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Bundesliga: Takeaways from Week 31

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With only one day between Bundesliga matchdays, we’re going to have to make this week’s takeaways brief and to the point.

That’s especially true considering Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich could win the title in less than 24 hours.

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If Bayern wins at Werder Bremen on Tuesday, the Bundesliga belongs to the Bavarian giants for the eight-straight season.

There’s still plenty to play for and Bremen has been looking pretty strong in recent weeks but the storyline above is what pays the piper this midweek.

Below, we’ll get you caught up on the results behind and fixtures ahead, as well as name our Bundesliga Player of the Week and Bundesliga Team of the Week.


Bundesliga Player of the Week

Maybe this award is more on the merits of his start to 2020, but Leon Goretzka was very good even if you exclude his late match-winner Saturday versus Borussia Monchenglabach.

Goretzka has six goals and eight assists this season, with all of the markers save one assist coming since Bayern returned from Winterpause.

The midfielder has nearly matched his Schalke output in half the time. After 19 goals and 17 assists in 142 appearances for Schalke, he’s got 17 and 16 in 72 for Bayern.

On Saturday, Goretzka barely put a foot wrong. Playing next to Joshua Kimmich, it’s a wonder anyone gets through to the back line.

Pretty finish here, too:


Bundesliga Team of the Week (3-5-2)

Gulacsi (Leipzig)

Hummels (Dortmund) — Akanji (Dortmund) — Gouweleeuw (Augsburg)

Kimmich (Bayern) — Goretzka (Bayern) —  Klaassen (Bremen)

Olmo (Leipzig) — Kamada (Eintracht)

Silva (Eintracht) — Weghorst (Eintracht)

  • Leipzig’s 2-0 win at Hoffenheim was anything but easy, as goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi made six saves for his clean sheet.
  • Mats Hummels was everywhere for Dortmund in its shutout of Fortuna, but it was center back partner Manuel Akanji’s cross to Erling Haaland that got the job done.
  • Augsburg’s Jeffrey Gouweleeuw was credited with an almost-absurd 15 clearances in a massive win at Mainz. He also won six-of-seven duels.
  • Daichi Kamada and Eintracht impressed in winning at in-form Hertha, especially considering they played at midweek and lost late in the German Cup semi at Bayern.

Week 31 results and recaps

Hoffenheim 0-2 RB Leipzig — RECAP
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1 Borussia Dortmund — RECAP
Kolnn 1-2 Union Berlin — RECAP
Wolfsburg 2-2 Freiburg — RECAP
Hertha Berlin 1-4 Eintracht Frankfurt — RECAP
Paderborn 1-5 Werder Bremen — RECAP
Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach — RECAP
Mainz 0-1 Augsburg — RECAP
Schalke 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen — RECAP

Week 32 fixtures

Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsburg — 12:30 p.m. ET Tuesday
Union Berlin v. Paderborn — 2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday
Werder Bremen v. Bayern Munich — 2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday
Freiburg v. Hertha Berlin — 2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Schalke — 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Borussia Dortmund v. Mainz — 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
RB Leipzig v. Fortuna Dusseldorf — 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Ausgburg v. Hoffenheim — 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Bayer Leverkusen v. Koln — 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 31 23 4 4 92 31 61 12-2-2 11-2-2 73
 Borussia Dortmund 31 20 6 5 82 35 47 11-3-1 9-3-4 66
 RB Leipzig 31 17 11 3 77 32 45 7-7-1 10-4-2 62
 Bayer Leverkusen 31 17 6 8 57 41 16 7-4-4 10-2-4 57
 Mönchengladbach 31 17 5 9 58 38 20 10-2-3 7-3-6 56
 VfL Wolfsburg 31 12 10 9 44 38 6 4-7-5 8-3-4 46
 1899 Hoffenheim 31 12 7 12 42 52 -10 6-1-9 6-6-3 43
 SC Freiburg 31 11 9 11 41 43 -2 7-2-6 4-7-5 42
 FC Schalke 04 31 9 12 10 36 48 -12 5-7-4 4-5-6 39
 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 11 5 15 53 56 -3 6-4-5 5-1-10 38
 Hertha BSC Berlin 31 10 8 13 44 55 -11 5-3-8 5-5-5 38
 1. FC Köln 31 10 5 16 48 59 -11 6-3-7 4-2-9 35
 FC Augsburg 31 9 8 14 42 57 -15 5-5-5 4-3-9 35
 1. FC Union Berlin 31 10 5 16 37 54 -17 6-3-6 4-2-10 35
 FSV Mainz 05 31 9 4 18 39 63 -24 4-2-10 5-2-8 31
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 31 6 10 15 33 61 -28 4-5-7 2-5-8 28
 Werder Bremen 31 7 7 17 35 64 -29 1-3-11 6-4-6 28
 SC Paderborn 31 4 8 19 34 67 -33 2-2-12 2-6-7 20

