Aubameyang brace fires Dortmund into Champions League

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Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lifts the trophy as the Bundesliga’s top-scorer after the German first division football match against Werder Bremen on May 20, 2017 © AFP / SASCHA SCHUERMANN

BERLIN, Germany, May 20 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday to finish as the Bundesliga’s top-scorer along with seal his side’s direct Champions League place on a dramatic final day of the season.

Aubameyang finished with 31 goals, one more than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who failed to score within the champions’ 4-1 home win over Freiburg.

There was drama at the bottom of the table as Hamburg guaranteed their survival with an 88th-minute goal to seal a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

Two minutes after coming on, Luca Waldschmidt’s header, the day after his 21st birthday, sealed Hamburg’s win which lifted them to 14th along with dropped Wolfsburg to 16th.

With Darmstadt along with Ingolstadt already relegated, the 2009 German champions, today face a two-legged relegation play-off to stay up.

In Munich, Bayern were handed the Bundesliga trophy for the fifth season in a row, extending the record for most wins, along with finished having a 15-point margin.

Bayern farewelled Philipp Lahm along with Xabi Alonso, both World Cup winners, who are retiring after glorious careers.

Dortmund’s Spanish defender Marc Bartra (L) along with Bremen’s Austrian midfielder Florian Grillitsch vie for the ball © AFP / SASCHA SCHUERMANN

which was the eighth time Lahm has won the Bundesliga, his fifth as captain, putting him equal with Bayern legends Oliver Kahn, Bastian Schweinsteiger along with Mehmet Scholl.

Arjen Robben got the party commenced in Munich by giving the hosts the lead after just four minutes when he slotted home Alonso’s superb diagonal pass.

Bayern doubled their lead when Arturo Vidal’s curling shot beat the Freiburg goalkeeper on 73 minutes.

Ex-Bayern striker Nils Petersen came on to claim Freiburg’s consolation on 76 minutes along with set a brand new record of 19 Bundesliga goals off the bench.

Franck Ribery along with Joshua Kimmich scored injury-time goals to seal Bayern’s win.

There was drama in Dortmund’s seven-goal thriller as Marco Reus along with Aubameyang both converted second-half penalties to seal Borussia’s comeback win.

Dortmund defender Marc Bartra made his first appearance since fracturing his right wrist within the April 11 bomb attack on the Borussia team bus.

Werder took the lead when Zlatko Junuzovic stabbed home coming from close range, yet Reus equalised with half an hour gone.

Aubameyang scored his 30th league goal — arguably his best which season — having a superb volley coming from a deft chip to Ousmane Dembele over the Bremen defence on 42 minutes.

Bayern Munich’s Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) pours beer over Arturo Vidal after the Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg, his last match for the club on May 20, 2017 © AFP / Guenter SCHIFFMANN

However, less than a minute into the second half, Fin Bartels slammed home after a great run coming from Max Kruse to make the score 2-2.

Despite his midweek snub for the Confederations Cup, Kruse showed Germany coach Joachim Loew what he is actually missing by chipping home Bremen’s third goal on 68 minutes.

yet Reus slotted home a 75th-minute penalty to equalise before Aubameyang drilled home Dortmund’s second spot kick to take the Golden Cannon as the Bundesliga’s top scorer.

The win means Dortmund finish third while Hoffenheim, who were held to a goalless draw at home to Augsburg, end up fourth to secure a Champions League play-off place.

Second-placed RB Leipzig finished their first season in Germany’s top-flight having a 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt with goals by Marcel Sabitzer along with Yussuf Poulsen.

Emil Forsberg set up Poulsen for RB’s second to claim his 22nd assist of the season.

which broke Kevin de Bruyne’s record of 21 set within the 2014/15 season at Wolfsburg before he left to join Manchester City.

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