Bundesliga Round 30 Results: Kaiserslautern slip closer to relegation as Nurnberg inflict surprise defeat on Schalke

Borussia Monchengladbach conceded a late equaliser to 10-man Werder Bremen while Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen and Hannover kept their European aspirations alive
Augsburg 1-3 Stuttgart

Stuttgart continued their charge towards European qualification by beating relegation-threatened Augsburg 3-1 in Bavaria.

Stuttgart had approached this game in fine form, but unexpectedly fell behind just minutes into the encounter when Nando Rafael netted from the spot. The visitors fought back, however, and were soon level when Serdar Tasci headed a Tamas Hajnal corner past Simon Jentzsch.

Martin Harnik completed the turn around soon after with a smart finish, and Vedad Ibisevic staved off any threat of Augsburg coming away from the clash with a point late on.

This result leaves Stuttgart in fifth place, while Augsburg remain a point above the relegation zone.
Mainz 4-0 Koln
Koln's recent malaise continued, with a 4-0 loss to Mainz leaving Stale Solbakken's men in the relegation play-off spot.

Eugen Polanski put the hosts ahead from the spot, sending Michael Rensing the wrong way, before Mohamed Zidan doubled the advantage after some good work from Nicolai Muller. Muller himself made it 3-0 just before half-time, and Adam Szalai completed the rout shortly after the break.

This victory leaves Mainz in 11th place, seven points ahead of Koln, and almost assured of retaining their Bundesliga status.
Werder Bremen 2-2 Gladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach will have to wait to confirm their place in next season's Champions League after stumbling to a 2-2 draw with 10-man Werder Bremen.

Lucien Favre's side had been struggling for form of late, and got off to a poor start when a Dante slip allowed Markus Rosenberg to net the opener.

However, Sebastian Boenisch received his marching orders soon after, and Gladbach made their numerical advantage count, with a quick-fire double from Mike Hanke turning the match on its head. It appeared as though the visitors would be heading for a much-needed victory only for Naldo to score a late equaliser.
Hertha Berlin 1-2 Freiburg
Freiburg took a huge step towards survival by beating fellow strugglers Hertha Berlin in the German capital.

Otto Rehhagel's men got off to a nightmare start when Roman Hubnik inadvertently put Garra Dembele's cross past his own 'keeper after just seven minutes. Dembele struck the bar soon afterwards, but the match remained even until Sebastian Freis capitalised on another Hubnik error, rounded Thomas Kraft and made it 2-0.

had the ball in the net once more, this time at the right end, with just under 10 minutes remaining, but the visitors were able to hold firm and cling on to victory.
Dortmund 1-0 Bayern
Leverkusen 3-1 Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern slipped ever-closer to having their relegation confirmed after losing 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen.

Stefan Kiessling put his side ahead after less than a minute, and although the hosts had opportunities to extend their lead, Julian Derstroff put his team back on level terms just before the break. However, Leverkusen sealed victory just after the restart, with Simon Rolfes and Stefan Reinartz strikes allowing Sami Hyypia's men to cruise to victory.

Should Kaiserslautern lose to Nurnberg on Saturday, their return to the second tier of German football will be confirmed. Leverkusen, meanwhile, remain in the hunt for a Europa League place.
Hannover 2-0 Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg's recent good form, and their bid to qualify for Europe took a hit as Hannover inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Felix Magath's side.

The visitors had approached this game in rampant form and dominated the early proceedings, only to fall behind to a Mame Biram Diouf goal just before half-time. Magath's side regrouped after the break, but Didier Ya Konan sealed the victory 13 minutes from time.

This victory leaves Hannover with a decent chance of qualifying for Europe, with Mirko Slomka's men sitting in seventh place.
Nurnberg 4-1 Schalke

Nurnberg came away with the most surprising result of the round, beating high-flying Schalke 4-1.

The Bavarians burst into life just before the half-hour mark. Hanno Balitsch got the ball rolling, before Timmy Simons and Daniel Didavi gave the hosts into a commanding advantage at the break.

With the match almost effectively over by half-time, Dieter Hecking's side cruised through the second half, until Lewis Holtby pulled one back for the visitors. However, the three-goal advantage was soon restored when Didavi netted his second of the game.

Schalke's participation in next season's Champions League remains all but assured, while Nurnberg can look forward to another season in the top flight, having opened up a six-point gap between themselves and the drop zone.
Hoffenheim 4-0 Hamburg

Hoffenheim's unlikely charge to the Europa League places continued, with Markus Babbel's side recording a thoroughly convincing win over relegation-threatened Hamburg.

Jannik Vestergaard put the hosts ahead just after the quarter-hour mark, and their lead was soon doubled by Sejad Salihovic, who scored from the spot. Fabian Johnson made it 3-0 shortly after the break, and Sven Schipplock completed the rout with less than an hour played.

This results leaves Hamburg a mere two points above Koln, while Hoffenheim move up to ninth place, four points behind the final European spot.