Bundesliga: Schalke hold Bayer, Augsburg grab big win

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Two Bundesliga games took place on Sunday as Augsburg sealed a big win at Mainz and Schalke battled hard to a draw against Bayer Leverkusen in two tight results.

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With three games of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season to go, there is plenty to play for in the top four battle, European spots and the relegation scrap.

Below we roundup Sunday’s Bundesliga results as Bayer reman in the top four hunt, while Augsburg look all but certain to be in the Bundesliga next season as they left Mainz in the battle against the drop.


Mainz 0-1 Augsburg

With less than 45 seconds on the clock the only goal of the game arrives as Florian Niederlechner lobbed home to put Augsburg 1-0 up. Both teams had plenty of chances in a scrappy encounter but the visitors held on for a huge three points. Mainz have won once of their six games since the restart, as they have 31 points and sit three points above the relegation zone with three games to go, as they face Dortmund, Werder Bremen (wow) and Leverkusen.

Fortuna Dusseldorf have 28 points in the relegation playoff spot, while Werder Bremen in the final relegation place are also on 28 points. Augsburg now have 35 points on the board and are all but safe from relegation as Heiko Herrlich has completed the job he was brought in to do.


Schalke 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

A tense, tight game saw Schalke work hard in a solid 4-4-2 formation as David Wagner’s side still haven’t won since the restart, but this was a much better outing. Daniel Caliguiri gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the second half but a late own goal from Juan Miranda made it 1-1. Bayer went close to snatching all three points late but with the last effort of the game Michael Gregoritsch saw his header superbly stopped by Lukas Hradecky.

The battling point moved Bayer Leverkusen back into the top four and with three games to go they are one point ahead of fifth-place Borussia Monchengladbach as they go head-to-head for the final UEFA Champions League spot. Bayer have Cologne, Hertha Berlin and Mainz left to play, as well as the German Cup final against Bayern Munich. As for Schalke, they haven’t won in their last 13 outings in the Bundesliga but Wagner will be impressed with this battling display. The German giants are now seven points behind sixth-place Wolfsburg and seem unlikely to be in the Europa League next season.

Augsburg, Koln trade late goals including Modeste beauty

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Two late goals charged up a dull match as Augsburg came back to draw Koln 1-1 at Augsburg Arena.

Anthony Modeste’s incredible side volley in the 85th minute looked to have saved the day for Koln, but Phillip Max had answer in the 88th. Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner saw a penalty saved by Timo Horn.

Augsburg moves four points clear of the drop zone, three points behind their 12th-place visitors.

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Koln keeper Timo Horn was called upon early and often to make a few stops, as Augsburg took 12 of the match’s first 14 shots.

One of those was a 27th-minute penalty from Florian Niederlechner, Horn getting big to stop the effort.

Koln didn’t get a shot on target until Andreas Luthe made a sprawling denial and conceded a corner just after the hour mark.

It looked as if the teams would jog to a 0-0 when Modeste took an Ismail Jakobs knockdown and showed tremendous technique in smashing home.

The game had sprung to life, and Augsburg got its leveled with a back-post finish from Max off a Raphael Framberger cross within three minutes of the opener.

Bundesliga: Schalke lose again; big wins for Bremen, Hertha, Frankfurt

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The four Bundesliga games early Saturday were tight, tense encounters as the battle for Europe and against relegation continues to take twists and turns with some intriguing results.

