Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Bundesliga kings: Defending champions Borussia Dortmund crowned a run of then 26 unbeaten encounters on Matchday 32 <br> when the Yellow-Blacks prematurely won the league thanks to an eight-point advantage with only two machtes to be played Celebration time at the Signal Iduna Park, but the presentation of the original <i>Meisterschale</i> was yet to come Things weren't so clear on Matchday 30 though, when Dortmund hosted record champions Bayern Munich, who would have topped the table on goal-difference with a win Dortmund were widely dominant before the interval, while Bayern set the pace in an action-packed second half - but, <br> 77 minutes into the game, Robert Lewandowski's back-heeled masterstroke broke the deadlock for Borussia Bayern still had the chance to level matters and keep the race open, but Arjen Robben (front) <br> missed the Reds' best chance four minutes from time when the Dutchman failed from the spot The next highlight came only a few days later when Dortmund travelled to Gelsenkirchen to meet their arch and local rivals Schalke 04. <br> There, Lukasz Piszczek (pictured) and Sebastian Kehl helped BVB to come from behind after Jefferson Farfan's opener On April 21st, Jürgen Klopp's men mastered their final test in the clash of the Borussias, where Croatian international <br> Ivan Perisic (2nd l.) headed Dortmund's first goal in the 2-0 win against Gladbach which sealed the league title Bayern, though, also had their April success as they qualified for the UEFA Champions League final, thanks a win on penalties Robben's penalty in regular time proved crucial in Madrid where the Spanish side won 2-1 to level matters on aggregate... ...after a goal from Franck Ribery (front) and Mario Gomez's last-gasp strike had given Bayern a slight advantage ahead of the return leg Meanwhile, surprise package Gladbach secured fourth place just a year after narrowly avoiding relegation in the play-offs. <br> Juan Arango (l.) was one of Borussia's key players with twelve assists and six goals New brooms sweeping clean: Bayer Leverkusen's coaching duo Sami Hyypiä (pictured) and Sascha Lewandowski <br> steered the <i>Werkself</i> into the UEFA Europa League after taking over from Robin Dutt VfB Stuttgart once more lived up to their reputation of coming stronger in the second half of the season. <br> Here Cacau's (r.) equaliser to make it 1-1 at strugglers 1. FC Köln secured qualification for the Europa League Mixed feelings: 1. FC Kaiserslautern were relegated on Matchday 32, ironically just as the Red Devils snatched their first win after the winter break After a sensational second half of the season, in which SC Freiburg collected 24 of 37 points, the Breisgau side's <br> goalless draw at Hannover 96 on Matchday 32 ensured Christian Streich's team remained in the top flight
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