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Bundesliga Match Day 28 - Round Up

Sunday 7th April 2013
In a weekend that saw Bayern Munich crowned as Bundesliga Champions, Charlotte rounds up the action.

It was a record-breaking weekend of Bundesliga football with Bayern Munich clinching the league title with six games remaining of the season!

Hoffenheim kicked off the weekend with a very important 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Fortuna Dusseldorf. Firmino's 11th minute goal put the home side in front early on before a late Lambertz own goal doubled their lead over Fortuna Dusseldorf. Newly appointed Markus Gisdol was able to enjoy a comfortable 3-0 win after Volland made it three late on in the 94th minute and secured all three points.

Bayern Munich went into their match with Eintracht Frankfurt knowing that they only needed three points to become champions and they certainly delivered with a 1-0 win. Despite having many chances to take the lead it was left to Bastian Schweinsteiger to score the decisive goal in the 52nd minute and the three points were Bayern's!

With the championship all wrapped up focus turned to Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen who are vying for the second and third positions.

Despite scoring first, Borussia Dortmund were 2-1 down to Augsburg at half time thanks to two goals from Baier and Vogt. However, Dortmund came out in the second half with a vengeance and scored two goals to retake the lead. A 92nd minute goal from Robert Lewandowski made it four and ensured Dortmund held onto their second place.

Bayer Leverkusen dropped two points in the race for second place following their 1-1 draw at home to Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon. Despite leading for the majority of the match through a 12th minute Schurrle goal, Leverkusen were unable to hold on and conceded after Kjaer scored in the 70th minute and the points were shared.

A 2-0 win for Schalke against Werder Bremen kept up Schalke's challenge for third place after Leverkusen dropped points whilst also piling on the pressure on Bremen's manager Thomas Schaaf. Despite not posing much of a threat in the first half, Schalke's two second half goals from Draxler and Marcia ensured three points went back to Gelsenkirchen.

Three points for Borussia Mönchengladbach at home to Greuther Fürth with a 1-0 win meant that they kept up their challenge for European football next season whilst Fürth remain rooted at the bottom of the table, nine points away from the relegation playoff position. With Matthias Zimmermann receiving a second yellow in the 66th minute, the home side took advantage of their extra man with Luuk de Jong scoring the winning goal in the 74th minute.

After a shocking 9-2 defeat away at Bayern Munich last weekend, Hamburg were unable to take any points this weekend following a 1-0 defeat at home against Freiburg. Schmid scored the only goal of the game in the 69th minute with Hamburg unable to mount a fight back regardless of chances late on from Van der Vaart.

Nurnberg helped secure their place in the Bundesliga and move up the table after a 2-1 win against Mainz on Sunday afternoon. Nilsson scored the first goal of the match to put Nurnberg into the lead in the 54th minute before Muller equalised for Mainz five minutes later. Despite both sides trying to get a winner, Nilsson scored his second goal of the match to secure an important three points for Nurnberg.

In a game that both sides needed to win, Hannover and Stuttgart ended up being a scoreless draw. Stuttgart will be the most disappointed after that match with them now sitting in 13th place, perilously close to the relegation playoff position. With chances coming left, right and centre for both sides throughout the match, the points were shared in a relatively unassuming end to an exciting weekend of Bundesliga football.

After an action packed weekend of football, one contest has been settled with Bayern Munich securing their Bundesliga title after a fantastic season where they dominated from beginning to the end. However, next weekend the attention turns to the remaining positions available in the table.

Until then, congratulations Bayern Munich on a well deserved Bundesliga title!
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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