On Sunday, 1. FC Köln shaded a pulsating clash with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the RheinEnergieStadion, before a Daniel Ginczek brace helped lift VfB Stuttgart off the foot of the Bundesliga table against SV Werder Bremen.
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MATCHDAY 28 RESULTS:
Hannover 96 1-1 Hertha Berlin
FC Bayern München 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 0-0 SC Freiburg
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
SC Paderborn 2-1 FC Augsburg
Hamburger SV 0-2 VfL Wolfsburg
1. FC Köln 3-2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
VfB Stuttgart 3-2 SV Werder Bremen
Monday 13 March
That's a wrap
That brings an end to our Matchday 28 coverage. We'll be back on Thursday with the build-up to another guaranteed weekend of thrills, spills and everything in-between, but don't forget there are also two massive European games involving FC Bayern and VfL Wolfsburg in the meantime. Miss it - miss out!
VfB Stuttgart striker , who netted his second brace in as many games in Sunday's 3-2 win over SV Werder Bremen has been telling kicker how he likes to "analyse opposition defenders and goalkeepers" before games. Citing Bremen custodian Raphael Wolf as an example, he said: "he often has his legs open." Top tip!
The journey to the airport is about to get under way - we're on our way to Porto!
Eintracht Frankfurt have been left reeling by the news that Bundesliga leading scorer Alex Meier will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee complaint that requires surgery. "It's a massive shame that I can't finish the season and help the team out," said the 32-year-old striker. Click here for the full story.
Having a good time!! pic.twitter.com/hLabLcQAPl— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) April 12, 2015
Stuttgart forward Daniel Ginczek was understandably delighted after grabbing his third and fourth goals of the season to help Huub Stevens' men to a much-needed triumph. Head here for the post-match reacton from key protagonists...
Köln defender Jonas Hector was the unlikeliest of match-winners for the Billy Goats on Sunday, netting a superb third goal in a 3-2 win over Bremen. Marvel at his mazy run in which he beat five defenders to score here and check out the 24-year-old's thoughts on his wonderstrike here.
We love to hear from you, so why not check out the video of the weekend's Top 5 goals below and then head to our Fanzone page to cast your vote for the Matchday 28 Goal of the Week? You can also select your Player of the Week right here!
Respected broadsheet Die Welt had harsh words for Hamburg, labelling them "headless chickens" following the 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg that left them bottom of the league. Elsewhere, Ruhrnachrichten focused on Dortmund captain Mats Hummels' "fight to rediscover his form", citing the centre-back as "one of the best in the business, but currently nowhere near the level he usually plays at."
Süddeutsche Zeitung's sport section led with "Stuttgart's rollercoaster" on Monday morning after the Swabians twice threw away the lead before finally beating Bremen on Sunday with a "thrilling last-minute victory that gives them renewed hope". Meanwhile, Bild hailed as "Hertha's new goal-getter" after the Swiss midfielder netted his second goal in as many games.
As well as highlights of all nine Bundesliga games, we have a wealth of exclusive post-match videos with some of the league's biggest stars. Check out what Bayern's Thiago made of his first starting appearance in over a year here, and head to our Watch page for more, including interviews with Kevin De Bruyne, Pepe Reina and Oscar Wendt, among others!
The ever-charismatic Jürgen Klopp didn't mince his words after Dortmund's 13th defeat of the season at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach. Find out what else the BVB strategist, and his fellow top-flight coaches, had to say about their teams' performances at the weekend right here.
Sunday 12 March
We'll leave you with some post-match reaction from today's games at the RheinEnergieStadion and the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more reaction to all of the weekend's matches. Thank you and goodnight!
