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Never has so much importance been placed on the last two remaining matches of the Bundesliga season...

Sunday 5th May 2013
Charlotte rounds up the action from the 32nd match day of the Bundesliga season...

It appears as though the Bundesliga domination of Europe is complete, an all-German Champions League final! Who would have thought that would have happened at the start of the season?

Despite both sides having their fair share of chances, Schalke left it late to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 on Friday night. Julian Draxler scored the only goal in the game in the 82nd minute for Schalke to further strengthen their fourth place position in the league whilst Mönchengladbach will be left to rue their missed chances in the left.

Bayer Leverkusen secured Champions League football for next season with a 2-0 win away at Nurnberg on Saturday. Toprak scored in the 26th minute to put the visitors in front before Kiessling scored from the spot in the second half after Nilsson was judged to have handled the ball in the area.

Despite confirming their relegation last weekend, Greuther Fürth secured a rare win on with a 2-0 victory away at Stuttgart. A Sakai own goal in the 51st minute but Fürth in front before Stuttgart went down to ten men in the 74th minute after Rudiger received a straight red for kicking out in the box and a penalty was awarded. Nehrig's penalty was saved but Azemi went on to double Fürth's lead in the 89th minute to finish the match at 2-0 to the relegated side.

Hannover and Mainz went into the break all square at 1-1 following goals from Sobiech and Muller in the first half. Although Hannover were reduced to ten men in the 62nd minute after Schulz saw a second yellow for a poor foul, they went on to take the lead with Diouf scoring in the 70th minute. However Mainz were not finished and Muller equalised to ensure the points were shared.

Werder Bremen looked to have secured league safety on Saturday against Hoffenheim, going into the break with a 2-0 lead. A second minute penalty was converted by Aaron Hunt before De Bruyne doubled their advantage half way through the first half. Hoffenheim, however, left it late to come back with Schipplock scoring two quick goals in the last five minutes to rescue a point from the fellow relegation strugglers.

Eintracht Frankfurt secured a much needed 3-1 win this weekend at home against Fortuna Dusseldorf in their quest for European football next season. Meier scored his first goal of the match in the 31st minute to put the home side in front with Lakic doubling their lead just after half time. Schahin pulled one back for Fortuna Dusseldorf ten minutes from time but Meier scored his second three from time to end the match at 3-1 to Frankfurt.

All eyes were on the so called dress rehearsal for the Champions League final on Saturday evening as Borussia Dortmund entertained Bayern Munich in the league. An early goal from Grosskreutz was quickly cancelled out by Munich's Mario Gomez in the 23rd minute to ensure the sides went into the break at 1-1. Despite both teams pushing for a winner and tempers flaring between players and staff alike, the game ended all square with Munich finishing the game with ten men after Rafinha picked up two very quick yellow cards.

Augsburg remain perilously close to the relegation positions following a 2-0 defeat away at Freiburg on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Makiadi and Schmid in each of the halves gave Freiburg three points in their quest for European football.

Hamburg failed to take advantage of other sides around them dropping points following a 1-1 draw at home against Wolfsburg. Westermann scored the first goal of the match on the stroke of half time to give Hamburg the advantage before Hasebe equalised half way through the second half to share the points.

Two games left and the race is on. With four sides fighting to get out of the relegation battle and many more tussling for European football next season, these last two matches are becoming ever more important. Until next week...
Charlotte Rimmington
Charlotte supports Borussia Mönchengladbach, Northampton Town and Arsenal. She’s been through the many ups and downs with them, mostly down with Northampton Town! She currently lives in Surrey but lived in Germany for eleven years, moving back to England last year. She tries to make it to as many football matches as possible regardless of the team. Her favourite match of last season was going to see Mönchengladbach play Mainz 05 on a bitterly cold December evening! Her favourite players are Juan Arango, Tony Adams and the Cobblers legend Ian Sampson! Outside of football, she enjoys swimming and is just about to start a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @Charlington6

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