Bundesliga Round-Up: Week 33

Posted on May 8, 2011

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St Pauli 1-8 FC Bayern Munich

St Pauli’s relegation was confirmed on Saturday with an 8-1 thumping by FC Bayern. Andries Jonker’s side were two goals up by the break through Mario Gomez and Daniel Van Buyten and quickly added a third through Mario Gomez who fired home from close range after a lovely pass from Arjen Robben.

Robben got on the scoresheet himself on 54 minutes when he was gifted an easy finish after good work from Thomas Muller. With 15 minutes remaining, Franck Ribery made it 5-0 before Marcel Eger scored St Pauli’s last Bundesliga goal at home under Holger Stanislawski just a few minutes later.

Three late goals in four minutes from Robben, Ribery and Gomez rounded off a scinciliating performance from FC Bayern as they confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Werder Bremen 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund came back down to earth with a bang as Werder Bremen sealed their own place in the top-flight for next season.

Mickael Silvestre got Bremen’s afternoon off to an excellent start on just five minutes after the French defender fired home from the edge of the box following a poor clearance by Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Bremen sealed the points midway through the second-half when Bargfrede played in Claudio Pizarro who shrugged off Da Silva before firing low in to the net.

Stuttgart 2-1 Hannover 96

Bruno Labbadia’s men secured their place in the Bundesliga next season with a 2-1 home win over surprise-package of the season Hannover.

Stuttgart started well and looked the better team in the first-half but could not break down a stubborn Hannover rear guard. Thomas Hajnal opened the scoring for VfB on 58 minutes with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area and Labbadia’s side doubled their lead on 61 minutes with Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki netting his first-ever Bundesliga goal for Stuttgart.

Lars Stindl pulled a goal back for Hannover just a few minutes later but Stuttgart held on for a good home win over Hannover who will be in the Europa League next season.

Schalke 1-3 Mainz

Thomas Tuchel’s Mainz will be participating in the UEFA Europa League next season with an impressive victory in Gelsenkirchen. After a poor first-half from both sides, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar bundled home a corner kick just after the break but it marked a change in the game as Mainz took control.

Goals from Andre Schurrle, Lewis Holtby and Nikolce Noveski turned the game around and secured Mainz’s place in Europe next season.

Nurnberg 1-2 Hoffenheim

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Gylfi Sigurdsson put an end to Nurnberg’s hopes of pipping Mainz to the final Europa League position as Hoffenheim left with all three points.

Philipp Wollscheid had put Nurnberg ahead on 16 minutes after a scrappy end to Mehmet Ekici’s free-kick but Hoffenheim bounced back in the second period through goals from Firmino and Sigurdsson to leave with the points in the bag.

Gladbach 2-0 Freiburg

Lucien Favre and Gladbach are still in the race to stay in the Bundesliga after a 2-0 win over Robin Dutt’s Freiburg at Borussia Park.

It was a tense afternoon as Gladbach knew they had to win the game in order to have a chance of staying in the Bundesliga next season. Gladbach had to wait until 80 minutes before they found the breakthrough and it was Mike Hanke who took advantage of Schuster’s mistake to rattle the ball home.

Marco Reus put the icing on the cake with a second goal two minutes later and give Gladbach a hope of surviving on the last day as they travel to Hamburg SV.

Wolfsburg 1-2 Kaiserslutern

Wolfsburg failed to secure their place in the top-flight next season and will be involved in a dramatic final-day tussle with Gladbach after losing to Kaiserslutern on Saturday.

Mario Mandzukic had put Wolfsburg ahead on six minutes after drilling home the rebound from Diego’s close-range shot and give the hosts the lead.

Srdjan Lakic, who will join Wolfsburg in the summer, powered home the equaliser from Christian Tiffert’s corner midway through the first-half. Martin Amedick got the winning goal shortly after Lakic’s equaliser, and yet again Tiffert was the architecht, with another good set-piece.

Wolfsburg are away at Hoffenheim next weekend with their future in the Bundesliga still hanging in the balance.

Leverkusen 1-1 Hamburg SV

Bayer Leverkusen could let slip second-place in the Bundesliga after snatching a 1-1 draw against Hamburg. HSV dominated early on and Heiko Westermann tapped home the opener after just two minutes. Stefan Kießling equalised on 55 minutes with a scuffed shot past Rost following Arturo Vidal’s knockdown.

With an inferior goal difference, Leverkusen will know that only avoiding defeat next weekend will guarantee their second-place in the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt 0-2 Koln

Christoph Daum is still searching for his first win as Frankfurt coach after a 2-0 defeat against his old club FC Koln. Frankfurt slipped further towards the relegation zone and will be involved in a final day tussle with Gladbach and Wolfsburg to stay in the Bundesliga.

Adil Chihi opened the scoring on 24 minutes and Koln secured the win in injury time through Lukas Podolski.

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