Ribery and Robben bow out as Bayern seal Bundesliga title
Borussia Dortmund at one point this term led the table by nine points from any rival
Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and manager Niko Kovac celebrate winning the Bundesliga. Photograph: Reuters
Mats Hummels pours a beer over Arjen Robben as they celebrate winning the Bundesliga. Photograph: Reuters
Arjen Robben, Rafinha and Franck Ribery lift the trophy in Munich. Photograph: Getty Images
Appearing as second-half substitutes, veteran wingers Ribery and Robben, who are leaving the Allianz Arena this summer, rubber-stamped a crucial triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt with fine goals.
Kingsley Coman had sent Bayern on their way to a seventh straight championship with his strike inside four minutes but, after Serge Gnabry had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee, Sebastien Haller levelled for Champions League chasing Frankfurt.
Following an emotional celebration from the man who moved to Bavaria in 2007, Robben followed his lead by drawing a line under a decade in Munich with the finishing touch on a clinical Bayern move.
Borussia Dortmund, who at one point this term led the table by nine points from any rival, needed to win at Borussia Monchengladbach and hope Frankfurt prospered at the Allianz.
Young England international Jadon Sancho helped them fulfil the first requirement with a volleyed opener, but even though Marco Reus ensured a 2-0 win, their efforts were in vain given the Bayern rout.
Bayer Leverkusen won a four-club tussle for the final Champions League place, leapfrogging Gladbach into fourth place with their confident 5-1 victory at Hertha Berlin.
Wout Weghorst led Wolfsburg’s late charge into a Europa League spot by hitting three in a sensational 8-1 thrashing of Augsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
The Dutchman claimed the match ball before 55 minutes were up, with Robin Knoche grabbing a goal before half-time, while Daniel Ginczek, Elvis Rexhbecaj and Josip Brekalo compounded Augsburg’s misery.
Any hopes Hoffenheim had of getting into Europe were extinguished by a 4-2 loss at Mainz. Ishak Belfodil and Andrej Kramaric put TSG two goals up but midfielder Christoph Baumgartner’s dismissal opened the door to Mainz and they ran straight through it.
Daniel Brosinski’s penalty got the ball rolling on a comeback and Jean-Paul Boetius obliged with a brace before Jean-Philippe Mateta added gloss to the result in stoppage time.
Fortuna Dusseldorf enjoyed an impressive return to the top flight this season and registered a 10th-placed finish following their 2-1 home win against relegated Hannover.
Bruma missed a penalty for RB Leipzig as they went down 2-1 at Werder Bremen, where a spot-kick from Milot Rashica and Claudio Pizarro’s late contribution were enough to nullify Nordi Mukiele’s goal.
Nils Petersen bagged a brace as Freiburg thumped 2.Bundesliga-bound Nurnberg 5-1 on the river Dreisam.
Elsewhere, disappointing seasons for Schalke and Stuttgart drew to mutually miserable conclusions in a goalless draw at the Veltins-Arena. Stuttgart will contest a relegation play-off with the club who finish third in the second division: Paderborn or Union Berlin.