Bundesliga Review #33: Dortmund Retain Title!

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Borussia Dortmund retained their title with a win over Mainz yesterday, with both goals coming within five minutes of each other midway through a dominant first-half. Mats Hummels lifted the trophy in front of a sell-out crowd as BVB won their tenth league crown, and fourth in five seasons.

Christopher Quiring hit a hat-trick as Leverkusen clinched a top-three spot with a 4-0 win over a Hertha Berlin side who can’t escape the bottom three, but they need just a point next week to avoid immediate relegation as Augsburg lost at Gladbach.

DFB-Pokal finalists Schalke failed to grab Champions League football after conceding a late goal at Wolfsburg who stay fifth. It’s a three-way race between those two and Bayern Munich who lost at Hamburg.

Artjoms Rudnevs scored the only goal in that game after just five minutes at the Imtech Arena. The result keeps Hamburg in second, but only two points above Leverkusen. Both play away next weekend, at Mainz and Augsburg respectively.

While Hannover slip out of the league after failing to beat Frankfurt at home, the 0-0 draw was enough for the visitors to confirm safety. Elsewhere, Stuttgart moved into the top half by beating Düsseldorf; Freiburg won at Nürnberg to keep alive their hope of a top five finish; and Hoffenheim beat Werder Bremen.

 BUNDESLIGA, MATCHDAY 33:
  
  Saturday 09 May

           BAYER LEVERKUSEN  4-0  HERTHA BERLIN SC
         Quiring 30, 75, 87
              Rolfes pen 51

          BORUSSIA DORTMUND  2-0  FSV MAINZ
                S.Bender 14
                   Götze 19

   BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH  2-0  AUGSBURG
                   Hanke 31       (Israelsson s/o 48)
                   Wendt 49

               HAMBURGER SV  1-0  BAYERN MUNICH
                  Rudnevs 6

                   HANNOVER  0-0  EINTRACHT FRANKFURT

             TSG HOFFENHEIM  3-2  SV WERDER BREMEN
                Salihovic 7       Chibuike 53
                 Firmino 68       Füllkrug pen 59
                 Volland 84

                FC NÜRNBERG  1-2  SC FREIBURG
                 Hlousek 54       Freis 36, 83

              VFB STUTTGART  4-1  FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF
                  Hemlein 8       Schahin 70
                  Didavi 25
                 Pranjic 36
                 Khedira 87

              VFL WOLFSBURG  1-1  SCHALKE
                   Naldo 85       Viera 74

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