Incredible Leverkusen go unbeaten in 50 games

Champions Bayer Leverkusen have reached the incredible milestone of 50 unbeaten games in all competitions this season after thrashing relegation-threatened Bochum 5-0.

On a day when Bayern Munich bounced back from their Champions League exit with a 2-0 Bundesliga win against VfL Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim moved closer to a spot in an European competition after a 6-0 thrashing of relegated Darmstadt, the new champs again hogged the limelight on Sunday.

Bochum were down to 10 men from the 15th minute after Felix Passlack was sent off for wrestling down Nathan Tella as the last man and it proved calamitous.

Patrik Schick broke down Bochum's defence in the 41st to give Leverkusen the lead. Victor Boniface made it 2-0 from the spot shortly before the break, before Amine Adli in the 76th, Josip Stanisic in the 86th and Alejandro Grimaldo in stoppage time completed the win.

Xabi Alonso's men will receive the Bundesliga trophy next week and can become the first team to finish the league unbeaten if they avoid defeat to Augsburg.

After that, Leverkusen will aim to complete their first-ever treble in the Europa League final against Atalanta on May 22 and in the German Cup showdown against Kaiserslautern three days later.

Bayern missed the chance to play the Champions League final at Wembley after a late and dramatic 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid on Wednesday.

In his final home game of the season, departing coach Thomas Tuchel made eight changes to his line-up and handed first Bundesliga starts to January signing Bryan Zaragoza and academy graduate Lovro Zvonarek.

Croatian Zvonarek had a perfect debut and netted Bayern's opener in the fourth minute following an assist from Thomas Muller.

The veteran midfielder also contributed to the second goal in the 13th as he laid the ball off to Leon Goretzka who curled it in.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 500th Bundesliga game before he made way for debutant Daniel Peretz.

With the victory, Bayern moved back up to second place.

There was no official farewell to Tuchel before the kick-off in the sold-out arena. It has already been announced that he will leave Bayern at the end of the season. The club is yet to find a new coach.

Tuchel also didn't accompany his team when they greeted the fans after the win, but said: "Please don't read anything into it. The fans don't come for the coach. I don't like being the centre of attention.

"It's never about me, it's always about the team. They should be celebrated," he said in a news conference.

Hoffenheim are chasing an European berth and welcome Bayern next weekend in the final matchday of the season, but for now will be glad the Bavarians prevailed over Wolfsburg after Ihlas Bebou and Maximilian Beier scored a brace each.

Hoffenheim moved up to seventh, which currently qualifies them for the Conference League.

However, if Leverkusen win the German Cup to complete a domestic double, then seventh place will become a Europa League place.