Munich - FC Bayern München moved a step closer to clinching the Meisterschale with a hard-fought win, while the battle to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga intensified further on Matchday 26, with just two points separating fourteenth-placed SC Freiburg and 1. FC Nürnberg in 17th following the latest round of action.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 both warmed up for Tuesday's Revierderby with comfortable victories, and 1899 Hoffenheim gained revenge for October's Phantom Goal with a win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. As ever, bundesliga.com will be bringing you all the reaction to the weekend's matches throughout the day.

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The key events of Matchday 26:

  • 1899 Hoffenheim win 3-2 in the BayArena to record their first ever Bundesliga victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

    • Eintracht Frankfurt hit five in their victory at 1. FC Nürnberg.

      • FC Bayern win 2-0 at Mainz to make it 51 games unbeaten, but results elsewhere prevent them wrapping up a 23rd Bundesliga title and 24th national title

        • Borussia Dortmund maintained their push for a second-placed finish with a comfortable 3-0 success at Hannover 96

          • FC Schalke 04 also continued their good domestic form with a 3-1 win against bottom-club Eintracht Braunschweig

            • In Saturday's evening game, Borussia Mönchengladbach made it back-to-back wins in the league for the first time in 2014 by beating Hertha Berlin 3-0 at the Borussia Park

              • Elsewhere, VfB Stuttgart beat Hamburger SV to record their first win in ten matches, while the points were shared between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg

    Schalke star Julian Draxler and Dortmund's injured centre-back Neven Subotic went head-to-head in a virtual dress rehearsal for Tuesday's derby. Find out how they got on via the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:

    Bayern can wrap up the title at Mainz on Tuesday, but fans of Dortmund and Schalke will be gearing up for the second Revierderby of the season. Kevin-Prince Boateng, for one, can't wait for the contest at Signal Iduna Park. "It's a very special match for me, because I haven't set foot in that stadium for a long time," the 27-year-old, who had a short loan spell at Dortmund in 2009, told s04.de. "I hope that it'll be a great game [...] and that the fans will get behind their respective teams."

    The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung focused on Leverkusen's defeat to Hoffenheim on Sunday evening. Bayer "lacked belief and misplaced many passes in the opening stages" against the free-scoring side from Sinsheim, before Sejad Salihovic opened the scoring for the visitors from the penalty spot. Had Bernd Leno (r.) saved Salihovic's spot-kick, he would have equalled former TSV 1860 Munich stopper Thomas Zander's record of six saved penalties in a single season.

    Pep Guardiola also had kind words for Tuchel, telling Der Spiegel: "As a coach, it's always good to come up against other good coaches." The German weekly news magazine also claimed that Mainz are likely to get over the disappointment of losing to the runaway leaders fairly quickly, as it has "become more important to give Bayern something to think about in matches," rather than actually getting something from the game. "It was good preparation Manchester United," added Guardiola.

    Two late goals proved to be enough for FC Bayern at 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday, but for a while it looked as though Thomas Tuchel's Mainz might become the first side to take points of the champions elect since Bayer 04 Leverkusen in October. The Süddeutsche Zeitung was full of praise for Tuchel's side, who "demonstrated how to cause this extraordinary Bayern team problems - through high pressing, team-work and movement."

    Massive news from the Borussia Dortmund camp as captain Sebastian Kehl puts pen to paper on a one-year contract extension that will see him end his career at the club. The 34-year-old will stay at the Signal Iduna Park for another season, before hanging up his boots in June 2015. "I can't wait for my final year in the Bundesliga," he enthused. "I'm just as excited about starting a new chapter in my life, too." We'll bring you more on that one shortly...

    As well as the Ruhr district's big two clinging to Bayern's coattails with comfortable wins on Saturday afternoon, fifth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach underlined their European credentials with a stirring 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin. Max Kruse. was on the scoresheet for the second week running and was understandably delighted with his side's display. See for yourselves...

    So Bayern didn't lift the title, despite beating 1. FSV Mainz 05, but it's all academic to goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger, who says he doesn't mind when it happens, just as long as his side continue to come up with the winning goods. In any case, Pep Guardiola's men now only require a point to defend their crown and will get the chance to do just that on Tuesday evening away to Hertha Berlin.

    Morning folks. Another mouthwatering slice of Bundesliga pie awaits on Sunday, with 1.FC Nürnberg and Eintracht Frankfurt facing off in your textbook six-pointer at the foot of the table. After that, it's over to Leverkusen, where Bayer 04 will be looking to get back on the winning horse against Jekyll and Hyde outfit Hoffenheim. Read our preview of that little beauty right here.

    Saturday 22 March

    So we're drawing ever nearer to the 14.30 GMT / 15.30 CET kick-offs in the Bundesliga this afternoon. Just under 30 minutes until Bayern begin the match that could see them crowned the fastest-ever champions in Bundesliga history. Can they do it? Find out here. Incidentally, all three games in the Bundesliga 2 finished goalless today; you wouldn't bet on that being the same in the top tier, though.

    Don't forget you can follow today's Bundesliga 2 action via bundesliga.com's ticker. FSV Frankfurt are up against Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC St. Pauli host FC Ingolstadt and 1. FC Köln are playing VfR Aalen. It's goalless in all three games so far.

