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"It was a very hard season and at the end I am just happy that we made it and rescued ourselves at the finish line", said Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Austrian Stoger, who replaced the sacked Peter Bosz as head coach in December with the team eighth in the table, revealed at a post-match press conference that the game would be his final one in charge.

Stoger, however, opted not to comment on speculation regarding his position before such a critical fixture.

"The others are doing it permanently anyway. We have already mutually agreed that a new impulse is necessary and will help the club", Stoeger said.

Alves on his World Cup-ending injury and Brazil's chances
Corinthians right back Fagner has been cleared by Brazil's football confederation to play in the World Cup in Russian Federation . Alves faces a long term lay off with damage to his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Dortmund's marginally better goal difference - three goals - over Bayer Leverkusen, who conceded two goals against Hanover 96 after leading 3-0, meant they finished fourth and grabbed the lucrative European spot which takes them into the group stage. The side haven't won consecutive league games since February, and the Hoffenheim defeat was their second in a row.

"They are well organised, playing with three defenders, like everybody knows, [they have] technically strong players in the centre, physical players on the wings and unsafe players in attack".

"I'm happy that we achieved our most important goal".

"In my eyes, it's no surprise that they have the chance to qualify for the Champions League".


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