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By ESPN Staff
Apr 21, 2012

Dortmund retain title

Borussia Dortmund clinched their second successive Bundesliga title with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park.

Jurgen Klopp's side came into the match knowing a win would secure them the championship with two rounds to spare. And they rose to the challenge, taking the lead after 23 minutes through Ivan Perisic, with Shinji Kagawa adding another in the 60th minute.

Klopp hailed his side's achievement in winning back-to-back titles as ''madness''.

''What the team has done, that's madness,'' Klopp, whose feats at Dortmund have made him one of the most highly-rated young managers in European football, was quoted as saying by kicker. ''There are no words for it. If there was ever a deserving champion, then we are it. My team has an extraordinary character. This is crazy what we have done.''

After losing three of their opening six Bundesliga games of the season, Dortmund have not been beaten in the league since September.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: ''The team played wonderfully today. I am pleased that Bayern won in Bremen, otherwise we would not have experienced this today. A perfect Saturday. To put in such a perfect performance shows the quality of the team."

Franck Ribery scored a last-minute winner at Werder Bremen to keep Bayern Munich's slim Bundesliga title hopes alive, giving them a 2-1 win.

Naldo's 51st-minute strike had put the hosts ahead but the same player put through his own net 15 minutes from time to level things up, before Ribery had the final word.

Bremen's loss extended their winless streak to seven games and left them on 42 points.

Bayer Leverkusen kept up the pressure on fifth-placed Stuttgart with a 1-0 win at Hoffenheim, whose hopes of playing in Europe next season could end.

Andre Schurrle scored the only goal of the game in the 79th minute to earn Sami Hyypia's side all three points and practically secure their place in the Europa League next season.

Sejad Salihovic missed Hoffenheim's best chance from the penalty spot in the 86th minute as Markus Babbel's men lost ground on the top seven with two games of the season to go.

Cologne picked up a point in their fight against relegation with a 1-1 draw against Stuttgart, who extended their undefeated run to 10 matches.

Slawomir Peszko gave Cologne the lead after 50 minutes but Cacau equalised for the guests in the 71st minute. Cologne have collected just two points in their last seven matches to move to 30 points, and sit in the relegation play-off spot third from last on the table.

Nurnberg secured their Bundesliga status with two matches to play thanks to a home 1-1 draw against Hamburg, which left the visitors still in relegation trouble.

Heung-Min Son gave HSV the lead in the 59th minute, only for Daniel Didavi to equalise five minutes later.

Kaiserslautern claimed their first win in 21 games after seeing off 10-man Hertha Berlin 2-1 - but it was not enough to save them from relegation.

Lautern went 2-0 up through goals from Oliver Kirch in the 27th minute and Andrew Wooten 11 minutes later. Hertha pulled a goal back on the hour mark through Pieter Niemeyer, who was then sent-off 13 minutes from time after collecting a second booking.

Third-bottom Cologne's draw with Stuttgart ultimately proved decisive, though, with Kaiserslautern seven points from safety and facing 2.Bundesliga football next season.

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