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Hoffenheim, Dortmund qualify for UEFA Champions League

IANS  |  Berlin 

moved 3-1 past to ensure a berth in the 2018-19 following the last round of the 55th football season.

on Saturday ensured a lively start to the encounter and kept Hoffenheim's defence busy as was a threat in the opening period, reports

Nevertheless, the opener was scored at the other end of the pitch as invited with a poor clearance, allowing to open the scoring in the 26th minute.

The visitors should have restored parity moments later but was unable to hit the target with just to beat.

Dortmund remained on the front foot after the interval as tested Baumann. The German international remained in the thick of things as he equalised the scores from very close range in the 58th minute.

The hosts remained unimpressed though as restored the one-goal lead after chipping the ball over Buerki five minutes later.

gained momentum and added another goal to their lead as volleyed home to make it 4-1 in the closing period.

With the result, both sides exchange their positions. moved to the third place whereas Dortmund slipped to the fourth position. Both have 55 points each but Hoffenheim are ahead on better goal difference.

Elsewhere, Lucas Alario's brace helped fifth placed Leverkusen to beat newly promoted 3-2 and to ensure a berth in the UEFA

Sixth placed cruised 6-2 past hapless to book their ticket for next season's

Newly promoted spoiled Bayern Munich's title celebration Jupp Heynckes' final game in charge of the Bavarian giants as the former cruised to a 4-1 win.

Runners-up Schalke rounded off their season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Werder Bremen came from behind to beat Mainz 2-1 and Freiburg maintained their top flight status after downing Augsburg 2-0 in the last round of the 55th season.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 16:54 IST
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