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Bundesliga Column: Dortmund open up 7 point gap

In my opinion the German Bundesliga currently is the most exciting top tier football league in Europe. One just has to have a look at the results from this weekend, which were surely not on expected lines.Defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmun...

In my opinion the German Bundesliga currently is the most exciting top tier football league in Europe. One just has to have a look at the results from this weekend, which were surely not on expected lines.

Defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund will be the happiest of all sides after Round 24, then its three title opponents FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Schalke 04 all lost their away matches, while Dortmund won their eight straight match in a row, a club record. Dortmund now have a seven point lead of Bayern Munich, whose title charge was derailed by Robin Dutt and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. After the match Bayern players and officials said that they do not need to speak about the title this season anymore. Meanwhile after three wins in row Leverkusen are now only three points behind Schalke, the fourth UEFA Champions League spot.

While the title race seems over for Mönchengladbach and Schalke, who seem to have lost steam in the last few weeks; Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has not ruled out the Bavarian giants then he said after beating Mainz that Bayern Munich are still in with a chance to win the title.

Hertha BSC Berlin’s veteran coach Otto Rehhagel had an emotional Saturday afternoon, then his former club of 14 years Werder Bremen were guests in the Olympic Stadium and relegation fighting Hertha retained the three crucial points in the capital; while also relegation fighting Freiburg beat Schalke and the other sides currently involved 1.FC Köln, FC Augsburg and 1.FC Kaiserslautern all drew their matches.

Round 24 Results

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 FC Bayern München
SC Freiburg 2-1 FC Schalke 04
Hertha BSC Berlin 1-0 SV Werder Bremen
Hamburger SV 0-4 VfB Stuttgart
1.FC Kaiserslautern 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Hannover 96 2-2 FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 1.FSV Mainz 05
1.FC Nürnberg 1-0 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
1899 Hoffenheim 1-1 1.FC Köln

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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