Bundesliga: Matchday 33 Review
The Bundesliga is known as one of the most exciting leagues in the world, and this is undoubtedly being proved this season! The battle for the title is still raging, plus there are also many teams trying to secure their place in Europe next season. Discover what happened in Germany’s top football league on matchday 33 by taking a look below…
The Battle for the Title Goes On
At the top of the league, there are two teams still aiming for the title. Bayern Munich started the weekend on 74 points, while Dortmund had 70. Therefore, a win for Bayern against 3rd placed Leipzig would see them lift the trophy. Unfortunately for Bayern fans though, their club could only manage a 0-0 draw. Fans did think they’d got a breakthrough in the 50th minute, only to see their celebrations cut short by a VAR decision.
Bayern’s result meant that Dortmund could keep themselves in with a chance of the title if they could beat Fortuna – something that they did 3-2. Christian Pulisic put Dortmund ahead in the 41st minute, however, Fortuna replied with a goal after the break from Oliver Fink. Dortmund then pulled away with goals from Thomas Delaney and Mario Götze, before Fortuna got a consolation goal, scored by Dawid Kownacki. Fortuna also had a player sent off near the end of the match, as Adam Bodzek was dismissed in the 82nd minute.
So, Dortmund goes into the final round of games two points adrift of Munich. Thanks to their massively superior goal difference, Bayern only need a draw to claim the title, while Dortmund must win against Borussia Mönchengladbach and hope that Bayern loses to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Mönchengladbach Get Boost in Champions League Race
The race for 4th place in the Bundesliga is an exciting one, and Borussia Mönchengladbach moved into pole position after a superb 4-0 victory away to Nürnberg. The result takes them to 55 points – level with Bayer Leverkusen but above them thanks to a better goal difference. If Mönchengladbach can finish in 4th place, they’ll gain qualification for next season’s Champions League. The result also confirmed Nürnberg’s relegation from the Bundesliga.
All Mönchengladbach’s goals came in the second half, with Josip Drmić opening the scoring in the 56th minute. The second goal came just seven minutes later when Lukas Mühl put the ball into his own net. Two minutes later and Mönchengladbach were 3-0 up when Thorgan Hazard got on the scoresheet. The final goal of the game was scored by Denis Zakaria in the 80th minute. The game was more even than the scoreline suggested though, and Nürnberg fans will feel that the result didn’t reflect the game accurately.
Wolfsburg All But Out of Champions League Contention
Unlike Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg is now no longer in contention for the final Champions League spot. Their 3-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart saw them remain on 52 points. Even if they win their next game and other results go their way, they won’t be able to overhaul Mönchengladbach’s and Bayer Leverkusen’s superior goal difference. The result was perfect for Stuttgart though, who ensured that they wouldn’t finish in the automatic relegation places. They’ll still need to take part in the relegation playoff though.
Wolfsburg kept the score level until just before half time when Gonzalo Castro scored the game’s opening goal. Anastasios Donis then added a second for Stuttgart in the 55th minute, before Daniel Didavi completed the scoring in the 83rd minute. This result came despite Stuttgart having just 41% of the possession. Wolfsburg will now concentrate on trying to gain qualification for next season’s Europa League.
Augsburg and Hertha in Seven-Goal Thriller
The most exciting game of the weekend took place in Augsburg, with the home team eventually losing 4-3 to Hertha Berlin. The result meant nothing to either team though, as neither are fighting relegation nor are they in contention for a place in Europe next season. It still gave the fans lots of excitement though, which isn’t always guaranteed when it comes to inconsequential matches near the end of the season.
André Hahn opened the scoring for Augsburg, however Hertha pulled level in the 47th minute, thanks to a goal from Marvin Plattenhardt. Michael Gregoritsch then scored from the spot in the 50th minute to re-establish Augsburg’s lead, but they were pegged back again in the 66th minute when Marko Grujić made the score 2-2. In the 70th minute, Augsburg went ahead, thanks to another goal from Michael Gregoritsch, but Salomon Kalou levelled things again in the 75th minute. Kalou would then score the winner deep into injury time, to give Hertha all three points.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga…
Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt received a dent to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. This season’s Europa League semi-finalists went down 2-0 to Mainz, who have nothing to play for at this stage of the season. Both goals came from Anthony Ujah and the result sees Frankfurt drop down to a 6th place. They still have a good chance of qualifying for the Europa League again though.
Bayer Leverkusen also didn’t do their chances of Champions League qualification much good last weekend, as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Schalke 04, who continue to sit in 15th place. Kai Havertz put Bayer in the lead in the 31st minute; however, Schalke levelled the match just after half time, thanks to a goal from Guido Burgstaller. Bayer have now all but guaranteed themselves a place in the Europa League, however they’ll have to rely on the result of Mönchengladbach’s next match if they want to make it into the Champions League.
Hoffenheim missed the chance to move into Europa League contention over the weekend, as they lost 1-0 to Werder Bremen. Hoffenheim can still qualify for the Europa League if they win their final game and Bayer and Wolfsburg lose theirs. Werder Bremen, despite the win, have no chance of European qualification. The decisive goal in the match came from Johannes Eggestein, who scored in the 39th minute.
Finally, Hannover 96 – who had already been relegated – managed an impressive 3-0 victory over SC Freiburg. Waldemar Anton scored in the first half, while the second half saw goals from Ihlas Bebou and Walace. Fans of Hannover will be wondering how their season would have turned out if they’d played this way throughout the whole campaign. Freiburg sits in 13th place with nothing left to play for this season.