Bayern edges Freiburg at the Allianz

Updated: April 27, 2013


Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of the match in the first half on Saturday as Bayern Munich topped Freiburg, 1-0, at the Allianz Arena.

Despite having already won the Bundesliga title and thumping Barcelona by a 4-0 count in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal earlier in the week, Bayern Munich refused to let its form slip at all.

Bayern dominated the game early on and Shaqiri put the champions on top in the 35 minute when he ripped a perfectly-placed free kick into the top left corner of the net, leaving Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann with little chance for a save.

Freiburg pushed for an equalizer, but it never materialized as the Bavarians walked away with another three points, giving them an impressive 84 from 31 matches, while Freiburg remains in fifth place on 45 points.

Borussia Dortmund 2, Dusseldorf 1

Dusseldorf, Germany – Borussia Dortmund scored on each side of the halftime break on Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Dusseldorf at the Esprit Arena.

Coming off a 4-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday, Dortmund remained in top form as Nuri Sahin opened the scoring for the visitors in the 20th minute.

Dortmund netted a second goal with 20 minutes to play through Jakub Blaszczykowski when he ran onto a through ball from Sahin and slotted it into the net on the counter-attack.

Dusseldorf pulled one back two minutes from time, but Dortmund held on to claim three points.

Bayer Leverkusen 1, Werder Bremen 0

Leverkusen, Germany – Bayern Leverkusen gave itself some breathing room for third place in the Bundesliga on Saturday after posting a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen at BayArena.

The result lifts Leverkusen 10 points clear of fourth-place Schalke, while Bremen remains in 14th place, just two points clear of the bottom three.

Leverkusen had the better of the play in the first half and the breakthrough came after Sidney Sam was brought down in the penalty area by Sebastian Mielitz, conceding a spot kick for Leverkusen.

Stefan Kiessling stepped up and buried it to give all three points to the home side.

Augsburg 3, Stuttgart 0

Augsburg, Germany – Augsburg gave itself some hope of avoiding the drop on Saturday after posting a convincing 3-0 victory over Stuttgart at the Impuls Arena.

The hosts were on the front foot in the opening half, putting 11 shots in the direction of the Stuttgart goal, but the sides went into the break scoreless.

Augsburg then snatched control of the match in the second half and went in front just after the hour mark through Sascha Molders, who drove it home with a powerful header following a corner kick.

The hosts then put the result away with goals in quick succession in the 83rd and 85th minutes as Marcel de Jong and Dong-Won Ji each found the back of the net to make sure Augsburg claimed a vital three points.

Augsburg sits in 16th place — a relegation playoff spot — with three games left, while Stuttgart remains on 39 points, stuck in 12th place.

Hoffenheim 2, Nurnberg 1,

Sinsheim, Germany – Hoffenheim netted two goals inside the first 20 minutes of play on Saturday and held on for a 2-1 result over Nurnberg at the Rhein- Neckar Arena.

Hoffenheim jumped on top just 11 minutes into the contest through Tobias Weis, who slotted it home from close range following a nice assists from Fabian Johnson for the early one-goal advantage.

The hosts made it 2-0 eight minutes later when Kevin Volland lofted a cross into the Nurnberg penalty area where Sejad Salihovic powered a header into the bottom right corner.

Nurnberg pulled one back in the 58th minute after Timmy Simons converted a penalty kick, but Hoffenheim held on for the result.

Wolfsburg 3, Monchengladbach 1

Wolfsburg, Germany – Wolfsburg earned its second consecutive win in league play on Saturday with a 3-1 result over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Volkswagen Arena.

The home side struck first in the 34th minute through Maximilian Arnold and they went into the break holding the one-goal margin.

But Monchengladbach found an equalizer in the 52nd minute when Peniel Kokou ripped one into the net following a nice pass from Juan Arango.

Wolfsburg, however remained unfazed by surrendering the lead and put the match away with goals in the 61st and 75th minutes through Ivica Olic and Diego.

Wolfsburg edged its way into 10th place with the victory, while Monchengladbach remains in seventh on 44 points from 31 matches.

04/27 14:43:03 ET