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Three games remain and the race is on for European football in the Bundesliga

Sunday 28th April 2013
Charlotte rounds up the action from the Bundesliga this weekend...

The Bundesliga may have a few more fans this weekend after Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund breezed past two of the top teams in Europe in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Greuther Fürth put up a strong fight on Friday night despite ending up losing 3-2 at home against Hannover. The visitors went a goal in front mid way through the second half thanks to an Abdellaoue goal before Djurdjic scored his first of the match to equalise just before half time. Hoffmann retook the lead for Hannover in the second and despite Djurdjic scoring again, a late Pinto goal secured all three points for Hannover, who now sit comfortably mid table.

Augsburg look set to push until the end in the hope of getting out of the relegation playoff position and showed their intentions with a 3-0 win at home against Stuttgart. The home side left it relatively late to open their scoring despite dominating the first half with Molders scoring their first in the 61st minute. De Jong and Ji added two more in the last ten minutes to make it a comfortable 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon.

A 3-1 defeat away to Wolfsburg further dampened Borussia Mönchengladbach's hopes for European football next season. Wolfsburg started brightly and Arnold put them a goal in front going into the break. Mlapa equalised for the visitors after half time but goals from Olic and Diego made it seven games unbeaten for Wolfsburg.

In an uncharacteristically low scoring match for the champions, Bayern Munich eased to a 1-0 win at home against Freiburg. A packed Allianz arena saw Shaqiri score the only goal of the match in the 35th minute to stretch Munich's winning streak even further. Freiburg, however, remain in contention for European football despite the defeat with teams around them failing to make any impact on their league position.

Bayer Leverkusen remain seven points clear of fourth place Schalke this weekend following a 1-0 win against Werder Bremen. After Sam was brought down in the box, Stefan Kiessling scored from the penalty spot in the 35th minute to score the only goal in the match with Bremen unable to convert their chances late on in the second half.

Hoffenheim widened the gap between them and bottom club Fürth to nine points on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win at home against Nurnberg. Two goals in the first twenty minutes put the home side in the front going into the break before their goalkeeper conceded a penalty in the 58th minute. Simons duly converted from the spot but Nurnberg were unable to capitalise on their goal and left pointless.

Borussia Dortmund strengthened their second position in the league on Saturday evening with a 2-1 win away at Fortuna Dusseldorf. On loan Nuri Sahin scored a wonder goal in the 20th minute to put the visitors in front. Blaszczykowski doubled their lead mid way through the second half and Dortmund secured three points despite a late consolation goal from Bodzek for Dusseldorf.

Both sides were going for the win on Sunday afternoon but on reflection a 0-0 draw was the best result between Mainz and Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt were able to move up one place to fifth with their draw but each side will be ruing their missed chances to snatch all three points in an entertaining match.

The match between Schalke and Hamburg on Sunday evening was never going to end in a goalless draw looking at their recent run of form. Jansen got the visitors off to a quick start scoring in the fifth minute but Bastos hit back for Schalke five minutes later to equalise. With both sides displaying some nervous defensive work, the game was end to end but Schalke was able edge it with a fantastic hat trick from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to end the match 4-1 in favour of Schalke.

With both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich resting players in preparation for their semi final second legs, the focus was on the teams below them battling it out for the remaining European places and relegation positions. Three games remain in the fiftieth season of the Bundesliga but we are nowhere near finished...
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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