Bundesliga relegation battle goes to the wire as Bayern nab 4-1 win
By Ciaran Fahey ,AP
May 5, 2014, 12:12 am TWN
BERLIN -- Mario Goetze inspired Bayern Munich to a 4-1 win at Hamburger SV that left the home side relying on other results to stay in the Bundesliga's relegation playoff place on Saturday.
Goetze scored twice and created another for Thomas Mueller, with Bayern substitute Claudio Pizarro canceling out Hakan Calhanoglu's consolation. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng was sent off late for hitting out at Hamburg midfielder Kerem Demirbay.
Eintracht Braunschweig conceded in injury time to lose 1-0 to Augsburg, and Nuremberg lost 2-0 to Hannover, meaning two points separate three relegation rivals going into the final round next weekend.
“I can understand the fans' disappointment,” Nuremberg goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer said after his 250th league appearance for the club.
Stuttgart was no longer in danger of the drop, despite losing 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg, with Vieirinha scoring the winner in injury time.
“We'd rather have done it by ourselves but the important thing is that we keep playing in the Bundesliga,” Stuttgart president Bernd Wahler said.
Bayer Leverkusen consolidated fourth place with a 2-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. Gonzalo Castro and Emre Can's first-half goals put Leverkusen in pole position for the last Champions League qualification spot.
“The goal was special,” said Can, who grew up in Frankfurt. “For the Champions League we still need a win against (Werder) Bremen.”
Borussia Dortmund defeated Hoffenheim 3-2, third-place Schalke won 2-0 at Freiburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Mainz 3-1, and Bremen captain Aaron Hunt marked his last home game for the side by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
“I couldn't have wished for better,” Hunt said.