Round 21 of the German Bundesliga had much to offer in terms of large-margin victories, drama and plenty of goals.
It began on Friday evening, as Mainz 05 played host to Bayer Leverkusen. The visitors had had a strange week, which included a famous triumph against champions Bayern Munich, followed by a DFB Cup exit against second-tier 1.FC Heidenheim.
Many may have asked themselves before the game, which version of the team would show up on Friday. The Werkself made clear what the answer to that question would be early on. They were 3-1 ahead at the half-hour mark, 4-1 at halftime and ended up winning the match 5-1.
The biggest game of Saturday afternoon, more than lived up to its pre-match hype, as runaway league leaders Borussia Dortmund let a 3-0 lead slip to TSG Hoffenheim in the last fifteen minutes of the encounter. It finished in a 3-3 draw.
Elsewhere, RB Leipzig drew Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0, and I wonder what the oddsmakers would have given for that result before the match.
Given that both teams posses some of the best offensive talent in the Bundesliga and that both had selection issues at the back, there surely was much money to be won there. (Though I am not a betting man and would never gamble.)
Meanwhile, Hertha BSC Berlin shocked Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0, ending the latter’s perfect home record. Hanover 96 triumphed 2-0 over 1.FC Nuremberg in a bottom-of-the-league clash. Finally, VfL Wolfsburg drew 3-3 vs. SC Freiburg.
On Saturday evening, Bayern Munich overcame Schake 04 3-1 to cut the gap to Dortmund to five points.
Then on Sunday, Werder Bremen thrashed FC Augsburg 4-0 and Fortuna Düsseldorf beat VfB Stuttgart 3-0. This puts coach Manuel Baum of Augsburg as well as his Stuttgart colleague Markus Weinzierl in grave danger of losing their jobs.
The German Cup quarterfinal draw also took place on Sunday. It brought us the following matches: Schalke-Bremen, Bayern-Heidenheim, an all-Bundesliga 2 clash in SC Paderborn-Hamburger SV, as well as Augsburg-Leipzig. The matches will be on the second and third of April.