Champions sunk by Dortmund
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga.
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Borussia Dortmund condemned Bayern Munich to a second straight defeat in the Bundesliga on Saturday, dismantling the champions 3-0 in their own Allianz Arena.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann scored the goals as Jurgen Klopp's side all but mathematically secured their place in the Champions League next season.
Bayern's woes were compounded in stoppage time when Rafinha was shown a red card, although the defeat to their rivals from Westphalia was ultimately not so painful with still 17 points between the two sides at the top of the table.
Bayer Leverkusen got back to winning ways under their new coach Sascha Lewandowski, moving back up to fourth thanks to a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Stefan Kiessling's goal after 39 seconds gave Leverkusen a dream start in their first game since Sami Hyypia was shown the door last weekend.
Young striker Julian Brandt added a second before Sandro Wagner pulled a goal back.
Leverkusen's lead was rarely in danger, though, as they held on for only their second win in 10 games to return to fourth in the table, and get back on course for a place in the Champions League next season.
Augsburg's outside hopes of qualifying for Europe next season were effectively ended by Hoffenheim, who moved to within two points of the Bavarians with a 2-0 victory.
Sejad Salihovic and Jannik Vestergaard both scored for Markus Gisdol's men, who had goalkeeper Jens Grahl to thank for keeping only their second clean sheet of the season.
On Saturday, Wolfsburg came from behind to get the better of relegation-threatened Nurnberg 4-1 and temporarily move above Leverkusen into fourth.
Markus Feulner gave the visitors the lead, but two goals in three minutes from Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic turned the game on its head.
As a battling Nurnberg searched for an equaliser, Junior Malanda doubled the home team's advantage midway through the second half before Perisic grabbed his second and Wolfsburg's fourth of a dominant victory.
Borussia Monchengladbach slipped out of the top four, and were grateful for a late equaliser from Juan Arango in their 1-1 draw at fourth-bottom Stuttgart.
The Venezuelan's header looped past Sven Ulreich on 88 minutes after Stuttgart had led from the 12th minute through Daniel Didavi.
Mainz boosted their hopes of qualifying for next season's Europa League with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen - a result which plunged the visitors right back in the thick of relegation danger.
An own goal from Nils Petersen set Mainz on their way to victory, with further goals from Christoph Moritz and Yunus Malli sealing the points before the interval and leaving Bremen just six points above the drop zone with four games left.
Didier Ya Konan struck an 86th-minute winner to hand Hannover a huge 2-1 win over relegation rivals Hamburg.
Ya Konan's goal put a dampener on HSV coach Mirko Slomka's return to Hannover, having been sacked from his post 107 days ago.
Slomka's side had levelled through Hakan Calhanoglu's free-kick, which cancelled out Lars Stindl's opener.
Freiburg also picked up a crucial three points in the battle for survival, winning 2-0 at home against Eintracht Braunschweig.
An own goal from Damir Vrancic and one from Julian Schuster moved Christian Streich's side out of the bottom three with some room to breathe over their rivals below.
Schalke 04 took another step to securing Champions League football next season with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eighteen-year-old Maximilian Meyer pounced after 56 minutes before Jefferson Farfan's stoppage-time free-kick bagged the three points for the Royal Blues who extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also saw a second-half penalty saved by Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp.
Schalke's qualification for next season's Champions League is close to a formality and so, the match had a feeling of training game, sorely lacking in quality for the first half an hour.