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What’s at stake on the final day of Bundesliga 2019-20?

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There are precious few things to play for on the final day of the Bundesliga season, though places in the Champions League and the relegation playoff are still available.

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Bayern’s finishing first and Dortmund second, there won’t be a gate crasher to the Europa League, Robert Lewandowski will claim another Golden Boot unless he’s held scoreless and impending-Chelsea man Timo Werner scores eight, and no one can move from relegated to safe on the final day.

As for Americans abroad, one is guaranteed to be relegated, one will go to the relegation playoff, and another is either headed for the Europa League group stage of the qualifying rounds.

Champions League places

Bayern Munich is going back to the UCL as Bundesliga champions, where it will be joined by Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig unless the latter suffers a historic blowout loss and sees a rival score a historic blowout win.

That leaves one more spot (unless Bayern wins the UCL or Bayer Leverkusen wins the UEL).

Borussia Monchengladbach’s 62 points and superior goal differential have it in the catbird seat ahead of a visit from much-improved Hertha Berlin. Bayer shouldn’t have an issue with in-form but likely sated Mainz, but its 60 points means it likely needs a Gladbach loss.

Europa League places

This is pretty much settled aside from the team that finishes fifth, though there is some drama. Bayer or Gladbach will go to the UEL group stage.

One of either Wolfsburg or Hoffenheim will go to group stage and the other to the qualifying rounds. Both have 49 points and both face clinched but powerful sides. Wolfsburg hosts Bayern Munich while Hoffenheim travels to Dortmund.

Wolfsburg has a 10-goal pad in the goal differential tiebreaker.

Eighth place could be a UEL spot if Bayer wins the Europa League or Bayern wins the UCL, making fifth a UCL position.

If that happens, Freiburg (45 points, minus-3 goal differential) or Eintracht Frankfurt (42 points, minus-2 goal differential) is in luck. Freiburg hosts Schalke while Eintracht entertains Paderborn.

Relegation

Paderborn is going down. The only suspense is whether Fortuna Dusseldorf or Werder Bremen will go to 2.Bundesliga or have to meet the third-place team from the second-tier in the promotion/relegation playoff.

Fortuna has 30 points to Bremen’s 28, but is away to Union Berlin while Bremen is home to Koln. Bremen has not been relegated in nearly 40 years.

Who is coming up from 2.Bundesliga?

Arminia Bielefeld has run away with the league to return to the Bundesliga for the first time since being relegated after the 2008-09 season.

Stuttgart, relegated after 2016-17, is well-positioned to join them with a 3-point lead on third-place Heidenheim and a healthy advantage in goal differential.

Heidenheim is in third by a point over faltering Hamburg. The final day is far kinder to the fourth-place side, who boasts an eight-goal advantage in goal differential and hosts 12th-place Sandhausen. Heidenheim is away to Arminia. The hosts might’ve won the league but they aren’t a pushover.

Heidenheim is 173 years old and has never been in the top flight, while Hamburg had not been in the second-tier until 2018-19.

Americans Abroad

One USMNT player, Alfredo Morales (Fortuna) or Josh Sargent (Bremen), will be automatically relegated after Saturday’s matches.

John Brooks (Wolfsburg) will either go to the Europa League group stage or qualifying rounds.

Bayern hammer Bayer; Leipzig slip up again (video)

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Bayern Munich cruised past Bayer Leverkusen to move one step closer to sealing an eighth-straight Bundesliga title, while RB Leipzig and Fortuna Dusseldorf were held to frustrating draws and Mainz won at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Bayern Munich’s players wore armbands which read “Black Lives Matter” and wore shirts in their warm up to support the anti-racism movement sweeping across the USA and now Europe and the globe.

Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich have won all five of their games since the restart, scoring 17 goals in the process, and have won 16 of their last 17 games and haven’t lost since mid-December.

Thomas Muller now has 20 Bundesliga assists this season (the league record is 21) and Robert Lewandowski has 44 goals in all competitions as they are powering towards the title.

