Weekend Wrap of the local pro sports action
Munich - Looking back on the weekend, it felt like the Easter Bunny pulled a 'trick or treat' on the local teams. There was a championship celebration and a glorious home win. But there were disappointing draws and a season-ending shocker. Here's your weekend wrap.
Bayern Basketball accomplish Mission - With a 101-52 blowout of USC Freiburg, Bayern celebrated the ProA Championship and automatic promotion to the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).
Lions dominate Derby - Just when the season seemed lost, TSV 1860 München have put together a solid run of matches to resurrect a football club and give hope to the suffering faithful. On Saturday, Benjamin Lauth scored two goals as the Lions beat SpVgg Greuther Fürth 3-0 at Allianz Arena.
1860 have won their last three home matches by a total score of 12-1. Despite winning 5 of their last eight matches, they remain 10 points from a promotion playoff. Northern Bavarian club Fürth lost a great opportunity to move into that playoff spot currently occupied by struggling VfL Bochum 1848.
"That was an exciting match between two equal teams," said Lions head coach Reiner Maurer of the competitive derby. "We are not playing for the same goals as Fürth, but it was great to see my team play with the same intensity in a pressure situation."
Lions midfieldfer Dominik Stahl opened up the scoring in the 26th minute. A few minutes later, rising star Kevin Volland was fouled in the area and Lauth was called on for the penalty, and he converted for the 2-nil lead. Lauth scored his career-best 16th goal in the 81st minute to clinch the club's 13th win of the season.
After the match, Maurer extended his contract and will remain the head coach till June 2012. "I believe we showed we have enough potential for next season and we proved to our fans that it's worth to come to the matches," said Maurer hoping to not be alone at the stadium next year.
The question will be if they can keep talent like Lauth to build on their accomplishments this year. "When the club secures it's future, we will sit down together," said the one-time German international who's contract expires at the end of this season. "Of course, Maurer staying makes the decision easier."
"Sechzig" travel to the capital city Friday evening to take on top-of-the-table Hertha BSC Berlin. Fürth hosts Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday afternoon, hoping Bochum will have slipped up one more time.
Needing a win Saturday to reclaim third on the Bundesliga table after a Hannover 96 win on Friday, the Reds could only muster a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt at Commerzbank Arena. Bayern remain in the hunt for the Champions League qualification, only one point behind.
"In our situation we have to win here," said interim Bayern head coach Andries Jonker. "We showed too little the entire match to earn the win."
After a scoreless first half in which Bayern displayed more fire, Sebastian Rode gave the hosts the lead after he picked up a free ball in the area in the 53rd minute, bringing glee to the Frankfurt fans and shock to Munich.
As always, Bayern had many more chances, dominating possession 64-36% and outshooting their hosts 18-8. But could only get a goal when Luiz Gustavo was taken down in the area shortly before the end of regulation. Mario Gomez scored his league-leading 23rd goal. Four minutes of stoppage time was still not enough to earn the all important three points.
"That was extremely disappointing," said forward Thomas Müller. "We were much better in applying pressure throughout the match, but we didn't take advantage of our chances at the right time."
With three matches left, it looks like this race will go down to the last day. Bayern have a tough road ahead, starting by hosting current Champions League semi-finalist FC Schalke Saturday evening at the Allianz Arena. Hannover have an easier contest, as they host relegation-bound Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bavarian football round up
Nuremberg draw against Mainz - Der Club joined Bayern as a team who missed out on a tremendous opportunity over the weekend. 1. FC Nürnberg needed win Sunday to past their opponents FSV Mainz 05 in the table and control the final European spot for next season. The match lived up to it's billing between two even clubs and it ended in a goalless draw. Both clubs should battle this out till the last match, but Nuremberg will have a heady task of keeping pace when they travel to champion-in-waiting Borussia Dortmund. BVB will be looking to clinch the league title in front of their fans. Mainz host Frankfurt, who may be hungover after their big draw versus Bayern...
