The big news in the Bundesliga was the Augsburg victory over Bayern Munich. Any time a 53 match unbeaten streak is snapped it is going to be big news, but many think the league has become boring. This is because of Bayern winning the title and running away with it. The win kept Augsburg’s faint chances at a Europa League spot alive as they sit five points back of sixth place. Bayern turned their focus to the Champions League match in midweek. It is a good thing that this match created drama because the rest of the league failed to create fireworks.
Hertha Berlin 1 – Hoffenheim 1
USMNT players John Brooks and Fabian Johnson faced off this week but their teams shared a point. They stay deadlocked in the middle of the table. Brooks earned a yellow card and was substituted out in the 62nd minute. Johnson earned more time in the back line that could be beneficial to the USMNT in Brazil. Hoffenheim keeper Koen Casteels was injured in the second half giving Alexander Stolz his Bundesliga debut at the age of 30. The two teams sit on 37 points with five matches to go, so the result seems right.
Borussia Dortmund 2 – Wolfsburg 1
Dortmund dominated the second half to come from behind against Wolfsburg. It was a good rebound after a midweek loss in the Champions League. These two teams will face off again in the semifinals of the DFB Pokal and it was Dortmund that drew first blood. Robert Lewandowski and Marco Rues scored in the second half to keep Dortmund in second place. Wolfsburg moves from a Champions League spot to the last Europa League spot. Coach Jurgen Klopp made two substitutions at halftime that seemed to spark the attack.
Stuttgart 2 – Freiburg 0
Alexandru Maxim opened the scoring just eight minutes after coming on and Martin Harnik tallied right before stoppage time to give Stuttgart a much needed win. The win moved Stuttgart out of the relegation. They are now just two points behind Freiburg and Hannover, who lost to bottom dweller Eintracht Braunschweig. Stuttgart was the better team for most of the match despite being out shot. After the weekend, there are now six teams within five points of one another at the bottom of the table.
Check back on Thursday for a preview of the upcoming matches and hopefully next weekend will be more eventful.