As for RB Leipzig, they were reduced to 10 men in the first half and almost held on to win but gave up a stoppage time equalizer to basement boys Paderborn which caps off a bad week for the top four hopefuls. Leipzig have now drawn three of their five games since the restart.

Below we roundup all of the action from the Bundesliga on Saturday morning.


Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich

Bayer, who were missing Kai Havertz and Sven Bender, took the lead in slightly odd circumstances as Alario slotted home but was flagged offside. However, VAR overturned that decision and allowed the goal as he was just onside.

Bayern had allowed their first goal from open play since December.

After an end-to-end start, Bayern drew level as Goretzka stole the ball off Moussa Diaby and played in Coman who curled home after running clear to make it 1-1.

Goretzka then made it 2-1 himself, as patient play down the right saw Coman combine with Thomas Muller and he found Goretzka who finished across goal to put Bayern ahead.

Right on half time Gnabry made it 3-1 as Joshua Kimmich’s perfectly-weighted pass over the top found the German winger and he lobbed home to put Bayern firmly in the driving seat.

Both teams had plenty of chances in the second half as Diaby failed to make the most of them for Bayer and Lewandowski headed home to make to 4-1 after Gnabry and Muller went close.

Florian Wirtz scored his first Bundesliga goal in fine fashion, as the youngster from the academy came on as a sub and curled home a stunning goal to make it 4-2 late on.

Wirtz became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history, at 17 years and 34 days old and what a goal it was.


RB Leipzig 1-1 Paderborn

Leipzig took the lead through Patrik Schick but their job became a lot tougher when Dayot Upamecano was sent off just before half time. USMNT star Tyler Adams played a big role in Leipzig battling away in the second half.

Timo Werner (who looks set to join Chelsea next week) went free on the break but couldn’t finish after rounding the goalkeeper and Leipzig coughed up a goal late on after digging so deep. In stoppage time Christian Strohdiek equalized for Paderborn as the bottom club picked up a morale-boosting point and dented Leipzig’s top four hopes, although Borussia Monchengladbach and Leverkusen both lost in Matchweek 30 too.


Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-2 Hoffenheim

A topsy-turvy encounter saw Fortuna take an early lead as Rouwen Hennings made it 1-0 and then Benjamin Hubner was sent off for Hoffenheim to boost Fortuna’s hopes. Hoffenheim equalized soon after that red card, with Moanes Dabour making it 1-1 but then Fortuna thought they had gone right up the other end and made it 2-1 through Hennings… but VAR intervened and ruled it out. Steven Zuber sensationally put Hoffenheim 2-1 up in the second half but Hennings made it 2-2 from the penalty spot and although Fortuna battered Hoffenheim late on, the 10 men held on for a point. A golden opportunity missed for Fortuna to grab a crucial three points in their battle against relegation.


Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Mainz

In a battle between teams hoping to stay out of the relegation scrap, Mainz took the lead with Moussa Niakhate finishing just before half time. Mainz doubled their lead through Pierre Kunde as Frankfurt came close to pulling one back but Mainz eased to victory.

Bayern Munich batter Fortuna, go 10 points clear at the top (video)

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Bayern Munich are waltzing their way to an eight-straight Bundesliga title as they battered Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 on Saturday at the Allianz Arena to record an eight-straight win in the German top-flight.

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An own goal, two from Robert Lewandowsk and a goal each from Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies did the damage to Fortuna as Bayern Munich are now just three wins away from securing the title, as they have five games left in the season.

Hansi Flick has now won 22 of his 25 games in charge of Bayern Munich after he took charge in November with the German giants struggling under Niko Kovac. Now, they are rampant and are one of the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League.

The Bavarian giants dominated early on as USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales made an important clearance but Mathias Jorgensen was so lucky a few moments later.

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A ball into the box found Benjamin Pavard and his scuffed effort was going wide before it hit Jorgensen and went into his own goal.

Bayern then doubled their lead as Thomas Muller’s shot was pushed wide and from the resulting corner Pavard nodded home to make it 2-0.

