Borussia Dortmund were crowned Bundesliga champions today thanks to a 2-0 win over Nurnberg, which gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the table with two games of the season to go.
First-half goals from Lucas Barrios and Robert Lewandowski were enough to earn the Westphalians the three points that, combined with Bayer Leverkusen's defeat at Cologne, enabled them to move eight points clear at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp's side therefore clinched the title, sparking scenes of joy from more than 80,000 fans inside the Westfalenstadion as Dortmund won the title for the first time since 2002.
"I'm just happy," said Klopp. "I had thought it would feel different, more euphoric, but maybe that comes later. The team has achieved extraordinary things, set high standards and handled every pressure situation very well.
"What these young guys have achieved is hard to put into words. The way they have taken our direction and used it on the pitch has been incredible."
Dortmund needed a while to get warmed up, but they took their first chance of the game through Barrios in the 32nd minute. Mario Gotze's low shot was only parried by Raphael Schafer and Barrios showed a predatory instinct to poke the rebound across the line.
A huge weight appeared to have been lifted from the Dortmund players, who began playing with the confidence which had taken them to within touching distance of the title.
Second goal seals title
And the second goal was a logical consequence of this renewed confidence. It arrived just two minutes before half-time, with Lewandowski lifting his shot over Schafer after holding off Javier Pinola to reach Mats Hummels' through ball.
Ilkay Gundogan, who is expected to join Dortmund next season, came on for Nurnberg at the start of the second half, but he was unable to inspire the visitors into action.
The only cheers in the second half were reserved for the result from Cologne, where title rivals Bayer fell a goal behind in the 67th minute. As things stood, Dortmund were assured of the title.
A second huge cheer echoed around the Westfalenstadion with ten minutes to go and even Klopp realised that the title was no longer going to be taken away from his side. The stadium prepared itself for celebration, and the party commenced punctually after 90 minutes.