Bundesliga Round-Up: Week 34

Posted on May 15, 2011

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The Battle for Survival:

Hamburg SV 1-1 Gladbach/Hoffenheim 1-3 Wolfsburg/Dortmund 3-1 Frankfurt

Wolfsburg will remain in the Bundesliga following an incredible afternoon at the bottom of the table.

Gladbach were held to a 1-1 draw after Juan Arango fired home a 30-yard free-kick to silence the home fans and Lucien Favre’s men were in pole position for 16th place, until Anis Ben-Hatira equalised in the second-half.

And Ben-Hatira’s equaliser seemed to be the catalyst for Wolfsburg’s turn-around in Hoffenheim after Firmino had put the home side ahead just after half-time.

But an 18-minute cameo from Mario Mandzukic and Grafite was enough to secure the Wolves’ position in the league next season.

In Dortmund, Frankfurt took a shock lead through Sebastian Rode just a minute after the interval. That goal was greeted by a huge roar of anger in Hamburg, but that soon turned to cheers as Dortmund fired in three second-half goals to warm up for their post-match title party.

FC Bayern 2-1 VfB Stuttgart

Shinji Okazaki scored the opening goal in Munich after a lovely cross from Martin Harnik which the Japanese striker converted at the back-post.

It was only a matter of time before the goal-machine Mario Gomez equalised and he did eight minutes before the break.

Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Bavarians in front on 71 minutes as the German giants prepare for next season’s campaign under Jupp Heynckes.

SC Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen confirmed their automatic entry in to the Champions League with a 1-0 over Robin Dutt’s Freiburg.

Dutt was given a final farewell at Freiburg before moving to Leverkusen in the summer, and Hanno Balistch’s goal just before half-time means that Bayer will have no qualifying issues when it comes to European football next term.

Mainz 2-1 St Pauli

Mainz capped off an excellent season under Thomas Tuchel with a 2-1 win over St Pauli.

The hosts came from behind after Mattias Lehmann’s goal on 41 minutes and goals from Andre Schurrle and Sami Allagui turned the game around as Mainz celebrated on the park post-match and will participate in the Europa League next season.

Koln 2-1 Schalke

The home side confirmed this week that Stale Solbakken would take over from Frank Schaefer and Koln finished the “Schaefer era” with a 2-1 win over Schalke.

Milivoje Novakovic opened the scoring on 25 minutes as Koln were the dominant team in the first-half. Mato Jajalo doubled the lead just after the hour mark and Schalke pulled one back through Raul three minutes from time.

Hannover 3-1 Nurnberg

Hannover came from behind to end a fantastic season in their chase for Champions League football with a 3-1 win over Nurnberg.

Julian Weissmeier put the away side ahead on 25 minutes but Hannover responded within five minutes as Karim Haggui equalised. Konstantin Rausch made it two on the hour-mark and Didier Ya Konan ended the rout on 78 minutes before being booked for his celebration.

Kaiserslutern 3-2 Werder Bremen

Kaiserslutern have slipped under the radar when it comes to having a fine season and were sweeping the floor with Werder Bremen after two goals in nine minutes.

Adam Nemec and Rodnei had put the hosts two goals ahead in nine minutes and Srdjan Lakic made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark.

A vast improvement after that from Thomas Schaaf’s side wasn’t enough to turn the game around through goals from Frings and Arnautovic.

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