The Bundesliga season has claimed its first victim, as Darmstadt is headed for the drop.
That, and several stories of European qualification intrigue dotted the landscape of top flight German football on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Hoffenheim
Marco Reus scored early and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Robert Lewandowski atop the Bundesliga goal scoring race with his 28th goal of the season as BVB moved ahead of the visitors and into third place with a win. Andrej Kramaric scored his 13th of the season and ninth since mid-February for Hoffenheim. American teen Christian Pulisic got the night off for Dortmund.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Darmstadt
Juan Bernat’s 18th minute goal was the only marker of the match as the champions-elect won again, relegating American striker Terrence Boyd’s Darmstadt.
Hertha Berlin 1-4 RB Leipzig
Timo Werner and Davie Selke each scored twice to move the new boys six points clear of third place BVB, and Hertha opened the door to fifth place for Freiburg. Hertha’s only marker was an own goal.
Koln 4-3 Werder Bremen — Friday
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg — Gomez bags 15th
‘Gladbach 1-1 Augsburg — Hahn levels in stoppage time
Ingolstadt 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Kittel, Havertz score
Hamburg vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Freiburg vs. Schalke — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Make it five in-a-row and a record 27 titles for German powers Bayern Munich.
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No other club has won more than Nurnberg’s nine titles, while Borussia Dortmund (8), Schalke (7), and Hamburg (6) are deep in the rear view mirror.
Wolfsburg 0-6 Bayern Munich
Bayern entered the day knowing a win would put the title out of reach for RB Leipzig, and David Alaba scored before the match was 20 minutes old to put the Bavarians on their way.
Robert Lewandowski added to the score line twice before half, passing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) atop the goal scoring chart with his 27th and 28th of the season.
Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, and Joshua Kimmich contributed second half goals.
Here’s Lewandowski’s first.
RB Leipzig 0-0 Ingolstadt
Despite a 15-6 advantage in shot attempts and three times as many passes completed, RB Leipzig cast aside its slim chances for a Bundesliga title. Still, a shot at second in their first season is far from a shame.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 Schalke – Friday
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Koln
Werder Bremen 2-0 Hertha Berlin – Bartels, Kruse score
Mainz 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach – Schulz scores winner
Darmstadt 3-0 Freiburg – 3rd-straight W for basement dwellers
Augsburg vs. Hamburg – 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hoffenheim vs. Eintracht Frankfurt – 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Bayern Munich had a rare stumble, and its three nearest competitors scooped three points each. Fifth place Hertha Berlin lost its match to leave the Bundesliga with its likely top four sides.
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Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Marco Reus feasted on a Christian Pulisic assists just two minutes into the game, but Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored to make sure Pulisic wasn’t the only CONCACAF star on the sheet. Sokratis Papastathopolous buried a beauty before Pierre-Emerick again found the scoreboard in an easy-enough win.
RB Leipzig 4-0 Freiburg
Naby Keita, Timo Werner… the usual suspects were on the score sheet for the top flight’s new power as Leipzig climbed to within eight points of leaders Bayern Munich.
Hoffenheim 5-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Turkey’s Kerem Demirbay and Hungary’s Adam Szalai each recorded braces as Hoffenheim has a double-digit advantage in its race for a Top Four spot. ‘Gladbach didn’t make it easy, coming back from 2-0 to make it 2-2 and 4-2 to make it 4-3 before Demirbay scored his second.
Mainz 1-0 Hertha Berlin
This one stings: Hertha is now 10 points off the Top Four after an own goal from U.S. international John Anthony Brooks.
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Bayern Munich
Augsburg 2-1 Koln
Wolfsburg 3-0 Ingolstadt
Werder Bremen vs. Hamburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Darmstadt vs. Schalke — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Ingolstadt gave itself new life in the relegation race, while RB Leipzig cushioned its second-place status as the Bundesliga staged a quintet of Wednesday matches.
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League mainstays Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach eased minor relegation fears with Wednesday wins.
Darmstadt 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer did what Darmstadt hasn’t done all season and won on the road. Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland scored on either side of half time, while USMNT forward Terrence Boyd played 65 minutes for the hosts.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Hertha Berlin
Nineteen year-old Slovakian midfielder Laszlo Benes scored his first Bundesliga goal for the win, while Hertha was without injured USMNT center back John Brooks.
Augsburg 2-3 Ingolstadt
It looked academic when Israeli striker Almog Cohen completed his brace to put the visitors up 3-0 in the 67th minute, but Ingolstadt had to hold on for dear life following goals from Paul Verhaegh (76′) and Halil Altintop (81′). The visitors move to within four points of 16th place Augsburg.
Wolfsburg 0-1 Freiburg
Make it nine goals on the season for Florian Niederlechner, as Freiburg leapt into seventh place.
Mainz 2-3 RB Leipzig
Naby Keita stayed hot, scoring the match winner to give him seven goals and seven assists this season as Leipzig moved four points clear of third-place Hoffenheim. Mainz is now just goal differential away from the relegation playoff match.
Sunday visitors Wolfsburg and Mainz will be feeling the pressure after relegation battlers Hamburg surprised Koln on Saturday.
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Schalke 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
For the first time since 2008, the Revierderby featured a season’s worth of draws. Shinji Kagawa assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Dortmund’s 53rd minute opener, but 20-year-old Thilo Kehrer scored his first senior goal to earn Schalke a point.
USMNT phenom Christian Pulisic played the final three minutes for BVB, coming on for Kagawa.
RB Leipzig 4-0 Darmstadt
Naby Keita now has six goals and seven assists in his brief Bundesliga career, as Leipzig keeps steadying the ship. The hosts led 2-0 before Darmstadt’s Sandro Sirigu took a 72nd minute red card.
Hamburg 2-1 Koln
A huge win in the relegation race got a nice assist from USMNT forward Bobby Wood, as Hamburg led early before getting a late winner from Lewis Holtby.
Hamburg is now a point above the relegation playoff spot and 10 clear of the automatic drop zone. Here’s Wood’s assist.
Hertha Berlin 1-3 Hoffenheim – Friday
Bayern Munich 6-0 Augsburg – Three more for Lewandowski
Freiburg 2-5 Werder Bremen – Thomas Delaney hat trick
Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Monchengladbach
Ingolstadt – Mainz — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Bayer Leverkusen – Wolfsburg — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday