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.
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