bundesliga.com summarises the biggest storries to emerge from Matchday 30...
FC Bayern München have rightly received plaudits across the globe for their record-breaking run to the this season. Many observers predicted that sealing the championship away to Hertha Berlin on Matchday 27 would allow them to keep players fresh, yet having failed to win in the league since, the mood is turning. "I think it's a problem that we've already won the Bundesliga,” admitted coach Pep Guardiola.
grabbed his 15th goal of the season to put Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 up against Hertha on Sunday, simultaneously throwing his name back into the race to finish as top scorer in 2013/14. That was not all though, as his header crossed the line with just 40 seconds on the clock - the fastest strike in the Bundesliga this term and the only one scored under a minute.
Of the nine Bundesliga fixtures on Matchday 30, seven of them ended in victory for the home team, the first time so many sides have taken maximum points on their own patch in a single round this season. 1899 Hoffenheim were the last side to wrap up victory, beating FC Augsburg 2-0 on Sunday evening to take their points tally to 22 in the second half of the season, which represents their best ever post-winter break haul.
With FC Bayern already Bundesliga champions and Dortmund and Schalke set to secure the final two podium places, the battle for the final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot is getting tighter with every passing week. Leverkusen’s Rückrunde slump opened the door with Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz 05 now all jostling for position within four points of the Werkself for the golden ticket to Europe’s top table.
That the Bundesliga is a breeding ground for talent has long been known, but the latest generation of youngsters are setting the bar ever higher for their eventual successors. Schalke’s 18-year-old wunderkind , Wolfsburg’s 19-year-old midfielder and 17-year-old all got on the scoresheet this weekend. Furthermore, Hamburg’s took his tally to ten for the season on Saturday, having only turned 20 in February this year.
Julian Draxler thought he had doubled Schalke's lead before Jefferson Farfan curled home a late free-kick, but his goal was eventually ruled out by the officials. Find out what happened on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: