Bundesliga Round 25 Results: Rudnevs stunner fuels Hamburg's European dream

Goal.com takes a look at the latest round of Bundesliga action, after another eventful weekend of football in Germany's top flight

Augsburg's hopes of climbing away from the drop zone were dealt a blow after their 2-1 loss to Nurnberg at the SGL Arena.

In the 21st minute, Alexander Esswein delivered a fine back pass to Hiroshi Kiyotake to brilliantly put the ball past Mohamed Amsif.

Markus Weinzierl's men then got their equaliser with help from the opposing shot-stopper. After a cross from the right, Tobias Werner headed the ball into Raphael Schafer's arms, and it awkwardly slipped out of his hands, through his legs and over the goal-line.

In the second half, Esswein hit a ferocious free kick which found a gap in Augsburg's wall and flew into the back of the net.

With the result, Nurnberg move up to 11th place, while Augsburg remain 16th, seven points from safety.


Mainz recorded their first victory since January with their 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen at the Coface Arena.

Thomas Tuchel's men applied pressure early on, and Hungary international Adam Szalai saw a great effort smash off the crossbar early into the encounter.

Die Werkself, meanwhile, created chances as well, with Stefan Kiessling looking particularly hungry to break the deadlock, but his attempts were denied by an on-form Christian Wetklo.

In the second half, the hosts were awarded a penalty after a handball by Manuel Friedrich, and Andreas Ivanschitz left Bernd Leno no chance as he blasted the ball into the right-hand corner of the net.

With the result, Leverkusen missed a great chance to leapfrog Borussia Dortmund, who lost the Ruhr derby to Schalke.


Wolfsburg moved up to a mid-table position after defeating Freiburg 5-2.

The Breisgau side opened the scoring thanks to a stunning, curved strike by Max Kruse, but the lead soon was cancelled out by a Cedric Makiadi own goal.

A misplaced clearance by Freiburg then gave Vieirinha the opportunity to send a breathtaking volley into the back of the net from 20 yards out.

Ricardo Rodriguez came down the left flank in the 22nd minute and crossed to Ivica Olic in the 22nd minute, who sent a technically excellent scissor kick into the net.

Olic then grabbed his second in the 49th minute by heading past Oliver Baumann after a cross by Fagner.

Soon after, Makiadi laid the ball on to Johannes Flum, who tapped it in to reduce the deficit to 4-2.

But Wolfsburg restored their three-goal advantage at the death as Diego was able to put himself on the scoresheet, when he outran two Freiburg defenders and prevailed against Baumann.


Tobias Weis was on form as Hoffenheim ended their losing streak with a valuable 3-0 win against basement boys Greuther Furth at the Trolli Arena.

The visitors took the lead 10 minutes into the match, thanks to Roberto Firmino, who fired the ball into the box after picking up a precise through-ball by Weis.

Marco Kurz's men took advantage as Furth increasingly opened up their game. Kevin Volland laid on to Joselu during a counterattack initiated by Weis, and the former Madridista bagged for the visitors.

Weis then crowned his performance with his first Bundesliga goal in his 87th match. Joselu squared the ball to the midfielder, who tapped it into the empty net.

The Kraichgau side are now only two points behind fellow endangered side Augsburg, while relegation seems inevitable for Furth.


Werder Bremen held Borussia Monchengladbach to a 1-1 draw at Borussia Park.

An unmarked Peniel Mlapa scored his first Bundesliga goal by heading home after a corner in the 72nd minute.

Five minutes later, the guests equalised, as Kevin De Bruyne ran down the right flank and found Alexandar Ignjovski on the far post with his cross. The Serbia international dinked it over the goal line.

Mlapa had a great chance to score the winner during injury time when he rounded shot-stopper Sebastian Mielitz, but he lacked composure, making it easy for the approaching defenders to clear the situation.

Neither side were able to push on for the three points, and missed their chance to improve their table position.


Frankfurt lost their Champions League qualification spot to Schalke as their encounter with Hannover resulted in a goalless draw at the AWD Arena.

In the first half, the visitors showed eagerness to end their goal drought, while Kevin Trapp was compelled to spectate under freezing weather conditions.

Early into the second half, Mame Biram Diouf sent a promising half-volley towards the guests' box, which Trapp deflected over the bar. Seconds later, Pirmin Schwegler had to clear a Didier Ya Konan shot on the goal line.

A following counter by the Hessian side saw Alexander Meier find the net after picking up a long cross, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Armin Veh's men have not scored since their 2-0 win over Hamburg on February 2.


A wonder goal by Artjoms Rudnevs secured Hamburg a 1-0 victory against Stuttgart amid hopes of qualifying for European football next term.

The hosts saw a great free kick attempt by Raphael Holzhauser denied by Rene Adler in the 16th minute.

As lacklustre the first half may have been, the second one began with a stunner.

Dennis Diekmeyer crossed from the right to Rudnevs, who was lurking close to the penalty spot. And the Latvia international sent a sweet volley into Sven Ulreich's net.

Bruno Labbadia's men remain 14th following the result, while Hamburg move up to sixth place.