The German Bundesliga played its round 32 of 34 this past weekend.
As of Monday evening, we know the identity of one of the two or three promoted sides from the second division. After just one season in the wilderness, 1.FC Cologne will return to the top flight.
Now back to this season’s round 32 action, which began on Friday evening with the mostly meaningless clash between Mainz 05 and RB Leipzig. But as it sometimes happens in such matches, they turn into spectacles.
Two peculiar things about this game were that the Saxon’s defender Lukas Klostermann scored his first career brace as a professional, and that his team gave up a 2-0 and 3-1 led to only draw 3-3 in the end.
On Saturday afternoon, Bayern Munich defeated lowly Hanover 96 3-1 in a match in which the 96ers striker Jonatas managed the rare accomplishment of getting subbed into the game, scoring and getting sent off for two yellow cards, all within a ten-minute window!
Elsewhere, Borussia Mönchengladbach got a 2-2 draw against TSG Hoffenheim in a bizarre fashion, given that their opponents were completely superior throughout.
Meanwhile, relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart and 1.FC Nuremberg kept each other alive in the fight against the drop to Bundesliga 2. The former did so by losing 3-1 to Hertha BSC Berlin, the latter was defeated 2-0 by VfL Wolfsburg.
On Saturday evening, Werder Bremen held Borussia Dortmund to a 2-2 draw after BVB had led 2-0 with twenty minutes to go. Then Werder scored twice within five minutes.
The scorer of the equalizer was incredibly forty-year old Peruvian Claudio Pizzaro, who with his strike all but gave the Bundesliga title to his former club Bayern, where he is as much of a legend as in Bremen.
On Sunday, Schalke 04 secured safety from relegation with a dull 0-0 vs. FC Augsburg. SC Freiburg drew Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-1, and Bayer Leverkusen hammered Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1. Amazingly, Eintracht is still ahead of Leverkusen on goal difference.