BERLIN // Borussia Dortmund secured the Bundesliga title with two games to spare on Saturday when they beat Nuremberg 2-0 and closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen lost by the same score at struggling Cologne.
The two results left Borussia with an unassailable eight points ahead of Leverkusen with two matches each to play, handing them their seventh title and their first since 2002.
First-half goals from Lucas Barrios, his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season, and Robert Lewandowski gave Borussia their win in front of more than 70,000 fans.
The second half was played in a festive atmosphere especially after Leverkusen fell behind in their game.
Two second-half goals from Milivoje Novakovic gave Cologne, playing their first game under interim coach Volker Finke after Franck Schaefer quit on Wednesday, their win over Leverkusen.
Leverkusen remain without a Bundesliga title after yet another near miss.
Borussia have won 22 of their 32 games and lost only four.