Ahead of their final home game of the season, champions Bayern Munich bade a fond farewell to outgoing head coach Jupp Heynckes
Visitors FC Augsburg had no time for sentiment though, desperately seeking an against-the-odds
...before Thomas Müller (3.l.) finally broke the deadlock in the hosts' favour with just over 20 minutes of the contest remaining
After that, the result was never in doubt, with substitutes Xherdan Shaqiri (r., with Franck Ribery)...
...and Luis Gustavo (l., thanking Ribery for his second assist of the match) wrapping up a 3-0 win for the Bavarian heavyweights
And let the title party commence! For beaten opponents Augsburg, the possibility of the relegation play-off place, or worse, looms large
VfL Wolfsburg's Ivan Perisic (l.) reacquainted himself with former Dortmund team-mate Maro Reus (r.) in what turned out to be quite the thriller at the Volkswagen Arena...
Dortmund were celebrating inside five minutes when Sven Bender (c.) got the telling touch on Nuri Sahin's (2.l.) cute free kick
Perisic (r.) reminded his former club of his prolific eye for goal, striking twice
The home side must have thought they were home and hosed when Naldo (2.l.) made it three after just 26 minutes...
...but they hadn't banked on a late Reus (l.) show - the midfielder helping himself to a brace and confirming Dortmund's second place in the standings with a game to spare
Bayer Leverkusen were already safe in third going into their final home game of the season against Hannover 96 and
Stefan Kießling (r.) was taking the plaudits himself just shy of the half-hour mark, firing Bayer 2-0
Hannover battled gamely but there was nothing to be had for Mame Diouf (l.) and Co on the day, as...
...Bayer's no1 sub Hegeler made the most of a rare starting appearance, nabbing his own second to put the hosts three to the good.
Jefferson Farfan's (r.) Schalke 04 were seeking the home victory over DFB Cup finalists
The visitors may not have come into the match in top form, but they were up for
VfB continued to look in the mood to spoil the Schalke party as the match progressed -
66 minutes in, Ibisievc struck again to give the visitors a two-goal cushion and for all their best efforts...
...skipper Benedikt Höwedes and his troops were only able to pull one back,
At the same time, SC Freiburg were battling to hang onto Schalke's coat-tails, but Greuther Fürth were not playing their
Almost 70 minutes were on the clock before Freiburg's pressure finally paid off, Jonathan Schmid pulling them level...
...and with twelve minutes to go, Max Kruse turned the game in the visitors' favour. The result was not in the bag yet, though...
...with SCF keeper Oliver Baumann needing to keep out Nikola Djurdic's
At the other end of the standings, embattled Werder Bremen needed a home win against Eintracht Frankfurt to
Kevin De Bruyne got the home crowd in uproar when he fired the Green-Whites in front midway through the first half...
...but Srdjan Lakic's (l.) 51st-minute leveller for the Eagles heralded a nervous second 45 for the hosts and their fervent following
Bremen held on for a share of spoils though - and with results elsewhere going their way,
Fortuna Düsseldorf meanwhile played host to 1. FC Nuremberg, likewise seeking precious points in the battle against the drop
It started well for Norbert Meier's men as Hanno Balitsch put through his own net to send Fortuna in front before half time
Nuremberg's Markus Mendler (r.) levelled after the restart, and it wasn't long before
Fortuna goalkeeper Fabian Giefer kept the scoreline respectable with a string of fine saves...
... but it was another disappointing afternoon for the men in red, who go into the final game
Given the fate in store for rivals Düsseldorf and Augsburg, 1899 Hoffenheim could have taken a big step towards
...and Dennis Aogo (r.) converted the South Korean international's assist to make it 2-0,
It was to get worse for the home coach as Petr Jiracek put HSV three to the
...a final 4-1 defeat leaves the team from the South West needing a win at Dortmund and defeats for
Borussia Mönchengladbach needed a win at FSV Mainz to keep their receding hopes of a
Then it was time for the Branimir Hrgota show, the Swedish international levelling from the spot
...and adding to Mike Hanke's third for the visitors with a great lob to complete his