After a two-week international break, in which the German national team opened its EURO qualifying campaign with a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands, the Bundesliga continued this past weekend.
It began on Friday evening, as TSG Hoffenheim hosted Bayer Leverkusen in a game both had to win in order to keep their objectives for the season within reach. For “Hoffe”, it was a place in Europe, while Bayer had some last hopes for reaching next season’s Champions League.
After a more or less even first half, that ended 1-1, the home side took full control in the second stanza, winning the match 4-1.
On Saturday afternoon, Werder Bremen convincingly defeated Mainz 05 3-1, thus putting themselves into a Europa League position.
Meanwhile, in the Bundesliga title race, Borussia Dortmund needed a brace in added time from Paco Alcacer to defeat VfL Wolfsburg 2-0. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich could only draw 1-1 with SC Freiburg. These results mean that BVB moved two points clear of the Bavarians, ahead of their matchup next Saturday in Munich.
In the other two games of the afternoon, Fortuna Düsseldorf shocked Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1, thus taking away any last relegation fears from the promoted side, while 1.FC Nuremberg got off of the foot of the table with a 3-0 win over FC Augsburg.
On Saturday evening RB Leipzig demolished Hertha BSC Berlin 5-0, in a three-goal performance from Yussuf Poulsen, which solidified the Saxon’s Champions League aspirations.
On Sunday, Schake 04 defeated Hanover 96 1-0. (This was the first victory for the Royal Blues’ new interim coach Huub Stevens during his third tenure at the club. He was voted their coach of the 20th century, having won the old UEFA Cup in 1997, during his first stint.)
Later on, Eintracht Frankfurt beat VfB Stuttgart 3-0 to put themselves into the top four of the Bundesliga table.