Saturday 8 August, 2020

Gladbach reach Champions League, Düsseldorf relegated

Munich's scorer Mickael Cuisance, second left, and his teammates celebrate their side's second goal during the German Bundesliga football match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP).

Munich's scorer Mickael Cuisance, second left, and his teammates celebrate their side's second goal during the German Bundesliga football match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP).

Borussia Mönchengladbach qualified for the Champions League and Fortuna Düsseldorf was relegated by a single point on the last day of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Germany becomes the first major European league to complete a full season after restarting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gladbach secured their return to the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17 by beating Hertha Berlin 2-1 to finish fourth ahead of Bayer Leverkusen.

Werder Bremen avoided automatic relegation in dramatic style by demolishing Cologne 6-1 to overtake Düsseldorf, which leaves the Bundesliga after two seasons after losing to Union Berlin 3-0.

Playing their 1,900th Bundesliga game, Werder scored more goals on Saturday than in all of their other home games in 2020. Werder are not yet safe as they face a two-leg playoff against a team from the second division for a place in the Bundesliga next season.

Bayern Munich secured their eighth straight title two games earlier and finished with a 13-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund in second.

Bayern beat Wolfsburg 4-0, while Dortmund slumped to an unexpected 4-0 defeat to Hoffenheim.

Timo Werner scored twice for third-placed Leipzig in his last game for the club before a transfer to Chelsea in a 2-1 win over Augsburg.

Leverkusen beat Mainz 1-0, and Freiburg dismantled Schalke 4-0 to extend Schalke’s record winless run to 16 games. Eintracht Frankfurt beat already relegated Paderborn 3-2.

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