Robert Lewandowski signed off with two goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 4-0 to warm up for the DFB-Pokal final in style.
The Bayern Munich-bound striker scored in either half to secure the honor of being the Bundesliga's top scorer this season as Jurgen Klopp's men received a timely boost ahead of their Berlin showdown against the champion next week.
Lewandowski opened the scoring in the capital on Saturday and Milos Jojic's superb effort put Dortmund 2-0 up before the interval.
A stunning free kick from Lewandowski nine minutes from time put the visiting side firmly in command and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added the gloss to give the club a measure of revenge against a Hertha side which claimed a 2-1 win at Signal Iduna Park in December.
Adrian Ramos was on target for Hertha that day, but the forward was left on the bench until the last 25 minutes for the home side, scuppering his chances of finishing as the division's leading scorer.
The 16-goal Colombian was said to be suffering from a cold but the decision may have highlighted the home side's reluctance to play the 28-year-old against his future employer.
Klopp's side survived an early scare as Marcel N'Djeng's fifth-minute corner was met by the head of Sandro Wagner, whose effort was blocked on the line by Nuri Sahin.
Roared on by a huge following, the visitors enjoyed prolonged spells in possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances in the opening 20 minutes.
Marco Reus, whose future is the subject of intense speculation, wasted an opportunity to threaten from a long-distance free kick as his floated delivery proved easy for the home defense to deal with.
Dortmund was assured of second spot before kickoff at the end of a campaign in which the club has fallen well short of Bayern, which secured the title in record-breaking time.
But the team appeared determined to finish the league season with a bang and Lewandowski put it ahead after collecting a precise pass from Mats Hummels four minutes before halftime.
Jojic struck just three minutes later, cutting inside John Brooks before lifting an excellent left-footed effort beyond Thomas Kraft.
The game could have been put beyond Hertha's reach in the first minute of the second half as Reus fired over from an acute angle after being picked out by Lewandowski.
Jos Luhukay introduced Ramos from the bench in place of the Levan Kobiashvili, who was given a rousing ovation to bring the curtain down on his Hertha career.
Ramos' powerful header from a corner was brilliantly kept out by Roman Weidenfeller in the 68th minute as the host team's search for a goal continued.
Dortmund saw Reus limp off just a minute later, a worrying sign for both club and country, with the Germany forward replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But they shrugged off that setback to score twice in the last 10 minutes, Lewandowski looping a stunning set piece into the top corner for his 20th league goal of the season before Mkhitaryan's scrambled effort capped a dominant display.
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