Monchengladbach, Germany – Monchengladbach snapped a four- match winless streak to move to within one win of a place in the Champions League after the club secured a 3-0 home victory over Cologne on Sunday.
Juan Arango's first-half goal gave the home side the lead while Tony Jantschke and Marco Reus scored two minutes apart in the second half to wrap up all three points.
The match was the first for Frank Schafer in charge of Cologne but he saw his side put together another lackluster effort to leave them in serious relegation danger.
Cologne has claimed only one point from its last six matches and sits four points from safety with three games to go.
Arango got Gladbach off to a good start with a well-struck free kick that gave Cologne goalkeeper Michael Rensing no chance.
Rensing did his best to keep Cologne in the game but he could do nothing to prevent Jantschke's header from hitting the back of the net following a Reus free kick in the 53rd minute.
Reus found the net himself two minutes later with a nice run that saw Rensing get a foot to his shot but fail to keep it out as the ball went in off the post.
Freiburg 0, Hoffenheim 0
Freiburg, Germany - Freiburg edged a bit closer to safety on Sunday as the club extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 0-0 home draw against Hoffenheim.
The home side enjoyed the better of the play in the first half, however they failed to find the net, while Hoffenheim didn't trouble Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.
Things slowed down after the break but Freiburg was again the more dangerous team with Daniel Caligiuri hitting the outside of the post to nearly provide the hosts with three points.
Freiburg is seven points above the relegation zone with three games to go. Hoffenheim remains in the hunt for Europe having earned 11 points from its last five matches.