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Bundesliga wrap: Cologne relegated, new record for Dortmund

5 May 2012 19:22

Cologne have been relegated from the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund set a new record for most points claimed in a single season.

Sitting one point ahead of Hertha Berlin in the playoff position and needing a victory to avoid direct relegation, Cologne were comfortably beaten 4-1 at home by runners-up Bayern Munich.

Two goals from German international Thomas Mueller, a Pedro Geromel own goal and an Arjen Robben strike ensured Bayern ended the season on a winning note.

Defeat to Bayern not only saw Cologne players run for safety as fans showed their disapproval but it opened the door for Hertha and the Berlin club earned a place in the relegation playoffs with a 3-1 win over 10-man Hoffenheim.

Hertha had a 2-0 lead courtesy of a brace from Anis Ben-Hatira. Marvin Compper pulled one back for Hoffenheim on 85 minutes before Raffael put the result beyond doubt with the last kick of the game and saw Cologne drop into the relegation zone.

At the Westfalenstadion, Borussia Dortmund comprehensively beat Freiburg 4-0 in front of more than 80,000 spectators to cap off their championship-winning season.

Two goals each from Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski in the first half saw Dortmund extend their unbeaten run to a record-breaking 28 matches as well as finishing the season on a new record of 81 points.

In the battle for Europa League automatic qualification, a Stefan Kiessling hat-trick at Nurnberg helped Bayer Leverkusen seal the position ahead of Stuttgart.

Dutchman Klaas -Jan Huntelaar won the league's top goal scorer award after hitting the back of the net twice in Schalke's 3-2 victory at Werder Bremen.

Schalke took the lead on 30 minutes thanks to a Julian Draxler goal before former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro equalised from the spot, three minutes before the half-time interval.

Huntelaar opened up a two-goal advantage for the visitors in the 65th and 75th minute. Pizarro struck late on to reduce the deficit.

Bremen ended the season in ninth while Schalke had already secured third place and an automatic spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.

Dortmund-bound Marco Reus scored twice for Borussia Moenchengladbach as they triumphed 3-0 at 13th-placed Mainz.

Moenchengladbach finished the season in fourth and with a place in the Champions League qualifiers.

Hannover came from behind to defeat Kaiserslautern 2-1 and conserve their unbeaten run at home this season.

Pierre De Wit had given Kaiserslautern a seventh-minute lead but an own goal from Alexander Bugera cancelled out the visitors' lead on 38 minutes.

Ivorian striker Didier Ya Konan scored the decisive goal for Hannover with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Augsburg overcame Hamburg 1-0 to conclude their maiden season in the German top flight.

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