Matchday 32/Friday: As it happened

FC Bayern München have their sights set on clinching a fourth straight Bundesliga title on Matchday 32, but elsewhere there remains plenty to play for in the race for Europe and the battle to beat the drop.


As ever, bundesliga.com has the latest to keep you bang up to date with everything going on in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Fixtures/results (kick-off at 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT unless stated)

FC Augsburg 0-0 1. FC Köln - match report


Hannover 96 vs FC Schalke 04
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs FC Ingolstadt 04
1. FSV Mainz 05 vs Hamburger SV
SV Darmstadt 98vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg
FC Bayern München vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (kick-off 18:30 CEST/16:30 GMT)


Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin
SV Werder Bremen vs VfB Stuttgart (kick-off 17:30 CEST/15:30 GMT)

TUNE IN: Find out which matches will be broadcast LIVE on Bundesliga radio

22:55 - Friday, done and dusted...

...but be sure to join us again for more Bundesliga action on Saturday when FC Bayern could wrap up the title. Bye for now.

22:48 - Schürrle ready for Dortmund

22:41 Ginter delight for former club

22:38 - Latest standings

Check out after tonight's goalless draw.

90' - Full-time: Augsburg 0-0 Köln

No goals at the WWK Arena, a precious point perhaps for Augsburg in their battle for top-flight survival, but they must have hoped for more playing against ten men for more than half-an-hour.

79' - Latest: Augsburg 0-0 Köln

Jojic's shot is deflected behind for a corner...but the visitors make nothing of it.

67' - Bobadilla goes close! Augsburg 0-0 Köln

Raul Bobadilla whips a nice free-kick from 20 yards out but if flies just wide off the visitors' goal.

57' - Köln down to ten men!

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Second-half - Augsburg 0-0 Köln

Augsburg get the match underway again.

Half-time - Augsburg 0-0 Köln

Defences have been on top so far, with neither side going all-out attack. Fans of compact backlines, hard-tackling midfields and tactical discipline will have enjoyed this one.

32' - Augsburg 0-0 Köln

The teams are still cancelling each other out, no real chances of note yet though.

17' - Augsburg 0-0 Köln

Köln win a free-kick a good 40 yards out, slightly to the left-hand side of the match. Marcel Risse, who scored twice last week, tries a speculative effort that flies high and wide.

12' - Augsburg 0-0 Köln

The hosts are not willing to risk too much at the moment - they need the win more than their visitors - but are gradually seeing more of the ball.

6' - Augsburg 0-0 Köln

The Billy Goats may have already secured themselves Bundesliga football next season but they are not resting on their laurels. They've been the stronger team so far, pegging Augsburg back in their own half.

20:30 - kick-off! Augsburg 0-0 Köln

Visitors Köln get the ball rolling and immediately look to get forward.

20:22 - Freiburg promoted

19:35 - Augsburg vs. Köln line-ups

19:22 - Mainz take up Clemens option

19:18 - Schalke in slow-mo

18:58 - Gladbach, Neuer's nightmare

FC Bayern München will clinch the Bundesliga title with victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, but the league leaders' Manuel Neuer has good reason to fear the visit of the Foals.

WATCH: Neuer's clangers against Gladbach

17:55 - Leno in, Tah out

Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt has confirmed Bernd Leno will be in goal for the visit of Hertha Berlin on Saturday, but centre-back Jonathan Tah misses out with a stomach bug.

17:32 - Promotion parties?

SC Freiburg could clinch promotion to the Bundesliga on Friday evening. The Bundesliga 2 leaders go to SC Paderborn 07 knowing victory will see them return to the top flight after a single season in the second tier. Second-placed RB Leipzig could clinch a first-ever top-flight berth this weekend - they need to win when they host another struggling side, DSC Arminia Bielefeld, and then hope 1. FC Nürnberg lose when they play Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.

15:57 - Possible line-ups

How might Augsburg and Köln line up this evening, with Bundesliga survival and possible European qualification on the table for the teams involved? 

Augsburg are without suspended Brazilian forward Caiuby, so Tobias Werner could start for only the seventh time this season. Captain Paul Verhaegh has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a torn thigh muscle, so Daniel Baier could lead FCA out.

Köln are at full-strength but for the suspended Leonardo Bittencourt. Anthony Modeste - after his brace against SV Darmstadt 98 - should once again plough a lone furrow up front as he goes in search of his 15th goal of the season.

15:42 - Kick-off approaching

1. FC Köln have rolled into town for their match with FC Augsburg, but the Bavarians seem confident of dancing their way to a fourth consecutive Bundesliga victory. The Billy Goats and Die Fuggerstädter get Matchday 32 underway at the WWK ARENA at 20:30...

15:05 - Thunderbolts

790 goals have been scored in this Bundesliga season - here are ten of the best ones:

14:38 - Hanoverian Kings?

Two days after celebrating his 27th birthday, Junior Caicara and co. are on the way to Hannover. Just 230 kilometres separate Gelsenkirchen from Hannover; 23 points separate the Europe-chasing Royal Blues from the relegated 96ers in the table.

