Patrick Herrmann's (r.) brace either side of half time was enough to secure Borussia Mönchengladbach a 2-0 win against a stubborn Hannover 96 side in Matchday 25's final encounter (©Imago)
Granit Xhaka and Co. dominated proceedings during the first half, but struggled to produce the penetration required to break the visitors down...
...until the 43rd minute when Thorgan Hazard's drill cross found its way to Herrmann at the back post, who made no mistake with a simple tap in (©Imago)
Having boasted 69% possession and 13 shots on goal to Hannover's two during the first half, the Foals maintained their pressure after the restart as they sought to add to their one-goal lead
In the end it was Herrmann (2nd r.) to once again provide the finishing touches at the end of a sublime team move, bagging the fourth Bundesliga brace of his career and ensuring that Gladbach remained in third place after the 25th round of top flight action
Maximilian Arnold (c.) scored the third but once again Kevin De Bruyne (l.) was the star of the show as he scored one, made another and won a penalty in VfL Wolfsburg's 3-0 win over SC Freiburg
Timm Klose (r.) started the game for the Wolves in the absence of the suspended Naldo
The home side didn't have to wait long for the opening goal, as De Bruyne added to his two goals in midweek with a ninth league strike of the campaign
Roman Bürki was a busy goalkeeper indeed in the first half, making two or three good saves to keep the Freiburg deficit down to one
The away side continued to be under the cosh in the second half and their fate was sealed with 14 minutes left when Bürki felled the effervescent De Bruyne
Ricardo Rodriguez (no 34) stepped up to score the resulting penalty, with Anrnold's late effort from De Bruyne's assist making it an extra special day for the home side
Borussia Dortmund were held to a second Bundesliga stalemate in succession for the first time since 2008 after a 0-0 draw with 1. FC Köln at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening
Mats Hummels (l.) was kept busy early on as Deyverson (r.) and the visitors made the brighter start...
...and the Brazilian striker (l.) would have scored after only two minutes were it not for a calm stop from the hosts' veteran custodian Roman Weidenfeller (r.)
The game continued to be a tense affair, with Anthony Ujah (l.) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (r.) involved in their sides' best attacking efforts
But not even the endeavour of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (l.) at the tip of a star-studded attacking line-up could force the breakthrough against a Köln defence well-marshalled by Jonas Hector (r.) to keep its 11th clean sheet of the season
FC Bayern München resumed their unrelenting charge towards a 24th Bundesliga title with a convincing 4-0 win away to SV Werder Bremen
In the absence of top scorer Franco Di Santo, Davie Selke (r.) led the line for the hosts, who made a promising start to the game by getting in amongst the Bavarians
Bremen's good work was undone by a moment of brilliance from Thomas Müller (3rd r.), however, the Germany international curling an unstoppable left-foot shot into the top corner after his initial effort had been saved (© Imago)
Just before half-time, Bayern produced the killer blow as David Alaba curled a classy free-kick past goalkeeper Raphael Wolf
Proceedings were far scrappier in the second half with both sides committing fouls regularly and tempers becoming frayed...
...and Bayern made absolutely sure of the points when Robert Lewandowski (c.) scored two late goals from two Thomas Müller (r.) passes
In the capital, Hertha Berlin took the lead twice against FC Schalke 04, but couldn't see out a win after the visitors scored a 90th-minute equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw
The hosts went in front when Timon Wellenreuther (r.) spilled a Valentin Stocker shot, allowing Änis Ben-Hatira (l.) to score
But Schalke were level before the interval, their man of the moment Leroy Sane (no. 19) dinking a lovely finish over the goalkeeper
Both sides struggled to break one another down in the second half, but Hertha thought they'd found a winner when Genki Haraguchi (l.) punished more loose goalkeeping to tap home for 2-1...
...but Schalke had the last word when Joel Matip (c.) - minutes after missing from less than a yard out - directed a powerful header into the corner in stoppage time
Eintracht Frankfurt bounced back from defeat to 1. FC Köln last week with a resounding 4-0 win over SC Paderborn 07
Predictably it was Alexander Meier (c.) who opened the scoring at the Commerzbank Arena with a low header - his 19th league goal of the season - after some lax Paderborn defending
After Marc Stendera had doubled the Eagles’ advantage shortly before the break, Stefan Aigner (pictured) then made it 3-0 with a calm finish...
...before Nelson Valdez, sidelined for much of this season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, scored his first Bundesliga goal since April 2010 with a glorious chip over the goalkeeper
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim enjoyed an easy victory over Hamburger SV to get to get their European push back on track at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena
HSV got off to the worst possible start when Jaroslav Drobny (l.) was sent off for bringing down Sven Schipplock (r.) as the last man...
...with Eugen Polanski rolling home the resulting spot-kick, the Polish international then doubling the lead in the second half with a low finish into the corner
Sebastian Rudy then set the seal on a satisfying day for TSG when he slotted home from Kevin Volland's (r.) unselfish pass
At the SGL Arena, 1. FSV Mainz 05 produced a mature away performance to seal a first away win under new coach Martin Schmidt
Augsburg were looking to build on last week's impressive 1-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg
...but in a game of few chances, they suffered their 11th defeat of the campaign after goals from Shinji Okazaki (2nd. l.) and former Augsburg star Ja-Cheol Koo (3rd l.)
Josip Drmic (2nd r.) bagged a brace either side of half-time to help Bayer 04 Leverkusen to a comfortable 4-0 win over bottom-of-the-table VfB Stuttgart on Friday evening
Gotoku Sakai (r.) and Co. did well to keep the UEFA Champions League participants at arms' length during a fiercely contested opening half an hour...
...but fell behind in the 32nd minute when a miscommunication in their back line allowed Wendell (l.) to pounce on a loose ball before firing home a left-footed effort into the bottom corner thereby opening his Bundesliga account
Just four minutes later and Drmic completed a quick fire double, ghosting in between Stuttgart's centre-backs to head home Roberto Hilbert's inch-perfect cross
Things went from bad to worse for the Swabians ealry in the second half as Drmic grabbed his second of the evening just before the hour mark after Karim Bellarabi (l.) had already extended the hosts lead five minutes after the restart (©Imago)
The result ensured that VfB Stuttgart would be left to prop up the Bundesliga standings for a sixth week in a row, while Bayer 04 kept pace with their fellow top four aspirants by handing their goal difference a timely boost