Borussia Dortmund dismantled VfL Wolfsburg | Sports | DW

The game was over after just 28 minutes: Within just 360 seconds, BVB scored three times – by half-time there were even five Dortmund goals. “I had a good feeling before the game, there was a good atmosphere and then we played our part,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose afterwards. “Wolfsburg have the first big chance. After that we started running and scored wonderful goals.”

In the end, Borussia Dortmund deservedly won 6-1 against VfL Wolfsburg, who didn’t have a good day. In particular, the back team and the otherwise strong goalkeeper Koen Casteels made a few mistakes. While Wolfsburg is still in the relegation battle due to the defeat, Dortmund’s participation in the Champions League in the coming season is basically certain with the win. With four games remaining, BVB has a twelve-point lead over fifth-placed SC Freiburg and is 18 goals better than the sports club in terms of goal difference.

Cologne wins Derby in Gladbach

Also thanks to a convincing first half, 1. FC Köln beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 and thus continue to nurture the European Cup dreams of their fans. Things went well for Cologne at their arch-rivals right from the start, and the situation was clear after the first 45 minutes. There had never been a 3-0 half-time lead in Gladbach for Cologne in the “Rhenish Derby”. “We keep getting goals for which the opponent doesn’t have to do anything,” said Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann on Sky. “That just doesn’t work in the Bundesliga. It punishes every team.”

Quiet in the block! Goalscorer Anthony Modeste put 1. FC Köln on the road to victory with his 1-0 win

With 46 points, Cologne climbed up to sixth place, at least temporarily, but could still be pushed back by Union Berlin and TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday. After the final whistle and the celebrations of the fans, Cologne’s coach Steffen Baumgart was celebrated with the players alone in front of the bulging guest block. Afterwards, despite the great success, he was modest: “We take it as a nice snapshot,” he said. “The lads have been playing well all season, let’s hope they can do that for the last four games.”

Freiburg knocks on the Champions League door

SC Freiburg, who defeated VfL Bochum 3-0 and now have 51 points, still have claims to participate in the Champions League. The Freiburg increased the pressure on the other premier class contenders Bayer 04 Leverkusen (52) and RB Leipzig (51), who meet in a direct duel at the end of the 30th matchday on Sunday evening.

Bochum, who had one of their weakest performances of the season, ended the game with just ten players and no coach on the bench. First, Konstantinos Stafylidis saw the red card after a serious foul (68th). Shortly thereafter, VfL coach Thomas Reis was also given a red card by the referee (69′). However, that was a misunderstanding, as Reis later clarified: “I did a wiper,” admitted the coach. However, he did not mean the referee, but his own player, whose action he apparently found quite irresponsible. Reis tried to clarify this with the fourth official, but he still had to go to the stands.

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Hertha BSC with signs of life

Hertha BSC is still alive and gets three important points in the fight against relegation. An artful goal by Suat Serdar was responsible for this. With his heel he steered the ball through the legs of Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz into the goal and even caused exuberant jubilation from the otherwise so serious coach Felix Magath. The goal from the former Schalke player was enough for the Hertha team to narrowly win 1-0 at FC Augsburg.

Hertha BSc's Suat Serdar watches as the ball slips through the legs of Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz after his shot

That fits perfectly: Suat Serdar (l.) hits his heel through the legs of Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz

Magath might have liked the way his players played even better than Serdar’s technically demanding goal: hard-running, combative and determined – as a team, led by veteran Kevin-Prince Boateng. A week after the shamefully lost Berlin derby against Union, that was the long-awaited sign of life from Hertha in the relegation battle. For the first time since the 23rd match day, you could not occupy any of the last three places in the table at the end of a match day.

Suffering from Hertha’s success is VfB Stuttgart, who were held to a goalless draw at FSV Mainz 05. Stuttgart had to let Berlin pass them in the table and are now in relegation place 16. One week before the direct duel with Hertha in the Olympic Stadium, VfB are one point behind Berlin, but they have a goal difference that is 17 goals better.

