Bundesliga round-up

Image: Podolski celebrates his brace

Duisburg and Hansa Rostock have been relegated following defeats to Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

Bottom pair down after home defeats

Duisburg and Hansa Rostock have been relegated following defeats to Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen respectively. Hansa began the day bottom of the table needing to win to stand any chance of avoiding the drop, but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Bayer were gifted a two-goal lead with Simon Rolfes and Gonzalo Castro both finding the back of the net from the penalty spot. Addy Menga pulled one back but despite Jens Hegeler collecting his second yellow card late on the visitors held on for the points. Duisburg put up a fighting display against champions Bayern Munich but slipped to an agonising 3-2 home defeat. Bayern were in control from the off with Andreas Ottl netting after just three minutes before Lukas Podolski's brace left the home side up against it. However, the Bundesliga strugglers never threw in the towel and mounted a second-half comeback through Mihai Tararche and Markus Daun. Energie Cottbus are now safe following a 2-0 success over Hamburg. Stiven Rivic's 29th minute opener set them on their way before Dennis Sorensen's effort late on settled the contest. The last relegation place will be taken by either Arminia Bielefeld or Nurnberg. Arminia have a two-point advantage having secured a 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund while Nurnberg lost at Hertha Berlin. It could have been sweeter for Arminia had they retained their 2-1 lead late on against 10-man Dortmund. Delron Buckley cancelled out Thorben Marx's opener from the penalty spot, but Artur Wichniarek restored the home side's lead. Despite Robert Kovac collecting two quick-fire yellow cards for Dortmund the visitors secured a point late on thanks to Rowen Fernandez's own goal. Nurnberg need to win their final game of the season to stay up after De Araujo Rafael's 74th minute secured a 1-0 success for Hertha Berlin. Werder Bremen demonstrated why they are the Bundesliga's leading scorers with a 6-1 rout over Hannover. The home side were in control two goals after two first half efforts from Hugo Almeida and Naldo. The scoreline remained the same until late on, when Tim Borowski's 73rd minute goal opened the floodgates. Further goals by Ivan Klasnic, Markus Rosenberg and Aaron Hunt adding the icing on the cake before Szabolcs Huszti netted a consolation. Mladen Krstajic's 65th minute goal gave Schalke a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at Arena AufSchalke. Wolfsburg put Stuttgart to the sword at the VW-Arena with a 4-0 success. Marcel Marcelinho and Edin Dzeko both scored in the first half, with goals after the interval by Miguel Costa and Ashkan Dejagah wrapping up a fine win.

See below for match summaries:

Arminia Bielefeld 2 Borussia Dortmund 2 Cottbus 2 Hamburg 0 Hansa Rostock 1 Bayer Leverkusen 2 Hertha Berlin 1 Nurnberg 0 Karlsruhe 1 Bochum 3 MSV Duisburg 2 Bayern Munich 3 Schalke 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Werder Bremen 6 Hannover 1 Wolfsburg 4 Stuttgart 0

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