Wolfsburg and Cologne claim wins

Timm Klose’s first goal for Wolfsburg got Dieter Hecking’s men on their way with Dost bagging a brace as the Wolves responded to Gladbach’s win over Leverkusen on Saturday by moving back up to second, and securing their place in the Champions League group stage next season.

Lukas Rupp scored a late consolation, but with two games of the season left, Paderborn are just a point off the foot of the table, a position occupied by Stuttgart – their guests on the final day of the season.

In Sunday???s only other game, Cologne secured their top-flight status for next season and hurt Schalke’s hopes of qualifying for Europe next season with a narrow but deserved 2-0 win.

Marcel Risse opened the scoring for the hosts, who wasted several opportunities to win more convincingly against a Schalke side who were simply not at the races, adding a second only in the final minute through Yannick Gerhardt.

The Royal Blues must ensure they bounce back in their final two games with just a two-point advantage over seventh-placed Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen in eighth as they risk not making it into Europe at all next season.

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