Bielefeld struggles with the video evidence and other headshots

The key moments in the game between Arminia Bielefeld and Bayern Munich happened just before half-time: Bielefeld’s Masaya Okugawa ran towards t Manuel Neuer and put the ball over the Bayern goalkeeper and into the net. Arminia celebrated the equalizer – Jacob Laursen scored an own goal in the 10th minute – but then the video assistant intervened: Okugawa had previously been a few centimeters offside. In injury time in the first half, just minutes later, the referee initially denied Serge Gnabry’s volley (45+7), but was then corrected from the Kölner Keller – no offside, 0:2.

Bayern weren’t impressed by Tuesday’s elimination against Villareal in the Champions League, but struggled against a highly motivated team from Bielefeld, especially in the second half. Nevertheless, substitute national player Jamal Musiala scored in the 85th minute after assisting Robert Lewandowski to make it 3-0. So the Munich team can secure their tenth championship title in a row with a win in the home game against pursuers Dortmund next Saturday.

Bielefeld didn’t play like they had been relegated and also showed good playful approaches, but it wasn’t enough to score a goal. To make matters worse, Fabian Kunze had to be carried off the field with a neck brace after an elbow check by Nianzou in the air duel. Arminen Fabian Klos and Cedric Brunner suffered serious head injuries in the two previous games.

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Frankfurt with heavy legs

Eintracht Frankfurt was still visibly weakened after the historic Europa League night in Barcelona. Three days after the 3: 2 in the quarterfinals at Barca, Eintracht Union Berlin was inferior in all respects at 0: 2 (0: 2) in the capital. Taiwo Awoniyi and Grischa Prömel scored for Union in the 17th and 21st minutes. The Berliners will play RB Leipzig in the DFB Cup semifinals on Wednesday. In the Bundesliga, their chances of participating in the European Cup in the coming season remain intact.

Bundesliga 1. FC Union Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt |  Tor Awoniyi

Taiwo Awoniji (r.) scored 1-0 for Union against Eintracht Frankfurt. Evan Ndicka can no longer intervene.

1899 Hoffenheim dropped two valuable points here. TSG couldn’t get past a 0-0 draw against Greuther Fürth at the bottom. Fürth’s relegation could be sealed as early as next weekend.

Leipzig soaring

RB Leipzig remains the best team in the second half of the season. In the top game of the 30th match day, the Saxons prevailed 1-0 (0-0) against their direct competitor Bayer Leverkusen. Dominik Szoboszlai scored the goal of the day after winning the ball and a dream pass from Christopher Nkunku. Coach Dominik Tedesco initially rested some of his top players, including Nkunku, three days after the 2-0 win at Atalanta Bergamo in the Europa League and three days before the DFB semi-final against Union Berlin. After things didn’t go well in the first half, Tedesco gradually brought in his stars. With success. With the win, Leipzig overtakes Leverkusen in the table and is now third.

The 30th Bundesliga matchday at a glance:

Borussia Dortmund – VfL Wolfsburg 6: 1 (5: 0)
1: 0 Rothe (24.), 2: 0 Witsel (26.), 3: 0 Akanji (28.), 4: 0 Can (35.), 5: 0 Haaland (38.), 6: 0 Haaland ( 54.), 6: 1 Baku (82.)

FC Augsburg – Hertha BSC 0:1 (0:0)
0:1 Serdar (49th)

FSV Mainz 05 – VfB Stuttgart 0:0

SC Freiburg – VfL Bochum 3:0 (2:0)
1: 0 Kübler (5th), 2: 0 Sallai (16th), 3: 0 Sallai (53rd)
Red card: Stafylidis (Bochum/68th, gross foul play), Reis (coach Bochum/69th, complaining)

Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1. FC Cologne 1: 3 (0: 3)
0-1 Modeste (5′), 0-2 Kainz (20′), 0-3 Ljubicic (34′), 1-3 Embolo (85′)

Arminia Bielefeld – Bayern Munich 0:3 (0:2)
0: 1 Laursen (12./Eigentor), 0: 2 Gnabry (45th + 7), 0: 3 Musiala (85th)

1. FC Union Berlin – Eintracht Frankfurt 2:0 (2:0)
1: 0 Awoniyi (17.), 2: 0 Prömel (21.)

TSG Hoffenheim – SpVgg Greuther Furth 0:0 (0:0)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – RB Leipzig 0: 1 (0: 0)
0: 1 Szoboszlai (70.)

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