European races: Josh Sargent's Werder Bremen moves closer to relegation

For the second year in a row, Josh Sargent's Werder Bremen is in danger of relegation. A 2-0 loss at Augsburg dropped Bremen into 16th place with one game to play.

How desperate is the situation? On Sunday, Bremen dumped head coach Florian Kohfeldt and replaced him with former Bremen star Thomas Schaaf for the final match of the season against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The bottom two teams go down while the 16th-place team faces the third-place team in 2. Bundesliga in a promotion-relegation playoff. In 2020, Bremen staved off relegation when it beat Heidenheim in the promotion-relegation playoff series. This season, it is facing another promotion-relegation playoff -- or worse, automatic relegation on the final day of the season.

Bremen needs to beat Gladbach (and have Arminia Bielefeld lose or tie at VfB Stuttgart) in order to be assured of avoiding relegation. (Other scenarios for survival depend on how 17th-place FC Cologne does.)

On Match 10, Sargent scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld that opened up a 11-point gap between Bremen and Bielefeld in 16th place. Since then, Bremen has played nine games and earned just one point. Sargent, who has not scored since the Bremen's last win, started and went the distance at Augsburg.

Bremen would drop to 17th place and be automatically relegated if lost to Gladbach and FC Cologne beat last-place Schalke 04 at home. In case of Cologne win, Bremen would also drop to 17th place if it tied Gladbach and Bielefeld tied or beat VfB Stuttgart.

Matthew Hoppe scored his first goal since January when Schalke 04 defeated Eintracht Frankfurt, 4-3, for just its third win of the season. Eintracht's loss puts Borussia Dortmund (Gio Reyna) in position to clinch fourth place with a win at Mainz on Sunday. Wolfsburg (John Brooks) all but mathematically clinched a top four berth with the Eintracht loss.


Germany
(Bayern Munich, champion)
Bundesliga Standings:
1. Bayern Munich (*Chris Richards), 75 points
2. RB Leipzig (Tyler Adams), 64 points (32 games)
3. Wolfsburg (John Brooks), 60 points (32 games)
4. Borussia Dortmund (Gio Reyna), 58 points (32 games)
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5. Eintracht Frankfurt (Tim Chandler), 57 points
Note: All other teams have played 33 of 34 games.
*Played three games for Bayern Munich before moving on loan to Hoffenheim.

Bundesliga Standings (Relegation):
15. Arminia Bielefeld 32 points
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16. Werder Bremen (Josh Sargent) 31 points
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17. FC Cologne 30 points
18  Schalke 04 (Matthew Hoppe) 16 points
Note: All teams have played 33 of 34 games.

May 13. DFB Pokal final: Bor. Dortmund (Gio Reyna, sub-1 minute) 4 RB Leipzig1.

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-- Weston McKennie was a second-half sub for Juventus in its dramatic 3-2 win over champion Inter Milan that kept its slim hopes alive of finishing in Serie A's top four. After winning nine straight Scudetti, Juve is in danger of missing out on the Champions League next season.

Juve moved ahead of Napoli, which is at Fiorentina on Sunday. Juve is at Bologna on the following Sunday while Napoli hosts Hellas Verona.



Italy (Inter Milan, champion)
Serie A Standings:

1. Inter Milan, 88 points
2. Atalanta, 78 points
3. AC Milan, 75 (36 games)
4. Juventus (Weston McKennie), 75 points
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5. Napoli, 73 points (36 games)
Note: All other teams have played 37 of 38 games.

May 19. Coppa Italia final: Juventus (Weston McKennie) vs. Atalanta.

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Reggie Cannon went the distance for Boavista in its 1-0 win over Portimonense that moved it out of the bottom three in the Primeira Liga with one game to play. The bottom two go down while the team that finishes 16th must play a promotion-relegation battle against the third-place team in Portugal's Segunda Liga. Boavista finishes the season at Gil Vicente on Wednesday.

Portugal  (Sporting, champion)
Primeira Liga
Standings:

1. Sporting, 82 points
2. Porto, 77 points
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3. Benfica, 73 points

Primeira Liga Standings (Relegation):
13. Portimonense, 34 points
14. Marítimo, 34 points (32 points)
15. Boavista, 33 points
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16. Farense, 31 points
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17. Rio Ave, 31 points 
18. Nacional, 25 points (32 points)
Note: All other teams have played 37 of 38 games.

May 23. Taca de Portugal final: Benfica vs. Braga.

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DeAndre Yedlin started and played the first half for Galatasaray in its 3-1 win over Yeni Malatyaspor, but it was not enough to overtake Besiktas on the final day of the Turkish Super Lig season. Besiktas got a second-half penalty kick to win, 2-1, at Goztepe and finish ahead of Galatasaray on goal difference. Yedlin left the game at the half with Galatasaray trailing, 1-0, If needed to win by three more goals than Besiktas did to capture the Super Lig title.



Turkey (Besiktas, champion)
Super Lig
Final Standings:
1. Besiktas (*Tyler Boyd), 84 points
2. Galatasaray (DeAndre Yedlin), 84 points
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3. Fenerbahce, 84 points
*Played four games for Besiktas before he was removed from its roster registered with the Turkish federation.

Super Lig Final Standings (Relegation):
18. BB Erzurumspor 40 points
19. Ankaragucu 38 points
20. Genclerbirligi 38 points
21. Denizlispor (Mix Diskerud) 28 points

May 18. Turkish Cup final: Besiktas vs. Antalyaspor.

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