Eintracht Braunschweig kept their hopes alive with an excellent win against Mainz, Nürnberg returned to winning ways against Stuttgart and dragged them and HSV back into the relegation spots, and Schalke held Dortmund for a point in the Revierderby, the three picks from the Englische Woche.
However, none of those stories made the top headlines due to Bayern München clinching the title with their routine win at Hertha Berlin. Elsewhere, Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt kept their healthy distances from the relegation zone with vital home wins while Werder Bremen failed to emulate them with a defeat to Wolfsburg, who revived their dream of making it into the UEFA Champions League with their first win in five matches. Dieter Hecking side’s victory served as a wake-up call for fellow European hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen, whose victory at Augsburg was their first in almost two months.
Bayern break another record to wrap up the title
The only competition Bayern München face this season in the Bundesliga is from their equally-dominate team from last season. Pep Guardiola’s side revised the records book from Jupp Heynckes’ farewell season multiple times and they re-wrote history by clinching the league title with a record-breaking seven games to spare. The Bavarians have only dropped points on two occasions this season, stretching their unbeaten record to 52 games in the process.
A win at Hertha Berlin, a team who have struggled in front of their rather graceful supporters in recent weeks, was all Bayern needed to become champions. Toni Kroos opened the scoring with a deflected effort before Mario Götze, who has now won three Bundesliga titles at the age of just 21, doubled their advantage before the half-time break. Franck Ribéry made sure of the result with his side’s third after Adrián Ramos had pulled one back for die Alte Dame from the spot. Bayern, who wrapped up their 24th league title (including the 1931-32 triumph before the inception of Bundesliga), will now focus on retaining their treble success, with the Champions League and DFB-Pokal up for grabs.
Fährmann shines in the Revierderby, again!
After returning to his childhood club Schalke from relegated Eintracht Frankfurt, Ralf Fährmann made his debut with a heroic display in the Super Cup Final against Borussia Dortmund three seasons ago. The shot-stopper was unlucky with successive injuries and fierce competition for the number one jersey at the Royal Blues throughout the years, but he is now settling at the club with a possible call-up from the National team on the cards. He conceded eleven goals in just two matches against powerhouses Real Madrid and Bayern München, but that tally could have been even worse if it hadn’t been for his fantastic saves. Fährmann kept Schalke one points behind Borussia Dortmund with spectacular saves to deny Jürgen Klopp’s side derby revenge in the Rückrunde, which further goes to show he is one of the most in-form keepers in the league.
Braunschweig reluctant to give up
With Mainz picking up positives from the weekend’s hard-fought match against table-toppers Bayern München and their overall status of stability, it was by far known which team would be needing the three points more when Thomas Tuchel’s side visited Eintracht Braunschweig. Thanks to a brace from Domi Kumbela, the second goal with a stunning acrobatic finish, the Lions earned a lifeline in their quest to avoid the drop, despite the fact that they are still three points behind Stuttgart who are directly above them.
Drmić shows Nürnberg the right way
Nürnberg were under pressure before their crucial match against fellow relegation fighters Stuttgart in the wake of losing three games in a row against direct rivals. However, they were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief after a fantastic double from Josip Drmić, who is now only two goals short of leader Mario Mandžukić’s 17-goal tally in the goal-scorers chart. The win earned them three valuable points at the expense of Huub Stevens’ Stuttgart side. In the other relegation six-pointer of the week, Hamburg only managed a draw at home against a resurgent Freiburg side; Werder Bremen continued their slump after a home defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone with a crucial win against Borussia Mönchengladbach, as the otherwise commanding defender Martin Stranzl was outmuscled by the energetic Joselu for the decisive goal of the match.
3-1: Englische Woche treat
Five of the nine midweek matches ended with the same scoreline; 3-1. Bayern München’s title was secured with a three-one result at Hertha Berlin and Braunschweig hit Mainz for a victory with the same scoreline, while Wolfsburg returned to winning ways with the same score in a match which included a stunning strike by Max Arnold. Goals-galore Hoffenheim picked up their second successive win in a row by scoring three times again after going behind against Hannover and Leverkusen relied on two goals in the last ten minutes against Augsburg to record their first away win since their narrow victory at Gladbach in February.
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