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Bundesliga Weekend Review: Bayern romp Hamburg, Dortmund and Leipzig keep pace

Matchday 22 of the Bundesliga produced some stellar moments along with some decisive outcomes both in terms of the top and the bottom of the table. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich put eight past Hamburg. There were also victories for title contenders Leipzig and Dortmund who managed to keep the fight for the title going. Leverkusen, however, slipped to another defeat that has put coach Roger Schmidt under growing pressure.

 

 

 

BAYERN ROMP HAMBURG YET AGAIN WITH LEWANDOWSKI GRABBING YET ANOTHER HAT-TRICK

 

 

 

Bayern are used to hammering sides on their home turf but no side has fallen more victim to Bayern's wrath than that of Hamburg. A hat-trick from Lewandowski along with a brace from Coman and one each from Vidal, Alaba and Robben saw the Bavarians put 8 past a happless Hamburg side. Incredibly, that’s not even the most goals Hamburg have conceded in recent times at the Allianz Arena. In 2013, Bayern scored nine times – though Hamburg did net twice to keep the margin of defeat to just seven goals. Hamburg have been beaten in each of their last seven trips to the Allianz Arena by a combined score of 44-3. They haven’t managed to secure a result there against Bayern since 2008, when they snatched a 2-2 draw. Bayern have managed an average of over 6 goals a game against Hamburg. With the form Bayern are in, you surely wouldn't want to be on their hit list anytime soon. Next opponents – Arsenal

 

RB LEIPZIG KEEP THEIR PACE IN THE TITLE RUN-IN

 

 

 

RB Leipzig kept pace with Bayern after they beat Cologne at home. Emil Forsberg drew first blood inside five minutes giving the Red Bulls the lead. Cologne's comical defence saw Maroh turn Naby Keita's cross into his own net. Osako did pull one back for Cologne but a swift counter-attack and fine finish from a tight angle saw Timo Werner restore Leipzig's two-goal cushion, which effectively secured three points for Leipzig. 

 

THE YELLOW WALL SWEEP FREIBURG ASIDE

 

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally ended his goal drought of 5 games as his brace ensured Dortmund a 3-0 win over Freiburg. Dortmund went ahead in the 13th minute through Sokratis, who steered the ball in from close range from Raphael Guerreiro's whipped free-kick. Dortmund doubled their lead through Aubameyang just after the break after some brilliant work by Marco Reus. The Gabon international set the tie to bed after scoring his second in the 70th minute to put the tie to bed. The brace puts Aubameyang level with Robert Lewandowski in Dortmund's goal scoring charts with 103.

 

HERTHA MAINTAIN THEIR GRIP FOR A EUROPA LEAGUE SPOT

 

 

 

Hertha Berlin scored two second-half goals to beat ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt and go fifth. After a dire first half, Hertha started the second half the stronger and took the lead through Vedad Ibisevic. Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men after Seferovic was sent off. Hertha put Frankfurt under constant pressure and that bore fruit after Vladimir Darida's header from Max Mittelstädt's cross secured the victory. Hertha are now level on points with fourth-placed Hoffenheim, who travel to Schalke on Sunday.

 

LEVERKUSEN ARE IN A TURMOIL

 

 

 

Roger Schmidt and his Leverkusen side are under increasing pressure after two early goals from Mainz secured a 2-0 victory at the Bay Arena. Stefan Bell headed in to stun the BayArena in the third minute. Mainz then doubled their lead soon after when Levin Öztunali's free-kick into the box missed everyone and fooled Bernd Leno in the Leverkusen goal.

 

AUGSBURG STUN DARMSTADT WITH SECOND HALF COMEBACK

 

 

 

Raul Bobadilla scored a late winner as Augsburg recovered from a goal down to win at struggling Darmstadt. Marcel Heller guided in Jerome Gondorf's cross to put Darmstadt in the lead at home. Paul Verhaegh stepped up from the penalty spot to level things up for the away side after Alexander Milosevic tripped Dominik Kohr in the box. Augsburg completed the turnaround five minutes from time, with Bobadilla beating the offside trap and dinking the ball neatly over Esser.

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