Cologne - When FC Bayern lose in the Bundesliga then it's bound to hit the headlines, and their home reverse to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 26 was no exception. has that and four of the other biggest stories to emerge from Matchday 26 in the Bundesliga...

"It's as bad as the defeat," said Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the salt of Arjen Robben's injury was rubbed into the wound of a 2-0 defeat at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 26. For Bayern, it was a first loss at the Allianz Arena all season and only their second reverse in the Bundesliga all season. Gladbach, meanwhile, showed they mean business in their bid for a place in the UEFA Champions League.

Rather than dwelling on their UEFA Champions League disappointment, Borussia Dortmund delivered the perfect riposte on Saturday. A trip to Hanover might have presented a banana skin for Jürgen Klopp's men, but thanks in no small way to an inspirational Shinji Kagawa, BVB left the HDI Arena with all three points. As if that was not enough, the Japanese midfielder provided a sublime assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to put the result beyond doubt as Dortmund showed the character which could still see them sneak into Europe next season.

It was dubbed a six-pointer by FC Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 1-0 win in Gelsenkirchen did indeed put six points between the two sides and leave the Royal Blues' UEFA Champions League qualification hopes hanging in the balance. Die Werkself made an excellent recovery from their heart-breaking penalty shoot-out elimination to Club Atletico de Madrid and a place among Europe's elite next term is now firmly in their hands.

…the tough get going. That was the case on Matchday 26 with the bottom two clubs picking up priceless wins in the context of the relegation battle. First and foremost VfB Stuttgart's first win of 2015 allowed them to see a bit of daylight at the end of the tunnel, even if a win for Baden-Württemberg rivals SC Freiburg meant they remained at the foot of the table for at least the next fortnight. With SC Paderborn and Hamburger SV dropping points, the bottom four are separated by only two points.

Contrasting with the two sides from the south picking up key victories were two northern clubs whose top-flight future is again being called into question. Josef Zinnbauer (l.) was relieved of his duties after Hamburger SV lost to Hertha Berlin and slip inside the bottom three while Hannover 96 are only two points clear of the relegation zone following their defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund.