Bundesliga wrap: Bayern, BVB win; Mainz advances toward Europe

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Five teams remain within two points in the race to avoid the Bundesliga’s relegation and relegation playoff spots, while Bayern Munich still isn’t opening the door to first place.

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Borussia Dortmund won again, but so did leading Bayern thanks to a sensational Franck Ribery goal. That keeps the gap between first and second place a relatively large five points with six matches to go.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

There was only one goal here, but it was enough to satiate any lover of creativity in the sport. Franck Ribery left his feet to volley a ball at ear level. Wow.

Mainz 4-2 Augsburg

An early Caiuby goal gave the visitors a 9th minute lead, but Christian Clemens and Pablo De Blasis each opened their braces by the 24th minute as Mainz led 2-1. Ja-Cheol Koo connected before halftime to end a thrilling first half, but De Blasis and Clemens struck again in the second half to send the home fans home happy.

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Werder Bremen

Scoreless at halftime, fans at Signal Iduna Park might not have been prepared for the frenetic 45 minutes headed their way.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 53rd minute for the hosts, who saw themselves down a goal after Alejandro Galvez and Zlatko Junuzovic netted five minutes apart.

With 15 minutes to salvage a point, BVB did two better. Shinji Kagawa tied things up in the 77th, and Adrian Ramos made it 3-2 in the 82nd. That’s how it would finish in Dortmund.

Elsewhere
Ingolstadt 3-0 Schalke — Three scorers highlight safety-improving win
Hannover 0-3 Hamburger — All goals came in a 14-minute span
Darmstadt 2-2 Stuttgart — Both earn big point in race to avoid drop
Leverkusen 3-0 Wolfsburg — El Tri’s Chicharito nets 24th in all comps
Monchengladbach vs. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hoffenheim vs Koln — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 28 23 3 2 66 13 53 13-0-1 10-3-1 72
Borussia Dortmund 28 21 4 3 67 28 39 12-2-0 9-2-3 67
Hertha BSC Berlin 27 14 6 7 37 27 10 9-4-1 5-2-6 48
Bayer Leverkusen 28 13 6 9 42 33 9 7-3-4 6-3-5 45
FSV Mainz 05 28 13 5 10 39 35 4 8-2-4 5-3-6 44
FC Schalke 04 28 13 5 10 39 38 1 8-3-3 5-2-7 44
Mönchengladbach 27 13 3 11 54 44 10 10-1-3 3-2-8 42
VfL Wolfsburg 28 10 8 10 39 37 2 8-4-2 2-4-8 38
FC Ingolstadt 04 28 9 9 10 26 31 -5 6-4-4 3-5-6 36
Hamburger SV 28 9 7 12 34 38 -4 4-4-6 5-3-6 34
1. FC Köln 27 8 9 10 28 34 -6 4-4-6 4-5-4 33
VfB Stuttgart 28 9 6 13 45 56 -11 6-1-7 3-5-6 33
Darmstadt 28 6 11 11 30 43 -13 1-6-7 5-5-4 29
Werder Bremen 28 7 7 14 38 57 -19 2-5-6 5-2-8 28
FC Augsburg 28 6 9 13 35 47 -12 2-5-7 4-4-6 27
1899 Hoffenheim 27 6 9 12 30 43 -13 4-5-4 2-4-8 27
Eintracht Frankfurt 28 6 9 13 29 44 -15 4-6-4 2-3-9 27
Hannover 96 28 5 2 21 22 52 -30 2-0-12 3-2-9 17