Bundesliga: Matchday 34 Review
Last weekend was the final one in the Bundesliga. Title race went down to the wire, proving that the Bundesliga is one of the most exciting football leagues in the world. There were a lot of goals scored this week. As five of the nine matches saw six goals or more, making this one of the most goal-heavy matchdays in recent memory. Check out below if you want the full lowdown on what happened on matchday 34 in the German Bundesliga…
Bayern Beat Dortmund to the Title
The big story going into the weekend was whether Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund would become champions. Bayern had the advantage and knew that a win or a draw would clinch it for them. But Dortmund were hopeful of a slip from the German giants. In the end, though, Bayern easily came through their match against Eintracht Frankfurt, securing the Bundesliga crown once again.
To say that Bayern’s win was easy would be an understatement. They demolished Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1, with Kingsley Coman scoring the first. That was the only goal of the first half, and Eintracht hit back after the break. Bayern would then dominate their opponents though, scoring four more goals. Two of the goalscorers were Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, giving them a beautiful send-off in their final appearance for the club. The match didn’t just ensure Bayern became champions though, as it also meant that Eintracht failed to qualify for European football next season.
Borussia Dortmund did all they could to win the title, as they defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 away from home. The result meant that Dortmund finished second, while Mönchengladbach still retained a Europa League spot, but only thanks to results elsewhere. Dortmund’s first goal came courtesy of Jadon Sancho, before Marco Reus scored the second. The result really was an easy one for Dortmund, as they finished the match with 71% of the possession.
Wolfsburg Hit Eight in Rout of Augsburg
The most amazing result of the day came in Wolfsburg, where the home side managed to hit eight goals against a hapless Augsburg. The result ensured that Wolfsburg gained a Europa League spot next season, while Augsburg finish in 15th. The result isn’t the biggest since records began, which is some consolation for Augsburg fans, but their fans will want a lot of transfer activity over the summer if they’re going to have a more successful season next year.
Wolfsburg were 3-0 up by half-time, thanks to goals from Wout Weghorst (2) and Robin Knoche. Weghorst then completed his hat-trick just after half-time, before Daniel Ginczek made it 5-0 in the 57th minute. Elvis Rexhbeçaj scored Wolfsburg’s sixth in the 60th minute before Julian Schieber scored a consolation for Augsburg in the 81st minute. There was still time for Wolfsburg to grab another couple of goals though, and they came courtesy of Josip Brekalo and an own-goal from Kevin Danso.
Bayer Leverkusen Grab Champions League Berth
Going into the final game of the season, Bayer Leverkusen were not assured of a Champions League place. Their win against Hertha Berlin, combined with Borussia Mönchengladbach’s loss to Borussia Dortmund, ensured that they claimed fourth place by the tiniest of margins though. They will now go into the qualifying stage of the Champions League, while Hertha finish the season in 11th place.
Bayer certainly made a statement in the game, as they won 5-1 away from home. The opening goal came from Kai Havertz. However, Hertha hit back to equalise through Valentino Lazaro. Bayer would then score four unanswered goals though. One of these goals came from Julian Brandt – rumoured to be heading away from the club during the summer – while Lucas Alario hit a hat-trick. The result meant that Bayer didn’t lose any of their final seven matches. A run of form that allowed them to secure Champions League football next season.
Nürnberg Leave Bundesliga with a Whimper
Nürnberg already knew that they were relegated before the final match of the season, but supporters still won’t be happy with the manner they exited the league. They were soundly beaten 5-1 by Freiburg. A team who only managed 13th this season – meaning that their last victory came back on 30th March, when they defeated Augsburg 3-0. To say this season has been disappointing for fans would be an understatement.
Marco Terrazzino scored Freiburg’s first in the 7th minute, and Luca Waldschmidt doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Freiburg would then score three times in the second half, thanks to Nils Petersen (2) and Vincenzo Grifo. Eduard Löwen would then grab a solitary goal for Nürnberg, although they were already well beaten by then. Nürnberg will hope to bounce back next year, while Freiburg fans will be encouraged by this result and will hope their team improves on the 13th place next season.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga…
There were also three other matches in the Bundesliga over the weekend. The first to mention is Mainz’s 4-2 win against Hoffenheim. Both teams had nothing much to play for; however, that didn’t stop Mainz from engineering an impressive comeback. Hoffenheim scored the game’s first two goals, thanks to Ishak Belfodil and Andrej Kramarić. However they were reduced to ten men before half-time, as Christoph Baumgartner got his marching orders. Goals from Daniel Brosinski, Jean-Paul Boëtius and Jean-Phillippe Mateta all came in the second half, giving Mainz the three points.
Fortuna also ended their season with a win, defeating Hannover 96 2-1. Hannover were already relegated before the match started, while Fortuna ended up finishing in a respectable 10th place. Rouwen Hennings and Kenan Karaman scored Fortuna’s goals, while Hannover’s solitary goal came from Nikolai Müller.
Finally, Schalke and VfB Stuttgart finished their seasons with an uninspiring 0-0 draw. Stuttgart will now take part in a playoff against Union Berlin, knowing that they must win to retain their place in the Bundesliga. Schalke, on the other hand, finish the season in 14th, which is a pretty disappointing result for their fans.