Berlin (dpa / MunichNOW Sports) – SV Hamburg remain firmly mired in a relegation battle after going down 4-1 to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich Saturday.
Mario Götze netted in each half while Thomas Mueller and substitute Claudio Pizarro also got on the scoresheet to leave Hamburg third-from bottom of the Bundesliga with just one round of matches remaining.
Hakan Calhaoglu scored what turned out to be nothing more than a consolation goal for the home side while the only negative point in the game for Bayern was the sending off of Jerome Boateng four minutes from time.
Mirko Slomka’s Hamburg side were fortunate that both Eintracht Braunschweig and Nuremberg also lost and now need to beat Mainz 05 in their final fixture to be sure of a place in a relegation/promotion play-off against the team that finishes third in the second division.
“Our aggressive style of play cost us a lot of energy,” Slomka admitted.
“I think our fans will accompany us to Mainz in their droves.”
Bottom club Braunschweig stay two points behind Hamburg after a last-minute goal from Raul Bobadilla gave Augsburg a 1-0 win while Nuremberg are just one point better off following a 2-0 home defeat to Hanover 96, with Szabolcz Huszti and Manuel Schmiedebach scoring for the visitors.
“We aren’t down yet, that’s the reality,” said Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht. “Our heads are still high and it will be nerve-wracking to the end.”
VfB Stuttgart are guaranteed top-flight football next season despite going down 2-1 at home to VfL Wolfsburg because the bottom three clubs also lost. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, stay fifth just one point behind Bayer Leverkusen who won 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to first-half goals from Gonzalo Castro and Emre Can.
Kevin Grosskreutz, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Lukasz Piszczek all scored as second-placed Borussia Dortmund beat Hoffenheim 3-2 while Schalke 04 remain third after goals from Kaan Ayhan and Klaas Jan Huntelaar secured a 2-0 victory away to Freiburg. Schalke finished the game with 10 men after Felipe Santana was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Schalke can now secure a place in the group stages of the Champions League with a draw against Nuremberg.
“We want to win the game and make everything clear,” said Schalke coach Jens Keller.
In other action, Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Mainz 3-1 to stay sixth, three points adrift of Leverkusen, while Werder Bremen won 2-0 at home to Hertha Berlin thanks to a brace from Aaron Hunt.