Day off for Heitinga
After Hertha's draw at Hannover on Friday, John Heitinga's work is done for the weekend:
Ein von @johnheitinga gepostetes Foto am 12. Apr 2015 um 2:41 Uhr
Here's a quick reminder of yesterday's events. In the battle of the Borussias, it was Gladbach that came out on top with a convincing 3-1 win over Dortmund, while Robert Lewandowski inspired Bayern to a 3-0 win over Frankfurt. In the evening game, HSV's situation went from bad to worse after a lifeless 2-0 home defeat to Wolfsburg.
Saturday 11 March
That's all for today folks, but join us on Sunday for more live updates as we look ahead to Köln's clash with Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen's trip to VfB Stuttgart. Bye for now!
With three points back to Wolfsburg! pic.twitter.com/NuwenUawmE— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) April 11, 2015
Bas Dost (l.) said he was confident Wolfsburg would snatch all three points away to northern rivals Hamburg after tonight's 2-0 win. "Throughout the game I believed we’d win," the Dutch hitman admitted in the wake of the Imtech Arena victory that left HSV's players understandably disappointed.
After his standout display in Mönchengladbach's 3-1 victory over Dortmund, Patrick Herrmann was full of praise for his team-mates. "We played a superb game and deserved to win," the in-form Foals winger said in the wake of the battle of the Borussias. Find out what else Herrmann and his Gladbach colleagues had to say right here.
Robert Lewandowski was a happy man after notching a brace in Bayern's 3-0 win over Frankfurt. "Sometimes you can't explain why you have a run and score more goals than you do at other times - that's football!" the Polish frontman, who has scored nine in his last eight appearances, said. Click here for more post-match reaction...
#HSVWOB Line-up: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Arnold, Guilavogui - Perisic, De Bruyne, Caligiuri - Dost— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) April 11, 2015
BVB: Weidenfeller - Sokratis, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer - Kehl, Gündogan - Kuba, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan - Aubameyang #bmgbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 11, 2015
Friday 10 March
Head over here for some immediate post-match reaction from the HDI Arena, where Valentin Stocker's goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Hertha Berlin at Hannover 96 and extended die Roten's winless league run to twelve matches. We'll be back bright and early on Saturday with build-up to the rest of the weekend's encounters.
It's time to sit back, relax and switch over to Bundesliga radio, where you can listen to tonight's Matchday 28 opener between Hannover and Hertha in its entirety. Alternatively, find out here where you can watch the match on television, or head over to Twitter where we will be bringing you live updates of the action from the HDI Arena. See you all later on!
Gladbach boss Lucien Favre confirmed today that with Christoph Kramer suspended for Dortmund's visit to the Borussia-Park, Norway international Havard Nordtveit will be filling the World Cup winner's midfield berth on Saturday. Favre has an almost full squad to chose from, with Kramer and Martin Stranzl the only absentees.
Guardiola said there’ll be no let-up in the record champions’ push for silverware this season, despite a whole of host of key players sidelined with injuries: “Our situation is very, very critical. But we have to deal with the situation. We’re still involved in three competitions and have to make sure we remain on track.”
Stuttgart tactician Huub Stevens claims the cellar dwellers have made a step forward after their two encouraging showings away to Wolfsburg and in the Frankfurt win. "We mustn't take them lightly, but there's no need to fear them either," he said of Sunday's visitors Bremen, against whom defender Antonio Rüdiger should be available again.
Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt insisted at today's pre-match press conference that his side have what it takes to snatch all three points at Mainz on Saturday. "We have a young side, but we've shown we can play at a high level and compete with anyone," he said. Bayer are currently fourth in the table, two points behind third-placed Gladbach.
There is good news for Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp this morning, as he is likely to have both Marco Reus (l.) and Mats Hummels back available at Gladbach after the pair sat out the midweek 3-2 DFB Cup victory over Hoffenheim. “It’s looking good for both of them,” said the BVB coach. “They should be able to train with team again on Friday.”
Thursday 9 March
Veteran Hamburg striker Ivica Olic (r.) takes on his former VfL Wolfsburg team-mates for the first time this weekend. The 35-year-old swapped the Volkswagen Arena for the Imtech Arena during the January transfer window, but has yet to find the net for his new employers. Saturday's clash against his former club would be the perfect time to break his duck...
