Borussia Mönchengladbach stunned FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena, winning 2-0 in Munich to boost their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League
Borussia Mönchengladbach stunned FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena, winning 2-0 in Munich to boost their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League
Bundesliga

Matchday 26 - live updates

Cologne - Borussia Mönchengladbach became the first team to beat FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena this season as Raffael's double gave the Foals a shock victory in Matchday 26's curtain-closer.

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Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued their recent revival, bottom-of-the-table VfB Stuttgart recorded their first win since Matchday 16 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen saw off fellow Champions League aspirants FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen.

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MATCHDAY 26 FIXTURES

Friday 20 March
Hamburger SV 0-1 Hertha Berlin

Saturday 21 March
Hannover 96 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
VfB Stuttgart 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
SC Freiburg 2-0 FC Augsburg
SC Paderborn 07 0-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FC Köln 1-1 SV Werder Bremen
FC Schalke 04 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Sunday 22 March
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
FC Bayern München 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Monday 23 March

Back in a fortnight

Well that just about wraps up our Matchday 26 bulletins. This week and next week, international football takes centre stage, with Germany, boasting 18 Bundesliga players in their squad, in action in a friendly against Australia before an important UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia. We'll see you in a couple of weeks for, among others, the

Klassiker

: Dortmund vs. Bayern on 4 April. Hold your breath!

Hertha eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over HSV on Friday evening - Josef Zinnbauer's last game in charge of the Red Shorts.

Interim HSV head coach Peter Knäbel has held his first training session this afternoon.

This might interest all Frankfurt fans out there...

Jefferson Farfan made his long-awaited comeback from injury in Schalke's 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening.

Gladbach fans around the country might just be pinching themselves this morning. 2-0 at Bayern? Surely not!! Welcome back to our live updates, everyone.

Sunday 22 March

Thiago makes the bench

Spain international Thiago Alcantara could make his first appearance since March 2014 if he plays today:

Teams are in!

Alaba ready

David Alaba was a goalscorer in his last game, against Bremen, and is set to make his 122nd Bundesliga appearance today.

Schalke lose 'six-pointer'

The Royal Blues' coach Roberto Di Matteo had spoken of a 'six-pointer' against Leverkusen yesterday evening. Unfortunately for him, his team lost the game and are now

six points behind Bayer

, as well as five behind Gladbach in fourth. The fans will likely find themselves hoping for a Bayern victory in this evening's game in Bavaria.

Bremen on course for Europe?

Werder Bremen conceded a late penalty to

draw 1-1

against Köln yesterday, but their recent form should give them hope that an unlikely push for Europe can still end successfully. The northerners are now just four points off sixth place...

Stato!

Here's another statistic to whet your appetite ahead of Bayern-Gladbach:

Super Sunday

Good morning to you all. We trust you're sufficiently rested after yesterday's drama and are all set for the final two games of the weekend, the second of which certainly promises to be something special. Put the kettle on and have a read of our

match preview

for Bayern vs. Gladbach this evening.

Saturday 21 March

Time to bid you all a fond farewell. Don't fret, though, as we'll be back early on Sunday with all the build-up to 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern München's much-anticipated clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gute Nacht to you all!

Schalke beaten

Bremen misfortune

Werder head coach Viktor Skripnik on the Green-Whites'

1-1 draw

with 1. FC Köln: "We were lucky to get a point against Schalke. Today we were unlucky to give two away. That's football."

Game of two halves

Mats Hummels sums up Dortmund's

3-2 win

away to ten-man Hannover: "We started really well and then made life really difficult for ourselves."

TEAM NEWS: FC Schalke 04 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

MATCHDAY!

Enjoy the action and join us again post-match for all the reaction to the afternoon action and the team news ahead of Saturday's top game between FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen!

Hannover 96 - Borussia Dortmund

Line-ups:

VfB Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt

1. FC Köln - SV Werder Bremen

SC Freiburg - FC Augsburg

SC Paderborn 07 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Altintop blow

Augsburg will have to do without Halil Altintop against Freiburg. He's suffering with muscular problems, according to this

Tweet

:

Dortmund in the house

The Borussia Dortmund players have arrived at Hannover 96's HDI Arena...

Free-kick practice

Bayern's

Javi Martinez

has posted this fascinating video on Twitter of

David Alaba

practising his free-kicks at Säbener Straße. Gladbach can consider themselves warned...

Butt caught out

If you've never seen this golden moment from a Schalke-Leverkusen clash in the 2003/04 season, then you're in for a treat...

Badstuber prepared

Holger Badstuber on Twitter:

"The final training session is done. We're ready for the game against Gladbach."

