Bundesliga Round-Up: Week 32

Posted on May 1, 2011

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Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Nurnberg

In front of 80,000 at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund secured their first Bundesliga title in nine years with a 2-0 win over FC Nurnberg on Saturday. Lucas Barrios opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when he reacted quickest inside the penalty box to fire home from Nurnberg keeper Rafael Schafer’s initial save from Mario Gotze.

Robert Lewandowski clinched the three points and the championship when he took advantage of Javier Pinola’s error to lob over Schafer and begin Dortmund’s title celebrations.

Hannover 0-1 Gladbach

Gladbach hitman Marco Reus kept up Hannover’s fight for survival with a huge 1-0 win over Champions League chasing Hannover on Saturday.

Lucien Favre’s side turned in another impressive display and got their rewards 14 minutes from the end when the Gladbach winger Reus fired home an excellent shot high in to the net from the edge of the area.

FC Bayern 4-1 Schalke

Another excellent performance from FC Bayern at the Allianz Arena resulted in another thrashing for the opposition as Ralf Rangnick’s Schalke left Bavaria on the back of a 4-1 defeat.

Arjen Robben took the lead on six minutes when he was slid in by Mario Gomez and slotted cooly past Manuel Neuer. Schalke were right back in the game just two minutes later when erratic defender Holger Badstuber turned the ball in to his own net from Jefferson Farfan’s cross.

Thomas Muller doubled FC Bayern’s advantage with a clinical shot from 18 yards out after Robben’s free-kick smacked the Schalke wall before Muller rammed home from the loose ball. It was never going to be a romping without Mario Gomez getting on the scoresheet and he duly did on 19 minutes when he was given the easy task of finishing in to an empty net after the great work by Robben.

Muller netted his second and FC Bayern’s fourth with a fine chipped finish in to the top corner with just six minutes remaining.

FC Koln 2-0 Leverkusen

Koln killed Leverkusen’s title chances with a comfortable victory thanks to two second half goals from Milivoje Novakovic.

Novakovic got his 16th of the season on 63 minutes when he latched on to Brecko’s pass and chipped over Leverkusen keeper Rene Adler. He got his second towards the end when he pounced on Adler’s save from a Petit free-kick and fired in to the net.

Bremen 0-1 Wolfsburg

Sascha Riether scored the winning goal for Wolfsburg as Felix Magath’s men secured three vital points in the battle to stay in the Bundesliga.

Riether pounced inside the penalty area after a fine counter-attack from Wolfsburg involving Diego and Cicero Santos before Riether nodded home from close range.

Mainz 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Goals from Andreas Ivanschitz and two from Elkin Soto fired Mainz to another important home victory on the road to securing a Europa League spot for next season.

Ivanschitz fired the hosts ahead on 26 minutes before Elkin Soto made it 2-0 with a neat finish on 38 minutes. Sebastien Rode was sent-off on the stroke of half time for Christoph Daum’s side and Soto rubbed salt in to the Frankfurt wounds with a curling effort from the resulting free-kick.

Hoffenheim 1-2 VfB Stuttgart

Bruno Labbadia’s Stuttgart side moved a step closer to securing their place in the top-flight next season with a 2-1 win over TSG Hoffenheim.

Peniel Mlapa pu Hoffenheim ahead on 14 minutes with an easy tap-in but Labbadia’s men bounced back thanks to a fantastic move involving Cacau and Martin Harnik with the German International slotting home.

Harnik was involved again and won the penalty which Zdravko Kuzmanovic converted to give the visitors three important points.

Hamburg SV 0-2 Freiburg

Goals from Pappis Demba Cisse either side of the break put pay to HSV’s European hopes for the season as Robin Dutt’s Freiburg left the Imtech Arena with all three points on Saturday.

Cisse got the opener on 15 minutes, latching on to Makiadi’s long ball, before slamming home past Frank Rost.

His second goal of the afternoon and 22nd of the season came just two minutes from time as HSV ran out of steam with a neat finish on the break.

Kaiserslutern 2-0 St Pauli

St Pauli will need a miracle to remain in the Bundesliga following a 2-0 defeat to Kaiserslutern.

Christian Tiffert nodded home the first for the hosts on 28 minutes and Abel made it 2-0 on 68 minutes to secure a vital three points for Kaiserslutern who look almost safe for next season.

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