The English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga, and the Italian Serie A may have announced their return to action in June, but all eyes are still locked on the twists and turns of the German Bundesliga campaign.
The title race seems to have been all-but put to bed on Wednesday, following Bayern’s 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park, coupled with all the other top five clubs failing to register wins in their respective matches, but there is still plenty left to play for this season.
We start off with Friday’s game, where Bayer Leverkusen returned to winning ways, as Kai Havertz proved to be the difference again in their 1-0 victory over Freiburg.
Bayern Munich won in an emphatic style, destroying Fortuna Düsseldorf 5-0 at the Allianz Arena and taking another step closer to their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. The German champions dominated the game all through the 90 minutes, and broke the deadlock after a quarter of an hour, thanks to a fortunate own goal.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on the other hand ended a personal jinx when he opened his account against Fortuna Düsseldorf and added a second in a 5-0 win on Saturday as the holders moved closer to a record-extending 30th Bundesliga title.
Bayern Munich’s coach, Hans-Dieter Flick, who became the club’s first coach to win 22 of his opening 25 games in charge and surpassed Pep Guardiola’s record of 21, highlighted that he cared only about filling the trophy cabinet. “I am not interested in statistics, it’s about being successful and it was important for us after the Dortmund game not to let up,” he said, referring to Bayern’s 1-0 win at their closest rivals on Tuesday evening.
Schalke sinks deeper in trouble as the manager, David Wagner seems to now be living on borrowed time as another loss to Werder Bremen extended their winless league run to 11 games. It was also their fourth successive defeat since the Bundesliga resumed back on 16 May. The result also means that Werder Bremen boosted their chances of escaping relegation from the Bundesliga all thanks to a spectacular goal from Leonardo Bittencourt that gave them a lifeline 1-0 win at Schalke.
Hoffenheim increased their chances of playing European football next season by beating Mainz away from home. The only game of the game being scored by Ihlas Bebou. The victory means that Hoffenheim is now level on points with Wolfsburg, but seventh on the log on goal difference, whereas Mainz stayed in 15th place, with just a point above the bottom three, after their fifth game in a row without a win.
Hertha Berlin continued their fine form as they extended their unbeaten run under the new coach, Bruno Labbadia. Javairô Dilrosun and Krzysztof Piatek each scored as they beat Augsburg 2-0 to climb to ninth on the standings.
Finally, Eintracht Frankfurt capitalized on Wolfburg’s slip up as Daichi Kamada scored with an 85th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 victory at Wolfsburg, giving them a bit of breathing space and lifting them five points away from the relegation zone.
Eintracht Frankfurt moved up to 12th place on the log, five points above the relegation play-off spot, while Wolfsburg stayed sixth with the same points as Hoffenheim but just above them on goal differences.
|Home Team||Result||Away Team|
|FC Schalke 04||0-1||SV Werder Bremen|
|Hertha BSC||2-0||FC Augsburg|
|1. FSV Mainz 05||0-1||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim|
|VfL Wolfsburg||1-2||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|FC Bayern München||5-0||TSV Fortuna 95 Düsseldorf|
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