Cologne - Borussia Mönchengladbach have one foot in next season's UEFA Champions League group stage after cruising to a 3-0 victory over fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 32.

Elsewhere, Raul Bobadilla scored the only goal of the game as FC Augsburg recorded a 1-0 victory over a much-changed FC Bayern München side at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia Dortmund boosted their European hopes with a 2-0 win over struggling Hertha Berlin.

Stick around as bundesliga.com keeps you abreast of all the latest Matchday 32 news...

MATCHDAY 32 FIXTURES:

Friday:
Hamburger SV 1-1 SC Freiburg

Saturday:
FC Bayern München 0-1 FC Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hertha Berlin
Hannover 96 1-1 SV Werder Bremen
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
VfB Stuttgart 2-0 1. FSV Mainz 05

Sunday:
SC Paderborn 07 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg
1. FC Köln 2-0 FC Schalke 04

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Monday 11 May

Bis Donnerstag!

That's all for this week, folks. We'll be back on Thursday as we start building up to the penultimate weekend of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season. There's the small matter of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final between FC Bayern and Barcelona to occupy you in the meantime. See you all soon.

FC Bayern will have to do without second-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina for the rest of the current Bundesliga campaign after it was confirmed today that the Spaniard has been banned for two games following his red card in Saturday's defeat against Augsburg.

BREAKING NEWS



FC Schalke 04 have announced that Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam have both been released by the club with immediate effect, while Marco Höger has been suspended from training and first-team action up to and including Saturday, 16th May.

Hitz's happy memories

Marwin Hitz had to be at his very best to keep a clean sheet against FC Bayern München on Saturday and is obviously still revealing in his outstanding performance as the new week gets underway.

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The word from the bench is out - we've got the reactions from the Bundesliga coaches to the Matchday 32 action with plenty of mixed feelings after results which did not necessarily make things any clearer at the bottom, but almost settled a few matters nearer the top.

"The Bundesliga is a great league to watch, a lot of games end with a 4-3 or 4-4 scoreline," the Catalan tactician said at today's press conference. "We'll need to be careful though against Barcelona and can't attack all the time. They're a dangerous team on the break."

“Dortmund are well on course to booking their ticket for the Europa League,” writes Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung after a sensational comeback has seen them move up to seventh after finishing the first half of the season second from bottom. “BVB have enjoying a happy ending to a bizarre season in their hands. Four points from their remaining two matches would all but guarantee them European football next season."

Rheinische Post looks back at Mönchengladbach’s impressive 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. “Gladbach have all but sealed their first ever participation in the Champions League,” writes the Düsseldorf-based newspaper, tagging the club as “the best in the west" and praising head coach Lucien Favre. "He has turned a side that was fighting relegation into a top club in only four years.”

Check out one of the left-footed specialist's best stunners courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:

Guten Morgen!

Hello and welcome to a fresh round of live bulletins. We'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest in the wake of the Matchday 32 action that saw VfL Wolfsburg secure their place in next season's Champions League group stages while the battle against the drop is promising to become arguably the hardest-fought relegation dogfight of all times!

Sunday 10 May

Köln can look forward to another season in Germany's top flight after getting the better of Schalke on Sunday evening. It's another disappointing result for Roberto Di Matteo's side, who are now in very real danger of relinquishing their grip on a place in next season's Europa League.

Timm Klose was delighted with his first goal for Wolfsburg and now has his sights on winning the DFB Cup after the Wolves wrapped up a place in the Champions League with that victory over Paderborn. Follow this link for more from reaction from the Benteler-Arena.

Bas Dost scored twice as VfL Wolfsburg beat struggling SC Paderborn 07 3-1 away to secure an automatic place in the UEFA Champions League next season. Immediately after the game, the Wolves confirmed that Gladbach's Max Kruse will join the club on a four-year deal in the summer.

Eager to know more about Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Xizhe Zhang? Click here to get the lowdown on the Wuhan native.

Freiburg may have dropped two points away to fellow relegation battlers Hamburg on Matchday 32, but goalkeeper Roman Bürki insists he is confident the Baden-Württemberg club, who play hosts to Bayern next weekend, will avoid being relegated this season. “We’re absolutely convinced we will stay up.”

Bundesliga 2 LIVE!

The action in Germany's second tier is about to kick off, as FC Ingolstadt could book their place in next season's Bundesliga away to VfL Bochum this afternoon. Of course you can follow all three of today's fixtures in Germany's second tier on our LIVE ticker!

Erik Durm was a happy man after notching his first ever Bundesliga goal on Saturday. “I think it's obvious that scoring isn't an everyday occurrence for me, I'm delighted," he said after Dortmund's win over Hertha, adding: "I didn't have a clue where I should run. […] In hindsight, of course, it's a bit of a shame that I didn't run over to the fans.”

FC Bayern boss Pep Guardiola admitted after his side’s Augsburg defeat that “playing 80 minutes with ten men three days after the game in Barcelona wasn’t easy. We created clear-cut chances and played well though. It was tough in the second half [...]. We’ll regenerate and prepare for [Tuesday's return leg] now.”

