Matchday 31 was a very special one for Stuttgart forward Cacau (pictured), who ended a 574-day goalscoring drought to help his side to three precious points
Matchday 31 was a very special one for Stuttgart forward Cacau (pictured), who ended a 574-day goalscoring drought to help his side to three precious points

Matchday 31 - LIVE updates

Munich - While Easter bunnies were busy delivering chocolate goodness around the world, the Bundesliga had a fair few treats of its own on Matchday 31.

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As always, has been on hand to bring you all the build-up, breaking news and reaction from around the top flight...

The main events of Matchday 31...

    VfB Stuttgart boosted their chances of staying up on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 victory at home to third-placed FC Schalke 04 in the weekend's curtain closer.

      Bayer 04 Leverkusen reclaimed fourth place in Sunday's early game courtesy of a comprehensive 4-1 victory at struggling 1. FC Nürnberg.

        FC Bayern München left it late to beat Eintracht Braunschweig, but goals from Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic sealed a comfortable 2-0 win for Pep Guardiola's side.

          Borussia Dortmund clinched their place in next season's UEFA Champions League group stage with a 4-2 win over a plucky 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park.

            SC Freiburg took a huge step towards Bundesliga survival with a 4-2 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

              SV Werder Bremen came from behind to defeat 1899 Hoffenheim 3-1.

                FC Augsburg and Hertha Berlin played out a goalless draw at the SGL Arena.

                  VfL Wolfsburg heaped the pressure on Hamburger SV after recording a comfortable 3-1 win at the Imtech Arena.

                    Hannover 96 took a massive step towards safety after a 3-2 away win at Eintracht Frankfurt in Matchday's 31 opener on Thursday.

                    Monday 21 April

That's all, folks! Make sure you join us later this week as we look ahead to Matchday 32 in the Bundesliga.

Don't forget to follow Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between FC Bayern München and Real Madrid CF at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on our LIVE ticker.

Bis dann!

It's been a big week for Ibrahima Traore. First, his

switch to Gladbach in the summer

is confirmed, then he plays an

inspirational game for VfB

, and finally, on Monday, he celebrates his 26th birthday. Many happy returns, Ibrahima!

Sunday 20 April

It's all going on in the Bundesliga - and not just at the bottom of the table either. VfL Wolfsburg's

3-1 win

over Hamburger SV has lifted Dieter Hecking's men into fourth, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen only need to beat 1. FC Nürnberg to reclaim the sought-after UEFA Champions League play-off place. We say 'only': second-bottom Nürnberg are themselves pretty desperate for the points, too.

Saturday 19 April

That's all for tonight, but make sure to join us tomorrow as we look ahead to 1. FC Nürnberg vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart vs. FC Schalke 04. As always, we'll bring you all the reaction from those matches as and when it comes in. Bis morgen!

So, great win for Borussia Dortmund, who have clinched their place in the group stage of Europe's premier club competition with a deserved win over Mainz. Bayern left it late to beat Braunschweig, but Pep Guardiola's side eventually recorded their 26th win of the season thanks to two late goals from Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic. You can find out what happened in Saturday's other afternoon kick-offs by clicking here. Stay tuned for all the reaction to today's matches...

Friday 18 April

We leave you this Friday night with a positive message for followers of Borussia Mönchengladbach...Oscar is on the way back...

Augsburg still have a way to go before matching the pulling power of Bayern, however. As the record champions tweeted, there will not be an empty seat in the house for the 250th game in a row on Saturday. Want to know what all the fuss is about? Find out by

reading our match preview


FC Augsburg are attracting more and more followers with their football which is even

too hot for FC Bayern to handle

. The Bavarian club on Friday broke through the 30,000-followers barrier on Twitter:

The fans were out in force in Hamburg to witness HSV's final preparations for Saturday evening's crucial northern Germany derby against VfL Wolfsburg -

a game both sides are desperate to win

. This tweet from the Red Shorts shows around 1,000 spectators swarming around the club's training session on Friday:

Champions Bayern don't plan on letting the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Austrian international left-back David Alaba get in their way at Braunschweig. Full speed ahead!

Hamburger SV are in dire need of points this weekend. They have four games left to save themselves from relegation and, though they have been strong at home of late (two wins and three draws under new coach Mirko Slomka), they host Wolfsburg, themselves going for the Champions League, this Saturday. If can produce anything like the performance he put in the last time the sides met, however, they have a chance of getting the points they need...

Thursday 17 April

That concludes the first instalment of the weekend's live action. We will be back on Friday morning with more reaction from Thursday night's opener, and build up to the remainder of the weekend's games. See you then!

Well the weekend is about to begin with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Hannover, so head here for the ticker or read our match report at the final whistle!

1899 Hoffenheim travel to Bremen and there's no doubting who the man of the moment is for the Sinsheimers at the moment. Sejad Salihovic has scored 11 goals for the club this season, three of them coming from direct free-kicks, and last week became the club’s highest scorer in the Bundesliga, scoring his 44th top-flight goal against FC Augsburg. Here's the Bosnian's top five...

VfB Stuttgart host FC Schalke 04 in a crucial game for the Baden-Württemberg men on Sunday with the green baize in the Mercedes-Benz Arena being readied for action…

With Dortmund up against Klopp's former club Mainz on Saturday, check out why the tactician lost the plot when the two sides met back in 2011 on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: