Leverkusen lifeline - Nurnberg go down
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The last relegation spot is now realistically between just Bayer Leverkusen and Arminia Bielefeld, after Nurnberg were relegated by already condemned Energie Cottbus.
Leverkusen began the day in the bottom three, but their victory - coupled with Armina Bielefeld's defeat at Hansa Rostock - means a win next week will be enough to save them from relegation.
Bayer got off to a great start in their game with Daniel Bierofka pouncing after just eight minutes.
Two goals either side of half time from Dimitar Berbatov (44) and Marko Babic (48 - pictured) secured victory.
Bielefeld will now need a favour from Nurnberg next week, if they are to survive, after they dropped into the bottom three after losing 3-0 at The Ostseestadion.
Godfried Aduobe (8), Marco Vorbeck (57) and Antonio di Salvo (89) scored the goals which also banished any fears Hansa had of being relegated.
Borussia Monchengladbach surrendered a 2-1 lead in the last minute to make sure their fate will not completely be resolved until the final day - although there goal difference is five goals better than Leverkusen and Bielefeld.
The 96ers took the lead after ten minutes through Nebojsa Krupnikovoc, but two goals in four minutes just after the hour mark from Mikael Forssell and Sladan Asanin, looked to have given Borussia all three points.
However, a injury time strike from Jiri Strajner gave Hannover a share of he spoils.
Nurnberg are down, following their defeat at Cottbus - who themselves were already relegated.
Marko Topic opened the scoring for after 13 minutes, before Jacek Krzynowek gave Nurnberg hope with an equaliser just eight minutes later.
Nurnberg were not helped when they were reduced to ten men on the hour mark when Stephan Passlack was dismissed.
Energie made sure of victory when Pole Andrzej Juskowiak struck the winner with 18 minutes left.
Champions Bayern Munich ended their home campaign with a 2-1 win over third placed Stuttgart - who missed the chance to move into second.
Brazilian star Giovane Elber struck a second half brace (46 & 76) to send Bayern on their way.
A late goal from Sean Dundee gave Stuttgart hope, but it was too little too late.
Borussia Dortmund now have a point advantage over Stuttgart going into the final game of the season after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Kaiserslautern.
Hamburg are now just one point clear in fourth place, after they drew 1-1 at Bochum.
Thomas Christiansen scored for the home side after 31 minutes, before Christian Rahn grabbed a late leveller with just eight minutes left.
Werder Bremen moved into fifth with a 2-1 win over Schalke at The Weserstadion.
Angelos Charisteas opened the scoring after 23 minutes, but Victor Agali equalised before half time.
French star Johan Micoud won the game for Werder with a goal on the hour mark.
Werder moved above Hertha Berlin, who went down to a 2-0 defeat at Wolsburg.
A goal in each half from Tomislav Maric (5) and Dorinel Munteanu (58) gave Wolves all three points.
Click below for match summaries:
Bayer Leverkusen v 1860 Munich
Bayern Munich v VfB Stuttgart
Energie Cottbus v Nurnberg
Kaiserslautern v Borussia Dortmund
Hannover 96 v Borussia M'gladbach
Hansa Rostock v Arminia Bielefeld
VFL Bochum v Hamburg
Werder Bremen v Schalke
Wolfsburg v Hertha Berlin
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