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Bundesliga Roundup: Hannover, Bremen Battle For Survival Despite The Odds

Andre Schubert, head coach of Gladbach looks on during the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and Borussia Moenchengladbach at HDI-Arena on April 15, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. April 15, 2016| Credit: Stuart Franklin

There is less than one month to go in the Bundesliga season and all signs point to Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich outlasting Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund for the league title. You can check out our reports of Bayern Munich’s, Borussia Dortmund’s and FC Ingolstadt 04‘s efforts here on The Stoppage Time.

Moving right along, the most unlikeliest of teams put on a massive statement win but it may come too little too late. Daniel Stendel’s Hannover 96 shut out Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 on goals from Waldemar Anton (49′) and Artur Sobiech (60′) at the HDI-Arena in Hannover, Germany.

Another team battling to stay up is Viktor Skrypnyk’s Werder Bremen, who edged  Dieter Hecking’s VfL Wolfsburg 3-2. Claudio Pizarro (32′), Fin Bartels (64′) and Sambou Yatabare (83′) scored for Bremen, while Josuha Guilavogui (36′) and Bas Dost (86′) scored for Wolfsburg at the Wesestadion.

Roger Schmidt’s Bayer Leverkusen have the UEFA Champions League in their sights, too, and a 3-0 win over Niko Kovac’s relegation-bound Eintracht Frankfurt at the BayArena is just what the doctor ordered. Kevin Kampl (70′), Julian Brandt (76′) and Karim Bellarabi (90′) scored for Leverkusen in the win.

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Markus Weinzierl’s FC Augsburg are dangerously close to entering the relegation zone, but a 1-0 win over Jurgen Kramny’s VfB Stuttgart at the WWK-ARENA could inch them closer to safety. Alfred Finnbogason was the hero for Augsburg with a goal in the 36th minute of play.

In addition to Darmstadt’s big scalp of Ingolstadt at home, another similar big upset at home took place for Julian Nagelsmann’s TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena. After Niklas Stark got Pal Dardai’s Hertha BSC ahead on 26 minutes, goals from Fabian Schär (33′) and Mark Uth (85′) powered TSG Hoffenheim to a 2-1 upset win over Berlin.

Finally, at the Coface Arena, Peter Stoger’s 1.FC Koln rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Martin Schmidt’s Mainz 05 3-2. Jhon Cordoba (8′) and Leon Balogun (49′) scored for Mainz before Koln completed a stirring rally with goals from Marcel Risse (64′), Milos Jojic (74′) and Anthony Modeste (83′).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (Q) 30 25 3 2 72 14 +58 78 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Borussia Dortmund (Q) 30 22 5 3 72 30 +42 71
3 Bayer Leverkusen 30 15 6 9 47 33 +14 51
4 Hertha BSC 30 14 7 9 40 36 +4 49 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
5 Borussia Mönchengladbach 30 14 3 13 59 47 +12 45 Qualification to Europa League group stage
6 Mainz 05 30 13 6 11 42 39 +3 45 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
7 Schalke 04 30 13 6 11 41 43 −2 45
8 VfL Wolfsburg 30 10 9 11 42 41 +1 39
9 FC Ingolstadt 30 10 9 11 27 33 −6 39
10 1. FC Köln 30 9 10 11 32 39 −7 37
11 Darmstadt 98 30 8 11 11 34 44 −10 35
12 Hamburger SV 30 9 7 14 35 43 −8 34
13 TSG Hoffenheim 30 8 10 12 35 45 −10 34
14 FC Augsburg 30 8 9 13 38 48 −10 33
15 VfB Stuttgart 30 9 6 15 46 60 −14 33
16 Werder Bremen 30 8 7 15 42 61 −19 31 Qualification to the Relegation play-offs
17 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 6 9 15 29 49 −20 27 Relegation to 2. Bundesliga
18 Hannover 96 30 6 3 21 26 54 −28 21
Updated to match(es) played on 17 April 2016. Source: kicker.de, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Away goals scored; 8) Play-offs.[28]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Here are your scoreline predictions for Match day 31 of the Bundesliga season.

Werder Bremen 3, Hamburger SV 0
Borussia Dortmund 4, VfB Stuttgart 0
FC Augsburg 2, VfL Wolfburg 1
Bayern Munich 3, Hertha BSC 1
FC Ingolstadt 04 3, Hannover 96 2
SV Darmstadt 98 4, 1.FC Koln 3
Bayer Leverkusenb 2, Schalke 04 0
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2, Borussia Monchengladbach 0
Mainz 05 4, Eintracht Frankfurt 0

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