Werder Bremen secured their Bundesliga status with a 2-0 win over the freshly-crowned Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund. Mikael Silvestre and Claudio Pizarro were on target for Thomas Schaaf's side as they moved seven points clear of the bottom three with just one game of the season remaining.
Dortmund's lead at the top of the table may have been reduced to seven points as a result of Bayer Leverkusen's draw with Hamburg, but they cannot be caught anyway as they prepare to receive the title at home to relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt next weekend.
Bremen's nerves were settled after only six minutes when Silvestre gave them the lead, firing his shot through a crowd of players after the visitors failed to clear his corner sufficiently.
Another Silvestre corner caused confusion inside the Dortmund penalty area five minutes later, but Clemens Fritz missed the target with his shot before Marko Marin sent in the next warning with a shot against the left-hand post.
Dortmund managed to stifle Bremen's attempts to make it two and they almost levelled just before the break with Marcel Schmelzer twice sending in dangerous balls which his team-mates did not latch onto. Pizarro made it two in the 64th minute as he cut in from the right and sent his shot into the bottom corner.
Marin should have made it three a minute later, but he placed his shot wide of the post from the edge of the penalty area.
The home fans began celebrating their safety while both coaches made substitutions to give youngsters Marco Stiepermann, Florian Trinks and Dominik Schmidt some Bundesliga experience. They could all be names for the future, and Bremen can now look to that with more serenity after securing their place in the top flight at the Weser Stadion.