One of the more intriguing sub-plots of Saturday's encounter between FC Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt is the meeting of two of the league's most in-form strikers, Robert Lewandowski and Alexander Meier. The latter still leads the scorers' chart on 19 goals, but Lewandowski's strike against Dortmund last time out lifted the current Torjägerkanone holder to 14 for the season.
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"We'll make a decision on Julian Draxler after the final training session. He has to feel fully fit to be included in the squad. Leon Goretzka has returned to light training, but Saturday's game could come a little early for him."
"The 45 minutes against Augsburg certainly did Jefferson Farfan a lot of good. We'll have to wait and see whether he is fit enough for a place in the starting eleven."
Peruvian international Farfan has only recently returned from a long-standing knee injury.
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"It should be a really good game on Saturday as both teams still have plenty to play for. There's no point talking about the gap between us and seventh place ahead of the Gladbach match - that is irrelevant right now."
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"[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang was suffering from cramp against Hoffenheim but is fully fit. Sven Bender got a knock, but [Marco] Reus and [Mats] Hummels will resume full training tomorrow at the latest."
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"I'm expecting my team to play confident attacking football [against Wolfsburg]. They have to excite the fans, but the spark has to be lit on the pitch first."
"The corresponding fixture against Gladbach earlier in the season was our best game of the campaign so far - even though we didn't actually score ourselves!"
Christoph Kramer scored a spectacular own goal as Dortmund beat the Foals 1-0 back on Matchday 11.
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"The atmosphere within the group is fantastic. The players are very relaxed in training and we're also scoring a lot of goals. If we take the lead on Saturday, I'm confident we can silence the 'little man' in our heads, score more goals and win the match."
"The goals we conceded against Leverkusen [on Matchday 27] were largely down to individual errors. I don't want to put too much blame on the players in question, though. Everyone has to be prepared to give everything for the cause and we have to make sure we take to the field as a team."
"It's going to be a very tense encounter [against Hertha Berlin on Friday]. We need a win and we need three points. Everything else doesn't matter right now."
Korkut's side go into Matchday 28's opener in 15th place, having failed to win any of their last 11 Bundesliga fixtures.
"We were all very disappointed after losing to Hertha Berlin [on Matchday 27]. The most important thing for us at this moment in time is to keep a cool head. We're looking forward, staying positive and remain confident of our abilities. We're ready to give everything we can on Saturday in front of our amazing fans."
"The only thing on our minds at the moment is Hamburg. We want to seal our place in the group stages of the Champions League as quickly as possible. HSV and their fans will do everything they can to make life difficult for us and to get the three points."
INJURY UPDATE: It wasn't all good news for FC Bayern on Wednesday, though, as centre-back Medhi Benatia was forced off after just 34 minutes of their last-four win with a thigh injury. We'll bring you news on that one as soon as we get it...
We'll also be bringing you live updates from all of Thursday's pre-match press conferences. Borussia Dortmund head honcho Jürgen Klopp, whose side face Gladbach on Saturday afternoon, is due to face the media at 13:30 CEST, so make sure you stay tuned!
First up, however, struggling Hannover 96 will be looking to record their first league victory in 12 attempts against a rejuvenated Hertha Berlin side on Friday evening. Die Roten have slipped dangerously close to the Bundesliga drop zone in recent weeks, while Hertha have been given a new lease of life under head coach Pal Dardai. Click here to find out where you can watch the weekend's opening fixture on television.
After a thrilling week of action in the , it's time to turn our attention to the Bundesliga once again. FC Bayern, who beat Leverkusen on penalties in Wednesday's last-four clash, welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Allianz Arena on Saturday, while fellow Borussias Mönchengladbach and Dortmund go head-to-head at the Borussia-Park in the weekend's standout clash.