Summary

  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen guaranteed European football next season.
  • All teams with 40 points or more are safe.
  • Hannover not yet relegated; Bayern not yet champions.

The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is coming to a head and there was plenty to celebrate for a number of teams on Matchday 31.

After a busy day of action on Saturday, bundesliga.com rounds up the key events that influenced matters at both ends of the table.

Title on hold for another week

FC Bayern München could have secured the Bundesliga Meisterschale on Saturday, but only if they beat Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund lost to VfB Stuttgart. As BVB won, Bayern will have to wait until Matchday 32 to make sure the title is mathematically safe, and will do so if they overcome visitors Borussia Mönchengladbach. A draw or defeat would even do for Bayern to rubberstamp an historic fourth successive championship, as long as Dortmund do not post a better result at home against VfL Wolfsburg.

Arturo Vidal (c.) scored the opener in Berlin to put Bayern on course for victory, even if it was not enough to seal the championship.

Furthermore, Bayern and Dortmund are the only two teams to have guaranteed UEFA Champions League football in 2016/17. All the other aspirants must wait until at least next weekend. However, this season's quarter-finalists Vf Wolfsburg can no longer qualify for Europe's top table following their 2-0 defeat at home to FC Augsburg.

UEFA Europa League

As either Bayern or Dortmund will win the DFB Cup, the Europa League place normally granted to the winners of that competition will be handed to the league's seventh-placed finisher. After Saturday's results, Bayer 04 Leverkusen can now finish no lower than seventh, so are assured of European football in some capacity next term.

As both 1. FC Köln (eighth) and FC Ingolstadt 04 (ninth) could both still record a maximum of 49 points, every side from fourth down must still fight for their place in Europe.

Relegation battle intensifies

With Bremen (16th) playing Stuttgart (15th) next weekend, any teams that reach the 40-point mark will be mathematically safe: if Bremen win all three of their remaining fixtures they would have 40; meaning Stuttgart could reach a maximum of 39.

That means that all the teams in the top half of the table are guaranteed Bundesliga football next season – a remarkable achievement for promoted outfit Ingolstadt. Köln's 4-1 hammering of SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday means they too will be in the top flight in 2016/17.

Anthony Modeste (bottom) scored twice to help Köln down Darmstadt and secure their Bundesliga status for another season.

Hannover 96 were granted a stay of execution on Saturday after fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Ingolstadt, but the 96ers could still be relegated for a fifth time on Sunday if Eintracht Frankfurt beat 1. FSV Mainz 05: Bremen and Frankfurt still have to play each other, meaning that if Frankfurt win on Sunday, one of the two is guaranteed to reach at least 32 points, a tally Hannover can no long obtain.

It is still possible for the bottom three teams to end up with 31 points: Bremen, Frankfurt and Hannover – incidentally the three ex-clubs of coach Thomas Schaaf.