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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Finish Strong, Dortmund Make UCL

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MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 20: Uli Hoeness, President of FC Bayern Muenchen applaudes to Philipp Lahm during his farewell ceremony prior to the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena on May 20, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich signed off on a strong Bundesliga campaign with a 4-1 win over Christian Streich’s SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena. Four different goalscorers scored for Bayern in the win: Arjen Robben (4′), Arturo Vidal (73′), Franck Ribery (90′ + 1′) and Joshua Kimmich (90′ + 4′). Nils Petersen scored the lone goal for Freiburg, who have done enough to remain in the Bundesliga next season. The match was a farewell to Philipp Lahm, who retired after the match.

“Philipp has had a fantastic career,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern Chairman. “He is one of the top three in the world in his position. I think he could easily play two, three more years. I’ll miss him, also because he has always been an important go-to guy for me. We have a really trusting relationship. He’s a clever person with his own line of thinking and his own opinions, which he doesn’t change. I’m convinced he’ll continue to be a success in his life after playing football, however that may be.”

“I think it’s a real shame Philipp is calling it a day,” said Uli Hoeness, FC Bayern President. “I would’ve thought he could manage at least another year because he’s still performing so well. FC Bayern will really miss him. Philipp has proven that he has unbelievable desire and always has a plan and a clear perception. His whole life is a master plan, that’s why he’s been so successful.”

Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund were forced to sweat it out late against Alexander Nouri’s Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park. Eventually, Dortmund were able to dig deep and get braces from Marco Reus (32′, 75′) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (42′, 89′) to give Dortmund a 4-3 win that sees them qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Zlatko Junuzovic (7′), Fin Bartels (46′) and Max Kruse (68′) scored for Bremen. Over at Commerzbank Arena, Marcel Sabitzer (25′) and Yussef Poulsen (56′) put Ralph Hasenhuttl’s RB Leipzig ahead 2-0 before Jesus Vallejo (83′) and Danny Blum (90′) salvaged a 2-2 draw for Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Still, this was a weekend to celebrate Lahm’s contributions to the game, but one former Bayern player is suggesting he may not be done yet.

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“One of the great characters of German football is bowing out from the global stage,” said Bastian Schweinsteiger. “Philipp, thank you for all the years we spent together. We celebrated some great moments together. I wish you all the best for your new life and your family. I hope we’ll see each other soon. You’re always welcome in Chicago if you want.”

Will Lahm decide to spend one final hit-out with the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer? It would be a stretch to have the resources and allocation money to do it, but with Chicago finally hitting their form and playing some good football, the addition of Lahm to the list would make the Fire an instant contender for the MLS Cup. Here are your final standings from the Bundesliga. VfL Wolfsburg will be in the relegation playoffs, while FC Ingolstadt 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 have been relegated.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (C) 34 25 7 2 89 22 +67 82 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 RB Leipzig 34 20 7 7 66 39 +27 67
3 Borussia Dortmund 34 18 10 6 72 40 +32 64
4 1899 Hoffenheim 34 16 14 4 64 37 +27 62 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
5 1. FC Köln 34 12 13 9 51 42 +9 49 Qualification to Europa League group stage
6 Hertha BSC[a] 34 15 4 15 43 47 −4 49 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
7 SC Freiburg 34 14 6 14 42 60 −18 48
8 Werder Bremen 34 13 6 15 61 64 −3 45
9 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 12 9 13 45 49 −4 45
10 Schalke 04 34 11 10 13 45 40 +5 43
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 11 9 14 36 43 −7 42
12 Bayer Leverkusen 34 11 8 15 53 55 −2 41
13 FC Augsburg 34 9 11 14 35 51 −16 38
14 Hamburger SV 34 10 8 16 33 61 −28 38
15 Mainz 05 34 10 7 17 44 55 −11 37
16 VfL Wolfsburg 34 10 7 17 34 52 −18 37 Qualification to the Relegation play-offs
17 FC Ingolstadt (R) 34 8 8 18 36 57 −21 32 Relegation to 2. Bundesliga
18 Darmstadt 98 (R) 34 7 4 23 28 63 −35 25
Source: DFB
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Away goals scored; 8) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

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