Bundesliga: Werder Bremen Follows Schalke to the Second Tier, FC Koln Goes to Relegation Play Off

2021-05-23 Football

The last Spieltag of Bundesliga might have had no stories left about the teams on the top six since the European places have already been sealed with Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund following Die Roeten and RB Leipzig qualifying to the Champions League and Eintracht Frankfurt plus Bayer Leverkusen securing Europa League spot. However, there was a devastating tale at the relegation zone. One of the Bundesliga giants, Werder Bremen has to accompany Schalke 04 to go down the second tier after slumping to another defeat in the last fixture of this season. Jiri Pavlenka and Co were hammered 2-4 by Borussia M’Gladbach. They even already conceded four goals first through Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram, Ramy Bensebaini and Florian Neuhaus. Thomas Schaaf’s side only replied twice by Milos Rashica and Niclas Fullkrug. Such defeat is so hurtful for them as it happens for the first time in 40 years. It left nothing but more disappointment. Now the four-time Bundesliga Champions has to compete with other high-profile teams in the past such as 1983 Champions League winner, Hamburg SV, two-time DFB Pokal winner Karlsruhe, 2007 DFB Pokal winner Nuernberg FC and Schalke to bounce back to the top tier instantly in 2022.


Werder Bremen vs Borussia M’Gladbach 2-4

Goals: Milos Rashica (80), Niclas Fullkrug (83); Lars Stindl (3), Marcus Thuram (52), Ramy Bensebaini (58), Florian Neuhaus (67)

Werder Bremen: Jiri Pavlenka – Niclas Moisander, Friedl, Mehmet Toprak (Felix Agu 79), Gibri Selassie – Romano Schmid, Max Eggestein, Juan Mbom (Yuya Osako 55), Leonardo Bittencourt  (Kevin Mohwald 79) – David Selke (Niclas Fullkrug 66), Josh Sargent (Milot Rashica 67)

Gladbach: Yann Sommer – Nico Elvedi, Mathias Ginter, Remy Bensebaini (Tony Jantschke 84) – Konrad Lainer, Didier Zakaria, Florian Neuhaus, Valentino Lazaro (Oscar Wendt 74), Hannes Wolf (Patrick Herrmann 84) – Marcus Thuram (Breel Embolo 74), Lars Stindl (Jonas Hofmann 74)


Meanwhile, another former elite team and Bremen’s contender at the relegation battle, FC Koln, still have a chance to save their place in the top flight. They won 1-0 over the Royal Blues yesterday. Such narrow victory was enough for Jonas Hector and Co to earn one spot on a relegation play-off game against the team sitting on the third of Bundesliga 2, Holstein Kiel, whereas the two clubs which have been promoted to Bundesliga next season are VFL Bochum and Guenther Furth. They shall get prepared themselves to stay on the top flight and avoid being a yo-yo team.


Other results:

Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig 2-1

Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin 2-1

Wolfsburg vs Mainz 2-3

Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen 3-1

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Frieburg 3-1

Bayern Munich vs Augsburg 5-2

VFB Stuttgart vs Arminia Biefield 0-2