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Bundesliga Column: Bayern Munich close gap at the top

After last weekends matches it seemed that Borussia Dortmund defending their Bundesliga title was a foregone conclusion, but only a week later their lead ahead of FC Bayern Munich has been cut from seven to five points and the Bavarians are back in the...

After last weekends matches it seemed that Borussia Dortmund defending their Bundesliga title was a foregone conclusion, but only a week later their lead ahead of FC Bayern Munich has been cut from seven to five points and the Bavarians are back in the hunt for the title. This is how quickly things can change in football.

The highlight of Round 25 was Bayern Munich’s impressive 7-1 trashing of 1899 Hoffenheim. The Bavarians have been facing problems since the start of 2012 and it seemed that in this match they tried to get rid of all their frustration as Mario Gomez scored thrice, Arjen Robben twice plus Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery once. FC Bayern are ready for tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League return-leg against Swiss side FC Basel.

Champions Borussia Dortmund after eight wins in a row were held to a goalless draw by promoted FC Augsburg, who in recent weeks have been showing that they have finally arrived in the Bundesliga. And FCA could have won the match against the BVB, who weren’t able to perform to the level they have in recent weeks.

In Cologne the key topic over the last few weeks has been Lukas Podolski and it wasn’t any different against Hertha BSC Berlin. FC Cologne had a great half with Podolski a key player, but Podolski received a red card which wasn’t one in the second session. In the end Cologne won deservingly 1-0 through a Clemens’ goal. But Podolski was once more the talking point.

Elsewhere on Sunday Werder Bremen and FC Schalke scored in the end convincing wins to keep their push for European spots on track, while earlier on Saturday Mönchengladbach were held goalless by Freiburg as Gladbach seem to be running out of steam.

Round 25 Results

VfB Stuttgart 0-0 1.Kaiserslautern
VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1.FSV Mainz 05 2-1 1.FC Nürnberg
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 SC Freiburg
1.FC Köln 1-0 Hertha BSC Berlin
FC Bayern München 7-1 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Augsburg 0-0 Borussia Dortmund
SV Werder Bremen 3-0 Hannover 96
FC Schalke 04 3-1 Hamburger SV

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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