The Bundesliga was in danger of turning into another one-horse race on Sunday after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held 1-1 at home by promoted Paderborn, leaving titleholders Bayern Munich nine points clear at the top.
Holders Sevilla maintained their Europa League challenge with a 1-0 win over Rijeka in a winner-takes-all clash on Thursday as the competition`s arduous group stage wound down with a glut of goals but few surprises.
Premier League duo Everton and Tottenham Hotspur both won to clinch qualification for the knockout phase of the Europa League on Thursday, while Celtic also progressed despite losing at home to Salzburg.
Bayer Leverkusen missed a chance to reclaim the lead in the Bundesliga on Sunday, suffering a 4-1 loss at VfL Wolfsburg, meaning that promoted Paderborn`s magical weekend continued by staying atop the Bundesliga.
Hamburg SV teenager Hakan Calhanoglou confirmed his status as one of the Bundesliga`s rising talents by scoring with a spectacular free kick in a 1-1 draw at VfL Wolfsburg, who failed to close in on the top four on Friday.