With relegation already confirmed for Paderborn, the Bundesliga bottom side had little to play for and were duly walloped by Champions League-chasing Borussia Monchengladbach at the Benteler-Arena.
Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins was on for the entire ninety minutes for the hosts who went one nil down to a Patrick Herrmann goal after just four minutes.
The hosts were level in the 54th minute through Sven Michel but parity lasted just one minute as Lars Stindl scored from the spot and added another in the 73rd minute to make the points safe for the visitors.
The win saw Monchengladbach leapfrog Bayer Leverkusen into 4th-place with the latter now two points clear in the race for Champions League qualification with a single game remaining.
Bayer Leverkusen’s bid for Champions League qualification suffered a severe set back after they lost 2-0 at Hertha Berlin.
Leverkusen started the day in 4th-place but dropped to 5th with the defeat following Borussia Monchengladbach’s win at Paderborn.
Matheus Cunha 22nd minute effort and Dodi Lukebakio 54th minute strike secured all three points for Hertha.
Super Eagles right back Kingsley Ehizibue played from the start at the RheinEnergie Stadion as his FC Koln side were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Eintracht Frankfurt.
Florian Kainz’s penalty on the stroke of half-time saw Koln head into the break in the lead but Bas Dost equalised for Frankfurt 17 minutes from time to ensure a share of the spoils for both sides who have nothing left to play for in the season.
Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski scored a brace in champions Bayern Munich’s 3-1 victory over Freiburg at the Allianz Arena to set a record for the most goals by a foreigner in a Bundesliga season.
Lewandowski’s brace took his tally for the season to 33 goals, breaking the record of 31 goals he jointly held with former Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang.
A goal either side of half-time from Erling Haaland consolidated second place for visiting Borrusia Dortmund who saw off closest challengers RP Leipzig 2-0 at the Red Bull Arena.
Haaland’s first came in the 30th minute and his second in second-half added time killed off Leipzig’s hopes of an equaliser.
Taiwo Awoniyi continued his recuperation from concussion and was unlisted for Mainz who gave a start to another Nigerian Karim Onisiwo in the 3-1 defeat of Werder Bremen at the Opel Arena.
Already safe Mainz move up to 13th but defeat compounds Werder’s relegation woes as they remain two points off the relegation playoff spot with just one game to go.
Fortuna Düsseldorf who occupy the relegation playoff spot boosted their survival chances after they came from behind to secure a 1 – 1 with Augsburg at home.
Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah was on for 62 minutes as his Union Berlin side were thrashed 4-0 at Hoffenheim while Schalke’s horrible season continued with a 4-1 home lose to 6th-placed Wolfsburg who boosted their European hopes with the win.