Hibs and Saints win, Dons draw
Fortuna Dusseldorf were relegated from the Bundesliga this
afternoon as Hoffenheim and Augsburg staged final-day escape
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
Hoffenheim now face Kaiserslautern, who came third in the second
tier, in a two-legged play-off for the right to stay in the
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
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
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
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.