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11th May 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Daniel Siebert

Greuther Furth Greuther Furth vs SC Freiburg Freiburg

Greuther Furth 1

M Zimmermann (3)

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Freiburg 2

J Schmid (69)
M Kruse (78)

Freiburg close in on Europe

Last Updated: 11/05/13 5:48pm

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Jonathan Schmid drills Freiburg level

Jonathan Schmid drills Freiburg level

Freiburg set up a final play-off for Champions League qualification with Schalke after coming from behind to beat relegated Greuther Furth 2-1.

The visitors recovered from conceding a third-minute opener to Matthias Zimmermann to win thanks to second-half goals from Jonathan Schmid and Max Kruse.

The win moved Freiburg up to fifth, guaranteeing them Europa League football next season barring an extraordinary turn of events next weekend.

More excitingly, thanks to Schalke losing at home to Stuttgart, Freiburg now sit just a point behind the Royal Blues, whom they host in their last game.

Victory would put them amongst Europe's elite, something which would have been almost unthinkable at the start of the season.

That looked a very remote possibility at the start of the afternoon, though, when Edgar Prib crossed from the left and Zimmermann powered home a header to put the hosts ahead.

Freiburg pushed forward in search of a leveller, Kruse setting up Daniel Caligiuri, but he mis-hit his shot and it did not trouble Wolfgang Hesl in the home goal.

Cedric Makiadi then pounced on an error from Bernd Nehrig and sent Kruse through on goal, but he blasted over the bar.

Freiburg went almighty close to an equaliser four minutes after the break when Matthias Ginter sent a header from a corner toward the far corner, only to see the ball come back off the post and be scrambled out by Hesl.

The officials ruled the ball did not cross the line.

An equalising goal was coming, though, and it arrived in the 69th minute. Jan Rosenthal broke with purpose into the area and drew three defenders to him before squaring the ball for Schmid to convert from close range.

And Freiburg got the winner nine minutes later.

Kruse, who will join Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, made the most of plenty of space to fire a shot from 22 yards low into the corner and put his side within reach of a Champions League campaign he will not be part of.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23