Herzlich Willkommen !

Hello and welcome to another day full of Bundesliga action as relegation-threatened SC Paderborn entertain third-placed VfL Wolfsburg and Europa League candidates Schalke 04's travel to North Rhine-Westphalia rivals 1. FC Köln, while there are also three crucial fixtures in Germany's second tier on the agenda.

Saturday 9 May

Daniel Didavi was the name on everyone's lips at the Mercedes-Benz Arena following VfB Stuttgart's pivotal 2-0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05. The results keeps VfB in with a real chance of beating the drop, but Huub Stevens' men know they have to keep up the good work against Hamburger SV next week. Reaction to that one here.

FC Augsburg won't forget this afternoon's 1-0 win at FC Bayern München's Allianz Arena in a hurry and neither will matchwinner Raul Bobadilla. Follow this link to find out exactly what the Paraguayan international striker, his team-mates and the deflated champions made of the contest.

"The Champions League dream is in touching distance" according to Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka following the Foals' 3-0 win over fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen this afternoon. For more reaction from both sides of the fence at Borussia Park click here.

As usual, bundesliga.com is providing a variety of ways to follow what is set to be a thrilling Saturday afternoon of Matchday 32. If the top-of-the-table clash between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen takes your fancy, then that's live on the radio here, while check here to discover how to watch FC Bayern's hosting of FC Augsburg where you are. For everything else (including Dortmund against Hertha), there's our live ticker, or our Twitter feed! Viel Spaß!

Line-ups:

Bundesliga live

Already know where you're going to be watching this afternoon's action? If not, check out which is your local broadcaster for the Bundesliga. If radio is more your thing, then we've got several live games on Bundesliga radio for you. While listening in, why not follow the action minute by minute via Twitter?

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's South Korean international striker Heung-Min Son has been talking exclusively to bundesliga.com ahead of die Werkself's crucial clash with fellow Champions League aspirants Gladbach on Saturday. Find out here what the 22-year-old had to say!

VfL Wolfsburg looked nailed on for second place not so long ago, but the Wolves' form has dipped of late and Dieter Hecking's side could be leapfrogged by Gladbach this weekend. Click here for bundesliga.com's preview of their match with Paderborn.

Borussia Dortmund, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and SV Werder Bremen are all looking to close the gap on the top six this afternoon, while Hannover 96 are in desperate need of three points to ease their relegation fears. bundesliga.comrounds up the action...

One of the most successful coaches the Bundesliga - and indeed world football - has ever seen, turns 70 years old today. Everyone at bundesliga.com would like to wish Jupp Heynckes a very happy birthday! A true legend in every sense of the word.

Today's late game sees bottom-of-the-table VfB Stuttgart welcome 1. FSV Mainz 05 to the Mercedes-Benz-Arena. The Swabians go into the match four points adrift at the foot of the table, and that figure could rise if they fail to win and other results go against them on Matchday 32.

Having come so close to beating Hamburger SV on Friday evening, you can understand Roman Bürki's frustrations at the final whistle. Indeed, if results go against them on Saturday, Freiburg could be back in the relegation places come 17:20 CEST this evening. It's squeaky bum time for the teams at the foot of the table...

Friday 8 May

We'll leave you with some post-match reaction from the Imtech, where a last-gasp goal from Gojko Kacar earned Hamburg a vital point against Freiburg. We'll be back on Saturday with more build-up and reaction to the rest of the weekend's games. See you all then!

It's time to sit back, relax and switch over to Bundesliga radio, where you can listen to tonight's Matchday 28 opener between Hamburg and Freiburg LIVE. Alternatively, find out here where you can watch the match on television, or head over to Twitter where we will be bringing you live updates of the action from the Imtech Arena.

Bundesliga 2 LIVE

You can stay up to date with all the latest from tonight's three fixtures in Germany's second-tier on our exclusive ticker, as sixth-placed RB Leipzig hope to keep their chances of Bundesliga promotion alive!

Markus Weinzierl, speaking ahead of Augsburg's trip to the Allianz Arena: "We have to focus on ourselves. We want to return to the kind of performances we're capable of producing.

"Bayern have the Barcelona game coming up, but they still have enormous quality in their side."

Head over here to check out our preview on Saturday's six-pointer between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Borussia Park. Lucien Favre described this one as 'just a three-pointer', but victory for the Foals would leave them with one foot in group stage of next season's Champions League. Surely?

Click here for our preview on Saturday's Bavarian blockbuster between FC Bayern and Europa League hopefuls Augsburg. Pep is expected to field a much-changed side at the Allianz Arena...

"We're expecting a similar environment to the one we faced in Bielefeld [in the DFB Cup semi-final]: a small stadium and an enthusiastic home support!

"I think many people are surprised that Paderborn are still in with a shout [of survival] at this stage of the campaign."

"We want to reach our goal of Bundesliga survival by ourselves and without the help of teams around us. We're looking forward to the game [against Schalke on Sunday].

