Bundesliga Wrap Up: No winners in relegation battle as Braunschweig, Hamburg and Nuremberg lose

Eintracht Braunschweig, Hamburg and Nuremberg are still in a tight relegation battle as all sides lost over the weekend.

 

© Getty Images/ Matthias Kern

© Getty Images/ Matthias Kern

Braunschweig lost 2-0 to Hertha BSC Berlin to remain last on the Bundesliga ladder with Torsten Lieberknecht’s side going down to goals from John – Anthony Brooks and Sami Allagui.

 

Despite the midweek sacking of coach Gertjan Verbeek, Nuremberg still lost 2-0 against 1.FSV Mainz 05.

 

With interim coach Roger Prinzen at the helm, Nuremberg conceded goals by Japanese international Shinji Okazaki and Christoph Moritz.

 

The loss sees Nuremberg remain in 17th, whilst Mainz sits in 7th and in the running for a place in the Europa League.

 

The remaining relegation embattled club, Hamburg, had the opportunity in the latter match to create a four point buffer from second-to-last Nuremberg but didn’t as it went down 3-1 to FC Augsburg.

 

Hamburg fell behind to a brace from Halil Altintop and a long range shot from Andre Hahn with Heiko Westermann scoring a consolation goal just before the halftime break.

 

The defeat leaves Hamburg in 16th and a relegation playoff spot.

 

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Bayern Munich recorded a 5-2 win over Werder Bremen ahead of its semi final return match against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday morning (AEST).

 

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Bavarians as they went into the halftime break trailing 2-1 thanks to goals by Gebre Selassie and Aaron HuntFranck Ribery temporarily made it 1-1.

 

In the second half it was all Bayern though, as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and a Claudio Pizarro brace sealed a confidence boosting win.

 

In a game between 2nd and 4th, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen played out a 2-2 all draw.

 

Both Lars Bender and Gonzalo Castro gave Leverkusen at one point the lead with Oliver Kirch and Marco Reus equalising for the team from Westphalia.

 

Champions League aspirant Vfl Wolfsburg managed a 2-2 draw against the once struggling SC Freiburg.

 

Croatian international Ivan Perisic bagged a brace, whilst Admir Mehmedi and Marco Terrazzino equalised for Freiburg respectively.

 

Borussia Moenchengladbach is well in the hunt for a place in the Europa League after a 1-0 win over FC Schalke 04 with Patrick Hermann the scorer of the lone goal.

 

In the remaining matches, both Hanover – Stuttgart and Hoffenheim – Frankfurt ended in 0-0 draws.

 

By Christopher Munker

 

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