While the Bundesliga title is wrapped up, the race for a Champions League place is heating up. A few teams currently in the top four are floundering to the finish line, while others are heating up the chase. Here’s all the results from Saturday’s play in Germany.
Bayern Munich 3-0 Schalke
Bayern Munich won for the fifth straight time in Bundesliga play as they dominated Schalke 3-0 behind a second-half brace from Robert Lewandowski and a cherry on top from Arturo Vidal. After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 54th minute after a header from Vidal landed in his lap, and the Polish striker completed the turn-and-shoot by tucking the ball inside the far post. The goal ended a run of six matches without a goal for Lewandowski, and he added another 11 minutes later to give him 26 this Bundesliga season.
Hoffenheim 2-1 Hertha BSC
Things are getting hairy for John Brooks and Hertha after they suffered a 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim at Rhein-Neckar Arena, giving them just one point over their last three matches. Niklas Stark scored for the visitors in the 26th minute, but they conceded just seven minutes later to level the score, and Hoffenheim bagged the winner via Mark Uth with five minutes to go. That drops Hertha from third to fourth in the table, with just a four-point cushion between them and Borussia Monchengladbach in fifth. USMNT’er Brooks played the full 90 minutes, his first game back after missing the last two with a knee injury. Prior to the injury, Brooks had played the full 90 in 16 straight league matches. The win for Hoffenheim, meanwhile, is massive, pulling them away from the relegation zone, especially important consindering Werder Bremen also won.
Werder Bremen 3-2 Wolfsburg
After lighting Europe on fire last season, Wolfsburg’s 2015/16 campaign has been nothing short of disappointing, as they fail to gain ground on Schalke with a road loss to Werder Bremen thanks to an 83rd minute score by Sambou Yatabare. That makes five winless in a row for Wolfsburg in Bundesliga play, with just two points in that span. They sit in eighth place in the league table, six back of Schalke and Mainz. The win for Werder Bremen puts them in the final relegation space, four points above Eintracht Frankfurt and just two behind Stuttgart.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
A trio of goals in the final 20 minutes saw Bayer cruise past relegation threatened Eintracht. With his team out-passing Frankfurt 323-119, Kevin Kampl put Bayer ahead in the 70th minute. The floodgates opened from there, with Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi putting the final touches on the scoreline. The win moves Bayer ahead of Hertha into third place with 51 points.
Augsburg 1-0 Stuttgart
A 36th-minute strike by Alfred Finnbogason was enough to propel FC Augsburg past Stuttgart at SGL Arena. The two sides are now level on points, with both just two points above the relegation zone.
Darmstadt 2-0 Ingolstadt
After a scoreless first half between the two promoted sides, Konstantin Rausch put Darmstadt ahead in the 51st minute and Sandro Wagner finished it off with five minutes to go as Darmstadt moved into 10th place, four points behind their opponents in ninth.