A day the champions dominated left the focus on the plight of its visitors, as the race to avoid the relegation playoff spot also stays tight in Germany’s top flight.
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Bayern Munich 6-0 Hamburg
USMNT forward Bobby Wood wasn’t in the 18 to see his likely relegation-bound side get absolutely bamboozled by the league’s gold standard attack.
Robert Lewandowski bagged a hat trick, Franck Ribery scored twice, and Arjen Robben also netted for the hosts.
Lewandowski’s 20 league goals are seven more than the field, and the second-place contestant is now in the Premier League (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal).
Here’s Hamburg boss Bernd Hollerbach:
“The game was over after 18 minutes. You can come here and lose, but I wasn’t happy with the manner of the defeat. That’s not the football I want to see.”
With the score 4-0, Ribery took nearly 70 percent of the Hamburg XI to school.
Hoffenheim 3-0 Wolfsburg
Serge Gnabry scored twice in about three minutes — one may be changed to an own goal — to bury the visitors’ hopes of relegation relief, as Hoffenheim stayed within sight of the Top Six. The loss means Wolfsburg remains ahead of playoff-bound 16th place on goal differential alone.
Mainz 0-1 Schalke — Friday
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Freiburg
Hannover 1-3 Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Stuttgart vs. RB Leipzig — 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 1 p.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Koln — 3:30 p.m. ET Monday
Bayern Munich continues to run away with the Bundesliga, but the race for second — let alone the Top Four –remains as wild as ever in Germany.
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Second and seventh are separated by just two points on a weekend which saw a load of ex- and current-Premier League property putting their names on the score sheet.
Mainz 0-2 Bayern Munich
Frank Ribery and James Rodriguez scored two goals 11 minutes apart as the visitors took an 18-point lead on the field.
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 RB Leipzig
Ready for this, Everton fans? Ademola Lookman, the guy Big Sam didn’t need at Goodison Park? Well, he’s only gone and scored a huge goal for RBL, becoming the first English player to score in the Bundesliga in over a decade.
Koln 2-3 Borussia Dortmund — Batshuayi bags brace
Freiburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Hoffenheim
Wolfsburg 1-1 Stuttgart
Werder Bremen 2-1 Schalke — Johannsson leads comeback
Augsburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hamburger SV vs. Hannover 96 — Noon ET Sunday
There’s congestion at the top and bottom of the Bundesliga table, as RB Leipzig fell to Freiburg and Koln continued its long climb back from a horrible start to the season.
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Schalke can go second with a Sunday win, while Bayern’s table lead could be as much as 16 if it wins its match.
Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig
The hosts moved further clear of relegation danger and put the race for second place into severe congestion with a comeback win against third place RB Leipzig.
Timo Werner had put the visitors ahead in the 65th minute, but Janik Haberer and Robin Koch scored four minutes apart to boost all three points for the hosts.
Freiburg is now seven points clear of the relegation playoff spot, while RBL’s 31 points makes it one of six teams within one point between second and seventh.
Mainz 3-2 Stuttgart
Yoshinori Muto scored on both sides of halftime as Mainz came back from 1-0 down and held on to move four points clear of 16th while Stuttgart is ahead of the victors by a single goal of differential.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
American midfielder Timmy Chandler scored for the first time in three Bundesliga seasons and Eintracht Frankfurt pulled into a tie for fifth place with a win at Wolfsburg. Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic also scored for the visitors.
“It’s not such a difficult thing whether it’s my right or left, because I can also play with my left,” Chandler joked after the win.
Hamburg 0-2 Koln
Simon Terodde scored his second and third goals in two matches for Koln, and the visitors continued their climb out of the Bundesliga basement with a third-straight win.
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Borussia Dortmund — Friday
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Augsburg
Hoffenheim 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Schalke vs. Hannover 96 — Noon ET Sunday
Without several of its biggest stars in the lineup on Sunday, Dortmund dropped points once again despite introducing several exciting, young faces to its starting team.
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Meanwhile, one of the Bundesliga’s bottom sides earned a major boost during an otherwise disappointing season.
Cologne 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
For just the second time this season, Cologne has picked up three points in a league match. Although the side remains at the bottom of the Bundesliga, the victory over top six side Monchengladbach will be a massive boost to the club’s confidence moving forward.
Frederik Sorensen gave the hosts the lead on 34 minutes, before Raffael’s second-half finish appeared to provide Monchengladbach with the equalizer and potentially a share of the points. However, Simon Terodde’s header deep into second-half stoppage time was the difference in the match, and sent the RheinEnergieStadion into eruption.
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Wolfsburg
Peter Stöger’s men were without two of its top attacking players on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic both out of the team for Dortmund. That left youngsters Jadon Sancho — formerly of Manchester City and Alexander Isak the topics of the day for the home side.
Each player nearly found a winner for Dortmund on the day, after finding efforts that struck woodwork. Despite outshooting Wolfsburg by 18 to 9, the hosts were noticeably unprepared up front as Stoger’s crew failed to trouble goalkeeper Koen Casteels on a regular basis.
Bayern Munich’s 3-1 away win Friday gave the Bundesliga leaders a 14-point lead on the table and put the onus on the chasing pack for the rest of the weekend.
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RB Leipzig shaved a point off that advantage with a win on a busy Saturday in Germany.
Hannover 3-2 Mainz
The Bundesliga world belongs to Niclas Fullkrug, and the rest of the league is justing paying his rent.
The visitors went down 2-0 after Mainz got goals from Yoshinori Muto and Alexander Hack, but it’s fortunate for the hosts that German striker Fullkrug carried over his December 2017 form to the new year.
Having scored thrice in the final five matches of the calendar year, Fullkrug netted in the 33rd and 38th minutes Saturday before completing his hat trick with a 75th minute winner.
RB Leipzig 3-1 Schalke
Liverpool may want Naby Keita to arrive before the summer, but he’s still on the pitch and scored a first half goal for his German side.
They might’ve wanted to sell him at half, though, as his needless foul allowed Naldo to score an equalizer in the second frame.
But Timo Werner and Kurt Bruma scored two minutes apart to restore the home hopes, and RBL held on to pull past Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, and — for now — Borussia Dortmund into second place.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg — Bobby Wood goes 74 mins in loss
Stuttgart 1-0 Hertha Berlin — Own goal the difference
Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim — USMNT’s Johannsson gets rare time
Koln vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday