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Bundesliga Match Day 30 - Round Up

Sunday 21st April 2013
The thirtieth weekend of Bundesliga football with all the action rounded up by Charlotte...

The Bundesliga enters into the final straight this week with just four games remaining to determine the all important European and relegation places.

Borussia Mönchengladbach secured a vital three points in their quest for European football with a 1-0 win at home against Augsburg. With Augsburg's Vogt conceding an early penalty and receiving a red card for the tackle, Daems converted it in the 26th minute to give the home side the winning goal.

Hannover's match against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich started off poorly with Stindl scoring an own goal to give the visitors the advantage in the 16th minute. Two goals from Ribery and Mario Gomez before half time meant that Munich went into the break with a three goal advantage. A second Gomez strike and two goals from Pizarro wrapped up an impressive 6-1 win with Hoffmann snatching a consolation goal in the 85th minute.

Two quick goals from Van der Vaart in the first half put Hamburg in front within twenty minutes in a match that finished 2-1 against Fortuna Dusseldorf. With Dusseldorf hovering over the relegation playoff position, they were going for the points with Schahin pulling one back in the 34th minute. However they were unable to equalise and Hamburg secured all three points.

Borussia Dortmund scored at either end of the game to secure a 2-0 win over Mainz at home. Reus opened the scoring in the first minute and held onto their lead into the second half, fighting off chances from Mainz to equalise. Lewandowski left it late to cement all three points in the 87th minute to ensure European football next year for Dortmund.

With neither side showing any kind of form going into this match, it was quite possible that the match between Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg would end in a draw. However Wolfsburg scored three without reply and won 3-0 away at Bremen. Arnold scored early on to take the lead for Wolfsburg, with Olic doubling their advantage in the 27th minute. Yildirim conceded a penalty for Wolfsburg in the 66th minute which Diego duly converted to ensure all three points.

Eintracht Frankfurt ensured that they kept up with fourth place Schalke on Saturday with a 1-0 win over them. Russ' 41st goal was the only one needed to ensure an important three points stayed in Frankfurt whilst Schalke will be left to rue their missed chances.

Bayer Leverkusen looked in complete control in their 5-0 win at home against Hoffenheim. With Kiessling and Schurrle putting the home side two goals in front by half time, Hoffenheim went into the break with ten men following Polanski receiving a straight red in the 23rd minute. With a man advantage, Leverkusen pushed on and scored three more goals courtesy of Kiessling, Schurrle and Reinartz to ensure three points and thus extend the gap between them and Schalke.

Freiburg failed to capitalise on Schalke's dropped points on Sunday afternoon and lost 2-1 away at Stuttgart. Goals from Gentner and Ibisevic in the first half gave Stuttgart a two goal advantage going into the break before Santini pulled back a consolation goal two minutes from the end to ensure all three points remained in Stuttgart.

Greuther Fürth picked up a surprise win on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win away at Nurnberg. The only goal of the match came in the 26th minute courtesy of Geis. Whilst the three points may not be enough to save Fürth, their fans will be pleased to have secured only their third win of the season.

With Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund representing the Bundesliga in the Champions League semi-finals this week, this weekend of football has been great preparation for them with both sides looking strong in their games. Until next weekend...
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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