Lewandowski made it 3-0 before the break as he has now scored against all of the current Bundesliga clubs and had previously gone without a goal in five outings against Fortuna.

Kimmich’s surging round saw the loose ball find Muller and his pass to Lewandowski was perfect as he swept home to an empty net.

Lewandowski was at it again just a few minutes after the break as he finished off a slick Bayern move as the Bavarian giants put their foot on the accelerator.

Alphonso Davies made it 5-0 as he bulldozed his way through the Fortuna defense and slotted home, while Muller and Pavard went close to adding a sixth and Fortuna had the odd chance on the break.

In the end, the victory was as routine as possible for Bayern Munich who have more than one hand on the Bundesliga title.

LIVE: Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Bayern Munich can take another huge step towards winning an eight-straight Bundesliga title when they host Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday at the Allianz Arena and below are details on how you can watch in the USA.

The German giants are now seven points clear atop the Bundesliga table after winning 1-0 at second-place Borussia Dortmund in midweek and Hansi Flick’s squad are now just 12 points away from sealing another title. Four wins from their final six games will guarantee a 30th German title, as they play before title rivals Dortmund and RB Leipzig this weekend.

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However, the stakes are high for Fortuna Dusseldorf too. Uwe Rosler’s side launched a stunning comeback to beat Schalke 2-1 in midweek and were 2-0 up in the 88th minute at Cologne last weekend before coughing up two late goals to draw 2-2. Fortuna, who sit in the relegation playoff spot but are just one point behind Mainz in 15th, are direct and dangerous on the counter and Bayern will be wary of an upset at the end of a gruelling week in Germany’s top-flight.

In team news, Lucas Hernandez comes back into the team for Bayern Munich with Jerome Boateng on the bench.

Fortuna bring USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales back into the starting lineup.

Below is how to watch Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf on TV in the USA this Saturday, while above you can follow the action live, as the three points are so valuable to both clubs but for very different reasons.

Bayern Munich v Fortuna, how to watch

  • TV Channels: FS1
  • Stream Live: Via Fox Soccer
  • When: Saturday, May 30 – 12:30 p.m. ET: Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Bayern Munich can take another huge step towards winning an eight-straight Bundesliga title when they host Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday at the Allianz Arena and below are details on how you can watch in the USA.

The German giants are now seven points clear atop the Bundesliga table after winning 1-0 at second-place Borussia Dortmund in midweek and Hansi Flick’s squad are now just 12 points away from sealing another title. Four wins from their final six games will guarantee a 30th German title, as they play before title rivals Dortmund and RB Leipzig this weekend.

[ LIVE: Bundesliga scores ]

However, the stakes are high for Fortuna Dusseldorf too. Uwe Rosler’s side launched a stunning comeback to beat Schalke 2-1 in midweek and were 2-0 up in the 88th minute at Cologne last weekend before coughing up two late goals to draw 2-2. Fortuna, who sit in the relegation playoff spot but are just one point behind Mainz in 15th, are direct and dangerous on the counter and Bayern will be wary of an upset at the end of a gruelling week in Germany’s top-flight.

In team news, Bayern will be without midfielders Thiago, Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso and an intriguing stat centers around top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski, who hasn’t scored against Fortuna in five previous outings. One of the stars of the show since Flick took over has been Canadian teenage sensation Alphonso Davies, who has excelled out of position at left back and was nicknamed ‘Roadrunner’ by Bayern teammate Thomas Muller after another fine display at Dortmund.

Fortuna haven’t beat Bayern in 30 years and Kenan Karaman has scored five times in his last five games to give them hope in their relegation battle. USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales could return for Fortuna but U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen, on loan from Man City, remains out injured.

Below is how to watch Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf on TV in the USA this Saturday, while above you can follow the action live, as the three points are so valuable to both clubs but for very different reasons.

Bundesliga schedule

  • TV Channels: FS1
  • Stream Live: Via Fox Soccer
  • When: Saturday, May 30 – 12:30 p.m. ET: Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf