern München, who were embarrassed mid-week by Real Madrid, perhaps in a mini-crisis. But they didn’t show much of it against Hamburg, who fought hard early, but were lost once they fell behind. Bayern showed little mercy in ripping their hosts.

Nürnberg was completely lame against Hannover. The 96ers didn’t seem too interested in winning, as they were already safe. But a crap Nürnberg was too good to turn down, so the visitors grabbed a couple of goals and take all the points. Really, a disaster for der Club, who really needed to get these points.

Braunschweig is unfortunate to not hold a point, although it really doesn’t matter too much. They would still need to win at Hoffenheim to have a chance. Augsburg got a late injury time goal to keep the pressure on Mainz for the last Euro spot. Overall the Fuggers probably deserved the win.

Stuttgart actually lost at home to Wolfsburg, but since the others lost, they are now officially safe. They only have to ponder why they have sucked so much, but at least they can figure out what to do next season. This keeps Wolfsburg’s hope of sneaking into the Champions League if Leverkusen should slip next week. However the Aspirins looked pretty solid with a strong performance winning at Frankfurt.

Schalke assured a Champions League spot with a win at Freiburg. They would like to hold 3rd, which is direct qualification, but they are guaranteed at least the playoff. It was a solid performance, similar to their Euro clinching win last year at Freiburg.

Dortmund said goodbye to Robert Lewandowski in an entertaining match with Hoffenheim. Neither side had much to play for, but both teams went for the win.

Total attendance 434,924 (avg 48,325), sellouts in Dortmund, Gladbach, Bremen, Freiburg, Hamburg, Frankfurt

 	
Borussia Dortmund     -   1899 Hoffenheim	3:2 (3:1)   80,200 *

                     0:1  Roberto Firmino (5.)
                     1:1  Großkreutz (29., Jojic)
                     2:1  H. Mkhitaryan (31., Reus)
                     3:1  Piszczek (34.)
                     3:2  Süle (66.)

Bor. Mönchengladbach  -   1. FSV Mainz 05	3:1 (1:0)   54,010 *

                     1:0  Stranzl (22., Alvaro Dominguez)
                     2:0  M. Kruse (54.)
                     2:1  Choupo-Moting (65., Pospech)
                     3:1  Kramer (77., M. Kruse)

VfB Stuttgart	      -   VfL Wolfsburg	        1:2 (0:1)   58,000

                     0:1  de Bruyne (13.)
                     1:1  Gentner (62., Cacau)
                     1:2  Olic (90. + 1, Vieirinha)

Werder Bremen	      -   Hertha BSC	        2:0 (0:0)   42,100 *

                     1:0  Hunt (48., di Santo)
                     2:0  Hunt (90. + 1, Fritz)

1. FC Nürnberg	      -   Hannover 96	        0:2 (0:1)   46,014

                     0:1  Huszti (5., Rudnevs)
                     0:2  Schmiedebach (51., Rudnevs)

SC Freiburg	      -   FC Schalke 04	        0:2 (0:1)   24,000 *

                     0:1  Ayhan (13.)
                     0:2  Huntelaar (65.)

Hamburger SV	      -   Bayern München	1:4 (0:1)   57,000 *

                     0:1  M. Götze (32., Robben)
                     0:2  T. Müller (55., M. Götze)
                     0:3  M. Götze (70., T. Müller)
                     1:3  Calhanoglu (72., Demirbay)
                     1:4  Pizarro (75.)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -   FC Augsburg	        0:1 (0:0)   22,600

                     0:1  Bobadilla (90. + 4, Hahn)

Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	0:2 (0:2)   51,000 *

                     0:1  Castro (27., Derdiyok)
                     0:2  Can (36., Brandt)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P)	33   28  3  2 	  93:23  +70 	  87 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	33   21  5  7 	  76:38  +38 	  68 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	33   18  7  8 	  59:42  +17 	  61
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	33   18  4  11 	  58:40  +18 	  58
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 5  VfL Wolfsburg	  	33   17  6  10 	  60:49  +11 	  57 
 6  Bor. Mönchengladbach	33   16  7  10 	  58:40  +18 	  55 
 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	33   15  5  13 	  49:52  -3 	  50
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 8  FC Augsburg	  	        33   14  7  12 	  45:46  -1 	  49 
 9  1899 Hoffenheim	  	33   10  11 12 	  69:69   0 	  41 
10  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	33   11  8  14 	  40:44  -4 	  41 
11  Hannover 96	  	        33   11  6  16 	  43:57  -14 	  39 
12  Werder Bremen	  	33   10  9  14 	  41:64  -23 	  39 
13  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	33    9  9  15 	  39:55  -16 	  36 
14  SC Freiburg	  	        33    9  9  15 	  41:58  -17 	  36 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	33    8  8  17 	  49:61  -12 	  32
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16  Hamburger SV	  	33    7  6  20 	  49:72  -23 	  27
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17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	33    5  11 17 	  36:66  -30 	  26 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	33    6  7  20 	  28:57  -29 	  25


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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