“It’s not that difficult to accept the result because we can’t change it – I’ve come to terms with that,” said Hertha BSC coach Felix Magath soberly after the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund. “We played a very good game here and stood up to the German runners-up for 90 minutes and showed that we are a first division club – we have to show that twice now.”
At the same time, since VfB Stuttgart scored three points with a goal in the last minute, Hertha slipped down one place on the 34th and final day of the game and ended the season in 16th place – that means the relegation (May 19th and 25th) . Opponents then: Hamburger SV, Felix Magath’s former club as a player and coach. At first, Hertha even took the lead against BVB, but Dortmund ultimately lived up to their role as favorites and turned the game around.
Stuttgart fans secure goal nets and pieces of grass as a souvenir
While there was an eerie silence in Berlin after the final whistle, there was no holding back in Stuttgart. The players hugged each other, the fans stormed the pitch, cutting the goal nets and tearing out pieces of grass. According to the police, six people were injured. At least one fan had to be taken to the hospital. The game against FC Köln could hardly be surpassed in terms of excitement and drama. Wataru Endo only scored the decisive winning goal to make it 2-1 in the last minute of the game and thus secured the hardly expected relegation without having to go into relegation. Cologne, however, missed the leap into the Europa League, but is seventh in the coming season in the Conference League.
Boundless jubilation in Stuttgart after Endo’s winning goal
SC Freiburg missed out on participating in the Champions League for the first time. Coach Christian Streich’s team lost 2-1 (0-0) at Bayer Leverkusen and couldn’t get past RB Leipzig in the final table. The sports club finished sixth after their dress rehearsal for the DFB Cup final and secured the Europa League ticket for the second time. For the premier class qualification, SC should have won the game and hoped for a defeat by Leipzig at Arminia Bielefeld. Union Berlin will also play in the Europa League next season. Union ended the season in fifth place with a 3-2 (2-0) win over VfL Bochum. Eintracht Frankfurt meanwhile got in the mood for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Glasgow Rangers in Seville with a 2-2 win in the derby at FSV Mainz 05.
Robert Lewandowski: Bundesliga top scorer for the seventh time
Top attacker Robert Lewandowski has become top scorer in the Bundesliga for the fifth time in a row. With 35 goals, the 33-year-old world footballer from FC Bayern Munich secured the top scorer cannon. He won the award with a large lead over Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick and received the cannon after the 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg. Lewandwoski will probably leave Bayern Munich in the summer.
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Although Borussia Mönchengladbach clearly won their last game of the season 5-1 against Hoffenheim, in the end it was only enough for a disappointing tenth place in the table. After the game, coach Adi Hütter explained: “That was my last game for Borussia Mönchengladbach. On the one hand, that’s a shame because I felt very comfortable, but we didn’t achieve what we had imagined in terms of sport . That’s why there’s a lot of melancholy.”
FC Augsburg also have to look for a new coach for the coming season: Markus Weinzierl will not extend his expiring contract. Augsburg won the last game of the season against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, who were relegated early, 2-1.
For Arminia Bielefeld, the Bundesliga chapter is over again – it is the eighth relegation from the upper house. With a 1: 1 (0: 0) against RB Leipzig, the Arminen missed the already unlikely jump to the relegation place. Bielefeld, which returned to the first division in 2020 after eleven years, follows Greuther Fürth in second division. Only 1. FC Nürnberg (nine times) has been relegated from the Bundesliga more often than Arminia.
The 34th Bundesliga matchday at a glance:
VfL Wolfsburg – Bayern Munich 2: 2 (1: 2)
Tore: Stanisic (17.), Lewandowski (40.), Wind (45.), Kruse (58.)
Borussia Dortmund – Hertha BSC 2:1 (0:1)
Tore: Belfodil (18.), Haaland (68.), Moukoko (84.)
Bayer Leverkusen – SC Freiburg 2: 1 (0: 0)
Tore: Alario (54.), Haberer (88.), Palacios (90.=
Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 RB Leipzig (0-0)
Tore: Serra (70.)
VfB Stuttgart – 1. FC Cologne 2: 1 (1: 0)
Tore: Kalajdzic (12th), Modeste (59th), Endo (90th)
Borussia Monchengladbach – TSG Hoffenheim 5: 1 (3: 1)
Tore: Kramaric (3rd), Stindl (26th), Pléa (44th), Hofmann, (45th, 68th), Embolo (53rd)
FSV Mainz 05 – Eintracht Frankfurt 2: 2 (1: 2)
Tore: Ingvartsen (10th, 50th), Tuta (25th), Borré (35th)
1. FC Union Berlin – VfL Bochum 3:2 (2:0)
Tore: Prömel (5th), Awoniyi (25th, 88th), Zoller (55th), Löwen (79th)
FC Augsburg – SpVgg Greuther Furth 2: 1 (1: 1)
Tore: Caligiuri (10.), Ngankam (23.), Gregoritsch (85.)