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Bundesliga wrap: Wolfsburg safe, Leverkusen stay second

Wolfsburg secured Bundesliga safety on the last day of the season with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.A brace from Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic helped Felix Magath’s team come from behind to guarantee their spot in the top flight next season.

Brazilian defender Roberto Firmino had given Hoffenheim the lead early in the second half, but Mandzukic’s double and a sealer from Grafite meant Wolfsburg did not have to rely on other results to avoid the drop.

The result means that Eintracht Frankfurt will be relegated after finishing 17th, while Borussia Moenchengladbach will face a relegation play-off against the third ranked side from 2.Bundesliga – Bochum.

‘Gladbach drew 1-1 at Hamburg on the final day, but the point was not enough to guarantee their safety.

A 42nd-minute strike from Juan Arango was cancelled out by Hamburg midfielder Anis Ben-Hatira, but the point would have been enough to move them from their relegation play-off spot if Wolfsburg had lost.

A win for Eintracht Frankfurt could also have saved Eintracht, but they were relegated following a 3-1 loss at champions Borussia Dortmund.

Midfielder Sebastian Rode put them a goal up early in the second half, but Dortmund fought back courtesy of a brace from Lucas Barrios and a Aleksandar Vasoski own goal.

Eintracht finished with 10 men after substitute Marcel Titsch Rivero was sent off nine minutes from time and just one minute after coming on.

St Pauli, whose relegation was already confirmed, slumped to a 2-1 loss at Mainz.

Matthias Lehmann gave them a lead before the interval but an Andre Schuerrle penalty and Sami Allagui goal kept Mainz in fifth.

Bayer Leverkusen kept hold of second with an own goal from Cedric Makiadi giving them a 1-0 win over Freiburg.

It meant Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Stuttgart left them in third, as goals from Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Shinji Okazaki’s first-half strike.

Hannover maintained their grasp of fourth thanks to a 3-1 win over Nuernberg while Schalke’s poor season ended with a 2-1 loss against Cologne, where Milivoje Novakovic and Mato Jajalo struck before Raul’s 87th-minute consolation goal.

Kaiserslautern scored three times in the opening half an hour in their 3-2 win over Werder Bremen.

Strikers Adam Nemec and Srdjan Lakic, along with defender Rodnei, found the net before Bremen’s Torsten Frings and Marko Arnautovic pulled two goals back early in the second half.

Article title: Bundesliga wrap: Wolfsburg safe, Leverkusen stay second

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