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  Sunday, 5 May, 2002, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Borussia claim Bundesliga title
Dortmund raise the Bundesliga trophy
Borussia Dortmund raise the Bundesliga trophy
Borussia Dortmund won the German league title on Saturday after coming from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Werder Bremen 2-1.

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Matthias Sammer's team - without a trophy since their Champions League win five years ago - fell behind to a goal from Paul Stalteri.

But Jan Koller equalised in the first half and Brazilian substitute Ewerthon scored the winner in the 75th minute to clinch Dortmund's sixth Budesliga title.

  Bundesliga top three
1 B Dortmund P34 70Pts
2 B Leverkusen P34 69Pts
3 Bayern M P34 68Pts
"When the final whistle blew, there was a certain satisfaction there," said Sammer.

"Even as a player I never really liked to show it to the outside world. I try to enjoy it inside."

Bayer Leverkusen - one point behind Dortmund at the start of the day - beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 but had to settle for second place.

Klaus Toppmoller's team had lost their previous two matches to surrender their lead at the top of the table.

And they had to rely on Dortmund failing to beat Bremen if they were to win their first ever Bundesliga title.

"If there was any justice in soccer, we would have won the title, but Dortmund was just slightly better," said Toppmoller.

Leverkusen lost the race for the title last season after losing to lowly Unteraching on the final day of the campaign - allowing Bayern Munich to wrestle the title from their grasp.

"I have a lot of respect for Leverkusen," said Dortmund president Gerd Niebaum. "They have two chances still and I am convinced they will win a trophy. They deserve it."

Leverkusen can still win silverware this season - they are in the German Cup final and the Champions League final.

Michael Ballack - who is leaving for Munich at the end of the season - scored Leverkusen's goals before Stefan Beinlich pulled on back for Hertha.

Leverkusen coach Klaus Toppmoller must rely on the cup competitions for silverware
Toppmoller's Leverkusen missed out again
Bayern - third at the start of the day - beat Hansa Rostock 3-2, but - with both Dortmund and Leverkusen winning - failed in their attempt to become the first Bundesliga team to win the title four years in a row.

The relegation issue had been settled prior to the last round of games, with St Pauli, Cologne and SC Freiburg all going down.

St Pauli lost their last game of the season, beaten 3-2 at home by Nuremberg.

Cologne won 3-2 at Energie Cottbus, but endured a nervous finish as the home team scored twice in the last 10 minutes.

SC Freiburg won 4-3 at home to Hamburg, with Soumaila Coulibaly scoring a hat-trick.

In the day's other games 1860 Munich won 4-2 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, Schalke lost 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg and Stuttgart beat Kaiserslautern 4-3.

Arminia Bielefeld and VfL Bochum were promoted to the Bundesliga after victories in the final round of second division matches on Sunday.

Bielefeld, who were relegated two years ago, beat LR Ahlen 3-1 to secure second place behind champions Hanover.

VfL Bochum won 3-1 at Alemania Aachen to finish third.

Hanover, who have not played in the Bundesliga since 1989, returned to the top flight after a 5-1 victory over Greuther Fuerth.

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