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Schalke and Leverkusen seal top-four spots

Published: Saturday 10 May 2014, 17.45CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04 earned UEFA Champions League spots next term, when TSV Eintracht Braunschweig and 1. FC Nürnberg will be in the second tier.

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Published: Saturday 10 May 2014, 17.45CET

Schalke and Leverkusen seal top-four spots

Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04 earned UEFA Champions League spots next term, when TSV Eintracht Braunschweig and 1. FC Nürnberg will be in the second tier.

FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen were the big winners on an exciting final day of the 2013/14 Bundesliga season that decided the European fates of five teams and confirmed relegation for another two.

Schalke only needed to draw against 1. FC Nürnberg to secure an automatic UEFA Champions League group stage berth next term, but took no chances as they eased to a 4-1 win. First-half goals from Leon Goretzka and Roman Neustädter settled any nerves, and Chinedu Obasi's struck late on after Julian Draxler and Josip Drmic traded efforts.

With VfL Wolfsburg breathing down their necks, Leverkusen required a win to be sure of a UEFA Champions League play-off place and Ömer Toprak and Heung-Min Son provided it having trailed SV Werder Bremen at home. Wolfsburg did all they could, beating VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1, but like their opponents they must be content with UEFA Europa League football in 2014/15.

FC Augsburg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 were battling it out to nail down seventh, and the final UEFA Europa League spot, and it was Mainz that claimed the prize by seeing off struggling Hamburger SV. Defeats for the two sides below them means that Hamburg's season is not yet over – a relegation/promotion play-off awaits, with SpVgg Greuther Fürth their likely opponents.

Nürnberg's reverse at Schalke condemned them to the second tier, while TSV Eintracht Braunschweig suffered the same fate after succumbing 3-0 to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and finishing bottom.

Meanwhile, a pair of goals for Robert Lewandowski confirmed the Poland striker as the Bundesliga top scorer on 20 goals in a triumphant final game in the Borussia Dortmund shirt, a 4-0 win at Hertha BSC Berlin. His next employers, champions FC Bayern München, rounded off with a last-gasp victory over VfB Stuttgart that took them to 90 points – just one shy of last season's record haul.

Last updated: 31/05/14 19.52CET


German Bundesliga 2013/14

Last updated: 10/05/2014 17:28 CET



Soto 7, Malli 65, Okazaki 82

Lasogga 12, Iličević 84

Venue: Mainz



Rudy 15, Barbosa de Oliveira 64, Volland 70

Hochscheidt 88

Venue: Sinsheim



Ömer Toprak 33, Son Heung-Min 53

Gebre Selassie 21

Venue: Leverkusen


AugsburgAugsburg2-1Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt

Klavan 29, Hahn 79

Joselu 15

Venue: Augsburg



Pizarro 90+2

Venue: München



Matip 6, Neustädter 45, Draxler 75, Obasi 90+2

Drmic 90+1

Venue: Gelsenkirchen



Huszti 45, Rudņevs 65, Prib 80

Schmid 50, Zulechner 78

Venue: Hannover



R. Lewandowski 41, 80, Jojić 44, Mkhitaryan 82

Venue: Berlin



De Bruyne 30, Perišić 68, Knoche 81

Kramer 64

Venue: Wolfsburg