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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund retain league title

21 April 2012 21:19

Borussia Dortmund have retained their Bundesliga crown after Saturday's 2-0 victory over rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bayern Munich's last-gasp 2-1 win at Werder Bremen earlier in the day put the onus firmly back on Dortmund, who needed just one win from their last three matches to seal a second straight title.

Ivan Perisic and Shinji Kagawa both got onto the scoresheet as celebrations broke out at Signal-Iduna-Park.

Perisic nodded home in the 23rd minute before Japan international Kagawa wrapped up the scoring with a second.

Dortmund will meet Bayern in the DFB Pokal final which would mark the club's first ever cup double if they are to win it.

A second-string Bayern outfit left it late to pick up the three points at Bremen, with Franck Ribery's stoppage-time winner momentarily keeping Bayern's slim title hopes alive.

Bremen defender Naldo put the hosts ahead in the 51st minute from a set piece but had the final touch into his own net 15 minutes from time to equalise for Bayern.

Stuttgart's Champions League qualification hopes were all but dashed after a 1-1 draw at Cologne.

That played into the hands of Bayer Leverkusen who won 1-0 at Hoffenheim after Andre Schurrle struck 11 minutes from time.

Sejad Salihovic spurned Hoffenheim's best chance with a missed penalty in the 86th minute.

Bottom side Kaiserslautern posted their first win in 21 games, 2-1 against Hertha Berlin, after first-half goals from Oliver Kirch and Andrew Wooten.

In the other fixture Nuremberg and Hamburg played out a 1-1 draw.

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Bundesliga preview: Dortmund look to wrap up title race

21 April 2012 02:55

Borussia Dortmund can seal their second consecutive Bundesliga title when they host Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Dortmund accounted for second-placed Bayern Munich and third-placed Schalke in their last two starts and can win the German top flight with three points against fourth-placed Moenchengladbach at home.

Juergen Klopp's team are eight points clear on top with three games remaining and could even be crowned German champions before kick-off should Bayern draw or lose to Werder Bremen earlier on Saturday.

With the focus largely on their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, Bayern are again expected to field a weakened Bundesliga side, having rested a number of key players in their scoreless draw at home to Mainz last week.

Bremen have won just two of their last 15 Bundesliga fixtures but remain in the hunt for European qualification next season, trailing sixth-placed Bayer Leverkusen by just three points.

Schalke are determined to hold on to third spot and a guaranteed Champions League group-stage berth with a win against Augsburg.

"We have to put all our strength and energy into achieving our objective," Schalke defender Christoph Metzelder told schalke04.com.

"It's very important that we hang on to our current position until the end of the campaign because that will allow the club to plan and we'll know we're in the Champions League next season."

Elsewhere, Stuttgart can move a step closer to European competition next season with a win against lowly Cologne.

Stuttgart are four points clear of Leverkusen and the bookmakers' favourites to account for Cologne, who have lost five of their last six league games and are four points adrift of Bundesliga safety.

Relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin and Kaiserslautern will face off in the German capital, with anything but a win for bottom-placed Kaiserslautern officially consigning them to the second division next season.

In other games, Mainz host Wolfsburg on Friday, while Hamburg travel to Nuremburg and Hoffenheim entertain Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Hannover will take on Freiburg on Sunday.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +55 81
2 34 +55 73
3 34 +30 64
4 34 +25 60
5 34 +8 54
6 34 +17 53
7 34 -4 48
8 34 -13 44
9 34 -9 42
10 34 -11 42
11 34 -6 41
12 34 -16 40
13 34 -4 39
14 34 -13 38
15 34 -22 36
16 34 -26 31
17 34 -36 30
18 34 -30 23