On a dramatic final day, Werder Bremen limped around against Borussia Monchengladbach, eventually succumbing to relegation at the hands of Friedhelm Funkel’s FC Köln. After sacking Florian Kohfeldt with one game to go earlier this week, Werder Bremen never stood a chance against Marco Rose’s men. They looked fearful, afraid to make mistakes, and afraid to thrust their muscles and go on the attack. It was a desperate, disastrous final day for Die Werderaner, losing by a score-line of 4-2.
FC Köln have saved themselves from relegation desperation on the final day of the Bundesliga season, snatching a late goal against FC Schalke to win 1-0. The Billy Goats now go into the relegation/promotion playoff against the third place 2. Bundesliga side, to be decided tomorrow.
After sacking Heiko Herrlich at the end of April, FC Augsburg’s season appeared to be in doubt. The team had gone four matches without a win, and the backroom staff decided it was time for a change, bringing Markus Weinzierl back to the club. Their 2-0 win over Werder Bremen leaps Augsburg into 12th, ahead of the in-form FSV Mainz on goal-differential, with safety now secure.
With a break in the Bundesliga, all the attention in Deutschland turned to the DFB-Pokal semi-finals this week. German football fans only had two matches to watch this weekend as a result, but both matches were full of excitement, goals, and of course, stunning individual performances. Here is our Team of the Week for the DFB Pokal Semi-Finals!
In a tight and testy affair, Leipzig couldn’t break down Werder Bremen’s resilient defensive structure, resulting in a 0-0 draw after full-time. As the game went into extra time, the struggle continued but the match was only injected with more fuel and fire. The fatigue started to set in, but the pace of the game went from 100 to 150, as the players on the field looked as though they were willing to die to get their team the win. Three goals in extra time, one of which came in the very last minute of the game, gave the match a remarkable spin and ultimately resulted in Die Roten Bullen surging past Die Grün-Weißen on a 2-1 score-line. RB Leipzig now head into the DFB-Pokal final, as Werder Bremen head into the final weeks of their relegation battle with broken hearts. Here is an analysis of the match.