    The race for the final European places is also hotting up nicely. This weekend, sixth-placed VfL Wolfsburg host FC Augsburg, while Hertha Berlin travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Foals grabbed their first league win of 2014 away to Borussia Dortmund last weekend, with Raffael (r.) getting on the score sheet at Signal Iduna Park. The Brazilian forward is set to face his brother Ronny (l.) at Borussia Park today.

    Freiburg's victory over Bremen has blown the relegation battle wide open ahead of this weekend's crucial fixtures. Hamburger SV travel to second-bottom VfB Stuttgart today, before 1. FC Nürnberg - who dropped back into the relegation zone following Freiburg's win - host Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday. The Eagles suffered a heavy defeat to Christian Streich's side last time out and will be desperate to get back to winning ways at the Grundig Stadion.

    If Borussia Dortmund want to stop the Bavarians getting their hands on the Meisterschale today, they must beat Hannover 96 at the HDI Arena. Jürgen Klopp's side, who were drawn against Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League yesterday, are second in the table, but trail the runaway leaders by 23 points. FC Schalke 04 must also beat Eintracht Braunschweig in Gelsenkirchen, otherwise Bayern are champions...

    Friday 21 March


    Time to recuperate: That brings to an end of today's LIVE coverage of Matchday 26. SC Freiburg and Werder Bremen got the weekend off on the right foot, but Saturday's action promises to pack just as big a punch. Be sure to join us here again tomorrow for Borussia Dortmund's trip to Hannover 96 and a potential title-winning tie between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern München. Matchday 26 could well be one for the history books...

    SC Freiburg picked up their first home win over Werder Bremen since 2001 courtesy of a resounding 3-1 win at the MAGE Solar Arena, which incidentally was their 100th victory in Bundesliga history. Striker Admir Mehmedi provided the inspiration, scoring once, setting up another and winning 73 per cent of his challenges in a outing worthy of a 'Man of the Match' award. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive match report.

    To stay bang up-to-date with all the action there are two options. Either follow the minute-by-minute coverage on our LIVE Twitter account, @BL_Live_EN, or alternatively on bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker! The choice is up to you, but make sure to tweet in your opinions to @Bundesliga_EN as well!

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    Matchday 26 is set to get underway with a humdinger of a relegation six-pointer as Robin Dutt returns to Freiburg hoping his Bremen side can pick up three pivotal points against his ex-club. Werder are currently enjoying a five-game unbeaten run and will be confident of adding to that run in Freiburg, where they haven’t lost since 2001. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive preview.

    VfB Stuttgart may be struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga, but they are laying strong foundations for the future. On Friday, they announced that Robin Yalcin had signed his first professional contract, until 2016. "I celebrated my Bundesliga debut with Stuttgart so I'm delighted to have signed my first contract here," said the 20-year-old "This inspires me to learn even more and get more action in the Bundesliga."

    There was a tinge of regret in Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh's voice as he spoke ahead of his side's trip to Nürnberg on Saturday. "We would have loved to have been in Naples last night, but I guess in terms of preparing for Sunday it's better this way." Frankfurt were denied a UEFA Europa League tie against SSC Napoli in dramatic circumstances against FC Porto in the last round.

    It has not been the best of years so far for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but their coach Sami Hyypiä is keen for that to change. He met the media on Friday and had this to say: "We've had a very good week of training with the lads all working hard. We'll put the finishing touches to our preparations today and tomorrow and then be ready, physically and mentally, to give it all we've got for 90 minutes and fight for the three points." Leverkusen host 1899 Hoffenheim on Sunday.

    ...comes the Bundesliga. Dortmund's focus is now set on domestic action with a tricky trip to Hannover 96 on the agenda. Real Madrid CF will be off the radar for the duration of an intense week of league action for Jürgen Klopp's troops, which includes a Revierderby against Schalke.

    You can read our match preview here, or see a video preview here.

    The draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals is taking place in Nyon. To find out who FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund will be meeting next on their European travels, click here for our dedicated draw page.

    When Freiburg host Bremen tonight they will not just be facing a fellow relegation contender, they will also be fighting the weight of history. The hosts have played the Green-Whites 14 times at home, winning just three and losing nine. To make matters worse, Bremen seem to shake off any shackles in the south-west, scoring a whopping 33 goals in those fixtures and conceding 15. Relive one of the most goal-filled encounters from 2009 - a 6-0 triumph for Bremen involving a certain Mesut Özil...

    Bremen were up bright and early to finalise their preparations for tonight's match in Freiburg. "The day begins with a light workout at the stadium," says the tweet below:

    The European adventure may be over for another season for FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, with the draw to determine the ties taking place later today. Earlier on we asked you for for your thoughts on Twitter. Get involved and we'll publish the best responses here.

    Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt isn't normally one to court the limelight, but he hasn't been able to avoid it in recent weeks since his act of fair play against Nürnberg went viral. After he followed that up with a delightful free-kick last week, we pay tribute to the left-footer's best goals:

    Hello and welcome to bundesliga.com's live updates. We'll be here throughout the weekend with all the info on the upcoming matches and will bring you reaction from around the league as it happens. Matchday 26 begins with a relegation dogfight as SC Freiburg host SV Werder Bremen this evening. The home team will be in high spirits following their 4-1 thumping of Frankfurt last week, while Bremen salvaged a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart to extend thier unbeaten run for five games.