Bundesliga, Week 32: Sunday Results: Two Matches, Two Draws

Borussia Dortmund repeat as Bundesliga champions with a convincing victory at home over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Bundesliga Week 32, Sunday Scores: Two Matches, Two Draws

Augsburg 1 - 1 Schalke

The solitary point won't satisfy either side, but it helps them move that much closer to completing their goals for the end of the season. Augsburg are now 6 points ahead of Hertha Berlin for the final automatic relegation place and 4 points ahead of Köln for the relegation/promotion playoff place.

Augsburg started strong when Sebastian Langkamp's header went off the post and in the net from a Marcel Ndjeng corner in the 6th minute.

Schalke found their equalizer in the 38th minute when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar broke through the backline and found the back of the net.

The point moves Schalke two points ahead of Borussia Mönchengladbach for the third and final automatic qualifying place for the Champions League.

Hannover 0 - 0 Freiburg

Freiburg secured their position in the Bundesliga next season with a scoreless draw on the road in Hannover. The point moves Freiburg to 37 points, a full 7 points ahead of 16th place Köln. Hannover moves a full three points ahead of Werder Bremen for the final Europa League qualifying place.

Chances for both sides were difficult to come by and when they did both Ron-Robert Zieler and Oliver Baumann were up to the task in keeping the ball out of the net.

Since Christian Streich was named manager after the first half of the season, Freiburg have picked up 24 points. This run includes the current nine match unbeaten run. They were seemingly left for dead after picking up only 13 points after the first 17 matches and then selling Papiss Cisse, but the turnaround has been remarkable.


Bundesliga Week 32, Saturday Scores: Kaiserslautern Win But Still Get Relegated

Nürnberg 1 - 1 Hamburg

Nürnberg secured their place in the Bundesliga next season by picking up a point at home against Hamburg.

Heung-Min Son scored the opener for the visitors when Marcel Jansen found him in the box in the 59th minute. The lead didn't last and only five minutes later Daniel Didavi found the equalizer.

Didavi has been huge for Nürnberg coming down the stretch having scored seven of their last ten goals.

Hamburg aren't completely safe from relegation at this time. They're five points ahead of Köln with two matches to play for both sides.

Hertha Berlin 1 - 2 Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern ended their 21 match streak without a win by beating Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Unfortunately, with other results not going their way today, FCK has been officially relegated and will play their football in the 2.Bundesliga next season.

Oliver Kirch found the net first for the visitors when he received a pass from Olcay Sahan and beat Thomas Kraft. Kaiserslautern doubled their lead just before the half when Andrew Wooten shot past an onrushing Kraft.

Hertha cut the lead in half in the 60th minute when Peter Niemeyer headed in a corner from Patrick Ebert. They were not able to get any closer.

The result keeps Hertha two points from getting out of a direct relegation place. They're five points behind Augsburg to escape relegation entirely, but Augsburg have three matches remaining compared with Hertha's two.

Köln 1 - 1 Stuttgart

Köln had the opportunity to pull ever closer to escaping the relegation zone on Saturday, but a late goal from Stuttgart's Cacau saw the two sides share the points.

After having missed opportunity to give Köln the lead just before halftime, Lukas Podolski made amends by finding Slawomir Peszko at the far post to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Stuttgart would find the equalizer in the 71st minute. Vedad Ibisevic's long pass found Cacau streaking past the Köln back line, and the Germany international smacked it off of the post into the net.

Köln remain in the relegation playoff spot three points behind Augsburg.

Hoffenheim 0 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

Andre Schürrle scored a goal in the 79th minute to ensure that Leverkusen will be playing European football next season. Schürrle curled a shot that Tom Starke had no chance of saving.

After a harsh penalty call against Vedran Corluka for a handball, Sejad Salihovic saw his penalty saved by Leverkusen's Bernd Leno.

Even with the loss, Hoffenheim are still within striking distance of qualifying for Europe.

Werder Bremen 1 - 2 Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery came on as a second half substitute and scored the winner as Bayern Munich edged Werder Bremen 2-1 in Bremen.

With the Bundesliga title out of reach and Wednesday's Champions league clash in Madrid, Jupp Heynckes rolled out almost a full reserve lineup. To clarify exactly how "reserve" the lineup was... Luiz Gustavo and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk were the two starting centerbacks and rarely used Nils Petersen, Diego Contento, and Takashi Usami all started.

After a back and forth first half, Bremen struck first just after the break. Claudio Pizarro flicked on a corner kick, and Naldo knocked it past Manuel Neuer. The momentum swung entirely in Bremen's favor, and they nearly scored again but Pizarro's shot was wide of the target.

Naldo went from hero to villain in the 75th minute when he turned a Ribery cross into his own net. With Bayern pushing for the win, Ribery put the ball past Tim Wiese inside the far post for the winning goal.

The result forces Borussia Dortmund to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach if they want to win the title today. For Bremen, the result keeps the two points behind Hannover for the final Europa League place. Hannover play Sunday.


Mainz Vs. Wolfsburg, 2012 Bundesliga: Both Sides Settle For Scoreless Draw

Mainz and Wolfsburg played to a scoreless draw on Friday evening. The point virtually ensures that Mainz will avoid the relegation playoff at the season's end. For Mainz to slip into the playoff, they would have to lose out and Köln would have to win out AND make up a 29 goal difference. In other words, it's not happening.

Both sides produced chances, but Mohamed Zidan and Mario Mandzukic in particular were determined to see who could be the closest to almost score.

Zidan started his misses early when he caught up with a long ball and fired at the target. Wolfsburg's Diego Benaglio made a simple save to stop the Egyptian international. Zidan produced Mainz's best opportunity of the second half when he broke through the Wolfsburg backline again, but his shot was wide of the target.

Mandzukic had several opportunities in the dying minutes of the match, but none of his shots challenged Christian Wetklo.

The draw for Wolfsburg likely keeps them out of Europe for next season. The positive for Felix Magath's side is that they managed to keep a clean sheet. It is their first since a visit to Kaiserslautern on March 3.

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