Augsburg streak ends - FC Augsburg picked the right time for their 10-match unbeaten streak to end. Despite the 2-1 loss to Alemannia Aachen Sunday at impuls arena, FCA continue to hold a comfortable lead over the aforementioned struggling Bochum for the second automatic promotion spot to the Bundesliga. Hertha should win the second division and Augsburg hope to join them if they can get back to their winning ways. Aachen jumped out early, taking a 2-0 lead before the half-hour mark. Stephan Hain pulled one back before halftime, making it 2-1 in the 40th minute but it wasn't enough. FCA can clinch promotion on the road next Monday night at FC Energie Cottbus, and then can celebrate with fans on May 8th when they host FSV Frankfurt...
Ingolstadt holding steady - An eight match unbeaten streak has helped FC Ingolstadt 04 go from the threat of relegation to a temporary safe zone. FCI should remain in the second division as long as they continue their recent form. A 1-1 draw at 1.FC Union Berlin keeps them 8 points from the drop zone. A win Saturday afternoon at home versus FC Erzebirge Aue will keep them above the relegation fray.
Nuremberg host Augsburg while Bayern Munich travel to take on Kaiserslautern
Munich - Over the past season, the Bundesliga top flight has only had two Bavarian Derby matches per season. With the promotion of FC Augsburg, that number will triple this season. And the first one is this weekend, as the Augsburg side will travel to northern Bavaria (known as Franconia) to take on 1.FC Nürnberg.
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Munich - Two games into their debut season in Germany's premier league and FC Augsburg remain unbeaten. The two points earned so far is the reward for the stalemate at home to Sport-Club Freiburg on the opening weekend, and away to Kaiserslautern last weekend. Further encouragement will be garnered by the fact they have scored 3 goals already and are putting up a real fight against more fancied sides.
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Weekend wrap of local football action
Munich - If you listen carefully, that sound from the west is the city of Augsburg partying throughout the night and into the morning after their 2-1 pressure packed victory that earned them promotion into the Bundesliga for next season.
But they are not the only club celebrating a move up. Bayern Munich have their eyes set on improving their finish after clinching a spot in the Champions League. SpVgg Greuther Fürth have one more weekend to play for promotion. Here's your quick weekend wrap.
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Local teams to fight for season and regional supremacy
Munich - Saving a season. The final derby. Earning a promotion. It's come down to the final two matches. It's crunch time.
Here's a quick preview of the biggest matches in Bavaria this weekend and the implications:
FC Bayern München at St. Pauli, Saturday, 15:30 - After losing every chance at hardware this season, FC Bayern Munich are scrambling for the last Champions League spot for the Bundesliga. After last week's win and Hanover's loss, the Reds hold a two point lead and have a +30 goal differential advantage. All Bayern...
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easyCredit Stadium, Nuremberg - Alexander Esswein came into the match in the 60th minute and minutes later scored the only goal in the first Bavarian Derby of the Bundesliga season, as 1.FC Nürnberg beat FC Augsburg 1-0.
In a match void of any offensive flow, Esswein made a run on the left side, with some fancy dribbling turning around the defender Gibril Sankoh, created some space, and beat Augsburg goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch to the far post in the 76th minute.
"I am elated to have made that goal," said Esswein about his...
SGL Arena, Augsburg - FC Augsburg 07 went down 2-0 against a very well organised Hoffenheim outfit. Ryan Babel opened the scoring after just 5 minutes with a clinical strike on the edge of the penalty area after a mazy run. He coolly slotted the ball in low across goalkeeper Simon Jentzsch.
Augsburg were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute that Sascha Mölders took far too casually and was saved easily by Tom Starke who correctly guessed the direction to save it. At the other end Hoffenheim were also gifted a second-half penalty which Sejad Salihovic neatly tucked away for the...
Bundesliga 2nd Division Wrap
False start for 1860 There were great expectations for TSV 1860 München but the team fell short in the first match of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig with the result of 3-1.
The game started with a shock for the Munich Lions as Braunschweig scored in the 6th minute thanks to a header from the captain Dennis Kruppke, which allowed the loud home crowd to celebrate immediately. The long-praised defensive strength that 1860 displayed during the entire preseason vanished so quickly at the beginning of their first match.
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FC Augsburg earn promotion to Bundesliga with last gasp 2-1 win
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TSV 1860 München 2, Hertha BSC Berlin 1 - It's been a season of trials and tribulations - on and off the pitch - for the Lions. But this recent stretch and the match on Friday makes one wonder what could have been this season.
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