Bundesliga Saturday: Frankfurt Relegated, 'Gladbach To Playoff, Wolfsburg Survive

The title is wrapped up, the European positions are wrapped up, but we still have that little detail called "relegation" with which to deal.

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Bundesliga Saturday: Frankfurt Relegated, 'Gladbach To Playoff, Wolfsburg Survive

The second halves of today's fixtures exploded into action and fates were sealed. Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Wolfsburg battled until the bitter end. 

Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund played a 0-0 halftime score. Frankfurt would grab on to a lifeline immediately after the second half kickoff when Sebastian Rode beat Roman Weidenfeller with a header off of a Theofanis Gekas cross. The champions would continue to attack and finally broke through in the 68th minute behind Lucas Barrios. Just minutes later Frankfurt's fate would be sealed after an own goal by Marco Russ in the 72nd minute. Dortmund would earn a penalty when Marcel Titsch-Rivero, a minute after being subbed onto the field, bundled over Marcel Schmelzer. Dortmund legend Dede would see his penalty saved by Ralf Fährmann who had an outstanding match. This was his second penalty save of the match! Lucas Barrios would score another goal in stoppage time to put a definitive stamp on Dortmund's title celebrations and Frankfurt's relegation to the 2.Bundesliga.

Borussia Mönchengladbach went into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead over Hamburg after a great free kick goal by Juan Arango. Hamburg would continue to push for an equalizer and then subbed on Ruud van Nistelrooy for Ze Roberto. Both men were in the Hamburg shirt for the final time. Van Nistelrooy would immediately cause problems. He would see his shot saved by Marc-André ter Stegen but Änis Ben-Hatira was right there to tap in the rebound. The match would end with in a 1-1 draw. 'Gladbach knew they were guaranteed at least the relegation playoff place, but a loss by Wolfsburg against Hoffenheim would guarantee their safety in the Bundesliga for another season.

With the drama surrounding Wolfsburg pregame, it was always going to be interesting to see how they would come out on the road against Hoffenheim. They knew going into the match that they needed to get just the same result as 'Gladbach or better. After a 0-0 first half, Hoffenheim would strike early to begin the second half. Roberto Firmino would get a goal in the 49th minute to put all the pressure in the world on Magath's team. Mario Mandzukic became a hero just 11 minutes later. Mandzukic would bag goals in the 60th and 73rd minutes to give Wolfsburg the 2-1 lead. Grafite would finish off Hoffenheim when a ball would deflect off of him and into the back of the net to make the score 3-1. Wolfsburg survives for another season and 'Gladbach find themselves in the relegation playoff.


Ongoing, Bundesliga Saturday: League Wide Halftime Review

We had an action packed first half throughout the country, but things started off very bizarrely. 

The news broke shortly before kickoff that Diego had walked out on Wolfsburg moments before their most important match of the season. He was unhappy with being left out of Felix Magath's starting lineup. The match with Hoffenheim has been a very even affair with neither side really having an upper hand. It's 0-0 at halftime.

Hanno Balitsch grabbed a goal to put Leverkusen up 1-0 on the road against Freiburg. All they need is one point to guarantee an appearance in next season's Champions League group stage.

St. Pauli climbed ahead of Mainz 05 1-0 just before halftime on a goal by Matthias Lehmann. While the Pirates are already relegated, if would be great for the club if they could go out with a win.

Kaiserslautern jumped out to a spectacular 2-0 lead before 10 minutes had passed at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion on goals from Adam Nemec and Rodnei. Srdjan Lakic would add another for FCK in the 30th minute. Torsten Frings would pull one back for Bremen just before halftime to give them hope for a second half only down two goals.

Hannover 96 and Nurnberg would exchange goals in the first half behind Karim Haggui and Julian Wießmeier. The score is even 1-1.

'Gladbach looks to complete the great escape on the road in Hamburg. Juan Arango scored on a beautiful free kick to give the relegation-threatened side a 1-0 lead.

Milivoje Novakovic scored to give Koln an early 1-0 lead at home against Schalke. Schalke would make two substitutions before the half. Edu would come off for Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Alexander Baumjohann made way for young Julian Draxler.

Frankfurt has struggled to create a lot of chances at the home of the champions, though Theofanis Gekas did hit the woodwork. Frankfurt has to get a goal or they are guaranteed relegation. It's 0-0 at the half.

Stuttgart and Bayern would exchange goals between Shinji Okazaki and Mario Gomez. Miroslav Klose would miss quite possibly the biggest sitter of the season. Embarrassing miss.


Ongoing, Bundesliga Saturday: Frankfurt, 'Gladbach, and Wolfsburg Fight For Survival

Today is the final matchday in the 2010-2011 German Bundesliga season. The title is wrapped up, the European positions are wrapped up, but we still have that little detail called "relegation" with which to deal.

Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and VfL Wolfsburg will be clamoring for those final precious three points against Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, and Hoffenheim respectively. Frankfurt have been struggling mightily over the last few weeks, and it does not look good for them heading into the last match against this season's champions at the Westfalenstadion. 'Gladbach have been on incredible form lately with three wins in a row and four wins out of their last five. They'll be on the road against Hamburg who will be saying goodbye today to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Piotr Trochowski, and Collin Benjamin. Wolfsburg head to Hoffenheim with a squad that is far too talented to be relegated.

There will be a massive celebration today in Dortmund as this season's champions will lift the "salad bowl". Tomorrow they will have an open-top bus ride through the city of Dortmund to celebrate their championship where they expect to share the championship with a couple hundred thousand people.

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