Bundesliga Update: Relegation Battle Becomes More Clear

By Douglas Smith
Marc-Andre ter Stegen Bundesliga
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The relegation battle in the Bundesliga looks to be coming down to five teams, as Borussia Dortmund shut out Nürnberg. Three teams are stuck on 19 points, while Nürnberg is four points clear with 11 matches remaining in the season. Timmy Chandler is sitting out with an injury and hoping he doesn’t return to health to see Nürnberg in 2. Anything could happen as the season draws on, but as the bottom five teams have impending matches against one another, those at 23 points and below are in danger of relegation.

Eintracht Braunschweig 1 – Monchengladbach 1

Eintracht Braunschweig was unable to move out of the bottom spot in the table thanks to a couple of keeper own goals in the match with Monchengladbach. Gladbach keeper and Barcelona target Marc-Andre ter Stegen had a horrible blunder as he tried to stop the ball with his foot, only to watch it roll into an empty net. The draw slipped Gladbach out of a Europa League spot.

Mainz 1 – Leverkusen 0

The current horrible run of form for Bayer Leverkusen continued against Mainz after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting‘s 27th minute back heel. This is Leverkusen’s fifth defeat in just over two weeks, as they are now third in the table being jumped by Dortmund. The win put Mainz in the last Europa League spot and has them just four points out of a qualifying spot for the Champions League.

Bayern 5 – Schalke 1

Bayern Munich continues rolling, as they scored four in the first 28 minutes against Schalke. Arjen Robben scored a hat trick while the Royal Blues could only score thanks to a Rafinha own goal. Bayern is now 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and setting records with every win.

Hoffenheim 6 – Wolfsburg 2

Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim dominated Wolfsburg to stay safely in 10th place. The score was level at one after 10 minutes of play. Hoffenheim took control after the 37th minute scoring three goals in a span of six minutes. Johnson went 87 minutes in the win, but was fairly quiet other than drawing one foul.

Check back on Thursday for a preview of Bundesliga matchday 24.

Douglas Smith is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DFresh39, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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