Win sends Gladbach into top six

  • Last Updated: March 30 2014, 19:06 BST

A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga as Borussia Monchengladbach moved into the top six.

Rafael of Monchengladbach scores
Rafael of Monchengladbach scores

Borussia Monchengladbach moved into the thick of the race for a Champions League place with a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Hamburg on Sunday.

The Foals had to battle back from going behind to Jacques Zoua's 28th-minute strike and it took a goal against the run of play from Filip Daems to level the game before half-time.

Two quick-fire goals in the second half from Raffael and Alvaro Dominguez ended Hamburg's hopes of getting something out of the game and edged Monchengladbach three points behind fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Hamburg's defeat by two goals meant they slipped below Stuttgart into an automatic relegation berth.

A last-gasp Sebastian Prodl winner earned Werder Bremen all three points in a 2-1 northern Germany derby at Hannover.

The hosts took the lead just before the break at the Niedersachsenstadion through Szabolcs Huszti, but Franco Di Santo levelled for the visitors.

In a game which could have gone either way, Prodl headed in a winner in the 90th minute to give Bremen a boost in their battle against relegation.

On Saturday, Hoffenheim ended champions Bayern Munich's 19-game winning streak in the Bundesliga as they drew 3-3 at the Allianz Arena, while Marco Reus' hat-trick lifted Borussia Dortmund back into a second place with a 3-2 win at Stuttgart.

Anthony Modeste gave Hoffenheim the lead midway through the first half as the newly crowned champions suffered a title-winning hangover at the Allianz Arena, but two goals from Claudio Pizarro and a Xherdan Shaqiri strike appeared to have given Pep Guardiola's men a commanding lead.

Hoffenheim had other ideas, though, and Sejad Salihovic pulled a goal back before the break before Roberto Firmino earned the visitors a point in the second half, making them only the third side to take anything off Bayern in the Bundesliga all season with a 3-3 draw.

Reus, meanwhile, struck once before the interval and twice after to hand Dortmund a nail-biting 3-2 victory over their relegation-threatened hosts, who had led through goals from Christian Gentner and Martin Harnik.

Stuttgart's cause was not helped by the dismissal of Georg Niedermeier, having conceded the penalty which led to Reus' second goal.

The visitors' win moved them back a point above Schalke, who had temporarily taken over second place with a 2-0 triumph over Hertha Berlin on Friday night.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen were jeered off the field by their own fans at the BayArena after being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig.

Ken Reichel gave the visitors the lead early in the second half before a penalty from Stefan Kiessling saved the hosts from an even worse result.

They nevertheless saw their advantage over fifth-placed Wolfsburg reduced to a single point, jeopardising their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season, and drawing derision from their own fans.

Wolfsburg defender Naldo scored a stunning winning goal in the final minute to hand the Champions League-chasing Wolves a 2-1 success against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Brazilian powered home from around 45 yards as the hosts turned around a 1-0 deficit to take all three points. Ivica Olic had levelled for Dieter Hecking's side after they had gone behind to Stefan Aigner's goal.

Mainz picked up three points in the battle for a European spot with a 3-0 triumph over fellow surprise package Augsburg.

Goals from Niko Bungert, Marwin Hitz (own goal) and Johannes Geis handed Thomas Tuchel's team their first win in three games.

In the late kick-off, Freiburg boosted their survival hopes with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Nurnberg.

Christian Streich's side, heading into the game on a three-match unbeaten run, trailed at the break, Josip Drmic's penalty on the stroke of half-time having restored the visitors' lead after Emanuel Pogatetz's early strike had been cancelled out by Pavel Krmas.

But Admir Mehmedi got the hosts back on level terms from the penalty spot within eight minutes of the restart and Felix Klaus put them ahead for the first time 12 minutes later, with Pogatetz's last-minute dismissal compounding Nurnberg's misery.

The result saw Freiburg pull three points clear of Nurnberg, who sit just two points better off than 16th-placed Hamburg and 17th-spotted Stuttgart.

On Friday night, Schalke claimed a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin.

Chinedu Obasi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck either side of the interval to hand the Royal Blues a comfortable home win to kick-off matchday 29.

Obasi skipped away from a few half-hearted challenges, before rounding keeper Rene Jarstein and tucking the ball in from a tight angle.

Nigerian winger Obasi then turned provider, slipping a neat through ball for Huntelaar who slammed under the Norwegian keeper to net his 11th goal of an injury-hit campaign.


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