Dortmund clinch Champions League spot with victory against Mainz
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund secured Champions League soccer next season by defeating visiting Mainz 4-2, and Freiburg took a giant step in its fight against relegation by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach by the same score.
Werder Bremen came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 3-1 and end its relegation fears, while Augsburg drew 0-0 with Hertha Berlin.
Robert Lewandowski scored his 18th goal of the season to help Dortmund assure themselves of at least third spot in the Bundesliga.
Milos Jojic got Dortmund under way in the sixth minute with a 20-meter (yard) shot that took a deflection from Oliver Kirch’s right hand. TV replays showed the Dortmund defender tried to take his arm out of the way.
Shinji Okazaki equalized with another deflected effort in the 14th, but Lewandowski restored the home side’s lead four minutes later, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan set him up to finish coolly.
Okazaki intercepted an inexplicable back-pass from Nuri Sahin to equalize again in the 54th, but Lukasz Piszczek made it 3-2 three minutes later, with a backward header from Marco Reus’ free kick.
Reus then secured the result from the penalty spot in the 79th, after Niko Bungert was sent off for blocking Lewandowski’s goalward shot with his arm.
Reus also struck the post in both halves from free kicks.
Freiburg denied Moenchengladbach the chance to go provisionally fourth, with the game turning after Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann saved Filip Daems’ penalty and Moenchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off for his second booking with the score still 1-1.
Freiburg defender Oliver Sorg scored with a 25-meter (yard) rocket to the top corner in the 71st, Vladimir Darida made it 3-1 one minute later, and Admir Mehmedi grabbed his second in the 87th.
Havard Nordtveit claimed Gladbach’s consolation in the 89th.