FC St. Pauli (2-3) 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1-0 John Verhoek (14')
1-1 Srdjan Lakic (31')
2-1 Markus Karl (61')
2-2 Florian Kringe (89')
3-2 Ruben Jenssen (90+7')
For the second consecutive week, Kaiserslautern hang tough after going down to 10 men. This time Kaiserslautern were rewarded with an extra time goal from the left foot of Ruben Jenssen, what was eventually the last kick of the match. The Rote Teufel scored three goals for the first time in the Rückrunde after doing so six times during the Hinrunde, although doing so against the St. Pauli is not as impressive. Kosta Runjiac has kept his side organized, something Kaiserslautern will have to be if they want a chance against Bayern.
Kaiserslautern XI (4-4-2): Sippel – Zimmer, Orban, Torrejón, Löwe – Matmour, Karl, Jenssen, Idrissou (Occéan 86') – Lakic, Zoller (Heintz 90')
Bundesliga: Eintracht Braunschweig
SC Freiburg (2-0) Eintracht Braunschweig
1-0 Damir Vrancic OG (8')
2-0 Julian Schuster (48')
A must win-game against Freiburg to stay in the Bundesliga, the ball was not bouncing in a favorable way for Eintracht Braunschweig. A cross from Oliver Sorg glanced off the back of Damir Vrancic's head for Freiburg's first goal, and Julian Schuster's shot from distance deflected off of Ermin Bicakcic on the way to the back of the net in the second half. As one can easily summize, Pep Guardiola will most likely use the trip north to Braunschweig as a way to rest his starters before the Champions League semifinals.
Eintracht Braunschweig (4-4-2): Davari – Kessel (Bellarabi 68'), Bicakcic, Correia, Reichel – Elabdellaoui, Vrancic (Ademi 58'), Boland, Hochscheidt – Nielsen, Kumbela (Kruppke 26')
Real Madrid (4-0) Almeria
1-0 Angel Di Maria (28')
2-0 Gareth Bale (53')
3-0 Isco (56')
4-0 Álvaro Morata (85')
As one would expect, Los Blancos chewed up relegation-fighting Almeria and spit them out like chewing tobacco. Ángel Di María shined as a rolling winger, his shots and service sharp as a stencil. With Nacho the right fullback, Gareth Bale, Isco, and Di Maria took turns occupying the right flank, although Bale's breakthrough came from the left. Carlo Ancelotti left Daniel Carvajal, Marcelo, and Sergio Ramos off the team sheet, although with Almeria unable to get the ball out of their own half without turning the ball over. Wednesday's Classico in the Copa del Rey final will reveal more about how Real Madrid can deal will a club that pushes the envelope.
Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Lopez – Nacho, Pepe, Varane, Coentrão (Llorente 73') – Modric, Illaramendi, Di María (Casemiro 64') – Isco, Benzema, Bale (Morata 70')