Wonderfully crazy last Bundesliga match days: While Mainz 05 shoots champions Bayern Munich down, Bochum presents Borussia from Dortmund. Even the triple Haaland does not help BVB. Hertha and Augsburg seem to have held the class for a long time, but then Bielefeld and Stuttgart strike late.
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Bayern München 3: 1 (2: 1)
The hangover follows the championship party: Bayern Munich had to come to terms with a huge mood dampener at the first show after the title gala. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann lost the sportingly insignificant match at the extremely strong FSV Mainz 05 after a completely disappointing performance with 1: 3 (1: 2).
Jonathan Burkardt (18th) and Moussa Niakhate (27th) punished the sluggish record champions in the first half. After the break, Leandro Barreiro (57 ‘) made things clear with Mainz’ third goal. World footballer Robert Lewandowski (33rd) had shortened in the meantime, but that did not change anything about the deserved defeat. After all: Bayern set the record for most away goals in one season (47). Lewandowski also set a record abroad with his 18th goal of the season.
Nagelsmann had previously announced that he would tackle the duel with Mainz “maximally seriously”. The Bayern coach had to do without the sick Thomas Müller in the first match after securing the tenth championship in a row, while captain Manuel Neuer and Dayot Upamecano also got a break. In addition to Sven Ulreich, Marcel Sabitzer and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting also started.
In the Mainz Arena, which was sold out for the first time since February 2020 with 33,305 fans, Bayern was under constant pressure from the start. Nagelsmann’s team started anything but masterfully, delivered a shockingly weak first half – and were lucky when Burkardt (2nd) and Alexander Hack (11th) hit the crossbar. Shortly afterwards, Bo Svensson’s team rewarded themselves against the undefeated record champions. Burkardt completed an Ulreich miss and Niakhate pushed the ball over the line from close range. The management of Mainz, who wanted to make amends for the slam in Wolfsburg (0: 5), was fully deserved.
It was clear to Bayern that this season is about nothing. The intensive game in FSV caused the champion big problems. Lewandowski, whose future is still being speculated about, scored from the turnaround after the only good Bayern attack before the break, but only the strong Mainz team had chances.
Nagelsmann reacted in the second half, bringing Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane into play in front of national coach Hansi Flick. However, the Bavarians still found no solutions against the sometimes intoxicated FSV. Barreiro’s third goal after an excellent counter-attack was rejected twice. The guests were well served with the two-goal surface. Bayern struggled a bit for control, but Mainz continued to be dangerous in the transition game. Burkardt (61st) and Onisiwo (71st) missed further goals with a crossbar.
Borussia Dortmund – VfL Bochum 3: 4 (2: 2)
Borussia Dortmund missed out on early second place despite a three-pack from Erling Haaland. Coach Marco Rose’s team collected a 3: 4 (2: 2) against VfL Bochum after a weak defensive performance. The climber, on the other hand, has thus secured relegation prematurely.
Haaland turned the match around with his three goals (18th, penalty after video evidence, 30th, penalty after video evidence, 62nd) after the early deficit of Sebastian Polter (3rd) and Gerrit Holtmann (8th). Jürgen Locadia (81 ‘) equalized late for VfL, Milos Pantovic (85’, penalty kick) turned the match on its head again.
In front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Signal Iduna Park, the small Revierderby needed no start-up time. From the first minute there was a lot of fire and the guests showed no respect at all. Takuma Asano came past Raphael Guerreiro on the right and Polter headed the Japanese cross for an early lead. Dortmund were shocked, Bochum acted furiously in the early stages. Asano put it back to Holtmann, who traveled from distance. The hard-hit BVB needed a few minutes to shake. But the guests helped. Cristian Gamboa jumped the ball to the outstretched arm. Haaland did not give VfL goalkeeper Manuel Riemann a chance on the penalty kick.
