Saturday’s Bundesliga wrap

Hertha Berlin consolidated their position in the Bundesliga’s top three on Saturday afternoon, while leaders FC Bayern München ground out a narrow victory at 1. FC Köln.

At the Volkswagen Arena, SV Darmstadt 98‘s winless streak was stretched to seven games as VfL Wolfsburg rallied from behind to secure a 1-1 draw.

Darmstadt looked to be heading for victory after Sandro Wagner fired them in front in the 82nd minute, but André Schürrle popped up in the third minute of injury time to net a dramatic equaliser.

Relegation-threatened TSG 1899 Hoffenheim made it two wins on the bounce in the Bundesliga after recording a 3-1 victory over Hamburger SV at Volksparkstadion.

Andrej Kramaric slotted home from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after René Adler had brought down Kevin Volland in the danger area. Volland added his name to the scoresheet three minutes later, slotting into the bottom-right corner from the centre of the box after being teed up by Sebastian Rudy.

Aaron Hunt fired Hamburg back into the contention on the half-hour mark, but the hosts were unable to push on and net an equaliser as Eduardo Vargas converted following a fast break in the 67th minute to restore the visitors’ two-goal cushion.

There was no separating SV Werder Bremen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 as they played to a 1-1 draw at a jam-packed Weserstadion, Claudio Pizarro converting from the penalty spot in first-half injury time to level the scores after Julian Baumgartlinger had fired Mainz in front in the 38th minute.

Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München avoided a slip-up at RheinEnergieStadion as Robert Lewandowski’s 10th-minute strike from outside the box secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over an obstinate 1. FC Köln.

Hertha Berlin, meanwhile, had just enough gas in the tank to see off the challenge of FC Ingolstadt 04 as they secured a 2-1 win at the Olympiastadion.

Following a goalless first half, goals from Genki Haraguchi (54′) and Salomon Kalou (69′) put Hertha in control, before Lukas Hinterseer pulled one back for Ingolstadt in the 75th minute to setup a tense finish to the encounter.

In the day’s final match between the two sides at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings, a first-half strike from Änis Ben-Hatira saw Eintracht Frankfurt claim a 1-0 win over Hannover 96 at Commerzbank-Arena.

The win allowed Frankfurt to climb even further above rock-bottom Hannover, who are now 10 points below the rest of the pack, and look destined for relegation.


VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 SV Darmstadt 98
Hamburger SV 1-3 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
SV Werder Bremen 1-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
1. FC Köln 0-1 FC Bayern München
Hertha Berlin 2-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hannover 96