Munich - Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund both failed to narrow the gap on leaders FC Bayern München on Matchday 17, while struggling SC Freiburg and Eintracht Braunschweig picked up wins that could prove vital come the end of the campaign.

bundesliga.com rounds up the biggest stories to have emerged from the final round of 2013 Bundesliga action.

Bayern München may have to wait until January to complete their first half of the Bundesliga season, but Matchday 17 was still a successful one for the record title holders and . Borussia Dortmund have slipped to fourth place after suffering their third successive home defeat against Hertha Berlin, while second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen slumped to a 1-0 reverse at SV Werder Bremen, meaning defending champions Bayern remain seven points clear at the top of the league and with a game in hand.

Despite losing their 100 per cent home record against VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach leapfrogged Dortmund into third following their 2-2 draw with the Wolves. Diego gave the visitors the lead in an enthralling encounter at Borussia Park, before goals from Raffael and Juan Arango put the Foals 2-1 ahead. With four minutes remaining, Bas Dost (pictured) pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area to score his first goal of the season and put an end to Gladbach's unblemished home record.

At the other end of the table, there were important wins for both SC Freiburg and Eintracht Braunschweig. Torsten Lieberknecht's Eintracht, who have propped up the division for the majority of the season, became only the second team this season to stop 1899 Hoffenheim from scoring as Torsten Oehrl gave the Lower Saxony team a 1-0 victory. Freiburg, meanwhile, recorded their first home win of the season against Hannover 96 thanks to Admir Mehmedi's (pictured) brace.

Makoto Hasebe and 1. FC Nürnberg finished the first half of the season without a victory in the league after they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against FC Schalke 04. The draw - Nürnberg's 11th in 17 league games - could easily have been three points, but Lady Luck was not on the Franconians' side as they hit the woodwork for the 16th time this season. Nevertheless there was clearly enough in Nürnberg's performance to suggest they can still get out of trouble this season.

produced an outstanding display to earn 1. FSV Mainz 05 a last-minute 3-2 victory over Hamburger SV at the Imtech Arena. The Japanese forward tapped home from close range with almost the last kick of the game to down HSV, who are now just two points above the relegation play-off spot. Mainz, meanwhile, finished the first half of the season on a high, cementing their place in the top half of the table.

Hannover 96's season so far continues to be defined by their chronically bad away form. Mirko Slomka's men went down 2-1 at SC Freiburg at the weekend and have now lost every one of their eight away games this season, which needless to say makes theirs the worst away record in the division by some distance. The last team to go an entire first half of a season without picking up a single point were Eintracht Frankfurt 25 years ago.