Langerak joins Dortmund's celebrations

by AAP on May 01, 2011

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Young Australian goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak joined his Borussia Dortmund team-mates in celebrating their Bundesliga title-clinching win as Brett Emerton's Blackburn claimed a crucial English Premier League victory.

Dortmund enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Nuremberg to spark scenes of joy from the crowd of more than 80,000 fans inside the Westfalenstadion as they wrapped up the title with two rounds to play on Saturday.

Langerak has had to be patient in his first season in Europe, the former Melbourne Victory stopper sitting on the bench for 31 of 32 league matches behind No.1 Roman Weidenfeller.

His only league appearance of the season was some sort of occasion, his debut coming as Dortmund silenced the Allianz Arena crowd with a 3-1 away win over European giants, Bayern Munich.

While Langerak tasted club success in the Bundesliga at his first attempt, his tireless compatriot Emerton delivered a lively performance as Rovers claimed a vital 1-0 home win over Bolton.

Martin Olsson's first-half winner secured his team's first victory in three months and a crucial three-point buffer above the drop zone with three matches to play.

With Olsson menacing Bolton's defence, Emerton also caused the visiting defence headaches and the long-time Socceroo went close to scoring on a couple of occasions.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean believed one more win would ensure his club avoided the drop.

"We've got to play West Ham and we've got to play Wolves in the last game so everybody can't get three points," he said.

"So I imagine if you've got 40 points and a good goal difference, which we have, that's going to see you safe."

Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer kept a clean sheet for the second straight match as a Simon Davies double helped Fulham to a 3-0 away victory at injury-hit Sunderland.

Having hung out with some Liverpool stars midweek in Madrid for the first leg of the Real Madrid-Barcelona Champions League semi-final, Tim Cahill started for Everton in their 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Wigan.

One rung down in the English Championship, Adam Federici produced a telling first-half save from a David Bell volley to keep Reading's premiership ambitions alive in a 0-0 draw at Coventry City.

The result sealed Reading's place in the play-offs for the third and final premiership spot.

It was Federici's first match in ten weeks with a knee injury and Alex McCarthy's good form slowing his return to the first team.

Richard Garcia did not last long in Hull City's 1-1 home draw against Crystal Palace, being substituted in the 14th minute due to his ongoing knee injury.

In Italy's Serie B, Carl Valeri's Sassuolo crept two points clear of the drop zone with a 1-0 home win over Empoli while Adrian Madaschi's Portosummaga remain in deep trouble following a 2-1 home loss to US Pescara.