One thing we know by now in the Bundesliga: away teams are on fire, with just six home wins from 32 games after the 2019-20 season restart.

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There were huge wins for Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt towards the bottom of the table, while Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin continued their fine form with wins to boost their European hopes as the Bundesliga results continue to be hard to predict.

As for Schalke, well, David Wagner is overseeing a huge slump for the Bundesliga giants as they’re now in 10th place after spending the first half of the season around the top four.

Below we take a look at the action across the four Bundesliga games on Saturday and break down the results.


Schalke 0-1 Werder Bremen

An absolutely massive win on the road for Bremen as they breathed new life into their battle against relegation with seven points from the last nine available. As for Schalke, that is now 11 games without a win for David Wagner’s side and they have now lost all four of their games since the league restarted. USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie was subbed off after picking up a yellow card in a typically combative display, while fellow American Josh Sargent was also subbed off for Bremen after putting in a shift up front.

Leonardo Bittencourt’s sublime goal was enough to seal all three points for Bremen as they started well then battled hard in the second half to keep hold of their advantage. Bremen have now dragged Fortuna Dusseldorf, Mainz and a host of other clubs into the relegation battle and they have plenty of momentum heading into the final five games of the season.

Wolfsburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

In another game which saw USMNT players go head-to-head, Timmy Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt won on the road at John Brooks’ Wolfsburg to ease any relegation fears they had. Chandler and Brooks both started and after Frankfurt took the lead via Adrien Silva’s penalty kick, sixth-place Wolfsburg equalize through Kevin Mbau. Frankfurt won it late on as Daichi Kamada scored with five minutes to go to give the Eagles their first victory since the restart. Check out the highlights from the game below.


Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg

Hertha Berlin have been on fire since the restart with three wins and a draw in their four games. Javairo Dilrosun set them on their way against Augsburg and substitute Krzysztof Piatek scored for the second-straight game to seal the win in stoppage time. Hertha are now in ninth place, just four points off sixth-place Wolfsburg and the Berliners are well in the hunt for Europa League qualification. What a job Bruno Labbadia is doing. As for Augsburg, they are looking over their shoulders at the relegation situation as Werder Bremen and Fortuna Dusseldorf keep winning.

Mainz 0-1 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim are rolling too as they sit in seventh place on 42 points, only behind sixth-place Wolfsburg on goal difference. Ihias Bebou scored just before half time as they won away at Mainz to make it two wins on the spin and they are now unbeaten in three. Mainz are now in real relegation trouble after picking up just one point from their four games so far. Hoffenheim have three relegation candidates plus Dortmund and Leipzig left to play this season, so they may have the upper hand in the race for sixth with Wolfsburg, who have a tougher schedule on paper.

Augsburg hammer sloppy Schalke (video)

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Augsburg won 3-0 away at Schalke on Sunday as the Bavarian club put in a perfect away display to ease their relegation fears.

Eduard Lowen curled home a stunning free kick to set them on their way to a first win in seven and Nigerian winger Noah Sarenren Bazee jumped off the bench to seal the win in style, with Sergio Corodva adding a third in stoppage time.

David Wagner’s Schalke have now gone nine games without a win as their hopes of qualifying for Europe are fading fast. As for Heiko Herrlich, in his first game on the bench in charge of Augsburg he has his first win as their boss.

Augsburg took an early lead thanks to a stunning free kick from Lowen. The German midfielder curled home an unstoppable effort over the wall and into the top corner from 30 yards out to stun Schalke and give the hosts a precious lead to hold onto.

Schalke huffed and puffed but barely threatened, as Augsburg had a few decent half chances on the break in a tight, scrappy game.

Max went close with another fine free kick from Augsburg but Schubert pushed it away and then a mistake from Jonjoe Kenny and Sane allowed Bazee to run clean through on goal and curl home superbly to seal the win.

The goal was Bazee’s first Bundesliga goal on his 19th outing and was celebrated wildly by Augsburg with elbow bumps galore.

Corodva then made the most of another horrendous defensive error from Schalke as the Augsburg striker rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.