Bundesliga Update: Bayern Munich Sets Another Record While Sluggish Dortmund Extend 2nd Place Lead
At this point every win that Bayern Munich racks up sets another record. With a convincing 6-1 victory over Wolfsburg, Bayern set a new mark for consecutive victories in the Bundesliga. The 16th straight victory keeps Bayern on top of the table by 20 points and extends their record unbeaten streak to 49 matches. With only 10 matches remaining, it seems almost a foregone conclusion that Bayern will finish the season undefeated.
Fifth place Wolfsburg was able to keep their spot in the table by one point despite the big loss at home. They can rebound in a hurry next week when they face last place Eintracht Braunschweig. Wolfsburg got out in front but then watched Bayern score five times in 17 minutes in the second half to seal the win. Thomas Müller and Mario Mandzukic both scored twice.
Bayern will carry their momentum into the second leg of their Champions League tie with Arsenal this weekend. Bayern have a two goal margin after the first match and will welcome the English Premier League side to Allainz Arena on Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund 1 – Freiburg 0
Dortmund were without five of their front six in the match against Freiburg and it showed. Recent injuries to Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski made the task of holding onto second place even tougher. Neither team really saw much of the attacking zone as both defenses were stout enough to handle the weak attempts. Kevin Groβkruetz and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both looked sluggish and could not build up play out of the back. Thanks to another draw from Bayer Leverkusen despite being outplayed by Hannover, Dortmund was able to open up a four point lead over the third place team.
Augsburg 2 – Mönchengladbach 1
A Tobias Werner goal in the 81st minute helped move Augsburg into the coveted sixth spot in the table and a possible Europa League berth. Mönchengladbach remain winless in the calendar year and continue to fall in the standings. After falling behind in the fifth minute, Augsburg were able to go to the break level after a 35th minute close-range bicycle kick from Halil Altintop. The Függerstadter were threats on the counter, and that is how the clincher came as Andre Hahn found Werner who finished coolly past Marc Andre ter Stegen. It was the third consecutive away win for Augsburg while The Foals have not won in nine matches.
Mainz 1 – Hertha Berlin 1
Despite Adrian Ramos‘ 15th goal of the season, Mainz were able to equalize with 25 minutes left thanks to Maxim Choupo-Moting. The draw moved Hertha to ninth place but only two points back of top six. Mainz are level with Augsburg on points but now sit in seventh based on goal differential. Hertha keeper Thomas Kraft was up to the challenge, denying Shawn Parker on three big opportunities in the first half. Two of those came in order as Parker followed his own shot, but Kraft managed to parry the rebound attempt away with his face. Despite the finish, both teams had multiple chances in a good back-and-forth match. John Brooks was an unused sub for Hertha.
Check back on Thursday for a preview of the next set of matches in the Bundesliga.