Nine-goal thriller

Remember what happened when Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart faced off on Matchday 9 of the current campaign?

Embarrassment of riches

Every FC Bayern München player except Javi Martinez reported for team training at Säbener Straße yesterday ahead of Sunday's blockbuster against Borussia Mönchengladbach. With Philipp Lahm returning to the squad last week and Thiago Alcantara on the mend, Pep Guardiola's going to have quite a selection quandary before long. Not that he'll be complaining of course.

European six-pointer

Huge game in Gelsenkirchen tonight between fifth-placed FC Schalke 04 and fourth-in-the-table Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The

Werkself

won 1-0 at home earlier in the campaign, but have only won once at the Veltins Arena in the last five years. Click

here

for our preview of that one.

Friday 20 March

Dramatic start to the weekend

That's all folks...for tonight at least. We've kicked off Matchday 26 with a last-gasp one-goal victory, but there are sure to be more Bundesliga balls hitting the back of the net this weekend. Don't forget you can read all the relevant previews by clicking on the fixtures above. For now though, we bid you good night.

TEAM NEWS: Hertha Berlin

TEAM NEWS: Hamburger SV

Mats Hummels was one of Borussia Dortmund's heroes when they travelled to take on Hannover 96 last season. Check out how he and BVB got on by clicking play on the clip below that comes courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.

Hummels the hero once again in Hanover?

The Borussia Dortmund captain has landed.

Counting down

One of Matchday 26's top encounters draws ever closer to grace our screens.

Dieter Hecking, on VfL Wolfsburg's Matchday 26 clash with 1. FSV Mainz 05:

The Wolves won't be resting on their laurels this weekend if their head coach Dieter Hecking has anything to do about it.

It takes two to tango

Bayern cannot expect to have it all their own way when they face Gladbach this Sunday with visitors' coach Lucien Favre keen to prove how good his own side are:

Pep Guardiola has been facing the assembled media ahead of Bayern's mouthwatering clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday...

Some social media reaction from the Bayern camp to the UEFA Champions League draw:

Thomas Schaaf, speaking ahead of Frankfurt's trip to Stuttgart on Saturday: "We have trained well and are well prepared. [Carlos] Zambrano and [Stefan] Aigner will both be involved.

"We need stick to our gameplan in Stuttgart, from the first minute to the last."

1. FC Köln host SV Werder Bremen at the RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday, having held Dortmund to a goalless draw in their last league match.

Stuttgart's ground for hope:

Huub Stevens' struggling troops usually do well against Frankfurt in front of their own fans. How

die Schwaben

could do with another three points on Saturday afternoon!

It's certainly going to be a busy day for Pep Guardiola and Co... Don't forget we'll be bringing you all the build-up to today's Champions League and Europa League draws from 11:00 CET.

Thursday 19 March

What a day we have in store for you, folks! Plenty more pre-match press conferences to look forward to, as well as the draw for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarter finals! Stay tuned.

Bis morgen!

That concludes our live coverage for the day, but fear not: we'll be back bright and early on Friday morning to continue bringing you all the latest news, build-up, pictures and information ahead of the Matchday 26 kick-off. Good night!

FC Bayern teaser

Dante at home in Munich

Josef Zinnbauer on Hamburg's Friday night clash with Hertha Berlin:

Despite having to cope with several injury problems, we're been solid at the back. The fans have honored that. We trust the fans and they trust us. Hertha keep things compact and like to break on the counter. It will be a hard game and anything but a cakewalk. We'll give everything to take three points."

Eagles hard at work

VfB Stuttgart head coach Huub Stevens, speaking ahead of the Swabians' match with Eintracht Frankfurt:

"The support from our fans has been great. It's important for the players as well. Every match is important - we want to get three points from every game we play. We need to get points on the board as quickly as possible."

Roberto Di Matteo, speaking ahead of Schalke's clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening:

"I think you can describe this game as a 'six-pointer'. We're playing at home and are confident of getting a good result.

"Wellenreuther will keep his place in goal. I made a decision [to play him in recent matches] and I'm sticking by that decision."

Dortmund's visit to Hannover in the 2013/14 campaign produced one of the goals of the season from Robert Lewandowski, as well as standout performances from several other BVB players...

Klopp: "The players who played well against Schalke need to do so on a more regular basis!"

Klopp's Dortmund beat bitter rivals Schalke 3-0 in the Revierderby on Matchday 23, but have failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions.

Jürgen Klopp, speaking after Dortmund's loss to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday:

"Our main priority is the league now, although that doesn't mean that we don't want to progress in the DFB Cup."