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Bundesliga Match Day 27 - Round Up

Sunday 31st March 2013
Charlotte rounds up the action from the latest weekend of Bundesliga action...

Following an international break that hardly set the world on fire; the Bundesliga is a welcome relief!

In their third draw in a row, Werder Bremen were held to a 1-1 draw away at Mainz. Szalai gave the home side a very early lead in the first minute of the first half before Aaron Hunt equalised for Bremen in the 69th minute to rescue a point.

Freiburg leapfrogged Borussia Mönchengladbach in the league on Saturday following a 2-0 win at home. In a close match between two of the contenders for European qualification, two goals from Max Kruse in the second half were the difference to secure a vital three points in the league.

Augsburg remains in the relegation play-off position at the end of this weekend after suffering a 2-0 defeat at home against Hannover 96. Despite conceding two goals from Rausch in the second half, Augsburg battled until the end to try and salvage something but were unable to make a dent on the score line or their league position.

It appears as though the international break may have reinvigorated Schalke and their league campaign following a 3-0 win at home against Hoffenheim. Despite not scoring until the 71st minute, Schalke ran out winners courtesy of goals from Hoger, Raffael and Pukki with Hoffenheim unable to offer anything in return.

Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Stuttgart this weekend ensured two things, they were able to reinforce the gap between them and third place and they made sure that Bayern Munich were unable to secure the league title until next week. Piszczek opened the scoring for Dortmund in the first half but Maxim equalised for Stuttgart in the second half to bring the scores level. Stuttgart were reduced to ten men just after their equaliser with a second yellow for Niedermeier and Dortmund took advantage of this with Lewandowski scoring the winner in the last ten minutes to pick up an important three points.

Bayer Leverkusen ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday afternoon away at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Kiessling opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half before Schwaab scored an own goal to equalise for Dusseldorf. However Leverkusen powered on after the break with Schurrle scoring twice and Kiessling getting his second of the match to ensure all three points went back to Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich showed their class on Saturday evening breezing past Hamburg 9-2 at the Allianz Arena. Munich did not let Hamburg even start the match and Shaqiri ensured they were in front within five minutes. Schweinsteiger and Robben added two more and Pizarro scored twice to ensure the home side went into the break 5-0 in front. Despite conceding twice in the second half due to poor defensive errors from two corners which Bruma and Westermann converted, Munich scored four more goals courtesy of Robben and Ribery with Pizarro adding two more goals to his tally from the first half with the match ending at 9-2.

Despite going into the break 2-0 in front thanks to early goals from Diego and Olic, Wolfsburg threw away the chance to secure their place in the Bundesliga for next season with a 2-2 draw at home against Nurnberg. Two goals from Simons and Nilsson for Nurnberg within the space of five minutes in the second half brought the scores level and despite both sides having chances to win the match the game ended in a draw.

An early goal from Djurdjic put bottom of the table Greuther Fürth in front before Inui equalised for Eintracht Frankfurt eleven minutes later. With the score tied at 1-1 going into half time, goals from Aigner in the 59th and Meier in the 69th minutes stormed Frankfurt into a 3-1 lead. Despite Sararer pulling one back for Fürth in the 72nd minute, they were unable to build on it and slumped to a 3-2 defeat.

And we have a winner! Well, not quite! With Borussia Dortmund winning this weekend, Bayern Munich are now within three points of claiming the Bundesliga title. At the other end of the table, Greuther Fürth are now five points adrift of 17th place Hoffenheim and a gulf is opening up in the relegation places! However it could all change in the upcoming weeks of the Bundesliga.....
Charlotte Rimmington
Charlotte supports Borussia Mönchengladbach, Northampton Town and Arsenal. She’s been through the many ups and downs with them, mostly down with Northampton Town! She currently lives in Surrey but lived in Germany for eleven years, moving back to England last year. She tries to make it to as many football matches as possible regardless of the team. Her favourite match of last season was going to see Mönchengladbach play Mainz 05 on a bitterly cold December evening! Her favourite players are Juan Arango, Tony Adams and the Cobblers legend Ian Sampson! Outside of football, she enjoys swimming and is just about to start a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @Charlington6

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