Relief for Monchengladbach as both Wolfsburg and Schalke lose

Relief for Monchengladbach as both Wolfsburg and Schalke lose

They couldn’t do it. VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. They couldn’t surpass Borussia Monchengladbach and occupy fourth spot. Having been given the leeway to occupy a Champions League position, they faltered, and gave Monchengladbach a get-out-of-jail free card.

Schalke 04 lost 3-1 at home, in the Veltins-Arena, to relegation threatened Werder Bremen. It must have hurt. Having led, courtesy of a Joel Matip headed goal in the fourth minute, they must be ruing what went wrong in the aftermath. Defender, Clemens Fritz, playing in a midfield role, netted a was the game changer to turn the game against the hosts.

The Gelsenkirchen-based side had the better chances, throughout the game, but were as not clinical. Once Fritz had netted in the equalizer, two minutes from the interval, the game soon swung. Fritz would soon turn provider, 8 minutes after the break, his cross being met by veteran Claudio Miguel Pizzaro, former Bayern Munich forward, as Bremen took a 2-1 lead.

The Werder captain would soon provide another assist for Anthony Ujah, who scored to ensure Bremen went four points clear off the bottom two, with 18 points, just behind VfB Stuttgart, equal on points and goal difference.

Over to Frankfurt, at the Commerzbank-Arena, Eintracht Frankfurt came from a goal down to beat Wolfburg 3-2, courtesy of a hatrick by Alexander Meier. Former Munich defender, Dante, had given Wolfsburg a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. The hosts would then fight back through a brace from midfielder Meier in the 66th minute and 7 minutes later to take the lead.

Former Chelsea midfielder, Andre Schurrle restored parity for the visitors with 11 minutes remaining, only for hatrick hero, Meier, to score in injury time. The result means both Schalke and Wolfsburg maintain their positions, sixth and seventh, respectively, just within three points off fourth-placed Monchengladbach

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