Hibs and Saints win, Dons draw

Fortuna Dusseldorf were relegated from the Bundesliga this

afternoon as Hoffenheim and Augsburg staged final-day escape

acts.

Dusseldorf went down 3-0 at Hannover to finish the season second

bottom of the table, with their two relegation rivals both ending

their campaigns with victories.

Mame Diouf put Hannover ahead in the 36th minute and Didier Ya

Konan put the result beyond doubt with a second-half double. The

visitors could not muster any sort of response as their fifth

straight defeat, and eighth in 10 league games, condemned them to

an immediate return to the second tier.

Hoffenheim, who started the day two points behind Dusseldorf,

scored two late goals to win 2-1 at Champions League finalists

Borussia Dortmund and make the relegation play-offs.

Things looked bleak for the visitors when Robert Lewandowski put

them behind after six minutes, but Sejad Salihovic equalised with a

penalty in the 77th minute.

Three minutes later Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller saw

red for bringing down Sven Schipplock when he was through on goal

and, with no more substitutions left, winger Kevin Grosskreutz went

in goal for the resulting penalty.

Salihovic took it again, and scored again, to complete the

comeback.

Hoffenheim now face Kaiserslautern, who came third in the second

tier, in a two-legged play-off for the right to stay in the

Bundesliga.

Augsburg guaranteed their top-flight status with a 3-1 win at

home to relegated Greuther Furth, a result which lifted them out of

the bottom three for the first time all season.

Tobias Werner put the hosts ahead after 30 minutes after Edgar

Prib had seen a penalty saved at the other end, and Jan-Ingwer

Callsen-Bracker made it two 10 minutes after the break.

Florian Trinks made things nervous for Augsburg by halving the

deficit just after the hour mark, but Ji Dong-won allowed them to

breathe easy with a third 15 minutes from time.

Schalke took the fourth and final Champions League place by

winning what was effectively a play-off with Freiburg 2-1.

Julian Draxler put the Royal Blues ahead after 20 minutes and,

even though Jonathan Schmid levelled in the 54th minute, Julian

Schuster’s own goal three minutes later handed victory to

Schalke.

Eintracht Frankfurt joined Freiburg in the Europa League thanks

to a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg meaning Hamburg missed out as they

lost 1-0 to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Champions Bayern Munich recovered from conceding three times in

the opening 10 minutes to win 4-3 at Borussia Monchengladbach, with

Franck Ribery scoring twice.

Werder Bremen ended a miserable season which earlier this week

cost Thomas Schaaf his job with a 3-2 loss at Nurnberg, while

Stuttgart draw 2-2 at home to Mainz.

The win for Hibernian clinched seventh place in the SPL and

ensures they go into the William Hill Scottish Cup final on the

back of three consecutive victories.

The substitute guided home a powerful header in the 79th minute

to complete a decent day’s work for Hibs, who avoided any obvious

injuries eight days before their Hampden encounter with Celtic.

Late goals from Paul McGowan and Conor Newton secured St Mirren

just their third away win of the season as they rounded off their

campaign with a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

In the Buddies’ three previous attempts to overturn Kilmarnock

this term, the best they had managed was two draws, but they

finally overcame Kenny Shiels’ side with McGowan’s spot-kick

success 15 minutes from time ahead of a late Newton effort.

John McGinn had put Danny Lennon’s side ahead with his first

senior goal after 20 minutes but Kris Boyd levelled soon after for

the hosts.

Killie’s unbeaten record against the men from Paisley was

ruined, however, with McGowan and Newton’s late intervention.

Elsewhere, Aberdeen and Hearts defied the weather to serve up an

entertaining match despite ending their seasons with a 1-1

draw.

The home side had the better of the game but fell behind to Ryan

Stevenson’s header, before Jamie Hamill’s own-goal ensured a share

of the points.