"Schalke showed their strength against Stuttgart. They managed to stay intact and grind out a win."

"The players who featured in Barcelona are all fit. In the past three months we've had ongoing problems on the personnel front.

"Until the 77th minute [in Barcelona] we played well and controlled the game. It wasn't perfect, but it was ok.

"We have to focus on Augsburg now. We only have a chance of beating Augsburg if we put in a good performance."

1. FC Köln's Adam Matuschyk will join Eintracht Braunschweig when his contract at the RheinEnergieStadion expires this summer. Polish midfielder Matuschyk has only started three league games for the Billy Goats this season.

FIFA 15 face-off!

Find out what happened when FC Schalke 04's Sidney Sam and 1. FC Köln defender Kevin Wimmer faced each other in a virtual battle ahead of Sunday's clash at the RheinEnergieStadion:

Ahead of what is certain to be a gripping edge-of-your-seat encounter at the Imtech Arena this evening, bundesliga.com has collated all the facts and figures on Hamburger SV and SC Freiburg and presented them in an informative graphic!

Don't forget to cast your eye over our preview of HSV's clash with Freiburg. With just nine more points to play for this season, neither side can afford to lose at the Imtech Arena on Friday evening...

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's South Korean international striker Heung-Min Son has been talking exclusively to bundesliga.com ahead of die Werkself's crucial clash with fellow Champions League aspirants Gladbach on Saturday. Find out here what the 22-year-old had to say!

Pep Guardiola is due to address the media at 12:00 CEST today. Stick around to hear what the Catalan tactician has to say about Saturday's opponents Augsburg, as well as Wednesday's damaging defeat to Barcelona...

The weekend's action kicks off at 20:30 CEST tonight as two of the league's relegation strugglers, Hamburger SV and SC Freiburg meet at the Imtech Arena. You can listen to this one LIVE on Bundesliga radio or, alternatively, find out here where you can watch the match on television!

Thursday 7 May


That's a wrap folks, but join us on Friday for more build-up to Bundesliga Matchday 32! See you all then.

Wolfsburg midfielder Aaron Hunt is likewise hoping to return to action soon after spending ten weeks on the sidelines with knee ligament damage sustained against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. This weekend's fixture with Paderborn comes too soon for the 28-year-old, although he could feature against BVB on Matchday 34.

After missing the last two Bundesliga games with a knee injury, Bremen defender Jannik Vestergaard is in line to return this weekend. "Jannik has impressed greatly over the last few days, he could be in the starting XI on Saturday," said coach Viktor Skripnik. However, team-mates Felix Kroos, Sebastian Prödl, Alejandro Galvez and Santiago Garcia are still sidelined.

Hamburger SV are still just a point above the relegation places in the Bundesliga, but Bruno Labbadia's charges go into Friday evening's Matchday 32 opener with SC Freiburg in confident mood having won their last two in the league. Freiburg, by contrast, have picked up just a point from their two most recent encounters. Head over here for more on Friday's clash.

The spotlight is on Christoph Kramer ahead of Gladbach vs. Leverkusen this weekend, and with good reason. Victory for the Foals on Saturday would put them five clear of die Werkself with two games left to play and Kramer, who is heading back to Leverkusen at the end of the season, could well end up condemning his future employers to the UEFA Champions League play-offs. Click here for more.

Having missed last weekend's 1-1 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Marco Reus will play no part in Borussia Dortmund's clash with Hertha this Saturday. According to BVB head coach Jürgen Klopp, Reus is suffering from a fatigue-related injury...

Roberto Di Matteo has also been speaking to the media ahead of Schalke's trip to Köln on Sunday. The Italian has revealed he has a practically full squad to choose from for the Matchday 31 curtain closer. Hopefully that includes Jefferson Farfan, who trained on his own earlier today...

"We have to start playing to our strengths again. I have to take the majority of the blame for our last two results [2-2 at VfB Stuttgart and 1-2 against SC Paderborn]. We all have to stand up and be counted. HSV are in very good form of late."

Once again, bundesliga.com has accumulated the best of the pre-Matchday facts and figures and rounded them up in an informative, bite-size graphic! Click here to find out which unwanted record Stuttgart have set and how many years have passed since Gladbach and Leverkusen met in the top four.

"Georg Niedermeier and Antonio Rüdiger were unable to take part in the full training session today. Hopefully we'll be able to make use of our full resources on Saturday. We still have two days to go...

"We can avoid relegation and will give everything to do so. It's fun to be in a scrap!

"The manner in which we've been playing should give us confidence, but it's high time we get the points our performances have deserved!"

"Leverkusen are a very strong side who press you high up the pitch. We want to extend our good run of form and put in another good performance.

"We're without Martin Stranzl for the game, while Alvaro Dominguez is also a doubt. I'm not sure what team I'll put out.

"We obviously want to win the game. We'll have to dominate certain elements of the game and obviously defend well."

Let's get down to business then. Coming right up is Lucien Favre's press conference ahead of Saturday's crucial clash between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Find out here what the Foals' head coach has to say...