Bayern back to winning ways

A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga, including victory for Bayern Munich.

Last Updated: 20/04/14 at 22:22

Bayern Munich players celebrate following their victory

Bayern Munich players celebrate following their victory

A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich warned up for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid by cruising to 2-0 Bundesliga win at bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.

The visitors held out until the 75th minute when Claudio Pizarro put Pep Guardiola's men in front before Mario Mandzukic sealed the points five minutes from time.

Bayern's win ended an unlikely run of three Bundesliga games without a win, while it left their opponents at the foot of table with just three games of the season remaining.

Borussia Dortmund guaranteed their place in next season's Champions League with a 4-2 win over Mainz at the Westfalenstadion.

Milos Jojic gave the hosts an early lead, which was soon cancelled out by Shinji Okazaki. Robert Lewandowski then put Dortmund ahead once again, only for that too to be pegged back as Okazaki levelled for a second time.

Lukasz Piszczek added a third for Dortmund and this time there was no way back for the visitors as a Marco Reus penalty completed the win after Niko Bungert had been shown a red card.

On Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen pushed Nurnberg closer to relegation to the 2. Bundesliga and returned to the top four with a convincing 4-1 win in Bavaria.

Emir Spahic was on target twice for Sascha Lewandowski's men, who were rarely challenged by the Bundesliga strugglers, even if Marwin Plattenhardt brought them level in the 26th minute.

Sebastian Boenisch and Roberto Hilbert wrapped up the win for Leverkusen, who climb back above Wolfsburg into fourth place, which would earn them a place in the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile Stuttgart picked up a vital three points in their battle against relegation thanks to a 3-1 win over Schalke.

Two goals from Martin Harnik and Cacau's first goal of the season saw Huub Stevens' side move four points clear of the bottom three with three games of the season remaining.

Adam Szalai scored one and had a further goal ruled out as Schalke slipped up, but remained in third place with a four-point advantage over Bayer Leverkusen in the battle for a place in the group stage of the Champions League next season.

Hamburg remain in danger of the first relegation in their history after a 3-1 home defeat to Champions League-chasing Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Ivan Perisic, Kevin De Bruyne and Ivica Olic scored for Wolfsburg, who had Luiz Gustavo sent off late on.

Ivo Ilicevic scored a late consolation for Hamburg, who could drift four points from guaranteed safety if relegation rivals Stuttgart beat Schalke on Sunday.

Freiburg struck four times in the second half to all but secure top-flight survival with a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, whose top-four aspirations took a hit.

The hosts trailed to a Patrick Herrmann goal, but a double from Admir Mehmedi, a goal of the season contender from Oliver Sorg and one courtesy of record signing Vladimir Darida put some gloss on an incredible performance from the hosts.

Gladbach cut the arrears in the 89th minute when Havard Nordtveit netted.

Werder Bremen also extinguished lingering relegation fears with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Kevin Volland had stuck Markus Gisdol's men ahead within three minutes, but a rallying response from Werder, through goals from Philipp Bargfrede, Santiago Garcia and Nils Petersen, won the points.

Hoffenheim's Sejad Salihovic also missed a penalty on 86 minutes which would have levelled the game at 2-2.

Mid-table pair Hertha Berlin and Augsburg played out a goalless stalemate at Berlin's Olympiastadion.


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