14:27 - Stendel signs on

Hannover 96 interim coach Daniel Stendel has today signed a contract extension with Die Roten. Yet to lose a game since succeeding Thomas Schaaf, the 42-year-old has signed a deal that runs until 2018.

14:08 - Little Pea, big influence

Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin go head-to-head on Saturday in a match that has serious implications for the season's UEFA Champions League qualification chase. Mexican megastar Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has scored 17 Bundesliga goals this term. His coach Roger Schmidt thinks he could prove the difference.

13:31 - Tuchel talks

Thomas Tuchel's press conference ahead of Borussia Dortmund's clash with VfL Wolfsburg is underway!

* "Aubameyang and Gundogan have trained. Apart from Park and Subotic, everybody is available."

* Tuchel: "We will not stop chasing Bayern and trying to reduce the distance to them."

13:19 - Pep presser

FC Bayern München coach Pep Guardiola is animated and on form as he answers questions about Bayern's UEFA Champions League semi-final tie with Club Atletico Madrid ahead of their potential Bundesliga title-clincher against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

13:06 - Robben return?

FC Bayern München's Dutch ace Arjen Robben is on the comeback trail. The winger has been out since Matchday 25 with an adductor problem. The Bavarians' clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach will come to soon, but he could be back in good time, with the club tweeting:

"We deny claims that Robben is out for the season. We assume he will play again before the end of the campaign."

12:46 - Fritz press conference

SV Werder Bremen Clemens Fritz gives his first press conference since extending his contract with Die Grün-Weißen. The 35-year-old club captain has postponed his planned retirement until 2017.

Read: SV Werder Bremen vs. VfB Stuttgart match preview

13:37 - Pulisic selfies

Dortmund's 17-year-old USMNT star Christian Pulisic recently became the youngest-ever scorer of two Bundesliga goals. Little wonder his compatriots seized the photo-opportunity on visiting BVB's academy. Can the midfielder grab a third goal against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday?

Read: Borussia Dortmund vs. VfL Wolfsburg match preview

11:50 - SLICE OF LUCK?

David Alaba may be celebrating this training trick shot, but the Austria international will be hoping to avoid doing something similar when FC Bayern play host to Gladbach.


Two of the Bundesliga's most proficient holding midfielders go head-to-head on Saturday evening. Xabi Alonso and Granit Xhaka have often provided the foundation for their side's successes this season and both will be hoping to do the same again when FC Bayern welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach to the Allianz Arena.

Video: Xabi Alonso vs Granit Xhaka


Borussia Dortmund fan Sandra gives us a look at what will be on the front cover of BVB's match programme for the clash with VfL Wolfsburg. "Marcel Schmezler: Forever a Borusse" is the tagline, relating to the left-back's decision to sign a contract extension with the club earlier this week.

FC Bayern München will win the title if...


Dependant on results, plenty could be decided in Germany's top flight this weekend. bundesliga.com outlines all the what if's so you don't have to.

...they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach.

...they draw against Gladbach and Borussia Dortmund fail to beat VfL Wolfsburg.

...they lose to die Fohlen and BVB are beaten by Wolfsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg will avoid relegation if...

...they pick up at least a point against Dortmund. With SV Werder Bremen playing VfB Stuttgart next weekend, 40 points will definitely be enough to secure safety this season.

...Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt both fail to win. 39 points would then be enough to survive.

Hamburger SV will avoid relegation if...

...they win on the road against 1. FSV Mainz 05.

...they pick up a point in Mainz and Bremen lose, while Frankfurt fail to win.

FC Augsburg will avoid relegation if...

...they defeat 1. FC Köln, and Bremen and Frankfurt fail to win.

SV Darmstadt 98 will avoid relegation if...

...they defeat Frankfurt and Bremen lose to Stuttgart on Monday.

9:45 - Game-changing winter recruit

One player who has impressed greatly for Augsburg in recent weeks is Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason. The striker, on loan from Real Sociedad de Futbol, has had a hand in nine goals in 11 appearances for die Fuggerstädter, scoring five in his last six outings. Accordingly bundesliga.com has put together a handy infographic on the journeyman.

Infographic: Augsburg's ice-cool Alfred Finnbogason


Getting proceedings kicked-off on Matchday 32 are the in-form duo of FC Augsburg and 1. FC Köln. While the Billy Goats have steered well clear of any late-season drama in the relegation scrap courtesy of back-to-back victories, Augsburg are still in the midst of their battle for survival despite winning their last three straight. A win for the hosts would be a huge step towards retaining their Bundesliga status.

Read: FC Augsburg vs 1. FC Köln match preview


Good morning! Hopefully everyone has recovered from the European rollercoaster during midweek, because we're back to Bundesliga business starting today! Time is winding down with three games to go. While FC Bayern are hoping to avoid having to put the Weißbier on ice for another week, there are at least three potentially season-defining six-pointers on the fixture list for Matchday 32! What more could you possibly ask for…

Two midfield meistros are set to face-off when FC Bayern München play host to Borussia Mönchengladbach. - © gettyimages