Cologne relegated, Dortmund hit record points haul

Reuters, Saturday 5 May 2012

Bundesliga champions Dortmund finish the league with a new record

Pedro Geromel
FC Cologne"s Pedro Geromel (R) challenges FC Bayern Munich"s Mario Gomez during their German Bundesliga first division soccer match in Cologne (Photo: REUTERS)

Cologne tumbled into the German second division on Saturday as Hertha Berlin grabbed the lifeline of a relegation playoff while already-crowned champions Borussia Dortmund thumped Freiburg 4-0 to set a Bundesliga season points record.

Dortmund, with two goals from both Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski, finished on 81 points - eight ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich who crushed Cologne 4-1 ahead of their German Cup and Champions League finals later this month.

Third-placed Schalke 04 will join them in Europe's premier competition next season after their 3-2 win at Werder Bremen with the league's top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar striking twice to take his tally to 29 goals.

Hertha's Anis Ben-Hatira struck twice against 10-man Hoffenheim, who had Ryan Babel sent off, and Raffael added another in stoppage time to spark wild celebrations at the Olympic stadium.

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