Patrik Schick scored a brace to catapult Bayer Leverkusen into the Champions League with a 4-2 win at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Union Berlin stunned Freiburg 4-1 to dampen their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Union at least confirmed their place in the Europa Conference League for the second consecutive season after their best season in the Bundesliga.

The team from the capital, which was promoted in 2019, is in sixth place and has a two-point lead over Cologne in the fight to advance to the Europa League. Cologne lost at home 1-0 with Wolfsburg.

Also Borussia Dortmund, which is second in the general table, beat relegated Greuther Fürth 3-1 in what is Stefan Leitl’s last game in charge of Fürth. Leitl, who led the team to promotion, is leaving the club after three and a half years.

Leverkusen had to work for the result against Hoffenheim, who were looking to keep their European ticket hopes alive.

With his brace, Schick took his total to 24 goals in 26 league games. Leverkusen twice recovered from a deficit to secure third place no matter what happens on the final day against Freiburg.

The first four teams qualify for the Champions League.

Freiburg overcame Union at home and gave Leipzig a chance to move up to fourth if they avoid losing at home to Ausburg on Sunday.

Cologne got off to a violent start against Wolfsburg but failed to score and were caught off guard before half-time when Yannick Gerhardt scored for the visitors.

Cologne fans took to the pitch to celebrate a good season despite the loss. Captain Jonas Hector, who was lying on the field due to the disappointment of the defeat, quickly left the pitch.

Hertha Berlin could secure their permanence with a win later at home to Mainz.


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