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  • 7 April 2013
  • • 16:30
  • • HDI-Arena, Hannover
  • Referee: C. Dingert
  • • Attendance: 46000

Bundesliga Round 28 Results: Champions League within reach for Schalke as they brush aside Bremen

Bundesliga Round 28 Results: Champions League within reach for Schalke as they brush aside Bremen

Bongarts takes a look at the latest round of domestic action in Germany, after another eventful weekend of football


Markus Gisdol's debut as a Hoffenheim coach saw the troubled Kraichgau side sweep aside Fortuna Dusseldorf comfortably with a 3-0 victory at the Rhein Neckar Arena.

A defending mistake by Robert Tesche gave the hosts the opportunity to counterattack in the 11th minute, which Roberto Firmino ruthlessly finished.

Then, an own goal by Andreas Lambertz made it a second for the hosts halfway into the second half, as the midfielder's attempt to clear a corner with a header saw the ball unexpectedly end up in the net behind Fabian Giefer.

In the dying seconds of the encounter, Kevin Volland finally made it three by rounding Giefer and tapping home.

Despite the success, Hoffenheim remain glued to 17th spot, but have the opportunity to leapfrog Augsburg next matchday, should the Bavarians lose their match against Eintracht Frankfurt.


Borussia Monchengladbach carved out a narrow 1-0 win against 10-man basement boys Greuther Furth at the Borussia Park.

The visiting underdogs hardly focused on defending and were eager to make an impression against Lucien Favre's men by creating several chances at the start of the match.

However, the first half went goalless, and Matthias Zimmermann was sent off after half-time for his second consecutive yellow card within five minutes, following a tackle on Havard Nordtveit.

The deadlock was finally broken by Netherlands striker Luuk De Jong late into the second half, as he made use of a great through-ball by youngster Amin Younes during a counterattack.

With the success, Die Fohlen move up towards the Europa League qualification spots, but all hope seems lost for Furth.


Schalke brushed aside struggling Werder Bremen with a 2-0 win at the Weserstadion to gain three invaluable points amid their hopes for Champions League football next campaign.

Scoring was opened in the second half when young midfielder Julian Draxler nutmegged opposing defender Sokratis to place the ball into the left-hand corner of the net.

In the 68th minute, co-ordination errors backfired on Thomas Schaaf's men, and Ciprian Marica scored in front of an empty net to secure Die Knappen's second goal of the afternoon.

Following this convincing victory, Jens Keller's men get to keep their fourth position in the league and now enjoy a three-point advantage over Frankfurt, who lost to newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.


Wolfsburg held Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen to a 1-1 draw at the BayArena on Saturday.

A misplaced pass by Simon Kjaer enabled Andre Schurrle to intercept and lay on to Stefan Kiessling, who then brillantly volleyed home in the 12th minute.

However, Kjaer later made up for his previous mistake, as he picked up an indirect free kick in the 70th minute to restore parity with a great header.

The Werkself's third place is not threatened following the result, which keeps their hopes for Champions League football next term alive, but the Wolfe remain stuck in the middle of the table.


Hamburg failed to give a response to their trashing at Munich last matchday as they suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Freiburg at the Imtech Arena.

The Breisgau side carved out two excellent chances during the first half, but Jan Rosenthal and Matthias Ginter saw their efforts smash off the aluminum of Rene Adler's box.

And it was not until the 68th minute when the final result was eventually determined. Max Kruse ran down the right flank and crossed over to Jonathan Schmid to put the ball past Adler.

While Christian Streich's men brightened their hopes of playing in Europe next term, the Rothosen were kept at distance and remain in the midfield of the Bundesliga.


Per Nilsson's first ever double with both goals scored after set-pieces secured Nurnberg a vital 2-1 win over Europa League hopefuls Mainz.

The opening stages of the clash were marked by the Nullfunfer trying to besiege the hosts, forcing them back into defending.

Then, Nicolai Muller was felled by Javier Pinola inside the box, but the following penalty did not reward the visitors for their efforts, as Adam Szalai missed the target.

However, in the second half, der Club took the lead. Hiroshi Kiyotake delivered to Nilsson with an accurately placed free-kick, and the Sweden international thanked his team-mate by heading home.

Mainz equalled scoring shortly after, when Muller gently dinked the ball over Raphael Schafer, however, Nilsson grabbed his double by prevailing against Thomas Tuchel's defenders and driving the ball into the net after a corner.


Points were shared between Hannover and Stuttgart after a lacklustre match for both contenders at the AWD Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Although the hosts looked eager to display their home strength at times, the first half saw no serious chances for either of the teams, and both sides deservedly reached half-time empty-handed.

In the second half, the guests turned momentum in their favour occasionally, but sound defending by Mirko Slomka's men and an in-form Ron-Robert Zieler prevented the Swabian side from scoring.

One point was enough for Hannover to get past Hamburg in the table to secure 10th, while Bruno Labbadia's men remain 13th.