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Merkel in Cologne, Hoffenheim heroes and a twist in the relegation tale: the Matchday 27 round-up

Chancellor Angela Merkel was out and about in Cologne, Hoffenheim made history against Bayern Munich, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored again and Ingolstadt blew the basement battle wide open on Matchday 27.

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Hoffenheim 1-0 Bayern

Coach of the Year for 2016, Julian Nagelsmann is already making a strong case for this year too. Pitted against a colleague with as weighty a pedigree as Carlo Ancelotti, the 29-year-old could have been overawed, but clearly was anything but. His confidence rubbed off on his team, who played Bayern off the Rhein-Neckar-Arena pitch in the first half before surfing earned luck — and some fine Oliver Baumann saves — to a maiden Bundesliga win over the record champions.

Dortmund 3-0 Hamburg

A thrilling 100th meeting between these teams ended with a scoreline that will deceive those who didn't witness the 90 minute at the Signal Iduna Park. At times an end-to-end affair, Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel said after the game his side "could have won 7-3". However, after going ahead 13 minutes in, it wasn’t until Shinji Kagawa's tap in nine minutes from time that the hosts could relax. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then wrapped things up before full-time with his 25th goal of the season, atoning for some off-colour finishing earlier.

Watch: Christian Pulisic was pleased with his side's win against HSV:

Mainz 2-3 RB Leipzig

Leipzig's performance demonstrated the cliche of football being a game of two halves beautifully as they performed fitfully and then fantastically either side of the half-time interval. Though they did look vulnerable at times, Ralph Hasenhüttl's young side earned their luck through the bravado and brilliance they showed, notably via their massively in-form Emil Forsberg. If they did not have the Swede, who is pulling all the strings in the side, they might only be half the force they are. But they do.

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Darmstadt 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen put a welcome buffer between themselves and the relegation zone as Tayfun Korkut picked up his first win since taking charge of Roger Schmidt's sinking ship a month ago. Bayer's season could yet finish with a flourish - they're only five points adrift of the top six - but rock-bottom Darmstadt need a miracle to stave off the drop after falling to their 20th defeat of the campaign.

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Cologne 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Cologne’s bid to finish in the European qualifying places for the first time since 1991/92 looks to be back on track after a gutsy win that leaves them fifth, three points and two places above their opponents. The Billy Goats had a stroke of luck when Ante Rebic’s first-half header hit their crossbar, but fortune had nothing to do with Timo Horn's brilliant save to deny Rebic a few seconds later. Milos Jojic's superb drive in off the post, from just outside the area, proved to be enough for the hosts while Frankfurt’s form has dipped at just the wrong time. Niko Kovac has some work to do to arrest a slide that seen the Eagles go winless in eight games, during which they have scored just once.

Watch: Cologne defender Frederik Sörensen was delighted with his side's narrow win:

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