Bundesliga, Week 34: Hertha BSC To Playoff, Köln Relegated

The Bundesliga season ends this weekend, and it's going out in style.

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Bundesliga, Week 34: Hertha BSC To Playoff, Köln Relegated

Nürnberg 1 - 4 Bayer Leverkusen

The hosts thought they were back in the match at a 1-2 after a Robert Mak goal, but goals from Andre Schürrle and Stefan Kießling put the match out of reach and ended any hope of Nürnberg qualifying for Europe next season.

Kießling ended the match with a hat trick pushing his goal total to 16 for the season.

Mainz 0 - 3 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach supporters were given one more glimpse of the brilliance of Marco Reus today. He ended the match with two goals and an assist on Igor De Camargo's goal. Reus will head to Dortmund in the summer and join an already great attack.

Köln 1 - 4 Bayern Munich

Köln have been relegated to the 2.Bundesliga following a big defeat at home to Bayern Munich. Heads dropped when Pedro Geromel scored an own goal to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben also picked up goals for Bayern in the second half. Milivoje Novakovic scored a goal for Köln thanks to an assist from Lukas Podolski.

The referee blew the whistle right on 90 minutes, and the players from both sides quickly left the pitch. Black smoke had filled the stands, and security set up a perimeter around the pitch. Hopefully, nobody is seriously injured.

Werder Bremen 2 - 3 Schalke

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a second half brace to win the golden boot over Mario Gomez. Schalke and Bremen played an entertaining match. It was the last in a Bremen shirt for Claudio Pizarro as he'll make his home elsewhere next season.

Huntelaar's accomplishment should not be overlooked. He finishes on 29 goals and becomes the first Dutch international to win the Bundesliga's Golden Boot.

Augsburg 1 - 0 Hamburg

The match finished with the same halftime score, and Augsburg end their first ever Bundesliga season in 14th place.

Borussia Dortmund 4 - 0 Freiburg

No goals in the second half, and BVB coasted their way to the record points (81) in the Bundesliga and their second consecutive championship.The flags and flares were in full effect in the supporter's section, and BVB celebrated at the final whistle as they were officially champions.

There was a scary moment in the second half during a clash of heads between Dortmund's Neven Subotic and Freiburg's Sebastian Freis. Subotic was okay and continued, but Freis was not moving for almost a minute and had to be stretchered off. He was awake when stretchered off, but a concussion is likely.

Hannover 2 - 1 Kaiserslautern

Didier Ya Konan scored the winner in the second half to send Hannover 96 back to Europe for the second consecutive season. The represented the Bundesliga well in the Europa League this season, and I think we can expect the same next season now that they have a bit of experience under their belt.

Hertha Berlin 3 - 1 Hoffenheim

Änis Ben-Hatira scored in the 78th minute to seemingly assure Hertha's qualification for the playoff. Hoffenheim had other ideas, and Marvin Compper pulled one back with minutes remaining to put all of the pressure in the world on Hertha. There was no one in the stadium that wanted to see Hertha relegated more than Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel who was sacked just before Christmas for not extending his contract.

Babbel urged his team forward in the attack, and they had everyone in the box on a late set piece. Hertha's Raffael managed to break free from everyone after picking up the loose ball and his long range shot found the back of the net to finish the match. Hertha avoid being relegated for at least another week. They'll head to the Promotion/Relegation Playoff.

Stuttgart 3 - 2 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg were well on their way to victory after a Marco Russ goal in the 59th minute. Stuttgart couldn't seem to put anything together.

Wait. They couldn't put anything together until the 72nd minute. Stuttgart received goals in the 72nd, 76th, and 78th minutes from Cacau, Maza, and Ibrahima Traore to win the match.

Wolfsburg were well on their way to qualifying for the Europa League, but this late collapse and Hannover winning ended that hope. I imagine Felix Magath just cut summer break by about all of it.


Bundesliga, Week 34: Halftime Update From Across Germany

Nürnberg 0 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen

It doesn't appear that Nürnberg will find a way to sneak into the Europa League next season. Stefan Kießling has a first half brace. Oh yeah, Michael Ballack was awarded the start in his final Bundesliga match.

Mainz 0 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Marco Reus grabbed a goal to give Gladbach the lead over Mainz. With his summer transfer to Dortmund already booked, we may have just seen Reus' last goal in a Gladbach shirt.

Köln 0 - 1 Bayern Munich

Bayern took a 1-0 lead over Köln thanks to a nice finish from Thomas Müller. Köln began the day on 30 points, 2 ahead of Hertha Berlin. They know they'd be relying on a good performance from Hoffenheim to make sure they'd be in the Promotion/Relegation playoff instead of the straight relegation position.

Werder Bremen 1 - 1 Schalke

Julian Draxler scored a nice goal in the first half, but Claudio Pizarro equalized from the spot just before halftime.

Augsburg 1 - 0 Hamburg

Augsburg have picked up a goal at home to go 1-0 up on Hamburg. Koo Ja-Cheol, on loan with Augsburg from Wolfsburg since January, grabbed the goal that pushes Augsburg to 38 points in the table. They're already safe, but a victory today places them in 14th place ahead of Hamburg.

Borussia Dortmund 4 - 0 Freiburg

BVB are currently on their way to setting a new Bundesliga record for most points accumulated during a season with 81 points. Both Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski have a brace in the first half to give BVB a 4-0 lead over Freiburg. This match is entertaining for the neutral. We all know the talent that is in the Dortmund side, but Freiburg have come to play today with nothing on the line. They're pushing numbers into the attack and forcing Dortmund to at least play some defense today.

Hannover 1 - 1 Kaiserslautern

FCK jumped to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Pierre De Wit, but Hannover eventually found their way back into the match thanks to an own goal from Alexander Bugera. With Wolfsburg currently winning, Hannover must win to find their way back to Europe next season.

Hertha Berlin 1 - 0 Hoffenheim

Änis Ben-Hatira scored a massive goal to push Hertha ahead of Köln on points. When Thomas Müller scored against to give Bayern the lead against Köln, the Olympiastadion in Berlin erupted into cheers. Hertha's second half was made much easier after a horrible decision by the referee to send Ryan Babel off after a clear dive.

Stuttgart 0 - 1 Wolfsburg

Patrick Helmes scored a massive goal to give Wolfsburg the lead in Stuttgart. The goal pushes them ahead of Hannover in the table and qualifies them for the Europa League in the last spot available.

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