The German Bundesliga season is slowly but surely reaching its vital stage, with only nine rounds of play remaining after this past weekend.
Matchday 25 began on Friday, as Borussia Mönchengladbach faced Werder Bremen, in a game of two teams that still need points, albeit for different reasons. Gladbach is still hoping to reach a place in the top six of the Bundesliga table, which would give them European soccer next season.
Bremen on the other hand, needs to avoid the drop to the second tier.
Denis Zakaria gave Borussia the early lead, which Niklas Moisander’s own-goal doubled. Werder came out in the second half with the purpose they had lacked in the first and came back to earn a valuable point with the 2-2 final result with goals by Tom Delaney and US-born Aron Johannsson.
On Saturday afternoon, Croatian international Marko Pjaca gave Schalke 04 the 1-0 victory over Hertha BSC Berlin that put them into second place. Danny da Costa did likewise for Eintracht Frankfurt in their victory over Hannover 96, keeping his team in the top four.
Elsewhere, TSG Hoffenheim defeated FC Augsburg 2-0
Ironically, the match that the whole German soccer nation had an eye on, in the fight against relegation failed to provide any goals. It was 17th Hamburger SV facing 16th Mainz 05. It was a great chance missed for HSV to make up ground on the team in the relegation playoff spot.
Now they look doomed for a first ever season in Bundesliga 2.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-1, to keep up the pressure on the top four, while putting their opponents in relegation trouble.
In the Saturday evening game, Borussia Dortmund drew RB Leipzig 1-1.
On Sunday, VfB Stuttgart came from behind with the help of a Mario Gomez brace to eventually beat relegation-doomed 1.FC Cologne 3-2. Later, Bayern Munich sunk SC Freiburg 4-0.