The German Bundesliga continued this past weekend, with round 29 of 34.
It happened after the league’s sole remaining representative in continental competition, Eintracht Frankfurt lost 4-2 at Benfica Lisbon in its UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first leg, having played most of the match a man down, due to an early red card.
The action began Friday evening, as 1.FC Nuremberg hosted Schalke 04. The two clubs are bound together by a rich history of national titles, from before the professional league was founded in 1963.
The present is much bleaker for both sides. Nuremberg can at best hope for reaching the relegation playoff, while even Schalke is not 100% safe from the drop to Bundesliga 2. The hosts ended up with an unlucky 1-1 draw, which does them little good.
On Saturday afternoon, RB Leipzig defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-0, continuing the Bulls’ march toward next season’s Champions League. Bayer Leverkusen edged out VfB Stuttgart 1-0 keeping their European dreams alive.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen bolstered their own hopes of continental soccer, with late goals to defeat SC Freiburg 2-1.
Meanwhile, Borussia Mönchengladbach began revering their downward spiral with a 1-0 victory over Hanover 96, for whom relegation to Bundesliga 2 is all but assured.
On Saturday evening, Borussia Dortmund won a game of two very different halves 2-1 against Mainz 05.
Finally, on Sunday, TSG Hoffenheim was somewhat unlucky only beat Hertha BSC Berlin by 2-0, but it was enough to move them into the top six.
Then Bayern Munich hammered Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-1 to return to the top of the table. But the Bavarians will need to go without their injured captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the next few weeks.
In the last match of the round, FC Augsburg came from behind to beat Frankfurt 3-1. This was the former’s first game under new coach Martin Schmidt, who had been hired during the week.