Bayern, Dortmund win as Monchengladbach slide further

Bayern, Dortmund win as Monchengladbach slide further

Bayern, Dortmund win as Monchengladbach slide further

Borussia Monchengladbach’s season took another tumble as the club dropped from fourth to sixth in the Bundesliga, away to FC Mainz 05. It had been coming. The 1-0 loss, through a 21 minute goal by midfielder Christian Clemens was enough to make Borussia drop another 3 points as Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 stormed past.

Leverkusen surged into fourth place, only three points behind Hertha Berlin, after a Stefan Kiessling opener and a Javier Hernandez brace ensured a comfortable victory at the BayArena over Hannover 96. Only a point behind, Schalke had Max Meyer and Leroy Sane to thank for an away victory at the Stadion am Bollenfalltor against Darmstadt 98.

Borussia Dortmund maintained their 8-point deficit behind defending champions Bayern Munich, while opening up a 10-point margin over third placed Hertha, courtesy of Gabonese international and Bundesliga’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace, in a 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt at the Westfalenstadion.

Capital side, Hertha, now finds itself in a tricky position for a third place bruising battle, after a 3-3 thriller away to Werder Bremen. Berlin had taken a two-goal lead through Vladimir Darida and Marvn Plattenhardt, before Fin Bartels halved the deficit in the 67th minute for the hosts.

After Salomon Kalou had restored Hertha’s advantage five minutes later, veteran striker Claudio Pizzaro completed his brace within two minutes of his 75th minute penalty for Bremen, to leave the Weser-Stadion in a delirious mood.

Elsewhere, mid-table sides, FC Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt could only draw 0-0, while VfB Stuttgart defeated Hamburger SV 2-1. VfL Wolfsburg and FC Koln squared it out 1-1 to leave Wolfsburg seventh and on 27 points.

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern made easy meal over relegation-threatened side 1899 Hoffenheim, after a double by Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski, took his tally to 19 of the season, making the Bavarians earn 52 points over the course of the season.