In a matchup with relegation implications, Stuttgart got the best of Hamburg and temporarily moved out of a relegation spot with eight matches to go in the Bundesliga season. The two teams swapped places at the bottom of the table with Hamburg now in the relegation playoff spot. As it stands now they would face Paderborn from 2 Bundesliga to try to stay in the top tier. The bottom of the table is far from settled in what may be the biggest storyline the rest of the way in the German top league.
Stuttgart were on a ten-match winless streak prior to the 1-0 victory. Hamburg were sent to 10 men when Hakan Calhanoglu received his second yellow eight minutes after halftime. It was a close game with both teams showing good defense until the red card took the air out of Hamburg. Alexandru Maxim was the beneficiary of a bad clearance, scoring the game winner as he was unmarked at the far post.
Stuttgart will have another chance to distance themselves from the bottom as they next face Nürnberg, who trail Stuttgart by one point. Hamburg will host Freiburg, who is two points clear of them and one point ahead of Stuttgart. Eintracht Braunschweig look sure to drop, but positions 11 through 17 are separated by only six points.
Bayern Munich 2 – Mainz 0
It took Bayern over an hour to score against Mainz, but goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze sealed the victory late for Die Roten. They are now unbeaten in 51 straight matches, but will have to wait to clinch the Bundesliga title since Dortmund and Schalke both notched victories this weekend.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 – Hertha Berlin 0
There is also some drama in the top six as teams vie for the Champions League playoff spot and the two Europa League spots with positions No. 3 through No. 7 separated by only three points. Goals by Juan Arango, Max Kruse and Raffael Araujo inside 40 minutes gave Gladbach their first back-to-back wins of the season and propelled them into fifth place. John Brooks went the entire match but was part of the victimized back line for Hertha.