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.
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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.
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
- SC Freiburg move seven points clear of the foot of the table as Admir Mehmedi inspired them to a 3-1 win over relegation rivals Werder Bremen.
Monday 24 March
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:
Sunday 23 March
Get this for a pre-match stat: in 55 Bundesliga meetings between 1. FC Nürnberg and Eintracht Frankfurt, there has never been a sending off. Get the lowdown on this afternoon's fixture
for more on
's decision to end his career at Borussia Dortmund.
Saturday 22 March
is expecting a tough game at Hannover 96:
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.
Eyes on the prize:
Is today the day FC Bayern München win the Bundesliga title for a 23rd time? Few would bet against Pep Guardiola's side leaving
with all three points this afternoon, but other results have to go their way. What ever happens, it's sure to be another action-packed weekend in Germany's top flight. Sit back and enjoy!
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...
DON'T FORGET to tweet in your pre-match predictions to the @Bundesliga_EN Twitter account! The consensus in the bundesliga.com office is that there'll be home wins on the cards for Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt. Do you agree?
Eintracht Frankfurt are not going to be able to count on defender
for their trip to 1. FC Nürnberg this Sunday, or for the rest of the season. The Brazilian is working his way back to fitness after a knee operation, though, as this tweet shows:
FC Bayern are also turning their attentions back to the Bundesliga title race, which they can
if results go their way...
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: