Munich - With the 2013/14 Bundesliga season about to enter its final stage and plenty still to play for, Matchday 32 produced yet another festival of nail-biting football.
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As ever, bundesliga.com brought to you all the latest news and reaction to events from across Germany's top flight.
The main events of Matchday 32:
- Borussia Mönchengladbach remain in contention for a top-four finish after Patrick Herrmann's first-half strike gave the Foals a 1-0 win at FC Schalke 04 in the final game of Matchday 32.
- FC Augsburg registered a 3-1 victory against relegation strugglers Hamburger SV on Sunday to keep their hopes of qualifying for Europe alive.
- Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Saturday's late match at the BayArena.
- Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München were twice forced to come from behind as they collected an emphatic 5-2 win at home to SV Werder Bremen, garnering some much-needed confidence ahead of their UEFA Champions League second leg against Real Madrid CF in the process.
- VfL Wolfsburg passed up the opportunity to move above Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the standings after SC Freiburg struck late to snatch a point in the 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon.
- 1. FSV Mainz 05 maintained their push for European qualifcation courtesy of a convincing 2-0 victory against 1. FC Nürnberg in Roger Prinzen's first game in charge.
- Hertha Berlin collected their first home win in 2014 on Saturday afternoon, further compounding Eintracht Braunschweig's misery with a 2-0 win at the Olympiastadion.
- 1899 Hoffenheim missed a late penalty as they were forced to settle for their first goalless draw of the current campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt.
- There was no separating Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart on Friday night as the two relegation battlers played out a goalless draw under the floodlights.
Monday 28 April
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Hannover 96 may have sealed another year of Bundesliga football on Matchday 32, but Tayfun Korkut's side appear to be taking the remainder of the season anything but lightly: "Day 1 after avoiding relegation," says this Tweet, "and there's no let-up: 96 are keeping up the intensity in training."
Claudio Pizarro, who grabbed a brace as FC Bayern came from behind twice on Saturday against Bremen, felt their 5-2 victory was just the right preparation for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final return leg against Real Madrid CF:
Sunday 27 April
Branimir Hrgota and his Mönchengladbach team-mates were in jovial mood after overcoming Schalke 04 and all but qualifying for Europe:
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 FC Augsburg are going to compound Hamburger SV’s misery by collecting all three points on home soil. Do you agree?
FC Bayern München
's performances in recent weeks have had neutrals and Bayern fans alike mourning the loss of
. However, the Spanish international has taken a huge step towards returning before the end of the season after
in training over the weekend.
Bad to worse:
As if battling the drop wasn't bad enough,
1. FC Nürnberg
's Swedish international Per Nilsson couldn't even take part in some retail therapy as he was denied the chance to splash the cash on Sunday afternoon.
Nose to grindstone:
have wasted little time in turning their attentions to Tuesday's semi-final showdown with reigning Spanish champions.
Paderborn on course for promotion?: Before all that though, Sunday could prove to be a decisive day in Bundesliga 2 with SC Paderborn able to move up into the automatic promotion places if they beat SV Sandhausen. At the other end of the table, Dynamo Dresden need three points against high-flying Karlsruher SC to keep their survival hopes alive, while FC St. Pauli meet VfR Aalen. Don't forget you can follow all the action as it happens on the bundesliga.comLIVE ticker from 11:30 GMT/13:30 CET.
Saturday 26 April
That's all for today folks! Don't forget to check out what Claudio Pizarro and Thomas Müller had to say following the Bavarians' 5-2 victory over Bremen. We'll bring you more reaction to Wolfsburg's draw with FC Freiburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen's draw with Borussia Dortmund later on.
Join us on Sunday for more reaction and build-up to Matchday 32's final two Bundesliga encounters (FC Augsburg vs. Hamburger SV and FC Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach). Ciao for now!
This is what
is up to this evening after Bayern's win over Bremen:
's Eintracht Frankfurt became the first team this season to hold 1899 Hoffenheim to a goalless draw:
Jürgen Klopp, meanwhile wasn't entirely happy after his team's 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen:
was satisfied with his side's performance against Bremen on Saturday:
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 Borussia Dortmund will avenge their defeat from earlier this season against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Do you agree?
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Not long to go until kick-off now…why not while away the time with a look on the Bundesliga’s official YouTube channel? There's a wealth of plenty of fascinating videos on there, including our visit to Schalke youngsters and :
The stage is set in Berlin ahead of
's clash at home to basement boys
: The easten block of the Olympiastadion is ready...
...as is the visitors' changing room. Today is a special day for the Lions, as exactly one year ago they secure promotion to the Bundesliga with a victory away to FC Ingolstadt.
Friday 25 April
That brings to an end of today's LIVE coverage. Please join us again on Saturday for all the latest from the 32nd week of 2013/14 Bundesliga action.
Beautiful weather also in Hanover, where a win against Stuttgart tonight (kick-off: 18:30 GMT/20:30 CET) would guarantee the hosts another year of top-flight football. "Three points on the cards! Keep your fingers crossed," says this Hannover 96 Tweet.
FC Bayern are getting ready for their trip to Bremen, and the conditions clearly couldn't be any better: