Just one game remains in the 2014-15 Bundesliga season, and with the champions crowned weeks ago, the tightest races have long been for the league’s other three UEFA Champions League places. In particular, the two other automatic-qualifying places.
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On Saturday, the third and final auto-qualifying place was sewn up, and an American will feature heavily in next year’s Champions League.
It’s all a part of the Bundesliga wrap.
Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Daniel Caligiuri put the hosts on the board before a full minute had been played, but the lead was short-lived, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted from the penalty spot just 10 minutes later. Naldo scored the winner on 49 minutes, preventing Dortmund from entering the Bundesliga’s top six places, for at least one more week, which would mean Europa League qualification.
Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Brazilian midfield Raffael scored the game’s only goals, sealing Gladbach’s third-place finish for the season. With third place in the bag, U.S. national team defender/midfielder Fabian Johnson is the first American into next year’s Champions League group stage.
Freiburg 2-1 Bayern Munich
With the league title officially won weeks ago, Bayern have been on cruise control to finish the domestic campaign — some might argue they were on cruise control through the first leg of their Champions League semifinal first leg, as well — and that continued on Saturday, as the champions fell, 2-1, to 14th-placed Freiburg.
Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring (13th minute), but Admir Mehmedi equalized just past the half-hour mark, Nile Peterson scored the winner in the 89th minute.
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hertha’s John Brooks and Eintracht’s Timothy Chandler, both members of the USMNT, started and played 90 minutes in the two sides’ 0-0 draw.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga
Schalke 1-0 Paderborn
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Hoffenheim
Mainz 2-0 Koln
Augsburg 1-2 Hannover
Stuttgart 2-1 Hamburg