Now the hosts were seriously involved in the fight. Riemann prevented the equalizer against internationals Julian Brandt (21st) and Marco Reus (26th). When Haaland took the second penalty kick, however, he again had no chance. This time, Elvis Rexhbecaj played the ball with his arm. Dortmund continued to dominate the game after the equalizer. Rose had to do without numerous regulars. 17-year-old Jamie Bynoe-Gittens was in the starting 11 for the first time after two short appearances. But Bochum did not hide himself after the two unfortunate goals they conceded. When Holtmann (42nd) and Polter (44th) had chances, the visitors, who had won the BVB draw 1-1 in the first match, became dangerous.
Even after the switch, VfL kept looking for a way forward. An open exchange of blows developed as BVB also looked for a decision. Haaland failed due to the highly responsive Riemann (58th). Four minutes later, the Norwegian pushed the ball across the line from close range and scored his 21st goal of the season. Then Dortmund became defensively careless again and received the penalty.
FC Augsburg – 1. FC Köln 1: 4 (0: 2)
1. FC Cologne can dream of Europe more than ever. Coach Steffen Baumgart’s team won in FC Augsburg, deservedly 4-1 (2-0) after a terrific performance and moved up to sixth place. Due to the bankruptcy, the FCA has not yet been able to celebrate relegation early, but in the worst case, they can only slip into the relegation zone.
Jan Thielmann gave Cologne the lead with a beautiful free kick after 12 minutes. The excellent Mark Uth increased just three minutes later. Anthony Modeste made it 3-0 (63 ‘) with a penalty kick that he himself had taken. With his 19th goal of the season (77th), he also ensured the end result. Florian Niederlechner reduced to 1: 3 (73 ‘).
For FC, it was the fourth victory in a row. Augsburg benefited from the defeat of VfB Stuttgart two games before the end. Since the introduction of the three-point rule, Cologne has now improved its previous record from the 2016/17 season (49) by 52 points. When FC had also qualified for the Europa Cup.
Arminia Bielefeld – Hertha BSC 1: 1 (0: 0)
Hertha BSC are close to keeping up with coach Felix Magath, while Arminia Bielefeld has to tremble more than ever despite a late goal. Due to 1: 1 (0: 1) in the basement duel on the 32nd match day with the East Westphalians, the “firefighter” Magath missed the last save with his Berliners, but kept the direct pursuers Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart at a distance.
With 33 points and two games left, the visitors still have the direct salvation in their own hands, especially as Stuttgart (29) also played a draw against VfL Wolfsburg. The air gets thinner for Bielefeld (27) without a win in nine matches around the new head coach Marco Kostmann, only the relegation zone is realistic. Lucas Tousart (54th) scored for Hertha, Joakim Nilsson (90th + 1) equalized at least late.
Before the match, Magath put the brakes on the euphoria. You only won “bronze” in the close relegation battle and can “get silver now” in Bielefeld. Marco Richter started in place of the suspended Vladimir Darida. At Arminia, who played in the anthracite special jersey, Kostmann made four changes compared to 1: 3 at 1. FC Köln. Among others, 18-year-old Burak Ince was the only striker to make his starting eleven debut. Berlin long looked like the sure winner, Bielefeld reacted with furious attacks, Hertha remained dangerous in counter-attacks. Then Nilsson struck.
VfB Stuttgart – VfL Wolfsburg 1: 1 (0: 1)
VfB Stuttgart continues to falter towards the fourth descent. Thanks to Chris Führich’s late goal (89th), the Swabians secured a point in the 1-1 (0-1) victory over VfL Wolfsburg, which was now also mathematically saved, but Sparekassen is four points away with two games left. . The goal of equalizing came from a Joker collaboration because the flank came from young Enzo Millot.
John Anthony Brooks (13th) got rid of the wolves’ last worries about relegation in front of 52,230 fans. VfB, without a win in five games, looks down into the abyss, which is now two points away. The rest of the program has a lot to offer with games at champions Bayern Munich and against Europa Cup challengers 1. FC Köln.
VfB fans in the Cannstatt basket demanded on a banner: “Actions instead of empty words – show struggle and commitment!” Therefore, the professionals should take their followers with them through “intensity and physicality”, as coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said. This was achieved with great effort, but the team, which had changed three positions, did little or nothing in terms of play. The late equalizer at least gave a little hope.